Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) is proud to announce the premiere of the virtual 43rd Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival on Thursday, November 5 from 7 to 9 pm on KHON2. The two-hour program will also be live streamed on www.khon2.com and KHON’s YouTube channel. It will be rebroadcast on Saturday, November 7 from 7 to 9 pm on KHON2, and on Sunday, November 8, from 8 to 10 pm on sister station KHII. The Presenting Sponsor is Hawai’i Tourism.
Instead of a live in-person event, this year’s first virtual festival was filmed at historic Queen Emma Summer Palace and features eleven hālau hula in an inspiring program of hula with special messages of aloha from each kumu. Founded in 1978, the festival honors Prince Lot Kapuāiwa, who helped reprise hula in Moanalua and reigned as Kamehameha V from 1863 to 1872.
“While we cannot safely gather together in person during the pandemic, we wanted to bring our program of aloha through hula to the families and kūpuna here in Hawai’i and beyond our shores so they can watch it in the security of their homes,” said Alika Jamile, Executive Director and President of Moanalua Gardens Foundation.
The virtual festival will premiere on Moanalua Gardens Foundation’s Facebook site on Monday, November 16 and on their YouTube channel with additional vignettes on Tuesday, December 1.