Kumu Hula Olana ʻĀʻī

February 23, 2019
8:30am - 11:30am

Kumaka ka ikena ia Hiʻilawe
Ka papa lohi mai ao Maukele

There at Waipio Valley is the great waterfall Hiilawe.  Stunning and unforgettable, this popular song offers a personal view of the site.  Written by Sam Lia Kalainaina of Waipio Valley, the original version has many verses.  

Kumu Hula Olana fondly remembers her mother dancing this song.  It is special because of its upbeat melody and how audiences always were pleased with her performance.  This song has a place in her heart because of the time as a child spent in the surrounding areas. 

Kela wai kamahao, aha hana
Wai halulu i ka moana

“As long as I can remember, this hula was part of our repertoire.  I like it because of the lele uwehe, the kalakaua, and the level changes.  The chant is well written with the use of much experience and wide view of the world.”  

This mele from the monarchial collection is a good example of the style of poetry from the period and the method it was delivered.  The sophisticated lyrics combined with the ability to weave words with foreign adventures and views along with deep kaona is always a treat for the senses.

This hula kahiko, danced to a lively ipu beat, was written with royal Kamamalu in mind.  Her brothers penned this mele in observation of their familial experiences. 


Pua Hau O Maleka
Kumu Hula Nalani Kanakaole
Hālau O Kekuhi

February 23, 2019
8:30am - 11:30am


Nani Koleka
Kumu Hula Cy Bridges
Hui Hoʻoulu Aloha

February 23, 2019
12:00pm - 3:00pm

Hoʻolono i ke kani, a ka nalu ao Kuhio
Ka hee o ke kai, ma ka poli ao Mokuola

The words describe Hiloʻs surrounding sights and sounds, offering a picturesque view of the east side of Moku O Keawe.  Composed by Cy Bridges, the mele honors a very special person who dedicated her life to the good and the success of the Hawaiian culture. 

This hula ʻauana offers imagery of Hilo and its place names, prized flowers, and its fragrant lei.  Kumu Hula Cy Bridges shares his own music and choreography of his own composition.

Nani Huliheʻe home o na alii
Ka Hae Hawaiʻi hoʻomalu nei

At the shore of Kailua-Kona, Huliheʻe Palace stands proud.  Built in 1838 as the residence of Governor John Adams Kuakini, the palace became a favorite retreat for our kings and queens.  Today, the Daughters of Hawaii care for the palace and is home of many royal artifacts.

Written by long time curator Lei Collins, the mele praises with love the special places surrounding the palace.  It is the beam of the people, cradled in the bosom of Hualalai.

Learned from esteemed Kumu Hula Kimo Alama, this hula auwana shares the beauty of Moku O Keawe, especially the royal land at Kailua Bay.


Nani Huliheʻe
Kumu Hula Keawe Lopes
Hālau Ka La Onohi Mai O Haehae

February 23, 2019
12:00pm - 3:00pm