18th Annual He Lei Hiwa No 'Iolani Luahine Hula Festival & Educational Challenge 2020

The Festival was established in 2003 with a vision to perpetuate the hula, and it also serves as a way to honor the memory of kumu hula 'Iolani Luahine and her contributions to the preservation of hula and Hawaiian culture.

This year the festival will again include hula presentations, and a challenge to kumu hula with a prize for the one who best demonstrates the values of 'Iolani Luahine: education and Hawaiian culture.

The festival will feature hula workshops, Ni'ihau shell jewelry workshops and a feather flowers workshop to create a lei pua papale. Hula presentations will feature keiki, opio, makuahine, makuakane, and kupuna.

The hula presentations on both days are a free community event and everyone is invited to attend! Donations will be gratefully accepted to support the festival.

There will be a Friday evening Hawaiian music concert featuring Na Hoa which also helps support the festival.

Tickets are $15 and will be available at the festival and at the door. On Saturday, there will be Hawaiian arts and crafts by local artisans beginning at 11:00 am.

For workshop registration, or more information about the festival, please visit www.iolaniluahinefestival.org. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Festival Schedule
Friday, January 24
He Lei Hiwa No 'Iolani Luahine Hula Festival and Educaional Challenge
4 pm
Opening Pule
Makua Group & Soloist Divisions
Kupuna Group & Soloist Divisions
6 pm
Awards Ceremony
6:30 pm
Benefit Concert featuring Na Hoa
All proceeds directly support the festival
Tickets are $15. Tickets will be available for purchase at the event.

Saturday, January 25

Workshops
9:00 - 11:00 am 
Hula Educational Workshop with Lehua Kawaikapuokalani Hewett
Pupu Ni'ihau 18" Lei and/or Earrings in the Crown Flower style 
with Kumu Kele Kanahele
Arts and Crafts Fair
11 am - 5 pm
Featuring local artisans
    He Lei Hiwa No 'Iolani Luahine Hula Festival and Educational Challenge
1 pm - 6 pm
Opening Pule
Keiki Group & Soloist Divisions
'Opio Group & Soloist Divisions
Kane & Wahine Group & Soloist Divisions
Hula Palua Group & Soloist Divisions
6:30pm
Awards Ceremony
Sunday, January 26​
Workshops 
9:00 - 11:00am
Hula Educational Workshop with Lehua Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, Kumu Coline Aiu, and Kumu Leialoha Lim-Amina
Pupu Ni'ihau 18" Lei and/or Earrings in the Crown Flower style 
with Kumu Kele Kanahele


Workshops are open to all levels. 

Event Properties

Event Date 01-24-2020 4:00 pm
Event End Date 01-26-2020 11:00 am
Location Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

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