Hula Heritage Festival 2017

Kumu Ehulani Stephany, Likeke Koob, Kuane Cariaga, Lynda Tu'a and the Kalani Team.

April 18, 2017 - April 24, 2017

Join us as we celebrate great moments of Hawaiian culture. Throughout the week we will learn traditional songs, chants, myths, crafts, language, plant uses and hula - in both kahiko (ancient) and ‘auana (post 1860) forms. For Hula Heritage registrants there is no charge for our regular, weekly, 50+ classes.

Wednesday through Saturday evenings we will go to the Edith Kanaka’ole Stadium in Hilo for the 6-11pm Merrie Monarch Hula Festival programs.

Our finale performance, at Kalani, celebrates a week of extraordinary cultural enrichment. Enjoy performing for the Kalani 'ohana after nine hours of hula classes taught by Kumu Hula Ehulani Stephany. Excursions during the week include visits to Volcanoes National Park, Hilo waterfalls, Merrie Monarch Parade, Hilo Farmers' Market, and Coconut Beach.

Participation is very limited. Call now to register for this extraordinary Hawaiian week.

Included are 3 meals per day: Breakfast 7:30-8:30 am, Lunch 12:00-1:00 pm, Dinner 6:00-7:30 pm (bagged lunch for Saturday, Parade Day). Credit given for dinners missed at Kalani. Dinners can be purchased in Hilo or at the Merrie Monarch Festival.

Schedule: Tues, Apr 18 - Mon, Apr 24, 2017

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017

1:00 pm-Nature tour of Kalani
3:00 -4:30 pm-Lauhala Weaving
6:00-7:30 pm-Dinner and Orientation (Dining Lanai)
7:30-9:30 pm-Hula 'Auana/modern

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

9:00-10:30 am-Kahiko/ancient hula with Ehulani (BMR)
10:30 am-noon-'Auana/modern hula with Ehulani (BMR)
2:00-3:00 pm-'Ili'ili hula with Likeke
3:00-10:00 pm-Opening night Merrie Monarch Festival & Hawaiian Arts & Crafts Fair

Thursday, Apr 20, 2017

9:00-10:30 am-Kahiko/ancient hula with Ehulani (BMR)
10:30 am-noon-'Auana/modern hula with Ehulani (BMR)
1:00-5:00 pm-Akatsuka Orchid Farm, Volcanoes National Park
5:00-10:00 pm-Miss Hula, Merrie Monarch Festival

Friday, Apr 21, 2017

9:00-10:30 am-Kahiko/ancient hula with Ehulani (BMR)
10:30 am-noon-'Auana/modern hula with Ehulani (BMR)
1:00-5:00 pm-Hilo waterfalls or Hawaii Botannical Gardens
5:00-11:00 pm-Kahiko performances, Merrie Monarch Festival

Saturday, April 22, 2017

8:30 am-Pick up bag lunch and prepare for Hilo trip
10:00 am-2:00 pm-Merrie Monarch Parade and Hilo Farmer's Market
2:00-11:00 pm- 'Auana performances, Merrie Monarch Festival & Hawaiian Arts Crafts Fair

Sunday, April 23, 2017
8:30-10:00 am-lei making
10:00 am-12:00 pm-Rehearsal
1:00-3:00 pm Performance

Schedule subject to change.  


About the Facilitator(s)

Ehulani Stephany is kumu of a Halau Hula Ka Makani Hali Ala O Puna with mission to: "support and encourage our men and women with the growth and perpetuation of traditional Hawaiian Culture through Pono (Hawaiian Protocol), Pa'a (secure/strong/right) education in Hula (Hawaiian Dance) and Oli, (Hawaiian Chants), and in the participation of ancient ceremonies and rituals"; and purpose "E Ho'omau Ka Ha O Ka Hawai'i" ("To Perpetuate the Culture of Hawai'i").

Richard Koob
, Kalani co-founder, has been a Hawaiian culture enthusiast for 42 years, has studied with 13 kumu, has an MFA in Dance degree from the University of Hawai'i, and loves to share hula, chanting, and Hawaiian mythology.   He has attended the distinguished annual, international Merrie Monarch Festival for four decades. The dream and reality of Kalani, the largest retreat center in Hawaii, has always included Hawaiian culture in its values and education.

Tiki DeGenaro
, Kalani’s General Manager, has been involved in Kalani’s Hula Heritage Workshop Week and has attended all nights of the annual, international Merrie Monarch Festival for 10 years. Tiki is a regular hula student and an enthusiastic supporter and student of Hawaiian culture. 

Richard and Tiki have developed a Hula Heritage week program which includes Hawaiian culture classes as well as attending all nights of the Merrie Monarch Festival. Come be a part of a new family/’ohana and take away some beautiful memories of the essence of Hawaii.


Workshop Fees

Kalani is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Your stay here supports education, community arts programming, and Hawaiian culture preservation within the District of Puna. Kalani has grown to become the largest provider of services in Puna – thanks to the support from guests like you!

Kalani retreat rates are all-inclusive and provide access to all instruction and course activities, meals, accommodations, and use of Kalani's facilities including our 25-meter pool, hot tubs and sauna.

Fees per person: Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
6 - Cottage $ 1360 $ 1990
5 - Tropical Loft $ 1150 $ 1540
4 - Tree House Room n/a n/a
3 - Bungalow Room n/a n/a
2 - Lodge Room (private bath) n/a n/a
1 - Lodge Room (shared bath) n/a n/a

Additional lodging options may be available; please inquire upon registration if your preferred lodging type is not listed above.

Kamaʻāina and commuter tuitions are both available for this retreat – inquire for details. A valid Hawaii state-issued ID or driver’s license must be presented at retreat check-in to receive kama'āina rates.

Extend Your Stay at a Discount!
Additional nights can be added on to the beginning or end of this package at special discounted rates for retreat attendees. There is so much to explore on this incredible island - from the volcano and the astronomy centers on Mauna Kea to the tide pools, beaches, and hikes along the coast.  Kalani is always brimming with activity, with 50 classes a week, as well as special events.
If you require airport shuttle service, please contact Kalani Guest Services at 800-800-6886 or [email protected], at least one week in advance.

Cancellations requested 14 days or greater before your arrival date result in a full refund less a $50 administration fee. Cancellations requested 24 hours or more before arrival, but less than 14 days before arrival, result in full refund less a 10% administrative fee, or a $50 administration fee, whichever is greater. If you cancel within 24 hours of arrival, or do not show, no refund will be provided.

Because of the structure of our retreat packages, we are unable to pro-rate retreat fees for shortened stays.

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