Last week, the City Council congratulated Moanalua Gardens Foundation for its Prince Lot Hula Festival being selected as the inaugural aio Media-Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association “Heritage and Culture Event” awardee. Joining us at the Council were Executive Director and President Alika Jamile, Managing Director Pauline Worsham, and representatives from the Moanalua Gardens Foundation Board of Directors on the recognition of this Heritage and Culture Event award, and the 41-year history of the Prince Lot Hula Festival.
Besides authentic hula performances by well-respected kumu hula and their hula halau, the Prince Lot Hula Festival features educational, cultural exhibits and activities for the estimated 14,000 visitors and residents who attend each year. As we celebrate this year’s “Merrie Monarch” festival this week on the Big Island, and remember what a fledgling event it was back in the 1980’s, I hope that the Moanalua Gardens Prince Lot Festival achieves equal stature as a premiere destination and event on Oahu.
The 41st Prince Lot Hula Festival will return to the Iolani Palace grounds on Saturday, July 21st and Sunday, July 22nd and remains free of charge to all attendees. It will take place during the same weekend as the City’s “Mango Jam” celebration on Honolulu Hale grounds, making the Honolulu Capitol Complex the place to visit for authentic hula, ‘backyard paina’ concerts, food and a wide range of Hawaiian arts and crafts. Please mark your calendars and come out to support some of Hawaii’s greatest cultural events!