The Eva Parker Woods Cottage was built by Frank Woods, the descendants of John Palmer Parker, who founded Parker Ranch. Over half a century ago, the late Francis H. I'i Brown, a sportsman and socialite with royal Hawaiian lineage, acquired the fishponds and surrounding lands from the family of Eva Parker Woods. A man equally at home in the worlds of black tie and fast cars, Brown treasured Kalahuipua'a as a retreat from the demands of urban life: a place to fish, talk story; a place where he could reach back to the simpler lifestyle of his royal Hawaiian ancestors.
Every month when the full moon rises, Mauna Lani gets ready for an evening of storytelling and entertainment on the lawn at the oceanfront Eva Parker Woods Cottage. The event is coordinated by Mauna Lani's Cultural Historian Danny Akaka, who speaks fluent Hawaiian and often performs as a musician. Since not many hotels can boast an on-staff cultural historian, Mauna Lani asked Danny to share his knowledge of Hawaii's myths and legends with guests. "Twilight at Kalahuipua‘a" was designed to perpetuate the traditional folk art of storytelling. Everyone is invited to share stories, family histories, songs, and dance. It gives hotel guests a chance to experience the true aloha spirit, and residents the opportunity to meet and share stories with people from around the world.
The Eva Parker Woods Cottage houses historical information about Kalahuipua‘a, the land now called Mauna Lani. This oceanfront location marks the piko (spiritual center) of the resort's ancient Hawaiian fishponds, making it the perfect venue for this full moon event. Hotel guests, Hawaii residents, and resort employees and their families are invited to join "Twilight at Kalahuipua‘a," Twilight is from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm on the Saturday closest to the full moon. Please call the Concierge at 808-881-7911 for calendar updates. Video of Twilight
2015 Twilight Dates
* Dates may be subject to change