Our final Discover Kualoa event will close out the three-month series with a focus on traditional Hawaiian song and dance, while incorporating its modern counterpart. This celebration of two of the most important and revered aspects of Hawaiian culture is sure to spark excitement for everyone in the family.
Musical stylings will be provided by locally renown Ka Himeni ‘Ana winners, Kaiao and Kaiholu, both bands that have proven themselves in the contemporary Hawaiian music scene.
Visitors will have the chance to get hands-on with hula lessons and demonstrations, learning the art of hula from experienced kumu and halau.
There will be five tours and walks available for guests to partake in: the Paliku Exploration Walk, Petting Zoo and Animal Tour, Discover Kualoa Hike, Legends and Legacy Tour, and Movie Sites and Ranch Tour. The exploration walk is a self-guided tour that resembles a scavenger hunt, and guests will be able to look for artifacts and landmarks throughout the walk. Children will love the Petting Zoo and Animal Tour, where Coco Puff the Cow, Princess the Pig and other animals will be on display for keiki to pet and feed, while learning about the different animals that live on the Ranch. The Discover Kualoa hike will span the stretch of Paliku to a lookout over Mokuli‘i (Chinaman’s Hat), and guests will learn about native plants and stories about the ahupua‘a of Kualoa and Hakipu‘u. The remaining tours focus on the Kualoa Mountains and sites around the Ranch that are used to film Hollywood blockbusters, including Jurassic Park, Godzilla, 50 First dates, Lost and Hawaii Five-0.
Fresh Kualoa beef, shrimp and oysters will be available for sale at the event’s farmers’ market—a great experience and opportunity to sample local, sustainable food.
There will also be a two-hour kanikapila (jam session) from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for visitors to join in and sing along with entertainers and Hawaiian musicians.
Throughout the festival, guests will be treated to performances and entertainment that reflect both the old and the new, bringing traditional and modern musical stylings, chants, hula and knowledge to the stage. Even a brief look into Hawaiian history shows us the diverse and extensive depth in music and dance that this state’s inhabiting culture offers.