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Free Hula Show Returns to Waik?k? After 22 Years

The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) proudly announces the first hula show in Waik?k? developed and hosted by a Native Hawaiian organization. The Kilohana Hula Show, which officially launched on Feb. 15, offers a modern twist on iconic productions, including the Kodak Hula Show, that were held in the Waik?k? Shell for more than 60 years before ending in 2002. The free, one-hour show is held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday at the Waik?k? Shell Amphitheatre.

"What will set the Kilohana Hula Show apart from other productions is that it will exclusively feature hula, mele (songs), chants and traditions from Hawai?i," said K?hi? Lewis, CEO of CNHA. "This unique show will give visitors an opportunity to learn, experience and appreciate the vibrant host culture of the Hawaiian Islands."

Kilohana translates to the fine outer layer of a decorated sheet of kapa (bark cloth). Metaphorically, it represents excellence in wisdom refined over generations. The show will highlight mele that honors Waik?k?, featuring dancers from six award-winning h?lau (hula schools) from across Hawai?i (hula highlight video).

In true Hawaiian fashion, the show embraces the multi-generational nature of these traditions. Musicians, singers and dancers in the show span from kupuna (elders) ? some of whom performed in the original Kodak Hula Show ? to the most promising young talents.

The location of the Kilohana Hula Show on the grounds of Kapi?olani Park is also historically significant for Native Hawaiians.

"This show honors the legacy of King David Kal?kaua, who in 1877, dedicated Royal Land as a public space in honor of his beloved wife, Queen Kapi?olani. Kal?kaua was a composer and supporter of music and the arts, and we are humbled to bring authentic song and dance to this special venue at Kapi?olani Park, free of charge for the public to enjoy," added Lewis.

In addition to bringing back hula to Waik?k?, CNHA is working with a Native Hawaiian plant specialist to reintroduce native plants to the iconic Waik?k? Shell (plant highlight video).

"When guests come for the hula show, they will not only be able to learn about Native Hawaiian plants, their uses and importance to our people and ??ina (land), but they will also see them integrated into the show," said Lewis.

For more information, visit www.experiencekilohana.com. Click here for photos and video from the Kilohana Hula Show (photo credit: Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement).

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