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Waikīkī – On Friday, October 4, 2019, Royal Hawaiian Center brings Japan’s top hālau hula to the heart of Waikīkī at the Hula Hoʻolauna Aloha 2019 Mini Hōʻike. From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., guests are invited to The Royal Grove for the opening ceremony of Hula Hoʻolauna Aloha 2019, a four-day festival uniting the Japanese and Hawaiian cultures through hula. The annual event is organized by JALPAK International Hawaiʻi.

“Royal Hawaiian Center has had the pleasure of hosting the Mini Hōʻike, Hula Hoʻolauna Aloha’s first event, since 2014 and we’re thrilled to continue this tradition in 2019,” said Aaron Salā, Royal Hawaiian Center’s director of cultural affairs. “Mini Hōʻike kicks off the four-day festival, and is a fantastic event for visitors and Hawaiʻi residents alike to enjoy a snippet of the diversity of hālau hula.”

Featuring eight hālau hula hailing from across Japan, Mini Hōʻike will provide the public with the rare opportunity to experience the beauty and diversity of this beloved Hawaiian art form.

“The Royal Grove is a beautiful and intimate setting for this very special event,” said Eiichi Abe, Event Director of Hula Hoʻolauna Aloha Committee. “We’re thrilled to return to Royal Hawaiian Center for this kick-off hōʻike, which sets the stage for the three days of hula that follow.”

Participating hālau in Mini Hōʻike include:

  • Aloha Nui Loa, Kumu Hula Keiko Iwata
  • Hula Hālau Keolaloa O Kalehua Puakea, Kumu Hula Yukie Sato
  • Kurakura Hula Studio, Kumu Hula Keiko Matsuno
  • Tiare Michi Hula Studio, Kumu Hula Michiko Matsumoto
  • Taimani, Kumu Hula YUYU
  • Hula Hālau o Nanilehua, Kumu Hula Akiko Takeda
  • Ray Hula Studio, Kumu Hula Mamiko Sawada

Created in 2002, the annual Hula Ho‘olauna Aloha hula festival celebrates Japan’s love for the hula in its birthplace, while bridging the two cultures through dance and friendship. The Japanese language website, www.hoolauna.com, offers more information about the 18th Annual Hula Ho‘olauna Aloha 2019 hula festival.

For more information, visit www.RoyalHawaiianCenter.com or call Helumoa Hale Guest Services at 808-922-2299.

About Royal Hawaiian Center

Royal Hawaiian Center is the premier shopping, dining, entertainment, and cultural destination in Waikīkī, comprised of 110 shops and restaurants over three city-blocks of world-renowned Kalākaua Avenue. The Center stands proudly upon historic land known as Helumoa, once home to Hawaiian royalty. Hawaiian culture is celebrated every day at the Center with a variety of complimentary cultural lessons such as hula, lauhala weaving, lei-making, ʻukulele classes, and live entertainment featuring Hawaiian music and hula performances.

Royal Hawaiian Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and offers free validated parking for the first two hours with a minimum $10 purchase and only $2 per hour for the 3rd and 4th hours. Standard rates apply at $6 an hour thereafter.

For guests’ convenience, Royal Hawaiian Center offers valet parking Friday – Sunday nights from 5:00 – 11:00 p.m. and on major holidays (Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day) from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Vehicle drop-off is located adjacent to the entrance to the Center’s parking garage on the corner of Royal Hawaiian Avenue and Don Ho Lane. Valet parking is $9 for the first 5 hours; standard rates apply thereafter.

OWNERSHIP: Royal Hawaiian Center is owned by RHC Property Holdings LLC and managed by The Festival Companies.

For more information, visit www.RoyalHawaiianCenter.com or call Helumoa Hale Guest Services at 808-922-2299.



Jocelyn Collado or Sam Shenkus

Megan Kakimoto Royal Hawaiian Center

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