A wealth of cultural and wellness events will roll-out over the coming month on the Big Island of Hawaii, in the Keauhou area, just outside of Kona-Kailua town. Beginning with a Healing Arts Festival on Saturday, October 23 (from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m), and ending with a Makahiki Festival on Sunday, November 21 (1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.). Both of these events are free and will be held at the Royal Lu‘au Grounds at the Keauhou Beach Resort.
The Healing Arts Festival is held in conjunction with the Hawaiian Lomilomi Association, and will spotlight the traditional practices of lomilomi, la‘au lapa‘au, and ho‘oponopono. There will be information booths, Hawaiian arts and crafts, live entertainment as well as a variety of seminars and presenters who will share their knowledge while demonstrating good practises. (You can find out more about this festival by visiting www.lomilomi.org)
On Saturday, October 30, (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), there will be a day-long tribute to legendary kumu hula George Na‘ope. A co-founder of the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, Na‘ope and his halau have traveled the world over bringing the art of hula to countless cultures.
November 19 – 20 brings a two-day celebration and tribute to King David Kalakaua, the last reigning king of the Hawaiian Islands. Kalakaua is credited with reviving Hawaiian chant, music and hula, which had previously been banned by missionary settlers. During this affair, various hula workshops will be taught by kumu ranging from Nalani Kanaka‘ole-Zane of Hilo, to Pina Dawson of Kauai. In total, more than a dozen kumu hula will be on hand to share their knowledge of the art form. (There may be a fee for certain classes and hula seminars.)
Finally, Sunday, November 21 marks the beginning of the four-month-long Makahiki celebration. Head to the Royal Luau Grounds to share in the spirit, partake in games and crafts, and mingle with participants.
Hula workshops will be taught by kumu ranging from Nalani Kanaka‘ole-Zane of Hilo, to Pina Dawson of Kauai.