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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Prince Lot Hula Festival draws 8,500 at Moanalua Gardens

Advertiser Staff

The 32nd Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival, drew an estimated 8,500 spectators during the daylong event held July 18 at Moanalua Gardens, organizers said.

The festival, dubbed “Ke Alana O Moanalua,” or the Awakening of Moanalua, is the largest non-competitive hula event in Hawaiçi, according to the Moanalua Gardens Foundation.
The festival honors Prince Lot Kapuçiwa who reprised the once banned hula in the ahupuaça of Moanalua. A non-profit organization, MGF relies on grants and donations to produce the festival which is free and open to the public.
“Thanks to our many sponsors and donors, the festival continues to exceed our expectations,” said Alika Jamile, executive director and president of MGF.
Founded in 1978, the Prince Lot Hula Festival has been designated a signature cultural event by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. The festival’s goal is to preserve and perpetuate the culture, language and hula traditions of Hawaiçi.