The start of the month long hula festival began with the beautiful all day hula festival at the Liliuokalani gardens to celebrate the birthday of queen Liliuokalani. It was a grand gesture with most of the major hula halau in East Hawaii performing a group hula performance with a orchid drop from a helicopter flying around the park.
It was a fun filled day with Taiko drummers, Japanese tea ceremonies, singing, chanting and of course plenty of hula dancing from various hula halau.
Here are some highlights of the days events
Here are some short videos that I took of one of the Hilo groups that form a more traditional Kahiko performance for the public to enjoy. It actually turned out good - hope you enjoy it.