He Hali’a Aloha No Lili‘uokalani is an all day festival held at Lili’uokalani Gardens in Hilo in commemoration of the last reigning Queen of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Lili’uokalani. This festival includes music, hula, food, and crafts.
The ‘Iolani Luahine Hula Festival was established in 2003 with a vision to perpetuate the hula. It also serves at a way to perpetuate the memory of ‘Iolani Luahine and her contributions to the preservation of hula and the Hawaiian culture. The festival also provides opportunities for worldwide halau to participate in the hula art and enables them to build a relationship that ensures their long-term commitment to the hula.
‘Iolani Luahine was born in 1915 in Nāpo‘opo‘o. ‘Iolani Luahine is admired as a hula dancer who preserved the ancient dance traditions. She was trained by her aunt Keahi Luahine, and she taught and coached her niece Hoakalei Kamau’u. Aunty ‘Iolani’s superb talents, attractiveness to audiences, and personal commitment kept the ancient dance art from being lost. Her career is testament to the adage that dances are passed down like myths, from one artist to another. ‘Iolani Luahine is one of Hawai‘i’s premier performers and cultural treasures.