Now in its sixth year, the conference attracts hundreds of hula fans and will pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Merrie Monarch Festival, a Hilo event that celebrates Hawaiian traditions and cultures reintroduced and embraced by King David Kalakaua in the late 19th century.
More than 40 kumu hula (hula instructors) and cultural experts will lead classes covering many aspects of hula, including ancient and modern dances, mele (songs) and costumes. Guests will also learn how to make Hilo-style ti leaf leis and ipu heke (double gourd drums).
The price for the three-day event is $385 ($250 for Hawaii residents) and includes shuttle service between various Waikiki hotels and the convention center.
More info is available on the conference website.