Annual ‘Aloha ‘O Na Kupuna Music and Dance Festival’ will be July 14 at JFK


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Halau ‘O Lono’s annual fundraiser – ‘Aloha ‘O Na Kupuna Music and Dance Festival’ – will be held on Saturday, July 14 at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School.

There will be non-stop entertainment all day – from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. – with dancing to reggae band “Island Bound” at 8 p.m. (NOTE: you can also hear “Island Bound” on SoKing Internet Radio!); here’s a video of them:

This year, the event will be presented by the non-profit Manuiki Foundation.

“We raise money for people in need in the community (often to pay medical bills) and to contribute to our scholarship for dancers and our building fund,” said ‘Ehulani Bentley, Co-Chairperson. “As the name of the Festival says, our main purpose is to honor our Kupuna (elders) in the Hawaiian and community-at-large.”

They always feature hula, but often include Tahitian, Samoan, and Native American performances – here’s a video:

This year they’re also offering an all-day menu, beginning with breakfast at 8:30 a.m.; choice of kalua pig, shoyu chicken, laulau, steak, and a mixed plate with sides for lunch; and saimin (noodle soup) for dinner.

Also available will be the Waikiki Marketplace, full of unique vendors, Hawaiian craft workshops, and a Keiki Korner (for kids).

The cost is $7.00 per person, but admission is free for Seniors 65+ and for children 10 years and under.

“Please join us if you can. We’re in the neighborhood!”

John F. Kennedy Catholic High School is located at 140 South 140th Street in Burien.

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