Four Seasons Resorts Lana’i, in partnership with Uhane Pohaku Na Moku O Hawaii, is pleased to announce the third annual Ho’okupu Hula No Lana’i Cultural Festival, October 6 to 8, 2011. The festival, meaning “a gift of hula to Lana’i,” 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. The halau include dancers from Japan, Mexico, France, Okinawa, Kauai, Big Island, and Lana’i.
“Four Seasons is pleased to participate in the cultural festival and have such revered dancers and musicians grace our stage to perform for the Lana’i community and Resort guests,” says Tom Roelens, general manager of Four Seasons Resorts Lana’i. “We understand the incredible importance of perpetuating the Hawaiian culture and we are privileged to assist in preserving the art of storytelling and oral history through the festival and practitioners.”
Throughout the three-day event, guests will be treated to an array of cultural experiences, ranging from a hula genealogy workshop to ipu making, to Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano award winning performances by Cyril Pahinui, Darren Benetiz, Bradda Smitty, Polihua, Mailani Makainai, Holunape and Lorna Lim.
The schedule of events include:
Dole Park “Ohana Night” – Thursday, October 6, 2011; 4:00 - 9:30 pm. The Ho’okupu Hula No Lana’i festival commences with an opening blessing from visiting halau. Festival goers can enjoy special performances by Cyril Pahinui, Darren Benetiz and Polihua and the Lana’i Halau.
Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay – Friday, October 7, 2011; 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. Cultural workshops will be offered throughout the morning and afternoon, including hula, lei making, ipu making, hula genealogy, and slack key demonstrations.
Dole Park “International Night” - Friday, October 7, 2011; 4:00 - 9:30 pm. Dole Park will once again come alive with music and dance under the stars featuring Mailani Makainai and ethnic dance troupes (Hawaiian, Filipino, Samoan, Japanese and Micronesian.) Cultural practitioners, artisans, cultural demonstrations, games, crafts and food booths will also be available.
Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay – Saturday, October 8, 2011; 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Enjoy an afternoon featuring the art of hula as the visiting halau will perform and share their unique styles of dance. The admission fee is USD 10.00 for adults, USD 5.00 for students and children under five are free.
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