Unveil the true Hawaiʻi at The Queen’s Aloha Lūʻau

Welcome to The Queen’s Aloha Lūʻau, a place where the spirit of Hawai’i comes alive with the traditional dances of the award-winning group, Hālau I Ka Wēkiu, and the rhythmic sounds of Nā Kumu Hula Karl Veto Baker and Michael Lanakila Casupang. Located in the peaceful surroundings of Keonaonalani, our lūʻau offers a genuine experience of Hawaiian culture. Here, every gathering is a chance to delve into the rich heritage of our islands in a warm and friendly setting.

Keonaonalani is the name of our home.  The name comes from Kumu Veto’s great grandmother, Keonaona, who was a lady in waiting for Hawaiʻi’s last reigning monarch, Queen Liliʻuokalani.  Lani means heavenly or Royal status which is our connection to Liliʻuokalani. 

We invite you to Keonaonalani to celebrate, enjoy, and honor our Queen Liliʻuokalani at The Queen’s Aloha Lūʻau.

Meet Our Cast

Hālau I Ka Wēkiu: Founded in 1998, Hālau I Ka Wēkiu is a Hula school located in Pauoa, Oʻahu. The school is based upon a traditional Hula genealogy going back eight generations to the island of Kauaʻi. The Kumu Hula (Hula Masters and Artistic Directors) Karl Veto Baker and Michael Lanakila Casupang are also composers of Hawaiian music. The company has traveled to New Zealand and Japan.

Nā Kumu Hula

Karl Veto Baker & Michael Lanakila Casupang

Hālau I Ka Wēkiu was born on March 15, 1998 out of a passion for the art of hula by its Kumu, Karl Veto Baker and Michael Lanakila Casupang, both of whom studied under Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazimero.  Veto trained with Robert since 1974 as one of the six initial members of Hālau Na Kamalei O Līlīlehua, and Lanakila since 1983.  Between both Kumu Hula, they share a collective 90 years of studying hula, dancing and teaching.  Their talent and dedication to hula was recognized by Robert as they both graduated in 1995 through traditional ʻūniki rites.  Both Kumu are proud of their hula genealogy and seek to preserve and perpetuate the protocol, values and style of hula handed down by Robert and his kumu, Aunty Māʻiki Aiu and, before her, Lokālia Montgomery, Mary Kawena Pūkuʻi, Pat Nāmaka Bacon, and others back seven generations.

In the tradition of their kūpuna, the kumu of Hālau I Ka Wēkiu write lyrics and compose mele and oli (songs and chants) to commemorate the hālau’s experiences and history.  To date they have recorded and released a total of seven cd’s, primarily comprised of original compositions.

With more than 150 haumāna (students), Hālau I Ka Wēkiu’s future is bright.  The haumāna range from ages 4 to 87 years old.  Annually they presented sold out hula concerts in February and most recently have been presenting May Day Concerts at the Tom Moffatt Waikīkī Shell.  The hālau participates in the Merrie Monarch Festival, garnering many awards including overall winners.  Their travels include Asia, Europe, the continental United States, and the South Pacific.  As a community service and to give back to the area that hālau makes its home, Uluhaimalama, Queen Liliʻuokalaniʻs garden is cared for by the students of Hālau I Ka Wēkiu.  Sharing of our culture also extends to other performances on Oʻahu and on neighbor islands, participation in hula festivals and conducting workshops where needed.

Welina Mai!

 

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Words of Aloha

from Our Guests

 

I attended the opening of The Queenʻs Aloha Lūʻau, an awe inspiring evening of Hawaiian hospitality at Keonaonalani sharing the best of Hawaiian culture, in food & beverage, music and dance.  Presenting a repertoire of Hawaiian classic music and hula at its finest featuring Hālau I ka wekiu.  Many of the songs presented were songs composed by the accomplished composers in Hawaiian history, featuring Helen Desha Beamer, Queen Liliʻuokalani, Princess Likelike and contemporary songs composed by the producers of this fine event Hawaiian practitioners Na Kumu Hula Karl Veto Baker and Michael Lanakila Casupang.  This event captures the true spirit of Aloha and Hawaiian hospitality at its best.
Robbie C.

Mahalo nui once again for allowing us the opportunity to attend the opening night of the Queenʻs Aloha Luʻau at Keonaonalani.  Such a beautiful home, such a magnificent setting and such a wonderful display of our people’s brilliance.  We literally were transported from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu city life to an oasis of culture, great food and warm hospitality.  It was simply wonderful!  Our native people and tourists alike need to immerse themselves into these kinds of cultural experiences more often.  We loved the cultural knowledge that Kumu Hula Veto Baker and Lanakila Casupang share, and we feel that all who attend will come away with the true spirit of aloha that can be felt by these two amazing individuals.
Me ke aloha nui,
Keano K. and Lono P.

The Queens Aloha Luau is an authentic Hawaiian moment that is the first and only of its kind.  Beneath a canopy of stars, I was allowed into the world of Halau.  It was a bit emotional for me as I realized the dancers, chanters and musicians were living Hawaiian traditions passed down for generations.  This is an experience I will treasure.
Patricia T.

A little something for everyone

From lei making to traditional games and authentic Hawaiian cuisine, there’s something for every member of the family at The Queen’s Aloha Lūʻau.

Your lūʻau experience begins with a gift of lei to every member of your party, you can then explore interactive games like Konane, try your hand at lei making in the haku style, and learn about the art of feather lei. Enjoy a traditional meal with locally sourced ingredients and experience an authentic Hula show — the only one of its kind here in Hawaiʻi!

Location

394 Auwaiolimu St. Honolulu, HI 96813

The Queen’s Aloha Lūʻau is nestled in Pauoa, in the heart of Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu.

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Connect with the Heart of Hawaiʻi

We are here to guide you on a meaningful voyage into the vibrant heritage of Hawai’i. Reach out to us for reservations, group bookings, or any inquiries that beckon your heart towards the authentic spirit of The Queen’s Aloha Lūʻau.

If rain is in the forecast, we’ll transform our dinner space into an intimate indoor theatre for the hula show.

 

Phone: (808) 286-2754

Email: info@thequeensluau.com

Address: 394 Auwaiolimu Street, Honolulu, HI 96813

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