Above Photo: Royal Court Investiture and opening ceremony will new court to carry out their roles throughout all Aloha Festivals – Photo: Courtesy Aloha Festivals
Aloha Festivals: Royal Court Investiture & Opening Ceremony
Aug. 31, 4 to 6 p.m.
Kicking off the month-long Aloha Festivals, attendees of the Royal Court Investiture & Opening Ceremony will witness the newly-chosen royal court don their colorful traditional cloaks, helmets, head feather lei and other symbols of their reign in a spectacular display modeled after the royal ceremonies of ancient Hawaii. The Royal Court Investiture will be held on the grounds of Helumoa at The Royal Hawaiian’s Coconut Grove, the historic home of Princess Pauahi. From there, guests will follow the procession to Royal Hawaiian Center’s Royal Grove, where traditional hula, chants and musical performances at center stage make for a special evening in the heart of Waikïkï. Sponsored by OHA.
Pu‘uhonua o Pu‘uhuluhulu University Classes
Pu‘uhonua o Pu‘uhuluhulu University is offering free classes for the lāhui. There are 20+ one-hour sessions daily as weather and safety permits. Classes range from ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i to oli/mele to mo‘olelo to political history to indigenous science practices and beyond. All are welcomed to participate and learn. Eō ka lāhui Hawai‘i! E ola! For more info on upcoming classes, follow @puuhuluhulu on Facebook.
Youth Arts Exhibition 2019
Aug. 2 – 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This unique exhibition showcases the work of 250+ youth participating in the Hui’s summer arts programming. The result is an explosion of vibrant creativity that features the extraordinary possibilities unlocked by community visual arts education. Free. Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center.
HCRA State Championship Regatta
Aug. 3, Hanalei Bay
Outrigger canoe paddling, the official state team sport, is celebrated at the HCRA State Championship Regatta which culminates the regatta season for 70+ canoe clubs representing 9,500+ paddlers of all ages. The event informally begins with the arrival of the koa canoes to Kaua‘i and ends with naming of the four Division winners on Saturday. Sponsored by OHA.
Heiva I Kaua‘i 2019
Aug. 3- 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This is a two-day dance, drumming and music competition and exhibition, which showcases Tahitian and Polynesian cultures. Competitors enter solo and group dance categories and win prizes for excellence. Vendors sell crafts, gifts and food. Cultural practices of lauhala and coconut weaving, Polynesian carving and fire knife dancing, shell craft, and lomilomi massage are demonstrated. The event provides a venue for the next generation of Polynesian entertainers to gain performance experience. The event helps preserve and perpetuate Tahitian language, history, legends, music drumming and dancing. Audience participation is encouraged in coconut husking and Tahitian dance contests. Kapa‘a Beach Park.
Ali‘i Sunday – Kamehameha Ekolu (III)
Aug. 4, 9 to 10 a.m.
Ali‘i Sundays are among the many long and honored traditions of Kawaiahao Church, which began about 1914. In the 1970’s our people were embarking on a tidal wave of change. In the midst of circumstance and sensing the urgency to unite Hawai‘i’s people and rekindle their strength and purpose in Ke Akua. We celebrate nine Ali‘i Sundays which are held as part of a larger series of celebrations recognized by the Benevolent Royal Societies, Ali‘i Trusts and the Hawaiian Civic Clubs of which always occurs on Sundays or the Sunday just before the birthday of the Ali‘i. Join us as we celebrate these Ali‘i and the many blessings from Ke Akua together.
National Health Center Week & Health Fair
Aug. 5-9 | Aug 10 Health Fair 9am – 2pm at Punalu‘u Ahupua‘a Farms, 53-270 Kamehameha Hwy
Ko‘olauloa Health Center presents a week of healthcare focused activities culminating in a health fair on Saturday, August 10. Come by for free health screenings, Medicaid member support, and cultural workshops. Live entertainment by The Tonga Sisters, Rainbow Uli‘i, and Melelani Entertainment. 3 grand prize raffles and free tote bags for the first 300 attendees. E ola ka lahui! Sponsored by OHA.
Led Ka‘apana – Grand Master of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar
Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.
2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Recipient, Ledward Ka‘apana is Hawai‘i’s premier master Slack Key guitarist. His inventiveness and fluidity, versatility in multiple tunings, and playfulness on stage, make him the leading master of this art.
Led has been a professional musician for over 40 years. His mastery of stringed instruments and extraordinary baritone and leo ki‘eki‘e (falsetto) voice have made him a musical legend. His easy-going style and charm have made him a favorite of audiences throughout the world.
Every Wednesday evening at Napili Kai Beach Resort on Maui. All Show tickets are open seating. Options for purchase: Tickets $37.99 – $95. Advance ticket purchases can be made at slackkeyshow.com.
2nd Annual ‘Aha Mauliola – A Native Hawaiian Wellness Gathering
Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., University of Hawai‘i, Maui College
The ‘Aha Mauliola is a free event to share Maui’s health, wellness and cultural resources with the community offering resource vendors, cultural activities, health screenings, keiki dental services, entertainment, a silent auction, food, crafts, giveaways and more to strengthen the minds, bodies and spirits of the community. Sponsored by OHA.
Hui for Health – Pāhoa
Aug. 14, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hui for Health – Pāhoa connects 250 people with preventative health services, nutritious meals, hot showers, and resources to help them find a way home. Nanawale Community Association. Sponsored by OHA.
Made in Hawai‘i Festival presented by First Hawaiian Bank (25th Annual)
Aug. 16 – 18, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Produced by the Hawai‘i Food Industry Association, this three-day festival is the state’s largest annual emporium of Hawai‘i-made products, featuring apparel and fashion accessories, food products, books, handicrafts and artwork, gifts, home accessories, plants, produce and more. Added attractions throughout the three-day festival are live stage performances by top Hawai‘i music artists as well as cooking demonstrations by some of the state’s top culinary artists. Friday and Saturday August 16 and 17, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, August 18, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission $7. Neil S. Blaisdell Arena. For information visit www.madeinhawaiifestival.com
‘Ohana Community Workday
Aug. 31, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Join the Maunawili community for a morning of hands-on lo‘i work, learning, and connections. Bring an adventurous spirit, towel, old and comfortable clothes (shorts and t-shirt), plastic bag for wet clothes, water bottle, and hat. No shoes required in lo‘i. Ho‘okua‘āina 916E Auloa Rd Kailua, HI. More info at hookuaaina.org.
Mauka to Makai
Aug. 31, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mauka to Makai is a two-day, free event for the community of Wai‘anae that celebrates the wealth of land and water through cultural education and activities. Through hands on activities and mo‘olelo for each location, we will transport participants to the old Wai‘anae, a place which was once a thriving farming and fishing stronghold. Ka‘ala Farm & Poka‘i Bay. Sponsored by OHA.
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