Holokū: Hawai`i’s Garment of Grace

March 15, 2016 @ 5:00 am – 6:30 am
Lyman Museum
276 Haili St
Hilo, HI 96720
Free to Lyman Museum members; $3 nonmembers.

Holoku photo aCall us biased, but we believe no lovelier and more graceful garment was ever designed and created than Hawai`i’s own holokū, the floor-length dress that evokes, outlines, and celebrates the elegant female form.  Tonight, join Leilehua Yuen, Manu Josiah, and members of the Hilo Lei Day Festival Floral Court to experience the history and heritage of Hawai`i’s holokū.  From the first holokū, made in 1820 for High Chiefess Kalākua Kaheiheimālie, to those created for this year’s Hanakahi Holokū Ball—and a peek at what may lie ahead!—we‘ll take a sartorial trip through two centuries of culture, fashion, and creativity.  Storytelling, oli, mele, and hula illustrate Leilehua’s presentation, while members of the Floral Court model replica historical holokū as well as vintage treasures from Leilehua’s own collection.  Not to be missed!

Free to Lyman Museum members; $3 nonmembers.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for evening public programs.

Limited seating; first come, first seated.  Additional parking next door at Hilo Union School. 

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