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72nd ANNUAL NÂ HULA FESTIVAL
(Mon., July 23, 2012) – The City and County of Honolulu, Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) along with the Friends of Honolulu Parks and Recreation, presents the 72nd annual Nâ Hula Festival on Saturday, August 4, and Sunday, August 5, 2012, at the Waikîkî Shell. Due to construction at the Queen Kapi‘olani Park Bandstand, the event will be held this year at the Waikîkî Shell.
The Nâ Hula Festival has celebrated the artistry and grace of Hawai‘i’s premiere dance form since its creation in 1941 to provide a venue for DPR’s kumu hula (hula instructors) to hô‘ike (present) their haumâna (students). Currently, some of the kumu who participate in Hawai‘i’s longest-running annual non-competitive hula event also teach in community parks.
This free event will feature the Puanani Alama and Leilani Alama Hula Studios. Aunty Puanani and Aunty Leilani have both actively participated in the festival since its inception, first as haumâna (students), and now as kumu hula (hula instructors).
The 2012 Lei Queen and Court will also make an appearance at the festival on both days. The schedule of performances is as follows (times and performers subject to change):
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2012
SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 2012
The public is invited to bring their friends and family, and enjoy a beautiful, relaxing day of hula at the Waikîkî Shell. Admission is free.
For more information, contact Kaiulani Kauahi, Culture and Arts Coordinator at (808) 768-3041 or email