HE LOA KA HELE ‘ANA ‘O NA KUPUNA
THE PATH OF OUR ANCESTORS IS GREAT
Long before Waikıki became a bastion of tropical escapism, it was home to a community of extraordinary grace and artistry. ‘Aha ‘Aina is the surprising story of this wondrous culture, told as never before through its music, traditions, and cuisine. This authentic and mesmerizing experience will transport you from Waikiki’s ancient past through the decades since The Royal Hawaiian has reigned over its glittering shore.
The celebration starts from The Royal Hawaiian’s Ocean Lawn, with the breathtaking backdrop of Waikiki Beach and picturesque Diamond Head, ‘Aha‘aina is composed of three spectacular acts.
As guests enter the sacred grounds, the evening captures the spirit of traditional Hawaii with time-honored activities such as kapa-making (cloth made of pounded bark), poi-pounding, and na lawai’a (tending of fishing tools). The night continues with the sound of a pu (conch), calling guests to feast on the authentic flavors of the different cultures that came to Hawaii as immigrant workers in the plantation industry.
Guests experience each culinary exploration station while a storyteller shares the history of the native cuisine, the significance of lei giving, and the tale of Helumoa. After dinner, the Helumoa story unfolds—a dramatic performance, including hula and song, commemorating ancient islanders’ rich history and culture through a timeline including the opening of the historic Royal Hawaiian to the contemporary style of Hawaiian music and dance.