Special Projects
175th Anniversary


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

Equally treasured
For both you and I

Let the story be told
About the waters of Kāneloa
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