Halau Hula Ka No’eau Commemorates Kalakaua’s Birthday at Outrigger Keauhou Beach


Hula, chant and drum performance pays tribute to Hawaii’s last king

Halau Hula Ka No’eau commemorates Kalakaua’s birthday at Outrigger Keauhou Beach

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii – A sunset tribute to David La’amea Kalakaua, the last king of Hawaii, will be presented by Halau Hula Ka No’eau on Thursday, November 16, 2006, at the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort on Hawaii’s Big Island.

Scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., the free presentation will take place near Kalakaua’s summer cottage, which was re-built in its original location on the hotel grounds. The dancers of Halau Hula Ka No’eau will commemorate the anniversary of the king’s birthdate with oli (chant), pahu (drum) and hula.

The hula dances will be in the kahiko (ancient) style, and will finish with the Holo’ana o Kalakaua, a depiction of the king’s travels around the world.

David La’amea Kalakaua so loved Hawaiian music, dance and festivities that he became affectionately known as the “Merrie Monarch.” A world-traveler and diplomat, and an accomplished composer and author, Kalakaua helped revive Hawaiian music and hula, which had been suppressed for many years by missionary influences in the islands.

Halau Hula Ka No’eau is an internationally noted group renown for their pahu and distinctive drum compositions. Following their tribute to King Kalakaua, representatives of the halau will be available to answer questions about their instruments, attire and King Kalakaua. This event is sponsored by the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort, and is part of the hotel’s year-round series of educational events and activities that strive to perpetuate and share the island’s rich cultural heritage with guests, employees and the community.

For more information about the Kalakaua tribute, contact Keikilani at 808-937-2236.

The Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort on Hawaii’s Big Island features 309 rooms on prime oceanfront acreage, adjacent to tide pools sheltering sea turtles and reef fish, and Kahaluu Bay Beach Park. The hotel offers meeting facilities, restaurants, salon and spa services, tennis courts, pool, shopping, ancient historical sites and Hawaiian cultural programs for adults and children.

Photo credit: Halau Hula Ka Noeau

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