E Hula Mau ("The Hula Lives") is an annual hula and chant competition, blending honored traditions with new ideas to create an enjoyable Hawaiian experience for participants and patrons—and the celebration is coming to various Long Beach venues across the span of four days.
Starting Friday, August 29 and ending on Labor Day, September 1, E Hula Mau will offer lectures and instruction for those that want to learn how to make leis, music and other Hawaiian arts and crafts. Food, artisan wares, outdoor entertainment and informational booths will also be available to the public.
Sponsored by Nà Mamo, a nonprofit organization committed to preserving Hawaiian values through social interaction and education, The Aquarium of the Pacific, and Hawaiian Airlines, the festivities include a Hawaiian Language Workshop, various lei and craft workshops and a slack key workshop. Some of the workshops require an RSVP and varying fees which you find out about here.
- The 20th Annual Hula & Chant Competition will be held at The Terrace Theater from August 29 to August 31.
- The Kanikapila Jam, held at The Westin Long Beach Hotel from 9:00PM to 12:00AM on August 30, is free and open to the public and encourages anyone to join with their ukulele or guitar.
- A lei contest will take place at the Hawaiian Cultural Village on Sunday, August 31, at 9:00AM.
- A Hawaiian Cultural Lecture Workshop will be offered earlier that day at 8:00AM inside the Westin’s Ocean Ballroom.
The Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum, located at 695 Alamitos Blvd., is offering a chance for E Hula Mau participants, as well as their family and friends to enter for just $1 until September 7. For more information visit the museum’s website. Make sure to check the E Hula Mau website for a schedule of events and more information on workshop fees and to RSVP.