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Keiki Hula Festival celebrates 17th year

By Staff | Jul 16, 2015

The two-day event will feature halau from across Maui, traditional crafters and artisans.

LAHAINA – Lahaina Cannery Mall will host its 17th annual Keiki Hula Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19. This free, two-day cultural event will feature halau (dance troupes) from across the island presenting richly choreographed kahiko (ancient) and auana (modern) hula that express the traditional values of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.

The weekend celebration also features Hawaiian artisans and crafters demonstrating lei-making, weaving, wood carving and other traditional skills.

Halau will take the stage every other hour beginning at 11 a.m., with the last performance at 3:30 p.m. each day. The schedule for Saturday includes Hui Lanakila at 11 a.m., Na Kamalii Nani O Lahaina at 12:30 p.m., Manutea Productions at 2 p.m. and Halau Hula O Keola Aliiokekai at 3:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Hui Lanakila will take the stage at 11 a.m., followed by Te Tiare Patitifa at 12:30 and 2 p.m., and Ta’aroa Nui at 3:30 p.m.

Other events in July include free ukulele lessons at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, Polynesian Performances Hula Shows at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Keiki Hula Shows at 1 p.m. and Maui Toy Works Yu-Gi-Oh Card Sessions from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and all-ages comedy and magic with Holden Mowat at 11:30 a.m. and Keiki Hula Shows at 1 p.m. on Sundays.

Lahaina Cannery Mall is Maui’s only fully enclosed, air-conditioned shopping complex. Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (7 p.m. Sundays), Lahaina Cannery Mall has more than 50 shops and restaurants and is located on the north end of Lahaina Town fronting Honoapiilani Highway and Front Street.

For more information, call 661-5304, visit LahainaCanneryMall.com, or follow @LahainaCannery on Twitter.