Waikoloa News — Sig Zane Designs’ HōkÅ« Mālama Line To Premiere At Moku O Keawe Fashion Show Sept. 5

(Media release) — Kumu Hula Nalani Kanaka‘ole for Sig Zane Designs premiers a new, exciting line of distinctive aloha wear for women with “Hōkū Mālama” an elegant brunch and fashion show, Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Monarchy Ballroom.

Part of Waikoloa Beach Resort’s 4th Annual Hawaiian Cultural Weekend and Hawaii Island Festivals 30 Days of Aloha, the show introduces “Hōkū Mālama” to the Big Island and the world with a fashion splash.  The program includes music by Na Palapalai, 18-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winners, and “magical” arrangers of traditional songs for today’s listeners, trendsetters in the falsetto style of ha‘i ha‘i.

The Hawaiian Cultural Weekend and Hawaii Island Festival, carry on the longstanding tradition begun with “Aloha Week” in the 1950’s, celebrating Hawaii’s unique history, music, style and cuisine with a fun series of cultural events, designed to delight audiences of all ages.  The celebration kicks off with the big, beautiful Big Island pageantry of the Ms. Aloha Nui Gala on Friday, honoring women with “supersized” aloha, talent and grace.

On Saturday, it’s everybody’s favorite Poke Contest with tastings of “Hawaii’s Soul Food.”  Home cooks and top chefs vie for the championship, mixing it up with inspired interpretation of the traditional snack made with bite-sized raw fish, creatively seasoned with worlds of ingredients and imagination.  Saturday night, the 19th Annual Clyde “Kindy” Sproat Falsetto & Storytelling Contest spotlights the talents of male singers who lift their voice into the upper register and captivate the audience with the stories behind the songs.

Sunday’s Hawaiian Elegance Fashion Show Brunch is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for a Big Island audience to experience a brand-new style of contemporary women’s wear, created by Kumu Hula Nalani Kanaka‘ole for Sig Zane Designs, the well-known island designer of signature aloha fashions. Read more

Waikoloa News — May Day Is Lei Day At Queens’ MarketPlace

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(Media release) — Queens’ MarketPlace celebrates the fun, time-honored tradition of May Day, Lei Day in Hawai‘i, on Saturday, May 1, 2010.  Visitors to the springtime festivities can experience colorful Hawaiian culture through the artistry of master lei-makers presenting their works of “living art” from noon to 6 p.m.  And then, the spotlight shines on Hawaiian music and hula in the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens, as some of the Big Island’s favorite dancers and entertainers take the stage.

Throughout the day, May Day entertainment and activities are open to visitors and residents alike: lei-making, keiki hula,coconut frond weaving, lei contest, lei demonstrations and entertainment by Hālau Na Pua O Uluhaimalama—Kumu Hula Emery Aceret, Rolinda Bean, The Kupuka‘as, Darlene Ahuna and the coronation of the May Day Queen at the Coronation Pavilion.

The performance, or hō‘ike, “Liko Ka Palapalai” directed by Kumu Keala Ching proudly presents a fabulous selection of Hawai‘i music, hula and song, starring great entertainers like John Keawe, Olomana, Frank K. Hewett, Kumu Hula Ula Hewett, Kainani Kahaunaele, Aunty Diana Aki and more.  Keiki from ‘Aha Pūnana Leo Hawaiian immersion school will perform, and dancers from Ka Pā Hula Nā Wai Iwi Ola, Na Lei O Kaholoku and Beamer-Solomon Hālau O Po‘ohala grace the stage with hula under the stars. Read more

Waikoloa News — Amy Hānaiali‘i To Perform At Moku O Keawe International Festival On Sunday

 Amy Hānaiali‘i

Amy Hānaiali‘i

(Media release) — In a special appearance under the stars, Ms. Amy Hānaiali‘i performs her special blend of Hawaiian music Sunday, November 8 in the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens, as part of the Moku O Keawe International Festival.

Her concert caps off the celebration of hula and related arts during “Hō‘ike,” a traditional presentation, where the Festival’s workshop students share what they have learned.

The Hō‘ike begins at 6 p.m. with hula, chant, and songs played on traditional Hawaiian musical instruments such as pūniu (knee drum), ‘ohe hanu ihu (nose flute) and ‘ulī‘ilī (gourd rattles).  The program continues with Ms. Amy Hānaiali‘i in concert at 7 p.m. Read more