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Experience traditional hula at Royal Hawaiian Center’s Hula Kahiko Ma Helumoa program

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In a continued effort to offer the very best in Hawaiian entertainment, Royal Hawaiian Center offers free hula kahiko performances at The Royal Grove during its Hula Kahiko Ma Helumoa program. The performances feature hālau hula (hula schools) that have competed at the annual Merrie Monarch Festival and showcase a variety of traditions unique to their own hālau.

Every Saturday, hula kahiko is showcased with a hālau hula and their ‘ōlapa (dancers) performing traditional hula where drumming and chanting are the accompaniment.

Aunty Maiki Aiu Lake taught hula at Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center from 1980 until she passed in 1984. The center’s cultural director, Monte McComber, says Aunty Maiki wasn’t just a hula instructor, but also the center’s very first cultural director. Today, her haumāna (students) are now the loea hula, or hula masters, that perpetuate her hula lineage.

2019 Hula Kahiko Ma Helumoa lineup:
April – Hālau Hula ʻO Nāmakahulali, under the direction of kumu hula Shirley Recca
May – Hālau Nā Pua A Lei, under the direction of Twyla Mendez
June – Hālau Kilipohe Nā Lei Lehua, under the direction of A. Liko Cooke and Sky Gora
July – Nā Lei O Ka ʻIwa Haʻa I Ka Lani, under the direction of Tatiana Tseu Fox
August – Hālau Mōhala ʻIlima, under the direction of Māpuana de Silva
September – Hula Hālau O Kamuela, under the direction of Kauʻionālani Kamanaʻo and Kunewa Mook
October – Hālau ʻo Kaululauaʻe, under the direction of Mikiʻala Lidstone
November – Ka Hula O Kealamailani, under the direction of TeHani Gonzado
December – Hālau Hula ʻO Kawaihoʻomalu, under the direction of Kū Souza

The free hula kahiko performances take place in The Royal Grove from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

About Royal Hawaiian Center:
Royal Hawaiian Center is the premier shopping, dining, entertainment, and cultural destination in Waikīkī, comprised of 110 shops and restaurants over three city-blocks of world-renowned Kalākaua Avenue. The center stands proudly upon historic land known as Helumoa, once home to Hawaiian royalty. Hawaiian culture is celebrated every day at the Center with a variety of complimentary cultural lessons such as hula, lauhala weaving, lei-making, ‘ukulele classes, and live entertainment featuring Hawaiian music and hula performances.

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