• 5:30pm - Doors Open, Dinner Service Begins
  • 7:00pm - Show Begins

Note: Doors will close promptly at 7pm - no late admittance

Show Details

Koral Jam

Presentation of the Royal Court

Leading the Royal court will be the sound of pū, the Hawaiian conch shell, announcing the arrival of royalty. Accompanying the procession are kahili, or feather standards. The kahili show status and family lineage. They range in size and color. The Royal Court is comprised of 8 princes and princesses representing each of the 8 main Hawaiian Islands. Each will bears a gift, or ho'okupu, representing their respective island. Lastly, the Aliʻi, King and Queen, will enter and the court will offer a hula.

Royal Court
2013 Lu'au Royal Court (PC: Micah Mizukami '13)

Kahiko - Ka Momi O Ka Pakipika

Originating from Hawaii, kahiko is the ancient form of hula. Normally performed to chants, it is a vigorous art that requires strength and agility. This song, taught by Ashlyn Witherwax, speaks of Hawai’I as the pearl of the Pacific, welcoming everyone including friends, residents, and visitors. Hawaiʻi, from where the sun emerges at the most eastern tip at Haʻehaʻe, to where it sets at our foundational roots at the western Lehua island, is a place of cherished and sacred lands that we are all welcome to appreciate and enjoy. Our dancers open their arms with love and aloha, welcoming everyone to Hawaiʻi, the Pearl of the Pacific.

Men Kahiko
Men Kahiko (PC: Micah Mizukami '13)

Women Kahiko
Women Kahiko (PC: Micah Mizukami '13)

Men’s Auana – Ka Mamakakaua

The song was written as a tribute to the company of warriors who tried to defend their king, king Kalakaua, as he was pushed to sign the Bayonet Constitution. It speaks of the fierce and strong power of the brave Loyalist warriors, standing firmly behind their king and their home.

Women’s Auana – Kauanoeanuhea

Kauanoeanuhea asks the question: “where are you, cool and fragrant mist?” It speaks of the beauty of the mist, as it adorns the uplands and majestic mountain, Maunaleo. The gentle Mālie wind, brings with it the fragrance of the cherished and beloved mist, Kauanoeanuhea.

Women’s Auana – Kawaipunahele

Kawaipunahele compares a sweetheart to a beloved and favorite spring in Hilo, Hawaiʻi. The mele says: “ Kawaipunahele, my never fading, never wilting lei, my cherished sweetheart, return to me. In the adornment of the night, let us be united, and let us never separate.”

Auana (PC: Micah Mizukami '13)

Aparima - Pate Pate

Just as in Hawaiʻi, the Tahitian culture loves and respects their land, which is what the next performance is about. The style of dance is called Aparima and originates from Tahiti and the Cook Islands. It is the modern form of Tahitian dance and uses movements of the hand to depict a story. Taught by Kahana Kaneyasu, Pate Pate describes the natural beauty of the island Tahiti. From the gorgeous blue waters to the fragrant tiare flower, Tahiti’s natural beauty is apparent in all its surroundings.

Aparima (PC: Kayla Kosaki '13)

Now we are traveling across the Pacific back to Tahiti. In the Tahitian culture, thetraditional, drum-dominated dance called O’tea is prevalent. This style is danced with only music and drums with no singing or chanting. The traditional Tahitian dance is recognizable with its fast hip movements danced to the beat of the to’ere drum and extravagant costumes, which our dancers have made themselves by hand. This ʻŌteʻa is called Borabora and was taught by Kahana Kaneyasu.

Aparima (PC: Kayla Kosaki '13) O'tea - Borabora

Now we move to New Zealand, or Aotearoa, to witness their respect for family through protection. Here, the men are preparing for battle with their war haka, Ka Mate, which tells the story of a chief’s escape from death in a battle. The men will also be performing the haka, Tika Tonu Atu, which displays the message of thinking right and true for the Maori youth. Both of these dances were taught by Andrew Lum.

Haka (PC: Micah Mizukami '13)
Aparima (PC: Kayla Kosaki '13)Haka - Tika Tonu Atu

Samoan Slap Dance – Fa’ataupati

In Samoan, the word “pati” means to slap and therefore, Fa’ataupati means “forcefully slap”. The Slap Dance is a traditional dance in Samoa and is the only dance that does not require an instrument. Originally, the movements mimicked the slapping of mosquitoes, of which Samoa had an abundance. However over time, the stability and strength required to perform the Slap Dance became a powerful expression of masculinity. Fa’ataupati is the only all male dance in Samoa and is still performed at all sorts of celebrations around the region, from birthdays and weddings to Independence Day and Flag Day. This dance was taught by Andrew Lum.

Fa'ataupati (PC: Micah Mizukami '13)
2013 Lu'au Royal Court (PC: Micah Mizukami '13)

Tolo Tuitele, Fire Knife Dancer

Here to represent the Samoan culture, is Tolo Tuitele, performing his amazing fire knife dancing! Fire knife dancing comes from the ancient Samoan tradition of alilao (ah-lee-lao), where the warriors demonstrated their prowess in war by catching, dancing with, and twirling war clubs. It was only in the 20th century where torches were used and lit, as this Samoan tradition became westernized and modernized.

Tolo Tuitele, Fire Knife Dancer (PC: Kayla Kosaki '13)
2013 Lu'au Royal Court (PC: Micah Mizukami '13)

Poi Club – Master of Tides

Poi in Maori means “ball on a string.” Many years ago, women used the Poi dance to maintain flexible wrists for weaving. The men, on the other hand, used it to prepare themselves for war since it strengthened their wrists and improved their coordination.

Couples’ Dance – Ipo Lei Momi

Before in ancient Hawaii, it was illegal for men and women to dance together. However, as we move forward through history, men and women dancing together became more and more common. O ur kāne and wahine will be dancing together to a mele called Ipo Lei Momi. This dance was taught by Andrew Lum and Kahana Kaneyasu, and speaks of two lovers comparing their affection for each other to the movement of birds.

Choreographers’ Dance – Hanalei Moon

This mele, taught by Kahana Kaneyasu, is about the beauty of the island of Kauaʻi, more specifically, Hanalei valley. This is a hapa haole song, meaning that it is a Hawaiian style song with English lyrics. Every breeze you feel and every wave you see, whispers the beauty of Hanalei, and our beloved Kauaʻi island.

Finale Dance – Kaimana Hila

Kaimana Hila, known more commonly as Diamond Head, is one of our most famous state monuments. Diamond Head, a once very active volcano called Lēʻahi, lives on the island of Oʻahu down in Waikīkī. For the final number in our program, we would like to bring back some of our dancers to share with you the mele Kaimana Hila, taught by Jade Aiona. This song describes a relaxing day, visiting Diamond Head, the shores of Waikīkī below, and the very popular Kapiʻolani Park.