This coming weekend marks the 41st Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival.
On July 21st and 22nd twelve hula halau (groups) gather for a two-day showcase of this celebrated Hawaiian art form. Considered the largest and the oldest non-competitive hula event in the state, this event honors Prince Lot Kapuaiwa who helped revive the art of hula in the Hawaiian Islands. Included in the event are performances by the Royal Hawaiian Band, a Hawaiian-themed craft fair and demonstrations of traditional Hawaiian arts such as feather lei making and lauhala (leaf) weaving. The festival is free and located in downtown Honolulu at the historical Iolani Palace. http://moanaluagardensfoundation.org/
Other highlights include a pre-festival concert by the Kamehameha Alumni Glee Club on Saturday at 8:30 am, a Hawaiian-themed craft fair featuring local crafters, demonstrations of traditional Hawaiian arts by noted cultural practitioners, including poi pounding, lauhala weaving, kapa making, ipu heke making, feather lei making, ukulele making and more. Food vendors will offer a variety of mouth-watering local specialties featuring Hawaiian plates, shave ice, and other island favorites. So come on down and bring your low beach chairs and mats and enjoy the fun, food and festivities at historic Iolani Palace.