Schedule of Events
E ka‘ana mai i nā mo‘omona
Share in the rich traditions
6/4 Cultural Excursion & Lecture
Hālau Hula O Kukunaokalā and Moloka'i 'ohana for a morning excursion into the traditions of ancient Moloka'i. Waiver required for morning excursion.
8:15a | Sign waivers at Coffees of Hawaii parking lot
Later in the evening, through stories, chant and hula we will share mana'o on this year's theme 'Ae no Laka ka mole Ha'a o Ka'ana, 'Ae no 'Olohe ka mole Lua o Ka'ana.
7:00p | Kulana 'Oiwi
6/5 Kumu Hula Talk Story
With a hula community that spans the globe, here is an intimate opporutnity to gain personal insight from a panel of reknown Kumu Hula. "E ka'ana mai in mo'omona" share in the rich traditions as hula origins and traditions of different Kumu Hula are shared via a moderated question and answer session and if they're moved maybe a hula or two!
7:00p | Kulana 'Oiwi
A tradition started by the late Kumu Hula John Kaimikaua, founder of Halau Hula O Kukunaokala and Moloka'i Ka Hula Piko, the Ho'olaule'a is the culminating event of this festival. Featuring hula kahiko, auana, music, food, fine arts and crafts, lei making, lomilomi, and more. Don't forget to bring CA$H.
8:30a - 3:30p | Lanikeha Communiy Center
Hula Halau O Kilohana - Kumu Hula April Kealoha
Darren Benitez, Ikaika Blackburn & Ho'omanawanui Apo
Napua Greig & Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka
Punana Leo O Moloka'i
The TRIO - David Kaio
Halau Hula O Kaleipuaimilia - Kumu Hula Makalapua Bernard
KOA - Patrick AhLoy with Hula Halau O Molokai
Moana's Hula Halau - Raquel Dudoit & Valerie Dudoit Temahaga
Halau Hula O Kukunaokala
Each year we celebrate and honor the traditions and practices of our kūpuna gone before us. We strive to educate and enlighten all people about the pre-Western history of Moloka‘i and perpetuate the legacy of our beloved Kumu Hula, John Ka‘imikaua. From the time of his passing to now we have worked to maintain the integrity of the ‘ike that was left in our care. It only seems fitting that this year’s theme reminds us that there is balance and order in all things.
Prior to Laka leaving Moloka‘i to share the Hula on each island she and her twin brother ‘Olohe studied under their sister Kapoulakina‘u. Not only did they learn the art of the Hula but they were given the authority to care for, teach and preserve this special ‘ike and to use it as inspired. For Laka it was to take this ‘ike and share it with others to educate and enlighten them of the gift her family was given by Akua. For ‘Olohe, it was to utilize that ‘ike to preserve and protect life. His kuleana to protect and defend brought the birth of the Lua, the practice of martial arts. ‘Ae, no ‘Olohe ka mole Lua o Kā‘ana. There is ‘Olohe recognized as the root of the Lua of Kā‘ana. ‘Ae, no Laka ka mole Ha‘a o Kā‘ana. There is Laka recognized as the root of the dance of Kā‘ana.
May we always honor and respect the origin of where our traditions come from and recognized those who have come before us.