7th Annual Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival Flourishes

The 7th Annual Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival, November 1-3, 2012 at Waikoloa Beach Resort, offers something special for everyone who loves Hawaiian culture.  Along with the Festival’s three nights of exciting international hula competition at Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens, is an extensive Made-in-Hawai‘i Marketplace at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

Beamer-Solomon Halau O Po’ohala at the MOKIF 2011 competition (Photo Aaron Yoshino)

Moku O Keawe also promotes cultural education through a series of hands-on workshops in hula kahiko and ‘auwana, chant, cordage, ipu-making and more. One of Hawaii’s most distinctive hula events, Moku O Keawe is an educational, entertaining and engaging experience for visitors and residents to enjoy on many levels.

International competition, Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.   Moku O Keawe brings together hālau from Hawai‘i, Japan, Mexico, the U.S. Mainland and elsewhere with top caliber hula competition in Hula Kahiko, Hula ‘Auwana, and Kupuna divisions, group and solo.  Competition nights feature live music onstage and Mistress of Ceremonies, KAPA radio personality Ka‘ea Alapa‘i.  Affordable for everyone, Moku O Keawe tickets are only $5 Lawn seating, $15.00 Reserved. (Ticketmaster fees additional.  Beach chairs and mats welcomed!)

Cultural Workshops.  The hula competition judges—Nalani Kanaka‘ole, Ed Collier, Iwalani Kalima, Nalei Napaepae-Kunewa–are asked to share their knowledge through workshops.  As masters, their insights and experiences are offered on a personal basis, allowing participants an opportunity to learn about hula kahiko and hula ‘auwana, as the various lineages of the kumu hula are unique forms in style, repertoire, and interpretation.  Registration is limited and students are urged to register early by visiting www.MOKIF.com.

Hawai‘i Marketplace, Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.  The Made-In-Hawai‘i Marketplace features a wide variety of some of the best products from 35 Island of Hawai‘i vendors, including Hula implements, fresh lei, silk-screened clothing, woven lauhala hats and purses and jewelry.

“A plethora of knowledge of Hula – both ‘auwana and kahiko – has been shared via Moku O Keawe International Festival,” said designer Kuha‘o Zane.  “Implements, costuming, chants, a sense of place, and most importantly, we share our unique perspective of Hawaiian thought.  We remember all who have brought us to this point and have firmly planted the pillars of knowledge for the next generation to build upon.”

“Much like the light rain that falls on to the ʻōhiʻa, gathering within the tips of the lehua blossoms, and dripping down to nourish the tap root—this year’s design embodies the process of our lehua, gathering the moisture that will promote proper growth by nourishing the taproot.  We flourish,” he said.

The Moku O Keawe International Festival is sponsored by the Moku O Keawe Foundation, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing, enriching and educating the practice and development of hula and its associated arts. For information and tickets to events, visit www.MOKIF.com

The Puna Culinary Festival and The Taste of Pahoa

The Puna Culinary Festival is coming soon.  Held November 3rd-11th, the festival is funded by the County of Hawai’i and the Hawaiian Tourism Authority, and stewarded by Kalani Oceanside Retreat.

Pahoa Town

The festival has a farm-to-fork theme, and will be held at locations throughout Puna including Pahoa Town, the Kalapana Night Market, Kalani Oceanside Retreat, and several local farms which focus on sustainable practices and/or permaculture.

Like the recent successful Puna Music Festival, the Puna Culinary Festival is completely non-profit, and focused on empowering Puna through culture and celebration.

Taste of Pahoa

Catherine May and Drew Delaware have both participated in Pahoa Mainstreet meetings, and became aware of Pahoa’s desire to bring more people to mainstreet Pahoa through a street festival.  At the July 24th Pahoa Mainstreet meeting, there was enthusiastic support from members present for getting the community involved with a Pahoa event during the Puna Culinary Festival.

And so, the Taste of Pahoa is born and scheduled to be a feature event of the festival on the evening of Friday, November 9th.

They are keeping it simple for everyone to participate, so that they can engage the Pahoa business community as completely as possible.  You don’t have to be a restaurant to be a part of Taste of Pahoa.  All businesses are welcome to participate.

For more information contact Donald at donald@kalani.com, restaurants and business interested in participating can contact marketing@kalani.com .