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Ashland Aloha Festival
September 26 @ 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm$15 – $40
Bring the whole family and spend a relaxing afternoon on Sunday, September 26th, when Ashland’s very own hula halau (school) Ka Pi’o O Ke Anuenue presents a Hawaiian cultural festival and hula show – Ashland Aloha Festival at Grizzly Peak Winery. Ashland Aloha Festival promises to have something for everyone – hands-on cultural workshops for all ages, live Hawaiian music, and an authentic hula show. Hawaiian food by Auntie Carol’s Hawaiian Café, and wine by Grizzly Peak will also be available for purchase.
Cultural workshops for all ages start at 1:30 pm and include lei-making with fresh flowers, ipu-making where participants will make and learn how to play their own gourd drum, a hula lesson, ‘ukulele lesson with visiting musician Keale, plus demonstrations of cultural practices like ‘ohe kapala (traditional fabric stamping technique. Live music by award-winning musician Keale Kupuna with Bill Griffin starts at 3:30 pm and the hula show featuring ancient style and contemporary hula begins at 4 pm.
An All-Day Pass includes workshops, live music and hula show for $25 Adult and $10 Child/Youth (age 12 and under). Show-Only tickets for adults can be purchased in advance for $15 for or $20 at the event. Show-Only tickets for Child/Youth (age 12 and under) are $5. A $40 VIP ticket includes an All-Day Pass, Priority seating, a fresh lei, and 1 complimentary glass of wine. Purchase tickets on the Events page at AshlandHula.com, at Music Coop at 268 E. Main Street or at the event.
The hula presentation includes both the ancient style of hula, accompanied by live percussion and Hawaiian chant, and the modern style of hula, accompanied by live music from visiting musicians Keale Kupuna and Bill Griffin. The ancient style hula will feature many from the Pele and Hi’iaka legend, which depict dynamic elemental forces of the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes. The modern style hula will transport the audience to beloved places around the islands, including Honolulu on O’ahu, Hana on Maui, and Hilo on the Big Island, as well as honor cherished familial, ancestral, and romantic relations.