three musicians play traditional Hawaiian music
three musicians play traditional Hawaiian music

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

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 Keawe, 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. Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a is held every month, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the Saturday closest to the full moon.
  • Upcoming 2020 Twilight Dates:
  • Saturday, November 28, 2020
  • Saturday, December 19, 2020
A hula teacher in Hawaii

Hula Basics

Hula is the storytelling dance of the Hawaiian Islands. We invite you to experience and share the true spirit of Aloha through hula, but first you have to learn the steps...join us!

  • 1 hour | Complimentary |10 participants max
  • Location: Hālau in the Lower Lobby
  • Ages: 10+ yrs old
Mauna Lani Hawaii Ukulele Lessons

Basic ‘Ukulele Lessons

When early Portuguese immigrants brought a small stringed instrument to Hawai‘i, the Hawaiians made it their own. Born out of cultural collaboration, the ‘ukulele is now one of the world’s most popular musical instruments—an instant antidote to the doldrums. During the lesson, you can easily learn ‘ukulele basics: chords, strumming, finger placement, and perhaps a tune.

  • 1 hour | Complimentary | 10 participants max
  • Location: Hālau in the Lower Lobby
  • Ages: 10+ yrs old

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