HONOLULU, HI (March 7, 2014) – Discover Kualoa’s final installment of the Makahiki-central festival seeks to celebrate the history of Kualoa Ranch through Hawaiian music and dance. On Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m at Ahupua‘a Kualoa, the whole day will be devoted to enjoying harmonious music and hula. Visitors will have the chance to watch live hula demonstrations, get hands-on with interactive lessons, and join a musical circle for a two-hour kanikapila, or impromptu jam session.
In the style of Hawaiian music, kanikapila refers to an event where multiple players join together to produce free-flowing music with instruments such as the ‘ukulele or guitar, while combining different versions of well-known Hawaiian songs. At Discover Kualoa, a kanikapila is scheduled to take place from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., open to all attendees.
Presale general admission tickets ($5+tax for adults, $3+tax for children) are available online at http://www.kualoa.com/discover-kualoa/. At the door, tickets are $7+tax for adults, $5+tax for children. General admission grants attendees access to event grounds, entertainment, hula lessons and demos, Makahiki-style activities, food vendors and the Paliku Exploration Walk. Kualoa Ranch also offers an exclusive “Discover Kualoa Experience Pass,” which includes event-only tours such as the Petting Zoo and Animal Tour, Legends and Legacy Tour, Discover Kualoa Hike, and Movie Site and Ranch Tour. Admission to individual tours may also be purchased at the door.
This three month-long Makahiki festival kicked off in January. The final Discover Kualoa will remember the story of Kualoa through Hawaiian song and dance. Each event is held on different parts of the ranch: January in Ahupua’a Hakipu’u, February in Ahupua’a Ka’a’awa and March in Ahupua’a Kualoa.
Discover Kualoa, sponsored by Hawaii Gas and First Hawaiian Bank, is part of a larger campaign of events known as “Discover Our Islands” that was launched to recognize and honor Hawaii’s unique culture. Neighborhoods across the sate – including Kakaako, North Shore, Waikiki and Maui – hold similar events throughout the year, recognizing the unique characteristics and features of each area.