HONOLULU (KHON2) — It’s time for hula. Hula halau showcased their hula at the 81st Nā Hula Festival at Kapiolani Park.
The free festival was from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.
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“I’m 92 years old but I love every minute of it,” said Kumu hula Puanani Alama. “The hula is something that is beautiful. It’s from the heart. You feel everything with your heart.”
“The dancers are loving it,” said Samantha Sun, Culture & Arts Specialist for the Honolulu Department of Parks & Recreation. “They love being able to perform in front of an audience. They get that energy that the audience gives off. It is just nice for them. It adds something to their performance.”
The festival returned to Kapiolani Park after two years due the pandemic.
The 2020 festival was canceled.
The 2021 festival was done virtually. To see the virtual festival go to the Department of Parks and Recreation YouTube Channel.
The 2022 Lei Queen and Court were there along with the Royal Hawaiian Band.
The four featured halau were Nā Wāhine o ka Hula, Puanani Alama Hula Studio, Hālau Hula o Pua ‘A‘ala Hone, Hālau Hula o Hōkūlani.
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The Nā Hula Festival started in 1940. The city said the Nā Hula Festival is the longest-running, annual, non-competitive hula event in Hawai‘i.