The Daughters of Hawai‘i and Calabash Cousins present their first free monthly Afternoon at Hulihe’e for 2012 on Sunday, Jan. 15. The 4 p.m. event on the grounds of Hulihe‘e Palace remembers the late King Lunalilo and past palace curator, I‘olani Luahine.
The event presents the Hulihe’e Palace Band, the Merrie Monarchs and Hawaiian performing arts by Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Na Pua U‘i O Hawai‘i. Kindly bring a beach mat or chair as seating won’t be provided.
King Charles Lunalilo (1835-1874) was known as the “people’s king” as he was popular with all his subjects. During his abbreviated, 390-day reign, Lunalilo advocated the legislature to remove property qualifications for the right to vote and asked for the separation of the legislature into two houses. He also thought the kingdom should give Pearl Harbor to the U.S. in exchange for duty-free Hawaiian sugar into California.
“During Lunalilo’s short reign, he tried to make the kingdom’s government more democratic,” notes Casey Ballao, palace docent coordinator. “His efforts were cut short by tuberculosis.”
I‘olani Luahine (1915-1978) served as curator of Hulihe‘e Palace from 1973 to 1978. She was born Harriet Lanihau Makekau in Napo‘opo‘o, but was renamed I‘olani, after the Hawaiian hawk. Luahine was a master of hula and named a “Living Treasure” in 1972; she was invited three times to perform at the National Folk Festival in Washington D.C.
Hulihe‘e Palace is open for self-guided tours. Museum and gift shop hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Hulihe‘e Palace admission, which at this time includes a self-guided tour brochure, remains $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $1 for keiki under 18. Volunteer docents are sometimes available to give guided tours. For details, contact the palace at 329-1877, the palace office at 329-9555 or visit www.daughtersofhawaii.org. The gift shop can be reached by phoning 329-6558.
Caretakers of Hulihe‘e Palace are the Daughters of Hawai‘i. The organization was founded in 1903 and opens membership to any woman who is directly descended from a person who lived in Hawai‘i prior to 1880. Helping the Daughters in its efforts since 1986 are the Calabash Cousins; membership is available to all.
2012 Afternoon at Hulihe‘e schedule: 4-5 p.m. on the palace grounds
All Afternoons at Hulihe’e present hula by Na Pua U‘i O Hawai‘i Hula Halau and vocals by the Merrie Monarchs. Some events also include the Hulihe’e Palace Band and are noted below. On band dates, only kahiko hula is showcased. Other events offer a full hula show.
Jan 15: Band appearance remembering King Charles “Lunalilo” and Aunty I‘olani Luahine
Feb 19: Event remembering Princess Ruth Ke‘elikolani
Mar 18: Band appearance remembering Queen Ka‘ahumanu and Prince Kuhio
Apr 15: Event remembering Prince Edward Albert
May 20: Event remembering King Kamehameha IV “Alexander Liholiho”
Jun 10: Band appearance remembering King Kamehameha I “Paiea”
Jul 15: Event remembering John Adams Kuakini
Aug 26: Event remembering King Kamehameha III “Kauikeaouli”
Sep 16: Band appearance remembering Queen Lili‘uokalani
Oct 21: Event remembering Princess Ka‘iulani
Nov 18: Band appearance remembering King Kalakaua, Palace Curator Aunty Lei Collins and Bandmaster Charles “Bud Dant
Dec 16: Event remembering Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop
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