Hula Mania Culminates on Hawai'i Island in November

Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival Open to Public

Hula Mania Culminates on Hawai'i Island in November

All things hula converge on Hawaii Island November 7 - 11, 2007 at the Waikoloa Beach Resort, during the hailed Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival. If you've ever been mesmerized by a sunset hula performance at a local hotel, or are speechless every time a graceful dancer tells a tale with a few swivels of the hips and some fluid arm movement... then you should consider heading to Waikoloa in November. You'll be certain to immerse from the experience a culturally richer individual. Seriously.

Moku O Keawe draws the finest halau from Hawaii, Japan and Tahiti, who compete in three separate divisions (kapuna, kahiko and 'auana, for you devotees). Throughout the 5-day festival, various artisans and experts in the art of hula will present workshops that offer a micro-education in Hawaiian culture. The roster of teachers, or kumu, reads like a who's who of Hawaiian experts, each of whom command the utmost respect. They include (but are not limited to): Charles Kaupu, who will lead a chant session; Nalani Kanaka'ole will lead a 2-day bamboo stamping course; and Sonny Ching who will demonstrate modern style hula techniques.

Throughout the affair, a "Hawaii Marketplace" will feature many local products from vendors that include aloha wear from Sig Zane Designs, hula-inspired art from painter Kathy Long, as well as Hawaiian-made chocolates, jewelry, flowers and plants, antiques, soaps and lotions, woodworks, historical weapons and coffee.

The week kicks off at Hilton Waikoloa Village's impressive Palace Lawn on Wednesday evening with a special performance by Keali'i Reichel, at 7:00 p.m. Food and beverage vendors will be out in full force, insuring all will be in fine spirits for the evening.

Tickets for Moku O Keawe are $15 per day; a $35 five-day pass is available.

Tickets for the opening evening performance with Keali'i Reichel are $35.

Visit www.MokuOKeawe.org or call (808) 936-4853 for ticketing and more information.