Under the Moon brings past to life with hula, storytelling

  • The last full moon of 2018 sets in December. (Reiko Sekine/Community contributor)

KAILUA-KONA — Join kupuna, Hawaiian entertainers and kumu hula who will bring the past to the present with mele, dance, and storytelling every month on the Friday of the mahealani moon, or full moon.

The is a free cultural event begins at 6:30 p.m. July 12 at Hulihee Palace on Alii Drive. Gates open an hour before. Attendees should bring their own halii and chairs.


Performers include longtime caretaker and housekeeper of Hale O Na Alii O Hulihee, Ben Samson Mahi, Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Cody Pueo Pata, and world renowned Kumu Hula Leimomi Ho and Halau Keali’ika’apunihonua Ke’ena A’o Hula.

“Our goal for Under The Kona Moon is community binding through the art of storytelling,” said Lehua Bray, chair for the event, in a press release.

Its mission is to be a gathering place for Hawaii Island ohana and kupuna to bring the past to life. Graced by a majestic moon, the ancient art of mele, hula, and storytelling will unveil and celebrate the past, and continue to strengthen and preserve future generations. The concept was inspired by Twilight at Kalahuipuaa at the Mauna Lani Resort.


The inaugural Under the Kona Moon event was held in January. Confirmed dates for the fall season include Aug. 16, Sept. 13, Nov. 15, and Dec. 13 with performers to be announced. The month of October will not have an event due to the Ironman World Championship.

The event committee is seeking sponsorship and is grateful to The Hulihee Palace board members and staff, The Daughters of Hawaii, Danny and Anna Akaka, and many other volunteers who support the project.

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