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MOANIKEALA Hula &
Ukulele Festival

September 2 - 7, 2019 - Come join us for a week-long celebration, to perpetuate Hawaii's culture, language, art, and practices through workshops, concerts and activities.

History of the festival

The annual Moanikeala Hula Festival seeks to preserve, perpetuate, educate and celebrate all forms of hula, while sharing the traditional storytelling and culture with the people of Hawaii as well as visitors from across the globe.

Named after Sally Moanikeala Woods, a key figure in the development of the hula on the North Shore of Oahu, her legacy continues through the many famous Kumu (instructors) who were themselves taught by Aunty Sally.

Over the past few years, the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Moanikeala festival has been a single day event bringing halau’s from across the world to perform against the backdrop of the Center’s Hawaiian Village.

2019 brings expansion to the Moanikeala

2019 is the beginning of a new format, which continues the grand tradition of the Moanikeala event, bringing the highest caliber of hula performance to the stage.

The extended week-long festivities include daily hula, ukulele, and Niihau shell lei workshops in addition to the festival the final day, which gathers performers of all ages, some as young as two-years-old to take the stage and showcase the grace, beauty and history of hula. During the annual hoike (exhibition), hula halau from around the world and from the Hawaiian Islands share their story, which also includes a traditional oli (Hawaiian chant) to further perpetuate the awareness and the differences in hula styles.

Festival and Ticket Information

Activities will be held at the Polynesian Cultural Center and the Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore.

Polynesian Cultural Center
55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie, Hawaii

Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore
55-400 Kamehameha Highway, Laie, Hawaii

PRICING FOR EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS:
The Polynesian Cultural Center is offering two events:

  • Moanikeala Concert on Friday in the Hawaii Village at PCC, 9/6 - $10.
  • Moanikeala Hula Festival on Saturday, 9/7 in the Hawaii Village at PCC- $10, includes all PCC workshops except Lauhala.
  • *Pick your tickets up on day of event or workshop at our special desk in the Welcome Center, across from the Prime Rib Buffet.

The following combo packages are also available:

  • PACKAGE A: $18 per person. Includes access to All Polynesian Cultural Center hosted festival workshops, events and the Friday night concert, except for the Wednesday Lauhala Weaving Workshop.
  • PACKAGE B: $60 per person. Includes everything listed in Package A plus admission to the Wednesday Lauhala Workshop (price includes supplies).
  • *Pick your tickets up on day of event or workshop at our special desk in the Welcome Center, across from the Prime Rib Buffet.

All events held at the Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore are priced separately. Please check schedule below for ala carte pricing per event.
*Pick your tickets up on day of event or workshop in the lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore

Parking is free and admission varies by activity. (See schedule for pricing.)

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO PURCHASE TICKETS:

  • For the Polynesian Cultural Center hosted events, contact the PCC Call Center at 808-293-3333.
  • For Courtyard by Marriott hosted events, contact the hotel at 808-293-4900.



Moanikeala Festival 2019 Schedule

  • MONDAY, September 2

    HUKILAU - 9:00 – 11:00 AM

    Robert Kahawaii & Ohana
    Laniloa Beach (Clissolds)

    Free, public is welcome to attend

  • TUESDAY, September 3

    OPENING CEREMONY - 9:00 – 10:00 AM

    In honor of the Moanikeala Hula Festival
    Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore - Lobby

    Free


    UKULELE WORKSHOP I - 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Instructed by Kimo Hussey, Ukulele Master and Instructor
    Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore – Meeting Room
    (A kanikapila will proceed workshop – Lobby)

    $20.00
    Includes all ukulele workshop sessions. To register, please call 808-293-4900.


    NIIHAU SHELL LEI WORKSHOP - 2:00 - 4:00 PM

    Instructed by Lokahi Orian of Haaheo Hawaiian Crafts
    Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore – Meeting Room

    $60.00
    Per session. To register, please call 808-293-4900.


    UKULELE WORKSHOP II - 4:00 – 6:00 PM

    Instructed by Kimo Hussey, Ukulele Master and Instructor
    Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore – Lobby
    (A kanikapila will proceed workshop – Lobby)

    $20.00
    Includes all ukulele workshop sessions. To register, please call 808-293-4900.


    WAYFINDING WORKSHOP I - 6:00 – 8:00 PM

    Talk Story by Kawika Eskaran, Master Carver
    Polynesian Cultural Center at the Iosepa

    Must present $10 festival ticket or the Package A or B ticket to enter. To register, please call 808-293-3333.

  • WEDNESDAY, September 4

    LAUHALA WEAVING WORKSHOP, FAN, BRACELET & EARRINGS - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Polynesian Cultural Center - Hawaii Village

    Included with the purchase of Package B ticket only (supplies provided). To register, please call 808-293-3333.


    UKULELE KANIKAPILA - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Lead by Kimo Hussey, Ukulele Master and Instructor
    Turtle Bay - Lobby

    Free


    MAUNA KEA WORKSHOP - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Pele Kaio, Hula Kumu
    Turtle Bay - Meeting Room

    Free


    LAUHALA WEAVING WORKSHOP, BRACELET & EARRINGS - 2:00 – 4:00 PM(with lunch break)

    Instructed by Lokahi Orian, Haaheo Hawaiian Crafts
    Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore – Meeting Room

    $25.00
    Per session. To register, please call 808-293-4900.


    UKULELE WORKSHOP III - 4:00 – 6:00 PM

    Instructed by Kimo Hussey, Ukulele Master and Instructor
    Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore – Lobby
    (A kanikapila will proceed workshop – Lobby)

    $20.00
    Includes all ukulele workshop sessions. To register, please call 808-293-4900.


    HULA WORKSHOP - 6:00 – 8:00 PM

    Instructed by Pomaikai Krueger, Hula Kumu
    Polynesian Cultural Center – Hawaii Village

    Must present $10 festival ticket or the Package A or B ticket to enter. To register, please call 808-293-3333.


    MAUNA KEA WORKSHOP - 6:00 - 9:00 PM

    Pele Kaio, Hula Kumu
    Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore – Meeting Room

    Free

  • THURSDAY, September 5

    KALO WORKING IN THE LOI - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Lono Logan, Loi and Kalo Specialist
    Polynesian Cultural Center - Hawaii Village(Limit to 25 persons)

    Must present $10 festival ticket or the Package A or B ticket to enter. To register, please call 808-293-3333.


    UKULELE WORKSHOP IV- 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Lead by Kimo Hussey, Ukulele Master and Instructor
    Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore – Lobby
    (A kanikapila will proceed workshop – Lobby)

    $20.00
    Includes all ukulele workshop sessions. To register, please call 808-293-4900.


    UKULELE WORKSHOP V - 4:00 – 6:00 PM

    Instructed by Kimo Hussey, Ukulele Master and Instructor
    Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore – Lobby

    $20.00
    Includes all ukulele workshop sessions. To register, please call 808-293-4900.


    FISHPOND WORKSHOP – 6:00 - 7:00 PM

    Kelii Kotubetey, Papae o Heeia (Fishpond Kaneohe)
    Courtyard by Marriot Oahu North Shore – Meeting room

    Free


    KANIKAPILA NIGHT - OPEN MIC - 7:00 - 11:00 PM

    Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore – Interior Courtyard

    Free

  • FRIDAY, September 6

    IMU PRESENTATION - 9:00 – 11:00 AM

    Directed by Vonn Logan, Imu Specialist
    Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore – Northside grass area

    Free


    IMU PRESENTATION AND TASTING - 5:00 – 7:00 PM

    Directed by Vonn Logan, Imu Specialist
    Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore – Northside grass area

    Free


    MOANIKEALA CONCERT - 6:00 – 8:00 PM

    Polynesian Cultural Center - Hawaii Village

    Must present $10 concert ticket or the Package A or B ticket to enter. To register, please call 808-293-3333.

  • SATURDAY, September 7

    MOANIKEALA HULA FESTIVAL - 12:00 – 6:00 PM

    Polynesian Cultural Center - Hawaii Village

    Must present $10 festival ticket or the Package A or B ticket to enter. To register, please call 808-293-3333.


    CLOSING CEREMONY - 8:00 – 9:00 PM

    Polynesian Cultural Center - Hawaii Village

    Must present $10 festival ticket or the Package A or B ticket to enter. To register, please call 808-293-3333.