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Step inside Hale ‘I‘ike, the House of Knowledge, and immerse yourself in Hawaii’s extraordinary indigenous living culture. This welcoming place is part museum, part cherished uncle’s living room—a showcase of Hawaiian art and history through the eras of kings, cowboys, and celestial navigators. Come here to “talk story” with Danny Akaka, the resort’s Director of Cultural Affairs and browse the mesmerizing collection of artifacts. If the resplendent portraits of Hawaiian royals don’t spark your imagination, the octopus fishing lures and shark tooth weapons surely will.

Danny at Twilight kalahuipuaa - Mauna Lani
Cultural Director Danny Akaka, playing guitar at Twilight Kalahuipuaa

Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a

Each month during the full moon, music lovers bring blankets and folding chairs to the oceanfront lawn at the Eva Parker Woods Cottage. ‘Ukulele and guitar players gather on the lanai (porch) to talk story and play their favorite tunes. The stage is humble but the talent is world-class. For over two decades, the Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a concert series has served as a Who’s Who of Hawaiian music. The evening’s performers—kept secret until they take the stage—have included ‘ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuru, falsetto songbird Aunty Genoa Keawa, and master slack key guitarist Cyril Pahinui. One night the legendary Don Ho happened to stroll by and volunteered to play an impromptu set. Often, the unknown talents offer the most poignant performances: a trio of Parker Ranch cowboys crooning about the joys and heartbreaks on the range or a local lei maker inspired to dance a spontaneous hula. Steeped in genuine aloha, this intimate kanikapila (jam session) is not to be missed.
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Weaving materials
Mauna Lani Hawaii Lauhala
Weaving materials

Cultural Workshops

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Mauna Lani Hawaii Twilight
Mauna Lani Hawaii Twilight
Sunset at the full moon talk story twilight event

Music and Dance

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Mauna Lani Hawaii Horn
Danny Akaka with the conch shell
Mauna Lani Hawaii Horn
Danny Akaka with the conch shell

History of Mauna Lani

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Mauna Lani Fishponds
The historic fishponds at sunset
Mauna Lani Fishponds
The historic fishponds at sunset

Natural Environment

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Talk Story

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Go Hawaiian Stars Under the Full Moon

The last time I attended the Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a concert series, a beautiful Hawaiian woman jumped up from the audience to dance the hula. Barefoot, with a bright red hibiscus tucked behind her ear, she knew every step by heart. The crowd showered her with applause as she swayed in perfect time to the lilting melodies of old Hawaii.

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