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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. 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.  

Twilight at Kalahuipua'a
Talk Story Under a Full Moon

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.  Mauna Lani Bay's Cultural  Historian Danny Akaka, who speaks fluent Hawaiian and often performs as a musician hosts the event. Danny shares his knowledge of Hawaii's myths and legends with guests and he invites kupuna and community elders and musicians to join him. 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 enjoy Twilight at Kalahuipua‘a, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm on the Saturday closest to the full moon.  Video of Twilight

2018 Twilight Dates

  • August 25
  • September 22
  • October 20*
  • November 24*
  • December 22*

* Dates may be subject to change. Hotel closes 10/01 for renovation. Parking will be at the hotel only and event attendees can access the cottage via the cart path to the mauka side of the fishponds. Allow extra time and bring a flashlight.