MAHALO NUI LOA! We are so very grateful to all of the Kumu hula, Kupuna, Alaka'i, Hālau, Keiki, 'Ohana, Cultural Commentators, Archivists, Sponsors, Supporters, Film Crews, and everyone that participated in celebrating this year's....
Queen Lili'uokalani Keiki Hula Hō'ike
Ka Hō'ike Hula Keiki o ka Mō'īwahine Lili'uokalani
The credits list is long and under the limiting circumstances of being in a pandemic, everyone brought their "A" game and gave this year's 45th Anniversary event a very special place in Keiki Hula history. MAHALO, MAHALO, MAHALO!
Despite having to cancel our annual competition, Kalihi-Pālama Culture & Arts Society was determined to have some form of celebration of hula. In conjunction with Hawaii News Now, KFV5, The Royal Hawaiian Center, Kamehameha Schools Campus and staff and the Hawai'i State Archives - newly recorded footage was orchestrated to create an Special Four Night Broadcast Presentation. Our Keiki Hula 'ohana came together to record hālau profiles, interviews with kumu hula and keiki, mo'olelo stories and Keiki Hula Miss/Master and hālau performances. All footage was professionally recorded on Hawai'i Island, O'ahu, Maui, Kaua'i and from our sister Keiki Hula 'ohana in Japan.
These hālau performances and highlights were interwoven with a look into the Hawai'i State Archives as they shared some of Queen Lili'uokalani's most cherished treasures. Historians, Kupuna and Cultural Commentators provided mana'o and mo'olelo stories of Her Majesty's contributions to the people of Hawai'i. Interviews from Keiki Hula founder Kahu Wendell Silva and Kumu hula that were featured in "Nānā I Nā Loea Hula - Look to the Hula Resources" books added to this feature presentation.
MAHALO for joining us as we Celebrated 45 years of Keiki Hula with this special event.