Kauai to host Fourth World Conference on Hula
Widely known for their annual Kauai Mokihana Festival, the Maile Foundation will host the
Ka Aha Hula O Halauaola 2014, the fourth World Conference on Hula. This will be an extraordinary gathering for Kauai - and the island that is reputed to be the birthplace of hula. Countless chants and oral traditions have preserved Kauai's special character, stories and powerful sense of place.
Created and founded by master kumu hula and visionaries, Pualani Kanakaole Kanahele, Leinaala Kalama Heine and Hokulani Holt, the first aha, or conference, was launched in Hilo in 2001. Held every four years, the extraordinary success of the conference continued to Maui in 2005 and on to Oahu in 2009.
With much anticipation and excitement of waiting for almost 13 years, Kauai will finally have its turn to host this prestigious gathering. The aha will be held on the adjacent campuses of Kauai Community College, Kawaikini New Century Public Charter School and Island School in Puhi from July 10 to July 18.
Halauaola will feature 100 kumu hula, cultural practitioners and artisans, who will share their knowledge, experience, artistry and traditional practices with 1,000 participants from all over the world.