Three Days & Nights of Hula – Moku O Keawe International Festival is This Week

The 8th Annual Moku O Keawe International Festival takes place November 7-9, 2013 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, with high-caliber hula competition, an expanded Made-in-Hawai‘i Marketplace and unique Hawaiian cultural workshops.

Halau Na Pua 'Uluhaimalama peforms a hula noho during the 2012 MOKIF competition.

Halau Na Pua ‘Uluhaimalama peforms a hula noho during the 2012 MOKIF competition.

International competition.   Hālau from Hawai‘i, Japan and elsewhere will compete in Hula Kahiko, Hula Auwana, and Kupuna divisions, group and solo, in the Hilton’s Monarchy Ballroom.  Emceed by KAPA radio personality Ka‘ea Alapa‘i, Thursday and Friday are evening performances; Saturday’s events begin at 1:00 p.m.

Cultural Workshops.   Essential to the Festival is the element of Hawaiian cultural education.  Workshops, presented by the competition judges include hula kahiko and auwana by esteemed Kumu Hula Nalani Kanaka‘ole, Iwalani Kalima, Cy Bridges and Chinky Mahoe.  Additionally, three generations of the legendary Lim ‘Ohana will present a talk-story session and Kele Kanahele will help students create Ni’ihau shell lei. 

Workshops will also be held.

Workshops will also be held.

Made-in-Hawai‘i Marketplace.  Featuring a wide variety of some of the best products from over 50 Island of Hawai‘i vendors, the new Marketplace at Hilton Hawaiian Village will showcase Hula implements, fresh lei, silk-screened clothing, woven lauhala hats and purses, food products, fine arts, jewelry, fragrance, soaps and more.  In the “class without walls,” noted ipu-maker Kalim Smith demonstrates how to make the traditional gourd drums.

A $5 rate for self-parking is provided by Hilton Waikoloa Village.  Advance registration required for Workshops, on line or at the Festival registration area, up to one hour prior to class.  For information and tickets to events, visit www.MOKIF.com

Leiomalama Soloman of Beamer Solomon Halau o Po'ohala, last year's MOK solo winner.

Leiomalama Soloman of Beamer Solomon Halau o Po’ohala, last year’s MOK solo winner.

MOKU O KEAWE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
November 7-9, 2013, Hilton Waikoloa Village Monarchy Ballroom

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, November 7

  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Workshop: Hula Auwana, “Aia La O Pele,” Instructor: Kumu Hula Iwalani Kalima
  • 1-4 p.m., Workshop: Hula Auwana, “Lei Pua Kenikeni,” Instructor: Kumu Hula Chinky Mahoe
  • 5 p.m., Doors open for Kahiko Night
  • 6-9 p.m., Competition:  Wahine Kahiko, group and solo

Friday, November 8

  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Workshop: Hana Lei Pupu (Ni‘ihau shell lei-making), Instructor: Kele Kanahele
  • 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Made-in-Hawaii Market Place
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m., “Class without walls,” Ipu Heke – Hula Gourd Implement.  Instructor:  Kalim Smith, open to the public, complimentary
  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Workshop: Hula Auwana, “Ni‘ihau,” Instructor: Kumu Hula Nalani Kanakaole
  • 1-4 p.m., Workshop: Hula Auwana, “Hualalai,” Instructor: Kumu Hula Cy Bridges
  • 5 p.m., Doors open for Kupuna Night
  • 6-10 p.m., Competition: Kupuna, group and solo.  Awards presentation to follow.

Saturday, November 9

  • 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Made-in-Hawaii Market Place
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m., “Class without walls,” Ipu Heke – Hula Gourd Implement.  Instructor:  Kalim Smith, open to the public, complimentary
  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Workshop: “Following Tradition.” Mo‘olelo (talking story) with three generations of the Lim ‘Ohana
  • 12 p.m., Doors open for Auwana competition
  • 1-7 p.m., Competition:  Wahine Auwana, group and solo, and Makua Solo.  Awards presentation to follow.

Moku O Keawe International Festival takes place November 7-9 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, offering a special rate of $5 for self-parking.  Advance registration required for Workshops, on line or at the Festival registration area, up to one hour prior to class.  For more information and ticket purchase or Workshop registration, visit www.mokif.com.

 

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