The Art of Hula will be shared by over 200 dedicated, local dancers on Saturday, February 16th at the Kaua`i War Memorial Convention Hall as they present Kuana on Kaua`i. An evening of exquisite Hawaiian music and enchanting hula Kumu Hula Leinā`ala Pavao Jardin, of Hālau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leinā`ala (Kalāheo), is proud to share her Kaikamahine, Keiki Kane, Opio, Kane, Wahine and Kupuna’s dance with the island of Kaua`i. Each group will perform Hula `Auana.
Dickie Chang will emcee the festivities and talented musical artist from Kaua`i and Oahu will perform. 2012 Na Hoku Hanohano
Male Vocalist of the Year Kuana Torres and Kauai`s own Kawili will bring their beautiful music to this evening extravaganza.
Graceful and authentic, these Hālau dancers are some of the most talented story-tellers on the island. Their performances have garnered muc
h attention, as the Kaikamahine and Keiki Kane have been consistent winners (2009-2012) for Kaua`i at the Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition on O`ahu. In 2012 the Wahine were invited to participate in the 49th Merrie Monarch Hula Festival where they placed 4th in the `Auana division.
“I am very proud of all of my dancers and I teach them to share our Hawaiian culture through the stories their dances tell, as well as give 100% during each performance,” said Kumu Leinā`ala Pavao Jardin. This year is the 50th Anniversary for the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. The Wahine have been invited to participate in this prestigious and commemorative event. “We are humbled and extremely honored to be invited to the 50th Anniversary of the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. It is a very special and exciting time for all of our dancers, and we are proud to represent Kaua`i where ever we are asked to dance,” Kumu Hula Leinā`ala went on to say.
The Concert doors will open on Saturday, February 16th at 4:00 pm in Lihue at the Kaua`i War Memorial Convention Hall, and the show will begin at 6:00 pm. Food and beverages will be available for purchase prior to the show and during the intermission. Local Hawaiian inspired crafters will also have hand-made products available for purchase. The proceeds of this event will support the Wahine’s trip to Merrie Monarch in April 2013 and the Keiki as they return to the Queen Lili`uokalani Keiki Hula Competition on O’ahu in July 2013. Advance Tickets are $20 per person and available at Kujo’s Mini Mart (Kalāheo), Uncle’s Shave Ice (Pō`ipū), The Wine Shop (Kōloa), Mokihana Travel (Līhu`e) and Vicky’s Fabrics (Kapa`a). Tickets, if available, will be $25 at the door. The tickets are selling fast.