Emma Farden Sharpe Hula Festival

Saturday August 12, 2017 & Sunday, August 13, 2017
Lāhainā Banyan Tree – Lāhainā, Hawai‘i, Maui
9 AM – 5 PM

On Sat & Sun., August 12, 2017 and August 13, 2017, we continue to honor the renowned Lāhainā kumu hula, Emma Farden Sharpe, through a celebration of hula, auana (new) and kahiko (old), with a day of exhibits, workshops, artisans and a lifetime achievement award dedicated to a pillar in the hula community.

“Aunty Emma” made it her mission to perpetuate of hula and Hawaiian culture so she created many events and sat on numerous community boards and organizations. One of these projects was the Emma Farden Sharpe Hula Festival, which started in conjunction with Na Mele O Maui, a choir contest between Maui county schools, grades K-12, and continues today. Aunty was one of the founders of Na Mele and added on a hula festival in her name. Sadly it phased out in early 90’s. Today, we want to breathe life back into this event and continue perpetuating her legacy as a “Lāhainā Treasure”.

The opening ceremony will begin at 9am followed by hula performances by:
– Halau Hula Kamaluokaleihulu under the direction of Kahulu Maluo
– Pukalani Hula Hale under the direction of Hi’ilei Maxwell-Juan
– The Lahaina-Honolua Senior
– Napili Kai Foundation and Na Pua O Kapi’olani Hula Studio, under the direction of Emma Farden Sharpe’s grand niece, Kathy Holoaumoku Ralar.
– Special performance by members of ‘Ohana Farden.

Festival Highlights:
– 9:30 am kumu hula Kathy Ralar will be teaching a hula workshop. Please reserve your spot now by calling 808-264-8779 as space is limited.
– 3pm – Honoring kumu Ualani Maka’ike Calleja, for her dedication to hula.
– The closing ceremony will commence shortly after 4pm and the planning committee would like to invite all of her former students to gather and dance the ‘ohana Farden’s classic – “Puamana”.

Under the Banyan Tree there will be lei making, keiki activities, Maui Made crafters and artisans from 9am-5pm. Movie will be showed on the lawn of the Old Lāhainā Court House, Pioneer Inn side. We invite the community to come with their low beach chairs and hāli‘i.

Mahalo to: County of Maui, Lāhainā Hawaiian Civic Club, Lāhainā Town Action Committee, Daryl Fujiwara – Smythe Fujiwara Design, Na Pua O Kapi‘olani Hula Studio, Kathy Holoaumoku Ralar and ‘Ohana Farden

For more information about the festival please call 808-264-8779. Mahalo Nui Loa!


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