Annual Ka Hula Piko festival comes to Lanikeha Community Center

| April 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

The 22nd annual Moloka’i Ka Hula Piko will be moving to a new venue at the Lanikeha Community Center during this year’s celebration of the birth of hula on Molokai.

Two dancers tell the story of Molokai through hula at last year's Ka Hula Piko event at the Mitchell Pau'ole Center. In the background is a photo portrait of late Kumu Hula John Ka‘imikaua who founded the celebration in 1991.

Two dancers tell the story of Molokai through hula at last year’s Ka Hula Piko event at the Mitchell Pau’ole Center. In the background is a photo portrait of late Kumu Hula John Ka‘imikaua who founded the celebration in 1991.

The three-day community event, from May 2-4, begins with two days of educational and cultural day excursions, or huaka’i, followed by evening lectures at Kulana ‘Ōiwi and a Ho‘olaule‘a celebration. All these events are designed to share the moʻolelo (story), hula (dance) and oli (chant) of the island of Molokai.

The huaka’i begins Thursday, May 2, at 9 a.m. at the Ka’ana gate. A guided tour will visit Ka’ana, and share the story of Pu’u Nana and the origins of the hula according to the oral traditions of ancient Molokai in the very place it all began. Following the visit to Ka’ana, the tour will continue to its second excursion to Honouliwai.

Meet at the Ka’ana gate at 9 a.m. located along Maunaloa Highway, heading west past the airport. Look for the cars parked alongside the road. A waiver form needs to be signed prior to entry on to Molokai Ranch property. For those wanting to join us for the second excursion to Honouliwai, meet alongside the road at One Ali’i Beach Park between 10:45-11 a.m. The tour will be coming from its first excursion so meeting time may vary.

On Thursday evening will be a lecture at Kulana ‘Ōiwi Halau at 7 p.m. Kūpuna, ‘ohana and alaka’i from Hālau Hula O Kukunaokalā will discuss their hula origins and traditions as taught to them by their late kumu, John Kaimikaua, who is also a founder of the Moloka’i Ka Hula Piko festival. They will also share mo’olelo and mana’o (thoughts) on this year’s theme, “Nā Kupua ‘E’ē”.

This year’s theme was given by ʻAnakē Vanda Hanakahi a kupuna of Molokai. The theme, Nā Kupua ‘E‘ē celebrates the peculiar shape shifters of ancient Hawaii, specifically from the island of Molokai. Kupua were unique beings because of their ability to change forms. Some took the form of an animal such as a stingray or caterpillar. Others took the form of different elements of nature such as the wind, rain or a whirlwind. A common thought is that all kupua had a human form, when in fact some kupua never took human form. There were some kupua who were good and acted as guardians protecting the ʻāina (land) and people in the area they lived, and other kupua who chose to do evil and brought harm and destruction to those around them.

On Friday, the focus will be on hula traditions across Hawaii. Come and listen to a panel of kumu hula from across the islands to share their traditions and origins in the hula. Kumu hula participating include Makalapua Bernard, Napua Greig and Kauwila Reyes. Lecture begins at 7 p.m. at Kulana ‘Ōiwi Halau.

The festivities culminate with the Ho‘olaule‘a on Saturday from 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. at Lanikeha Community Center. It’s a day filled with native Hawaiian and local arts and crafts, ʻono food, entertainment, giveaways, displays of the creative keiki art contest and a silent auction.

This year’s sponsors are Pa’i Foundation; Office of Hawaiian Affairs; KPOA 93.5 FM – Hawaiian Music, Maui Style; Molokai Community Federal Credit Union and American Income Life Insurance Company.

For more information, contact Dion Dizon with the Hālau Hula O Kukunaokalā, 291-2626, or go to the website


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