Hula Heritage Festival 2018 | April 2, 2018 - April 8, 2018

Hula Heritage Festival 2018

Hula Heritage Festival 2018

Facilitated by Tiki Degenaro, Kumu Ryan McCormack and the Kalani Honua Team.

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.

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

Excursions during the week will feature local sacred sites in addition to Merrie Monarch Festival Activities, Hilo Farmer's Market and Downtown Hilo.

Participation is very limited. Call now to register for this extraordinary Hawai'ian 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 lunches and dinners will be available during Merrie Monarch Festival Activities.)

Schedule: Monday, April 2- Sunday, April 8, 2018

Monday, April 2
4:00 pm Check-in Time begins at Kalani Guest Services

Tuesday, April 3
9:30 am-12:00 pm Free Time - book a wellness treatment or attend a yoga class

1:00-3:00 pm Optional Activity: Hula 

3:00-4:30 pm Optional Activity: Lauhala Weaving 

Wednesday, April 4
10:00 am-12:00 pm Hawaiian Mythology & Enjoying the Show: Engaging with the Merrie Monarch Festival With Kumu Ryan McCormack and Tiki DeGenaro

3:00-5:00 pm Merrie Monarch Invitational Hawaiian Arts Fair at Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium

6:00-11:00 pm Hōʻike Performances at Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium

Thursday, April 5
1:00-3:30 pm Optional Activity: Excursion to Ka Wai a Pele with Kumu Ryan McCormack

6:00-11:00 pm   Miss Aloha Hula Competition at Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium

Friday, April 6
10:00-11:30 am Hula ‘Aiha‘a with Kumu Ryan McCormack 

1:30-3:30 pm Optional Activity: Lei Making

6:00 pm Group Hula Kahiko at Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium

Saturday, April 7
10:00 am-1:00 pm Merrie Monarch Royal Parade and Farmer’s Market in downtown Hilo

1:00-5:00 pm Activity Options: Rainbow Falls, Big Island Candy Company, Merrie Monarch Hawaiian Arts Fair, EHCC exhibit

6:00-11:00 pm Group Hula ‘Auana and Awards Ceremony

Sunday, April 8

11:00 am Check-out Time

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch and Goodbyes – a hui hou! Until we meet again!


To Register:

Kalani Honua Retreats and Programs Registrar

Phone: (808) 965-0468 ext 120


Retreat Fees

Kalani Honua is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your stay here supports our mission to provide transformational experiences via nature, culture, and wellness.

Kalani Honua retreat rates are all-inclusive and provide access to meals, accommodations, and use of Kalanihonua's amenities including our clothing-optional 25-meter pool and hot tubs. Kalani Honua cannot pro-rate fees for late arrivals or early departures. Registration for the full retreat experience is required.

Fees Per Person
Lodging Type Single
Cottage $2304 $1920 $1620
Loft $2100 $1710 N/A
Treehouse Room $2100 $1710 $1560
Bungalow Room $1980 $1620 N/A
Lodge Room (Private Bath) $1860 $1560 N/A
Lodge Room (Shared Bath) $1620 $1404 $1344
Commuter* $1224
Kama'aina Commuter**  $852

*Offsite Commuter: Does not include accommodations.
**Kama'aina Commuter: Does not include accommodations. A valid Hawai'i state-issued ID or driver's license must be presented at check-in to receive the kama'aina rate.

Extend Your Stay at All-Inclusive Retreat Rates!

Book your early arrival or extended stay at all-inclusive retreat rates. Contact a registrar for rate information and availability.

Airport Transportation

Kalanihonua offers shuttle service from Hilo International Airport (ITO), which can be arranged via Kalani Honua Guest Services, [email protected] or 808.965.0468. Please send flight details, including airline carrier and flight number with your shuttle request. We also pick up from the downtown Hilo bus station and hotels. Shuttle service is subject to availability; one-way pricing is $50 per person for shared rides and $75 per person for single bookings. If you require airport shuttle service, please contact us to make your reservation a minimum of one week in advance.

Taxi service is available from ITO or Hilo Downtown for a one-way fare of approximately $125.


Cancellations up to 7 days in advance of arrival incur a $75 administrative fee. Cancellations within 7 days of arrival incur forfeiture of fees paid up to $250. No refund will be provided for no-shows or cancellations within 24 hours of scheduled arrival, 4:00 pm on check-in date. No refund will be provided for early departures from retreat programs. Participation in any parts of programs at Kalanihonua is completely voluntary.

Kalani Honua reserves the right to dismiss a participant at any time before, during or after a program if one:

  • Becomes dangerous or harmful to self, others, or property
  • Behaves disruptively or inappropriately
  • Is not able, for whatever reason, to be present for learning
  • Breaks the law
  • Refuses to cooperate with program leaders or Kalani Honua management
  • Does not pay accordingly for program or services provided
  • Facilitated by: Tiki DeGenaro,
    Kumu Ryan McCormack
  • Dates: April 2, 2018 - April 8, 2018
Tiki DeGenaro
Tiki DeGenaro
Tiki DeGenaro, a 12 year veteran of Kalani 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. Tiki, along with other Kalani Staff members 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.
Email: [email protected]
Kumu Ryan McCormack
Kumu Ryan McCormack
Ryan McCormack is the kumu hula of Māunuunu, a school of ritual Hawaiian dance, and a lecturer in Hawaiian mythology at Hawaiʻi Community College in Hilo. He grew up in Waimānalo, on the island of Oʻahu, and is of Okinawan and Irish ancestry. "As an ordained kumu hula, or practitioner and teacher of ritual Hawaiian dance, my connection to the environment of my upbringing, and to the beloved community of indigenous Hawaiians who have welcomed and nurtured me, runs deep. And as an educator active in the advocacy of indigenous life ways I continue to support the well-being of the native community and the endemic environment of Hawaii in any way that I can. Yet, as a non-Hawaiian practitioner, living outside of my indigenous homelands, I also carry with me an awareness of my “other”-ness to the only space that I have known as home. And though my relationship with Hawaii is one that has nourished me completely, and I have been treated as no less than family by so many in the Hawaiian community, I know that the stories that ellucidate my ancestral memories and genealogical potential have always been stored away in remote lands."
Email: [email protected]

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