Annual Ka Hula Piko Festival begins today

Two dancers tell the story of Molokai through hula at last year’s Ka Hula Piko event at the Mitchell Pau’ole Center. In the background is a photo portrait of late Kumu Hula John Ka‘imikaua who founded the celebration in 1991.

Join Molokai and the rest of Hawaii in the annual celebration of the birth of the hula, the Ka Hula Piko Festival.

The main event, the ho’olaule’a, takes place Saturday at the Mitchell Pau’ole Center in Kaunakakai. Admission is free. There will be a variety of entertainment, hula, Hawaiian food and hand made crafts by the people of Molokai.

According to Molokai tradition, the art of hula began on the island of Molokai in the district of Ka’ana. At 10 a.m. today, the mo’olelo (story) and hula (dance) of this sacred place will be shared. Head west past the airport along Maunaloa Highway. Look for the cars parked alongside the road. A second excursion is planned for 1 p.m. that will show how this area continues to be a place of gathering and learning for our people today. Look for the Molokai Ka Hula Piko sign.

Tonight, at 7 p.m. will be an evening lecture at Kulana ‘Oiwi. The lecture will focus on the theme for this year, “Lei ‘ia Moloka’i i ke aloha hulu mamo, Moloka’i wreath in the love of the ancestors.” Listen as the kupuna of Molokai share their life’s experience and discuss this year’s theme.

On Friday will be a documentary film, The Hidden, at 7 p.m. at Kulala ‘Oiwi. The film looks at the beginnings of the Molokai Ka Hula Piko festival, founded in 1991 by the Molokai community and the late Kumu Hula John Kaimikaua. The film shares a more intimate side of the Molokai kumu and will include a talk story session with members of his halau and family.

The ho’olaule’a on Saturday begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. A full day will be filled with Hawaiian and local craft booths, ‘ono food, door prize giveaways, a silent auction and the official Moloka’i Ka Hula Piko T-shirt. There will also be entertainment by various Molokai groups and Hula Halau.


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