Community hula Monday at EKK

LIHUE — The Garden Island Arts Council’s E Kanikapila Kakou program will welcome guest presenters Malie Foundation and their gift of a Community Hula Night on Monday at the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort.

The foundation offered successful hula evenings during the last two EKK seasons, and this event will be a calabash of culture and humor, along with a hoike for participants and then an hour more of hula and music by skilled, long-time Kauai artists.

Starting at 6 p.m., attendees will join one of several groups of instructors teaching hula auana, or modern hula; hula kahiko, or ancient hula; or hapa haole hula, hula performed to songs rendered in English lyrics.

At 7 p.m., audience members will hoike, or demonstrate, what they learned in the hula hour.

At 8 p.m., guest artists including Uncle Nathan Kalama, Maka Herrod, Aunty Bev Muraoka and more, will continue the evening of hula and music.

Entry is a suggested donation of $5 to $10 in the calabash. There will be a food concession and no-host bar.

The nonprofit foundation’s mission is to provide events that educate, promote, preserve and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture through its varied activities and for all people.

EKK’s next event will be Feb. 27, featuring musicians Herb Ohta Jr., David Kamakahi and Jon Yamamoto, all of whom are Na Hoku Hanohano award winners.

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