Nothing turbulent about this year’s Ka Hula Piko celebration, despite the theme, “Aia nā kai Po‘olo‘olo‘u o Moloka‘i” — there are the turbulent waters of Moloka‘i.
The perfect weather and festival atmosphere last Saturday made Molokai’s biggest annual event a success. For the second straight year the Mitchell Pau’ole Center provided the venue since it was moved from the Papohaku State Park on the West End.
The celebration of the birth of the hula on Molokai is now in its 20th year. Its founder the late Kumu Hula, John Ka‘imikaua began the festival and as a means of enlightening and educating all people about the early traditions and culture of pre-Western Moloka‘i through the ancient Oli and Hula passed on to him by his Kumu.
In addition to the The Ho‘olaulea on Saturday, there was an evening lecture last Thursday presented by Halau Hula O Kukunaokala and original music showcasing the compositions of John Ka’imikaua, who founded the Moloka’i Ka Hula Piko celebration in 1991.
On Friday, John Ka’imikaua was honored in a documentary film sponsored by Coffees of Hawaii. The film “A Mau A Mau to Continue Forever” was shown at Coffees of Hawaii in Kualapu’u.
The Ho‘olaulea on Saturday featured onolicious food, crafts and entertainment from the people of Molokai including dances from Hālau Hula o Kukunaokalā.
Here are two videos of Molokai hula dances as performed by Hālau Hula o Kukunaokalā.