71st annual Na Hula Festival celebrates artistry and grace

Hawaii Independent Staff

HONOLULU—The City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Parks and Recreation presents the 71st annual Na Hula Festival on Sunday, August 7 at the Queen Kapiolani Park Bandstand from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Na Hula Festival has celebrated the artistry and grace of the hula, Hawaii’s premiere dance form, since 1941. The festival is Hawaii’s longest running annual non-competitive hula event and was created to provide a venue for the kumu hula (hula instructors) of the Department of Parks and Recreation to hoike (showcase) their haumana (students). Currently, some of the kumu who participate in the hula festival teach in the parks, and others are from the community.

The free event will feature Puanani Alama and Leilani Alama Hula Studios.

The 2011 Lei Queen, Sandrina Lei Ilima Cabato De La Cruz, and her princesses will also make an appearance at the festival.

This year’s festival will feature the following halau:

Halau Hula ‘O Nawahine
10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

Puanani Alama Hula Studio
11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Leilani Alama Hula Studio
Noon to 12:50 p.m.

2011 Lei Queen and Court
12:50 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Halau Hula ‘O Pua ‘A‘ala Hone
1:00 to 1:50 p.m.

Ka Hale I ‘O Kahala
2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Halau Hula ‘O Hokulani
3:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.

(Times and performers subject to change)

For more information, contact Kaiulani Kauahi, Culture and Arts Coordinator, at (808) 768-3041 or email [email protected]