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February 12, 2019

Royal Hawaiian Center Introduces Hula Kahiko Ma Helumo

In a continued effort to offer up the very best in Hawaiian entertainment, Royal Hawaiian Center unveils its Hula Kahiko Ma Helumoa lineup for 2019. The impressive performance schedule features hālau hula (hula schools) that have competed at the annual Merrie Monarch Festival and showcase a variety of traditions unique to their own hālau.

“First debuted in 2010, Hula Kahiko Ma Helumoa is the only program of its kind, and we’re proud to share the hula traditions of talented local hālau hula with the Hawaiʻi community,” said Monte McComber, Cultural Director at Royal Hawaiian Center. “Hula kahiko is unique in that its oli and mele represent Hawaiʻi’s oldest form of literature, and we invite visitors and kamaʻāina alike to experience this ancient art form.” 

Every Saturday, hula kahiko is showcased with a hālau hula and their 'ōlapa (dancers) performing traditional hula where drumming and chanting are the accompaniment. To follow is the 2019 Hula Kahiko Ma Helumoa lineup:
  • February – Hālau Hula Ka Noʻeau, under the direction of kumu hula Michael Pili Pang 
  • March – Nā Pualei O Likolehua, under the direction of kumu hula Niuliʻi Heine
  • 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. For more information, visit www.RoyalHawaiianCenter.com or call Helumoa Hale Guest Services at 808-922-2299.

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