Uhane Pohaku Na Moku O Hawaii and Four Seasons Resorts Lanai announces the Ho’okupu Hula No Lanai Cultural Festival October 4-5, 2013

Uhane Pohaku Na Moku O Hawaii and Four Seasons Resorts Lanai announces the Ho’okupu Hula No Lanai Cultural Festival October 4-5, 2013

Music, dance and the arts usher in the fall season on Lanai

2013-09-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Uhane Pohaku Na Moku O Hawaii, in partnership with Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, announces the fourth bi-annual Ho’okupu Hula No Lanai Cultural Festival October 4-5, 2013.  The complimentary festival, meaning “a gift of hula to Lanai,” joins together hula halau from around the world who have been influenced by Hawaiian culture and whose goal is to preserve, perpetuate and to share the aloha spirit.  In addition to Filipino, Samoan, and Micronesian dance performances, halau from Japan, Mexico, Okinawa, Oahu, Kauai, the Big Island, Maui and Lanai will participate.

“The fourth Ho’okupu Hula No Lanai Cultural Festival will be filled with embracing aloha,” says Debbie Ryder, festival founder and executive director.  “The event will be in tribute to Uncle George Naope, who was the compass of which I created the road map that connected people from the four corners of the earth to make this memorable event possible.  ‘Ike honua, meaning sense of place and pathways, including a commitment to preserve the delicate balance with the deepest gratitude for life and protect it for generations to come.”

Throughout the two-day event, guests will be treated to an array of cultural experiences, ranging from poi pounding demonstrations to lomilomi, canoe lashing techniques and Hawaiian navigational methods.  Additionally, the event will feature musical performances by three-time Grammy Award winner Cyril Pahinui, Darren Benitez, Hawaiian duo Joni DeMello and Liz Morales, and revered cultural practitioner, composer and musician Leiohu Ryder.

The schedule of events include:

  • Dole Park “Ohana Night” – Friday, October 4, 2013, 4:00-9:30 pm.  The Ho’okupu Hula No Lanai festival commences with an opening blessing from visiting halau; Festival goers can enjoy performances by Filipino, Samoan, Mexican, traditional Okinawan, and Nana’i Hula.  Following the dance, the evening will host musical acts by Cyril Pahinui and Darren Benetiz and Polihua, and the Maui Taiko Drummers.
  • Cultural Workshops at the Lanai Community Center – Saturday, October 5, 2013, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. Cultural workshops will be offered throughout the morning, including hula, lei making, coconut weaving, hula genealogy, and slack key demonstrations.
  • Dole Park “Hula & Cultural Festival Night” – Saturday, October 5, 2013, 4:30-10:00 pm. Dole Park will once again come alive with music and dance under the stars, featuring Maui Taiko Drummers; Lanai musicians; Na Hula O La’i Kea aloha; and halau from Japan, Okinawa, Lanai, Oahu and Hawaii Island.  Cultural practitioners, artisans, cultural demonstrations, games, horse rides, crafts and food booths will also be available.

Four Seasons Resorts Lanai is offering a special accommodations package for festival attendees, with rates starting at USD 279.00 per night at Manele Bay and USD 220.00 per night at The Lodge at Koele. To make room reservations, call toll-free at 800 321 4666 and ask for the Hula Festival accommodations rate. The offer is valid for new bookings for travel October 4-6, 2013 and rates listed are per room, per night, based on single or double occupancy, and are subject to availability.  Tax and service charge additional.