Hawaiian Cultural Festival 2019: Mele and Hula in Honor of Kamehameha 1
The museum's annual Hawaiian Cultural festival this year celebrates the life and legacy of King Kamehameha – respected Native Hawaiian warrior, leader, and diplomat – who united the Hawaiian Islands into a royal kingdom in 1810. In this video, local Hawaiian cultural organization, Hā lau O ‘Aulani, perform mele (chants or songs) and hula (dance) to honor King Kamehameha I. The audience is also invited to the floor to learn some Hawaiian hula. This is the first of two performances by Hā lau O ‘Aulani recorded during the festival. It was webcast and recorded in the Potomac Atrium of the National Museum of the American Indian on May 18, 2019.