Performed during Alumni Lu‘au on June 11, 2016, this special hula was dedicated to Punahou’s 175th anniversary year. The dance is set to "Punahou," a song that pays tribute to the life-giving waters springing forth from beneath the hala tree.
This hula was choreographed by Lauli'a Phillips ’98 Ah Wong and Leilehua Phillips ’95 Utu, co-directors of the HĀ program and co-directors of the Holokū Pageant and the Case Middle School May Day program. Hula dancers are Lauli’a Phillips ’98 Ah Wong and Allen Kam ’89. Holokū Musicians are: Pal Eldredge ’64, Waileia Mineshima-Eldredge ’94, Noe Kong-Johnson ’15, Wil Tafolo ’06 and Dj Utu ’21.
Punahou Alumni Luau 2016: Live Program
"Punahou" 175th Anniversary Hula
The following tutorial video was flipped to make it easy for dancers to mirror the moves.
Aia i ka Punahou Wai aʻo Kāneloa
A he loa ka helena E ʻimi i ka pono
A he pono kaulike For you a me aʻu
Haʻina ka puana Wai aʻo Kāneloa
It is there at Punahou (the new spring) The water of Kāneloa (great Kāne)
It was a long journey The search for this precious gift