Hyatt hosts Hawaiiana festival next week

Native Hawaiian health and cultural practices bring interactive educational experiences for residents and visitors through the Hawaiiana Festival, the Malama Ola Festival and the “Is Hawaiian Culture Alive and Well?” conference. Over fifty events are planned for the three-day festival opening Thursday at the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort and Spa in Po‘ipu.

This series of events was established to teach and perpetuate Native Hawaiian cultural practices and values as well as involve visitors and residents in learning about different aspects of the Native Hawaiian culture. The three-day span of activities encompasses demonstrations, lectures, health and fitness classes, panel discussions, cultural displays, entertainment and food.  Many events are at no cost. For a detailed listing of daily events, times and locationsvisit

 The Hawaiiana Festival offers teaching and demonstrations about a variety of cultural practices such as wood carving, lauhala weaving, tapa-making, feather arts, poi pounding, lei making, Hawaiian-style comedy, Hawaiian foods, music and dance.

The Malama Ola Festival focuses on Hawaiian healing practices presenting a series of health and wellness activities and lectures. Malama Ola provides opportunities for residents and visitors to partake hula aerobics, yoga, aqua exercise and fitness training. Also on the Malama Ola event list will be teaching and demonstrations of la‘au lapa‘au (uses of Hawaiian medicinal plants), the importance of mana (spirit) in health, the concepts of ho‘oponopo (to make things right) and the healing fundamentals of ha (breath).

The Hawai‘i Hotel and Lodging Association Kaua‘i Chapter will present an all day conference offering a series of panel discussions titled “Is Hawaiian Culture Alive and Well.” Experts in Native Hawaiian cultural issues will discuss topics such as the connection of kane to Hawaiian language and hula, issues surrounding Hawaiian ancestors and burials, living in two cultures, place names and sovereignty.


October 30

Hawaiiana Festival

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — “Intimate” craft fair  in Ilima and Stevenson’s foyer

6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. — Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Lu‘au: Call 240-6456 for reservations. Concierge discount available

Malama Ola — to take care of life. To register call 240-6443

Sunrise Aukai cleansing in the ocean at Po‘ipu Beach Park

7 a.m. — Fitness Schedules, Anara Spa

8 a.m. — Interval Training, Anara Spa

9 a.m. — Hula Aerobics, Anara Spa

10:30 a.m. — Electric Vinyasa Yoga, Anara Spa

4 p.m. — Vinyasa Yoga, Anara Spa

October 31

Hawaiiana Festival “Talk Story” sessions 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

10:30 a.m. — Presentation of the Aloha Week Royal Court in Lobby

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Artisans share their culture through their craft and by “talking story,” Grand Ballroom

11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. — Hawaiian music, dance and entertainment including comedian, Augie T., Grand Ballroom

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. —Hawaiian buffet lunch of native Hawaiian foods. Cost is $30/Adults, $20/children, under 12, $3, Grand Ballroom

HHLA Conference “Is the

Hawaiian Culture Alive

and Well?”

7:30 to 8:25 a.m.: Registration and continental breakfast, Kaua‘i Promenade

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Hawai‘i past, present and future, Kaua‘i Ballroom. Cost $65. Call Jolene Ogle at246-5149

8:30 to 9:30 a.m. — “I walk the line — living in Hawaiian and Western culture.” Panelists: Peter Apo Company; Olohe Dr. Mitchel Eli; Robert Mansfield, Resort Quest Waikiki Beach Hotel

9:40 to 10:40 a.m. — “Malama ‘Aina Kekai: Do we really take care of the land and the sea.” Panelists: Walter Ritte, Jr., cultural specialist; Iokepa Naeole, director “Ambassadors of the Environment,” Ritz Carlton Kapalua; Kawika Winter, Director of Limahuli Garden and Preserve (NTBG)

10:50 to 11:50 a.m. — “Place names.” Panelists: John De Fries, Hokulia; Anthony “Akoni” Akana, Friends of Moku‘ula, Inc.; Randy Wichman with Kaua‘i Historical Society

12:50 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. — “Sovereignty Phase III.” Panelists: Charles Kaupu, cultural specialist, Ka‘anapali; Donna Lanikila Willard, Hale Wai Ola LLC; Kamaunu Kahaiali‘i, Na Hawaiian Aupuni

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. — “‘Iwi Kupuna.” Panelists: Ke‘aumoku Kapu, cultural specialist; Clifford Naeole, cultural advisor Ritz Carlton Kapalua

3:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. — “Language and hula as they relate to a kane.” Panelists: Shadd Keahi Warfield, Hawaiian language educator; Kainoa Daines, hula and language specialist, Miramar at Waikiki; Lopaka Bukowki, cultural adviser.

Malama Ola – To take

care of life

 7 a.m. — Fitness walk, Anara Spa

8 a.m. — Fit ball power and sculpt, Anara Spa

9 a.m. — Power buns and abs, Anara Spa

10:30 a.m. — Restorative yoga, Anara Spa

11 a.m. — Aqua aerobics, Anara Spa

4 p.m. — Interactive yoga, Anara Spa

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Wellness and health lecture sessions, Grand Ballroom. Momi Subiano: La‘au Lapa`au — herbal medicines

Patricia Bryan: Step ahead — positioning the foot bones

November 1

Hawaiiana Festival

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Crafters, demonstrations, workshops and entertainment — Ilima, Stevenson’s Foyer, Seaview Terrace,

Grand Hyatt Lobby, Stevenson’s: Coconut frond weaving; kalo pounding; Hawaiian weapons and ‘ie‘ie weaving display, demonstration and sales; herbal medicine; feather work; lei making ; nose flutes; sharks tooth knife demo; kapa making; lauhala weaving.

For full description of demonstrations visit

Malama Ola: To take

care of life

9 a.m. — Opening, Tsunami Taiko drummer,

9 a.m. — Lopaka Bukoski, cultural practitioner hula aerobics

9 a.m. — Charles Ka‘upu, cultural specialist Ho‘oponopono, Grand Ballroom III

10 a.m. — Iokepa Naeole, director, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s “Ambassadors of the Environment” (produced by BBC): documenting the devastating effects on marine life by a “throw away” society. Surfers, scientists, musicians and teachers share  perspectives and solutions for responsible living in an island home, Grand Ballroom III

11 a.m. — Janet Eli, Alzheimers Assoc. of Hawai‘i: “Reducing the Risk, Memory Loss, Alzheimers and Dementia,” Grand Ballroom I

1 p.m. — Margy Parker, communications specialist: “Going to the source: promoting the Native Hawaiian culture,” Grand Ballroom III

2 p.m. — Olohe Dr. Mitchell Eli: “The Science of Huna – harnessing the energy for health and wellness”

A presentation and demonstration of the science of huna and mana and bridging the gap between ancient wisdom and modern technology, Grand Ballroom III

3p.m. to 4 p.m. — Momi Subiono, cultural specialist, Hawaiian Ethnobotony and La‘au lapa‘au,” Uses of herbal medicines

 4 p.m. — Mike De Motta, assistant director, living collections and horticulture at National Tropical Botanical Gardens, Rick Barbaosa, co-owner, Hui Ka Maoli Ola: native plants are on their way back, Grand Ballroom III

5:30 p.m. — Stella Burgess, manager of Hawaiian culture, Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i, “Ha is breath, the Source of Life,” Grand Ballroom III.


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