This year, the 5th Ka ʻAha Hula ʻO Hālauaola Hula Conference ran from 14 to 23 June and saw a total of around 1,200 participants from across the Hawaiian islands and around the world. As in previous iterations of Ka ʻAha Hula ʻO Hālauaola, they learnt from and studied with various hula masters and experts in high-level workshops, presentations, and related activities, which include huaka’i (excursions/visits) to sacred sites and historically or culturally important places in every district on Hawai’i.
Alaka’i Kahanoa Floresca of our hālau’s San Diego branch worked very hard in representing us in both the opening and closing ceremonies; Alaka’i Kapuananiokekukui Namiko (Puanani) of our Singapore branch was also around for a few days as part of our delegation.
Here are some snapshots of the event, as well as of various sites of interest and significance in Hilo.
The past few months have been a whirlwind of activity. Here are snapshots from some of the house blessings, private lei-making workshops, private hula lessons, weddings, and shows that Kumu Lei and the hālau have been involved in in this period.