The new Ulu Hou Festival promotes positive growth

Ulu Hou in Hawaiian translates to “new growth,” and that’s the name of the first festival of its kind in Honolulu. It strives to promote living a positive life through examples of film, food, and education.


Keo Woolford co-founded Ulu Hou Festival with Tracy Larrua. “Our opening night entertainers include multiple Na Hoku Hanohano winner Kawika Kahiapo and a new band, The Hollow Spheres. Restaurant vendors featured will be Chef Mark Noguchi’s Pili Group, and the nook neighborhood bistro. We have an amazing speakers’ panel include Maui’s Kainoa Horcajo, an esteemed Hawaiian cultural advisor, and several films including Finding Joe, Supermensch, and Live Happy. For our keiki, we have short film Waltah Da Worm – Hokule`a Episode.”


Panelist Dr. Malia Smith is one of the participants She will be speaking on a panel on Saturday, December 5. She says, “We hope to educate more people on what living a sustainable life in Hawaii looks like, and how they can participate in their own way. One of these ways is by teaching keiki through visual mediums such as films and by attending panels like the one we will be participating in.”


The full schedule is as follows:

Friday, Dec 4

5:30 p.m. Opening Reception featuring healthy cuisine by the nook neighborhood bistro and Pili Group. Entertainment by The Hollow Spheres and multiple Na Hoku Hanohano winner Kawika Kahiapo.


7:30 p.m. Screening “Finding Joe” + Q&A

General $15/Members $12

(includes reception)


Saturday, Dec 5

4 p.m. Panel Discussion – “Ulu Hou – Growing a Positive Hawaii”  featuring Kainoa Horcajo (cultural advisor/practitioner), Dr. Malia Smith (‘Ai Love Nalo), Kevin Vaccarello (Sustain Hawaii), and Judah Lum (Kahuku Farms). Healthy snack samples from Kahuku Farms. Free to public.


7:30 p.m. Screening “Supermensch – The Legend of Shep Gordon” + Q&A

General $10/Members $8


Sunday, Dec 6

10 a.m. Keiki Ohana Screening “Waltah the Worm: Hokule`a Episode.”

Free to public.


Lettuce starter plants to families from Kahuku Farms, and healthy snack samples provided by ‘Ai Love Nalo.

Free to public

1 p.m. Screening “Happy” + Q&A

General $10/Members $8


Location – Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 Kinau Street, Honolulu.


Tickets- $8 – $15

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