Huaka`i: A Musical Journey


Just Logo 2014

 NEW DATE!!- October 6, 2017 -
at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel

 Bid at auctions, or purchase a lei

Enjoy as musicians stroll among the tables
with your favorite music and hula.

Honor the legacy of John Papa `I`i and the Kula Ali`i (Royal School) with your table purchase

Please join us!

In 2016, we celebrated the Hawaiian language. It was here through collaboration between the American Protestant missionaries, Hawaiian chiefs, and Tahitians accompanying William Ellis, that the written Hawaiian language we know today was developed. As a result of these efforts, the Hawaiian language Bible was created, there was a flowering of Hawaiian language newspapers, and Hawaiʻi took its place as one of the most literate nations in the world.

Our guests helped us to celebrate a part of our site theme: “Collaboration between Native Hawaiians and the American Protestant missionaries resulted in, among other things, the development of a written Hawaiian language” as we honored those who revived the spoken language and renewed or improved access to both spoken and written Hawaiian.

That night we also spoke of the translation of over 225 letters from 37 aliʻi written between 1823 and 1887. These words from the aliʻi themselves, newly translated by advanced students under the guidance of Awaiaulu, give us a remarkable lens through which we can view nineteenth century life in our islands and will soon be available to you on this website.

Honor a legacy with your table purchase or donation today
  • Tables at $15,000, $10,000, or $5,000 seat eight to ten people, your choice,
    with added treats for those at the $15,000 and $10,000 tables. 
  • Individual tickets may be available at $350 each for seating at tables of ten. 
Please make your reservation online here. - (COMING SOON)

Frequently Asked Questions

       • I am unable to attend. How else can I support the event? 
• May we suggest you sponsor a school trip? Click here to see more information about sponsorship, or click                         here to donate directly! 

       • Will there be an auction? 
• Please check back here later for full auction details!

       • Can I attend without purchasing a table? 
• Of course! Individual tickets are available at $300 each, seated at tables of ten. 

       • Is there parking? 
• Valet parking will be available at the event. We are located at 553 South King Street in Downtown Honolulu.

        • What have previous events consisted of?
                 • Scroll below to see parts of our 2012 and 2014 celebrations!

      • More questions? Feel free to contact Mary Ann Lentz at (808) 447-3922 or email at mlentz[at]

The event in 2014...

A sell-out crowd enjoyed a beautiful evening! The show celebrated Na Lani `Eha, the four ali`i composers, with Ku`uipo Kumukahi and the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame Serenaders and Halau Hawai`i, Kumu Hula Karen Ka`ohulani Aiu.

Patrons honored their favorite ali`i at each table, bought Needs List Lei and bid at our silent and live auctions of unique Hawaiiana.

The event in 2012...

We welcoming the Farden family of Lahaina! 
The Farden family entertained as we honored their beautiful music tradition while raising funds to make history real. We greeted our guests with music, a seated dinner under the trees, a silent auction, a needs list, and much more!