Chants and hula are the keen observations of land, elements, insights, people. The history of our islands are commemorated through this centuries old art form. Occurrences in the heavens, in the depths of the ocean, and in our forests, have been archived within the layers of poetry. Each time the mele is recited and performed with hula, the experiences are retold and therefore live again.
The great volcanic eruptions of 2018 changed the landscape of Puna. Driving through the charred forests and facing the lava flow is an awesome sight. Volumes of lava from the uplands, in a wide swath, covered the pūhala and the ʻōhiʻa forests. Our island, Moku O Keawe, continues to grow! We are fortunate to experience the changes to our land and witness its regrowth and revitalization. History is rewritten, chants are composed, and dances are choreographed.
The Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival was born out of the desire to share our heritage through dance and the related arts and craft. We are the stewards of the traditional dances of our island home. Through this practice we keep alive the protocol, rituals, costuming, and the creativity of our ancestors.
We seek your support to carry forth our hula traditions! With your thoughtful contributions, we are able to stage our native dances, offer dance and craft workshops, and share the teachings of the Hawaiian culture to audiences on our shores and beyond.
Your contribution will go directly to advertising our event, build the staging for the dance, and schedule workshops by the masters of the art form.
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