Photo: Kane pounding poi
Hoʻokipa Weekend includes music, a marketplace featuring Native Hawaiian vendors, and cultural demonstrations by cultural practitioners - such as kuʻi ʻai (poi pounding).- Photo: ʻŌiwi TV

As the anticipation builds, we are thrilled to share that Hoʻokipa Hawaiʻi Weekend is just a month away. The event will take place Feb. 3-4, 2024, at the Royal Hawaiian Center. This eagerly awaited family-friendly event is now beginning to take vibrant shape as we carefully curate our parters and participants.

Dedicated to the profound inclusion of Hawaiian culture and knowledge systems, Hoʻokipa Weekend is not merely an event – it’s a celebration that weaves the essence of Hawaiian traditions through the talents of cultural practitioners, cultural demonstrations, and a diverse array of Native Hawaiian vendors. Our mission is to invite both the local community and visitors, from ma uka to ma kai, into a deeper understanding and appreciation of Native Hawaiian culture.

Our Kuhikuhi Marketplace is shaping up as we diligently review and curate the incredible Native Hawaiian small business participants. Collaborating with fellow event creators, we are assembling a market that is a shopper’s heaven all while supporting our community desires for a circular economy and truly buying local. Stay tuned as we also host some of Maui’s best makers and sellers who will be present all weekend long.

On Saturday, prepare to be dazzled by an extraordinary fashion show featuring the creations of Nakeʻu Awai Designs. As Hawaiʻi’s first Native Hawaiian fashion designer, Awai’s showcase is not just about clothing – it’s a visual celebration of our island’s unique fashion identity.

From mele and hula to skillful showcases of traditional arts and enriching panel discussions, we will share the incredible talent of the Native Hawaiian community. Stay tuned for more information regarding available Kamaʻāina Weekend hotel packages that we are also working on in collaboration with ʻAlohilani Resort and other hotel partners.

If you’re eager for more information on how to become a part of this event, to partner with NaHHA, or if you simply want to know more, please email events@nahha.com or head over to our website www.nahha.com.