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E Mau Ana Ka Hula Celebration | Big Island Real Estate


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“Hula is the language of the heart, and therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.” — King David Kalakaua

The Polynesians were the first to dance hula on the Hawaiian Islands.  Like many Hawaiian traditions hula was more than a ritual dance. It was a way to pass down history and knowledge from one generation to the next. When protestant missionaries came in the early 19th century a large portion of Hawaiian history was lost due to the missionaries who encouraged the banning of hula.

Luckily, in the latter half of the century, King David Kalakaua brought back the tradition of hula and championed its performance. Under the Merrie Monarch’s reign there was a hula resurgence and new costumes and songs were added.

Today there are a number of festivals which honor King David Kalakaua. The world-renowned Merrie Monarch Hula Festival takes place every spring on the Big Island. During the festival, thousands of people from all over the world descend on Hilo to see the hula competition. In the autumn, the E Mau Ana Ka Hula Celebration is held on the leeward side of the Big Island in Kailua-Kona.


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This year the 8th annual E Mau Ana Ka Hula Celebration will take place on November 14th and 15th, 2014 at the  Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.  Professional hula performers and students from Japan, Europe, and the Hawaiian Islands will present both hula kahiko (ancient) or hula auana (modern). If you are on the Kona Coast, you won’t want to miss this amazing showcase filled with costumes, stories, and dance. There will also be local artisans selling handmade crafts and vendors offering ono food.

Admission to the festival is free and open to the public on Saturday November 15th from 8:00am to 5:00pm.  There will be workshops in both hula kahiko and hula auana on November 14th and 15th.  A full schedule of workshops and prices can be found at

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