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73rd Annual Floral Parade

Photo: Aloha Festival Parade
The conclusion to the annual Aloha Festivals ends with the Annual Floral Parade from Ala Moana to Kapi‘olani Park – Photo: Daniela Duncan
Sep. 28, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Aloha Festivals officially ends with a colorful procession of Hawaiian culture through Waikïkï at the 73rd Annual Floral Parade. Watch intricate floats decorated with a rainbow of fresh flowers and men and women on horseback showcasing the traditional art of pä‘ü riding. Participants from marching bands to hälau hula to civic leaders display the unique aloha spirit that unites Hawai‘i’s community. From Ala Moana Park through Kaläkaua Avenue to Kapi‘olani Park. OHA is a proud sponsor of this year’s Aloha Festival.

‘Onipa‘a: Celebrate the 181st Birthday of Queen Lili‘uokalani

The free event will include live musical performances, hula, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, palace tours, ‘ono food and living history walks in celebration of Queen Lili‘uokalani’s birthday. Admission to ‘Iolani Palace is free for this special one-day event. Sponsored by OHA.

Kauluhiwaolele Maui Fiber Arts Conference

Sep. 4 – 7, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m
Participants will be immersed in weaving, developing and honing skills and techniques of this ancient Hawaiian art. New and expanded options for weaving classes will include pū hala, ‘ie‘ie, kōkō and ‘upena. Classes are for registrants only, the public is welcome to attend the Kauluhiwaolele Festival on Friday and Saturday. Weaving workshops will be held in the lobby for any skill level. Daily presentations by knowledgeable kumu will cover related fiber arts topics. Registration subject to availability. For more information or to register online go to www.kauluhiwaolele.com.

Hawaiian Cultural Values Training

Sep. 11, 2:30 to 5 p.m.
This introductory 2.5 hour class will foster a sense of belonging, encourage personal initiative, and build a collective knowledge of the history of place. This class will equip the staff with the tools to ensure that visitors’ needs are met with a high level of satisfaction and that their experience is healing and exemplary. There is no cost to attend the session however, you MUST be currently employed in the State of Hawai‘i by an organization that is directly engaged in business within Hawai‘i’s visitor industry. Maximum number of attendees 150. Register online at eventbrite.com

Lā Ulu: Breadfruit Day At Maui Nui Botanical Garden

Sep. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sponsored by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will host the 3rd annual Lā Ulu: Breadfruit Day! This free community event will include food booths, breadfruit cooking demonstrations, Pacific ulu varieties for sale, Hawaiian plant sale, free cultural activities, Hawaiian music and hula! For more information and to get involved, visit www.mnbg.org/LaUlu.html

Kū Mai Ka Hula 2019

Sep. 14, 1 p.m.
Male and female dancers perform both kahiko and ‘auana hula stylings. Expect to see hālau competing in a level of performance as in more well-known competitions. Attendees can browse and shop displays of made-in-Hawai‘i products from an array of crafters and artisans before and throughout the Saturday performances. A full selection of food & beverages will be available for purchase in the Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard, Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Tickets: $25, 10% discount for MACC Members and half-price kids under 12 (plus applicable fees) Tickets on sale: Friday, August 9.

Kaua‘i museum presents robert cazimero in concert

Sep. 19, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Join world renowned Kumu Hula and musician, Robert Cazimero in this intimate concert where he will share a celebration of mele (music), hula (dancing), and mo‘olelo (story telling) of yesteryear. Call the Kaua‘i Museum at (808)245-6931 or visit us at www.kauaimuseum.org. for more information and ticket purchase. Seating is limited, so get your tickets while they last.

18th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention

Sep. 21 – 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m
The Native Hawaiian Convention brings together Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners, educators, health care and housing providers, business leaders, kūpuna and future leaders from our next generation. The convention will feature pre-session workshops, spirited athletic competition, over 40 breakout sessions, many dynamic and relevant speakers, and timely policy conversations about Hawai’i and issues affecting the lives of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. It will also provide a vibrant marketplace and numerous opportunities to share and learn from one another in a variety of settings. Registration now open. Hawai‘i Convention Center, 1801 Kalākaua Ave, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96815.

Kaumakapili church 48th annual sit-down lū‘au

Sep. 21, 5 to 7 p.m.
Enjoy the ‘Ohana style sit-down dinner, and a night of entertainment at Kaumakapili Church. Seats are limited. For tickets please see a church member or contact 808-845-0908 or email office@kaumakapili.org

Mele No Lili‘uokalani

Sep. 21, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
The 2019 Mele Series will honor sibling ali‘i composers: Princess Likelike, Prince Leleiohōkū, Queen Lili‘uokalani, and King Kalākaua, collectively known as Nā Lani ‘Ehā. This evening will feature their compositions performed by an array of professional musicians. There will be Hula Hālau from our community, local choirs, and classical quartets performing alongside the featured bands. Discounted tickets are available for the series that will allow you to see all 4 mele programs during the year! $30/person in advance $35/person at the door $100/person for a series ticket.

Keiki Kalo

Sep. 21 and 28, 9 to 10 a.m.
Celebrating the beauty, versatility, and importance of kalo to the land and culture of Hawai‘i, this theatrically immersive piece promotes aloha ‘āina and is intended for very young audiences and their guests. Keiki Kalo is an expedition of the senses, offering an intimate look into the glorious worlds that flow in and out from the life of a single plant. Recommended for ages 0-4. Floor and bench seating. Please contact ktyouth@hawaii.edu or call 808-956-2591 for more information. Ticket sales begin September 2, 2019 and will be available online at etickethawaii.com, by phone at 944-2697, at Campus Center, at the Stan Sheriff Box Office, and at the Kennedy Theatre Box Office (during open hours).

Nā Wāhine o Ke Kai Moloka‘i to O‘ahu Race 2019

Sep. 22
The 41 mile race from Hale o Lono Harbor in Moloka‘i to Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Waikïkï attracts generations of paddlers from across the state and world. Sponsored by OHA.