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2nd Annual Hamakua Youth Foundation Hula Festival is Nov. 16

<p>A halau performs at last year’s event. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAH ANDERSON)</p>

A halau performs at last year’s event. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAH ANDERSON)

Saturday, Nov. 16, will be an evening of community celebration of Hawaiian music, dance, and culture. The Honokaa People’s Theatre will again host the 2nd Annual Hamakua Youth Foundation Hula Festival treating you to the best that our community has to offer knowing that all proceeds go to programs and activities at the Hamakua Youth Center.

The first festival, held in April of last year, attracted more than 300 people. Tickets are now on sale at $20 for adults and $5 for keiki 12 and under. They may be purchased at the Youth Center, 45-3396 Mamane St., Honoka`a or by contacting HYF Board members. Tickets will also be available at the door. Look for posters at various locations in the area.

Doors open at 4 p.m. with an opportunity to check out silent auction items donated by Youth Center supporters, including local artists. Bids must be received by intermission.

Hula, song, and likely some special surprises, begin at 5 p.m. with Eddie Ku as emcee. The program will feature both kahiko and auana hula performances. Groups and halau represent some of the best that North Hawaii offers, including Halau o Po`ohala —Kumu Lo`ea, Hulali Covington; Halau Na Lei Punahele —Kumu Hula, Punahele Andrade; Halau Hula Helele`i Pua O Waipi`o—Kumu Hula Haleakala Sakata, and Lanakila Mangauil’s community group- Hula Me Ka Honua.

Please contact the Hamakua Youth Center at 775-0976, for more information.