Filmmaker in attendance
A hula performance by Halau O’Aulani, a local dance school in Maryland, will immediately follow the film.
Directed by Lisette Marie Flanary
Running Time: 57 minutes
Some traditions are lost through the passage of time; others are buried. As a result of colonial influence and the increasing importance of Hawaiian tourism, the tradition of men’s hula was suppressed, then surpassed, by women’s hula as the preference for entertaining Westerners. Na Kamalei is Hawaii’s oldest all-male hula group whose goal is to resurrect the tradition of the men’s hula. Lisette Marie Flanary’s NA KAMALEI: MEN OF HULA takes us along their journey as they prepare for and compete at the prestigious 2005 Merrie Monarch Festival, a competition of special significance as it occurs on the 30th anniversary of Na Kamalei.