Virtual 44th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival
E Huli Alo I Ka Ulu Lā. Ua Ao Ē.
With the rising of the sun, a new day dawns.
Moanalua Gardens Foundation presents the virtual 44th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival on Thursday, October 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. on KHON2. Producing the event is David Kalama of Kalama Productions, veteran producer and senior media producer of the Merrie Monarch Festival for 27 years. The two-hour program, presented in part by Kamehameha Schools and Central Pacific Bank, will also be live streamed on https://www.khon2.com/prince-lot-hula-festival/ and KHON’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/KHONNewsHawaii.
The Festival will be rebroadcast at the following times:
Sunday, October 31 from 8 to 10 p.m. on KHII; on
Thursday, November 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. on KHON2; and
Sunday, November 7 from 5 to 7 pm on CW.
This year’s virtual festival, was filmed at historic Hānaiakamalama (Queen Emma Summer Palace) and features nine hālau hula in an inspiring program of hula with messages of aloha from each kumu. Highlights will include a solo performance of Ku’u Pua I Paoakalani by Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine with Robert Uluwehi Cazimero providing musical accompaniment for Kumu Takamine and Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang’s Hālau Hula Ka Noe’au.
Founded in 1978, the festival honors Prince Lot Kapuāiwa, who helped reprise hula in Moanalua and reigned as Kamehameha V from 1863 to 1872. Since 1978 on the third weekend in July, the annual Prince Lot Hula Festival has brought together premier hālau hula (hula groups) from throughout the islands for a daylong celebration of hula in a non-competitive setting. One of Hawai‘i’s most exciting cultural events, the festival allows thousands of island residents and visitors to experience the beauty and spirit of the Hawaiian culture.