February 18, 2019 — E Kanikapila Kakou Hula Night (Week 5)
Themed ‘Music is our Mo’olelo’, the 36th season of E Kanikapila Kakou (EKK), the annual heritage Hawaiian music programme co-organised by the Garden Island Arts Council and the non-profit Mālie Foundation, ran over 10 Monday nights from January to March 2019.
February 18, the fifth day of the programme, saw Kumu Lei and three other Kumu Hula — Nathan Kalama, Kamealoha Forrest, and Troy Hinano Lazaro — being invited down to the Kaua’i Beach Resort‘s Jasmine Ballroom to teach a hula each, to participants who included both locals and overseas visitors. The event was a fun and light-hearted experience for all; Kumu Lei taught Hinale, and the evening ended with a ho’ike at which all the participants could showcase what they had learnt.
EKK 2019 was funded in part by by the Hawai’i Tourism Authority, and is supported by the County of Kaua’i Office of Economic Development, Kaua`i Beach Resort, and GIAC/EKK supporters. Garden Island Arts Council programmes are supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, through appropriations from the Hawai’i State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.