Hawaiian entertainment at Royal Hawaiian offers up Hawai'i’s very best. The Royal Grove at Royal Hawaiian Center is a gathering place for kama'aina and malihini alike.
The nightly line-ups include:
Kawika Trask & Friends
Kawika, a Kamehameha Schools graduate, performs traditional “cha-lang-a-lang” style of Hawaiian music, a nickname associated with strumming patterns. His dancers are clad in tī leaf skirts, fresh flower lei and colorful attire.
Leilani Vakauta leads this family ensemble, also known in the music community as “The Soundettes.” Leilani is also a part of our Polynesian Cultural Center 'ohana (family).
You'll recognize trio member Puake'ala Mann as she also teaches hula and 'ukulele at RHC regularly. This group is associated with Halau Hula o Maiki, the hula school established by the late Kumu Hula (hula master) Maiki Aiu Lake whose spirit lovingly embraces Helumoa.
Ku'uipo is a multi-award winning Hawaiian musician, recording artist and composer. She is currently the president of the Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts and is also associated with the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame. The Royal Grove comes alive in her festive Aloha Friday performances.
Hula Kahiko at Helumoa
This Saturday series presents a halau hula (hula school) and their 'ōlapa (dancers) in The Royal Grove performing traditional hula where drumming chanting are the accompaniment. This contrasts with hula 'auana (modern hula) where singing and European-introduced instrument are the accompaniment. Costuming, instruments and stories are described in this showcase of hula enjoyed by our kūpuna (ancestors) and generations hence.
Polynesian Cultural Center
Our friends from La'ie perform, showcasing the songs and dances of Polyensia including Hawai'i, Tahiti, Samoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and more. Many of their talented promotional team performers are students at BYU Hawai'i, and also perform out in La'ie at the world-renown Polynesian Cultural Center.