42nd Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival

Gripping performances of hula kāhiko took centerstage today at the morning session of the 42nd Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival, held again this year at ‘Iolani Palace. Hālau hula featuring accomplished dancers of all ages were celebrated by a receptive audience, which included a dozen sketchers who often felt overwhelmed by the fast-moving and large ensembles (at one point close to 40 performers were on stage). We strived nonetheless to capture the spirit of the day, from the elegant and expressive flow of dance movements to architecture, flora, and fauna of the surroundings. Even a disruptive helicopter that forced the program to pause twice, as it noisily moved material at a nearby highrise construction site, could not distract from a fantastic morning of Hawaiian culture.

As always, don’t forget to check out our sketches on Flickr and upload your own!

Make sure to stay tuned for our next event!

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