2009 Moku O Keawe International Festival Excursions to Famous Sites


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Mahai`ula, North Kona, was the home of Magoon family and this idyllic setting has been described by Helen Desha Beamer in a name song of that beautiful place.  The area is one of the parks now known as Kekaha Kai, a trio of white sand beaches north of the Keahole Airport.

When Aunty Helen wrote of the journey from the pier at Kailua, up the coastline, to the pristine waters of Mahai`ula in the calm, she painted a picture for us to enjoy forever. The song continues to be a favorite hula and will be one of featured at this year’s Moku O Keawe International Festival at Waikoloa Beach Resort this November 5 – 8.

An excursion to Mahai`ula with Kumu Hula Kaleo Trinidad of Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La, takes place on Saturday, November 7.  In addition to sharing the beloved stories of the Beamer and Magoon families, Trinidad will teach the hula to the song written for that place.  Trinidad has led his halau, Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La, through many Merrie Monarch Festival competitions and has won both the kane and wahine’s top titles! Sign up for the excursion today.

Take a journey to the cultural significant grounds at Keauhou, Kona and learn about King Kalakaua as he spent much time in the area.  The heiau of Hapai Alii has been restored allowing a view into the brilliance of the ancients.  Kumu Hula Keala Ching will lead the class with the historical and cultural background of this famous place and will teach a hula kahiko “Ponimo`i `O Kalakaua”, a chant he composed to honor King David Kalakaua and his many accomplishments for his people.  Participants will also learn protocol as ho`okupu will be presented at Hapai Alii.  Stories of the district and how governance and the relationship to hula will be shared.

Both excursions will be on Saturday November 7, departing at Waikoloa’s Marriot Beach Resort and Spa at 900 am.  Lunch is included in the class fees.  Participants are invited to showcase what they have learned at the Festival’s Ho`ike Concert to be held on Sunday, November 8th.

Cultural workshops are part of the 2009 Moku O Keawe International Festival to be held November 5 – 8, at the Waikoloa Beach Resort.  The annual event, now in its fourth year, celebrates hula and its related arts through its educational workshops on hula, including traditional protocol.  2009 will offer a competition for the Women’s Division in hula kahiko and auwana.  There will also be a night of competition with the Kupuna Wahine, including group and solo.  The Sunday evening event will be a special concert at the Waikoloa Bowl with Amy Hanaialii.

The non-profit Moku O Keawe Foundation sets the guidelines for all events and continually challenges that the bar is lifted to enrich the community.  Through sponsorships, grants, and fundraising efforts, the Festival broadens the experiences of dancers on an international level.  In the past four years, many halau from Hawaii, Japan, and Tahiti, have shared their hula. As a private nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing, enriching and educating the practice and development of hula and its associated arts, its focus is to build, strengthen and inspire the living cultural traditions of Hawaii.

For more information, visit our website at www.mokuokeawe.org.

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