Festival remembers, honors famed hula dancer


The 12th annual Iolani Luahine Hula Festival was held Friday and Saturday at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay.

Established in 2003, this festival honors the memory of Luahine and her contributions through the preservation of hula and Hawaiian culture. Luahine was admired as a famed hula dancer who preserved the ancient dance traditions. Her superb talents and personal commitment kept the ancient dance art from being lost. Her career is testament to the adage that dances are passed down like myths, from one artist to another.

This year’s festival included hula workshops and presentations, and an educational challenge to kumu hula with a prize for the one who best demonstrates Luahine’s values.

For more information, visit iolaniluahinefestival.org.