A music festival brings together the best in Hawaiian music, for the greater cause of perpetuating and encouraging the practice of Hawaiian culture. It’s the Mele & Hula Concert at Lanikuhonua, and it’s at the cultural institute of the same name in Ko ’Olina.
The Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute, explains singer Pomaika’i Lyman, is a place where Hawaii’s native culture (kanaka maoli) is practiced and honored. The James Campbell Company created The Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute; programs to support its mission include a Hawaiian Studies program for elementary school kids, the Lei O Lanikuhonua Hula Festival (for high school students), the Lanikuhonua Canoe Festival (for high school students), and of course, the Mele & Hula Concert at Lanikuhonua.
It’s a gorgeous beachfront property in Ko Olina that’s owned by the James Campbell Company. It has an interesting history. It’s said that Queen Ka’ahumanu, Kamehameha I’s wife, would bathe in the sacred pools that front the property. Later, Alice Kamokila Campbell, one of James Campbell’s daughters, made it her home. She used her home to preserve and promote Hawaiian culture, which continues today at the Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute.
It’s on August 1 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. at Lanikuhonua. Tickets cost $20 in advance; buy online at tix.com and at Monkeypod Kitchen in Ko `Olina. Tickets are $25 at the door. More at www.Lanikuhonua.org.