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Monday, July 25, 2005
Artist Carl Yonamine uses the
"We need to think about what kind of message we are sending to the masses," he said. "We need to stay in focus with the Hawaiian culture. It needs to be the rule of thumb. There is no other way of doing it but from the Hawaiian perspective."
Aloha Festivals began in 1947 as Aloha Week. The event has grown to include hundreds of events on six islands spanning a two-month period. It has become a celebration of Hawaii's Pacific, Asian and Western influences, embracing all aspects of culture, from music and dance to cuisine and art. Nearly 1 million people attend the various festival events, which are intended to reflect the connection between the Hawaiian people and the environment.
Kia has worked on the festival for the 25 years, since starting as a member of the royal court.
"I've seen it from many different perspectives. I've experienced it from the inside and out. It will always be embedded in my heart. I'll never forget the wonderful things taught to me."
Of primary importance is the aloha spirit, which has survived modern distractions and stresses, he says.
"I'm overwhelmed by the everyday, simple things we can do in our life to take care of others and make others happy."
Royal Court Investiture: Noon Aug. 27, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Halemaumau Crater.
Waimea Festival: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 28, Parker Ranch Center.
Royal Court Pikai and Ho'okupu: Big Island court visits Spencer Beach Park, Kawaihae, with offerings and a "washing" of king and queen; Sept. 3. Call 808-885-7786.
13th annual Ms. Aloha Nui Contest: Beauty contest features women weighing 200 pounds or more; Sept. 4, Waikoloa Beach Marriott. Call 808-885-7786 or e-mail email@example.com.
Aloha Sunday Services: 11 a.m. Sept. 4, Haili Church in Hilo.
"E Hula Mai Kaua": Couples hula competition debuts at Keauhou Shopping Center; Sept. 9.
Falsetto Contest: Competition honors living treasure Clyde "Kindy" Sproat; Sept. 10, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Call 808-885-7786.
Poke Contest: Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Sept. 11. After the judging, the public may sample this Hawaiian "soul food." Also, Hawaiian craft fair. Visit www.PokeContest.com or call Lani at 808-936-0670.
30th Paniolo Parade: Enjoy pa'u riders, floats, bands, marching and mounted units, led by the Royal Court procession; 10 a.m. Sept. 17, Parker Ranch. Call 808-885-7786.
23nd annual Kupuna Hula Festival: Elders gather at King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel Sept. 21 for a hula competition in their honor. Arts, crafts and an appearance by the Royal Court are also scheduled. Call 808-961-8592 or 808-322-1812. Discount admission with festival ribbon.
Hilo Ho'olaule'a: 12th annual event features music, food, arts and crafts; Sept. 24, Front Street. Call 808-935-5461.
Royal Court Investiture: 10 a.m. Aug. 27 at Kamokila Hawaiian Village, Wailua.
Hale Pule: Traditional royal court reception services; 10 a.m. Aug. 28, Kapa'a First Hawaiian Church.
Opening Ceremony and Luau: 4 p.m. Sept. 8 at Hyatt Regency Kauai, Seaview Terrace Lounge. To buy luau tickets, call 808-742-1234 ($3 discount with festival ribbon).
Kauai Ho'olaule'a: Hawaiian and international foods, arts, crafts, Hawaiian music and dancing; 10:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10, Kukui Grove Shopping Mall Center Stage.
Luau Feast: 5 p.m. Sept. 10 at Smith's Tropical Gardens, with 6 p.m. imu ceremony. Tickets $65, or $48 with festival ribbon. Call 808-245-8508.
Royal Luau: Dance company Rohotu and the Punua family of entertainers honor Kauai's Royal Court with a show, plus food and drink; 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Radisson Kauai Beach Resort. Call 808-335-5828 or toll-free 877-237-7700.
Royal Court Investiture: Noon Aug. 27, Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.
Fourth Annual Richard Ho'opi'i Leo Kie Kie Contest: Begins Aug. 27, with finale Jan. 1, in celebration of Hawaii's falsetto heritage. Call 808-870-8047 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission includes festival ribbon.
Lahaina Banyan Tree Ho'olaule'a: Gather under the oldest and largest banyan tree in the state for this 18th annual party featuring arts and crafts, hula, food, music and the Aston Resort's Laulau Cookoff; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17.
Maui Makahiki: Cultural demonstrations, makahiki games, all-day entertainment, crafts and food booths; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 8, Kaanapali Beach Hotel Luau Grounds. Learn sports of the pahe'e (dart sliding), ulumaika (Hawaiian bowling) or 'o'oihe (spear throwing).
Royal Court Investiture: Greet court with gifts and leis; 7 p.m. Oct. 6, Kaunakakai's Malama Cultural Park.
Ho'ike Town Show: Listen to pau hana music; 7 p.m. Oct. 7, Kaunakakai library grounds.
Molokai Parade: Country parade through rustic Kaunakakai; 9 a.m. Oct. 8.