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2015 Events

April 7-10, 2015

In April, the week after Easter, the highly anticipated Merrie Monarch Hula Festival and Competition in Hilo will be under way. During this special week, ‘Imiloa will offer a  showcase of musical performances and cultural presentations in support of the Merrie Monarch Festival, providing visitors to Hawai‘i and its residents an opportunity to learn about the history and cultural significance of hula and its practitioners. All showcase sessions cover a wide range of hula topics. 
 
To ensure your place, we recommend that you purchase tickets in advance. Pre-sale tickets to each session are $8 for members or $10 for non-members. Only a handful of tickets will be available on the day of the performance (priced at $15). Ticket pre-sales start Tuesday, March 10th for the events being held April 7-10, 2015 so be sure to mark your calendar as we expect to sell out! All admission proceeds benefit enrichment programming at 'Imiloa. Tickets are non-refundable. Pre-purchase tickets at the 'Imiloa front desk or by phone at (808) 969-9703.
 
 
Tuesday, April 7
10:00 am

Presentation: Wiwo ‘Ole – A Contemporary Hawaiian Hula Drama

by Ke Kula ‘O Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu‘u

Joseph Kaho‘oluhi Nāwahī, nineteenth century Hawaiian educator, lawyer, legislator, and publisher, known for his unwavering commitment to the Hawaiian people, is honored in this hula drama performed by haumāna of Ke Kula ‘O Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu‘u.

 
  
1:00 pm

 Repeat Presentation: Wiwo ‘Ole – A Contemporary Hawaiian Hula Drama

by Ke Kula ‘O Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu‘u

Joseph Kaho‘oluhi Nāwahī, nineteenth century Hawaiian educator, lawyer, legislator, and publisher, known for his unwavering commitment to the Hawaiian people, is honored in this hula drama performed by haumāna of Ke Kula ‘O Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu‘u.

 
 
Wednesday, April 8
10:00 am
Presentation: 'Iolani Luahine, Legacy of a Hula Master
By Hula Preservation Society
Regarded as one of the most ardent and beloved practitioners of ancient Hawaiian hula and chant, ‘Iolani Luahine helped bring international recognition and respect to the traditional art of hula. On this 100th year since her birth at Nāpo‘opo‘o, South Kona in 1915, the Hula Preservation Society presents digitally-preserved film and video of “Aunty ‘Io” and recounts her contributions to the preservation of hula and the Hawaiian culture. Special guests include two of her students, Queenie Ventura Dowsett and Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, and Tip Davis, producer of the film “’Iolani Luahine, Hawaiian Dancer.”
 
 
1:00 pm
Performance: The Lim 'Ohana
The very talented Lim ‘Ohana of North Kohala has been sharing beautiful Hawaiian music with the world for over three decades. The recipients of multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards, including award for Traditional Hawaiian Music and Group of the Year, the Lims also received the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for Hawaiian Music in 2012. Slack key guitarist Sonny Lim, Kumu Hula Nani Lim Yap and award winning vocalist Lorna Lim combine their voices and instruments to create the sweetest sounds of traditional and contemporary Hawai‘i.
 
 
Thursday, April 9
10:00 am
Performance: Waipuna
Kale Hannahs, David Kamakahi & Matt Sproat
Guided by strong musical roots, Kale Hannahs, David Kamakahi and Matthew Sproat pride themselves in respectfully pushing the limits of traditional Hawaiian music while perpetuating the music of their predecessors. The combination of instrumental prowess, strong harmonies and a passion for music, has garnered these gentlemen five Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards, including Group of the Year, Single of the Year and Album of the Year. Waipuna’s music is refreshing and rejuvenating and will expand your expectations of Hawaiian music.
 
 
1:00 pm
Presentation: Remembering Aunty Nona Beamer
by Hula Preservation Society
Winona Kapuailohiamanonokalani Desha Beamer (1923-2008) dedicated her life to teaching and sharing Hawaiian culture through stories, mele, chant and hula. She was a pivotal influence in reviving the Hawaiian art of storytelling and the ancient hula at a time when the performance of standing hula was banned at Kamehameha schools. Join Aunty Nona’s hānai children Maile Loo and Kaliko Trapp, along with dear friend, Calvin Hoe, in celebration of this beloved kupuna and teacher who embodied aloha and touched and inspired hearts around the world.
 
Friday, April 10
10:00 am 
Performance: Kuana Torres
Returning to ‘Imiloa’s Moanahōkū Hall, Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winning vocalist, Kuana Kahele Torres, will perform original music from his Music for the Hawaiian Islands series. This unprecedented project began in the spring of 2014 and will yield a collection of music for each of the islands of Hawai‘i. This year, Kuana performs original music from his first three volumes, Hawai‘i Keawe, Kahelelani Ni‘ihau and Pi‘ilani Maui. 
 
1:00 pm
Performance: Sean Na'auao
Talented singer, musician, composer, producer and recipient of numerous Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards, including Song of the Year and multiple Albums of the Year, Sean Na‘auao’s music includes the most contemporary of island music to the heartfelt traditional Hawaiian mele. Sean graces the ‘Imiloa stage performing original music from his most recent CD, “Na‘auao”, named Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award’s Best Engineered CD of 2014.

2013 Merrie Monarch Culture Enrichment Program Highlight

 

 

Highlights of the 2010 Merrie Monarch Culture Enrichment Program.