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Young hula dancers performed at the Aloha Festivals opening ceremony last year. This year's opening takes place Sept. 14 at Iolani Palace.
A statewide calendar of events
Find the Aloha Festivals ribbon statewide at ABC, 7-Eleven and Safeway stores. For a complete listing of locations by island, visit alohafestivals.com.
» Mele Concert Series:
7 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, Ala Moana Centerstage. Featuring Koa'uka, Na Kama and Halau Hula Olana, Saturday; Auntie Genoa Keawe, Hoku Zuttermeister and Halau Hula O Kawalilula, Sept. 15; Keahiwai, Beach 5 and Halau Na Mamo O Pu'uanahulu, Sept. 22; and Kapena, Maunalua and Ka Pa Hula O Ka Lai Lehua, Sept. 29. Call 955-9517.
» Opening Ceremony:
5 p.m., Sept. 14. Oahu Royal Court gathers on the steps of Iolani Palace. Traditional chant and hula. Call 589-1771. Free.
» Floral Parade:
9 a.m., Sept. 15. Two-hour procession down Kalakaua Avenue starts at Ala Moana Park and ends at Kapahulu Avenue.
» Thunderbirds' flyover:
2:30 p.m., Sept. 15. In celebration of the Air Force's 60th anniversary, the Thunderbirds perform over Waikiki
» Aloha Festivals Kapolei Mele:
5 p.m., Sept. 15 at Kapolei District Park. Entertainment on four stages includes Brother Noland and an Air Force 60th-anniversary celebration, plus keiki activities and food. Free.
» Waikiki Ho'olaule'a:
7 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 21 on Kalakaua Avenue. Block party includes dancing, entertainment, ethnic foods, Hawaiian arts and crafts, entertainment stages, hula performances, Hawaiian food and a flower, shell and feather lei showcase. Kalakaua Avenue, from Lewers Street to Kapahulu Avenue, will be closed to traffic from 5:30 p.m. until midnight. Free.
» Keiki Ho'olaule'a:
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 22 at Pearlridge, Uptown and Downtown. Keiki activities, games and demonstrations. Aloha Festivals Keiki Royal Court appears at Uptown Center Court, 11 a.m. Participants with Aloha Festivals ribbons ride free on Pearlridge SkyCab. Visit pearlridgeonline.com or call 488-0981.
» Aloha Festivals Longest Hula Line:
3 p.m. Sept. 22. To join the line on Waikiki Beach call Iwalani Tseu at 623-6776 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
» Falsetto Concert and Statewide Contest:
Amateur falsetto performers in concert on Sept. 28. Doors open at 6 p.m. Contestants vie for a recording contract with Hula Records. Contest venue is being finalized.
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The 2007 Aloha Festivals Royal Court took part in Aloha Sunday services at Kawaiahao Church last week.
» Poke Contest at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel:
11 a.m. on Saturday. Entrants compete for $6,000 in cash and prizes. Tasting follows judging. Admission is $5 with Aloha Festivals ribbon (ribbon required). Call (808) 880-1111.
» Sixteenth Annual Falsetto and Storytelling Contest:
7 p.m. Saturday at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Mauna Kea Resort. Participants compete for a recording contract with Hula Records. This contest also honors the island's nationally recognized storyteller, Clyde "Kindy" Sproat. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door; $5 with Aloha Festivals ribbon.
» Hula Competition:
5 to 9 p.m., Sept. 14 at the Outrigger Keauhou. Hula Palua Couples Hula Competition debuts at this event. Free; must have Aloha Festivals ribbon. Call (808) 833-9005.
» Annual Great Waikoloa Ho'olaule'a:
Noon to 7 p.m., Sept. 15 at the Kings Shops at Waikoloa. Featuring activities, entertainment and appearance by Aloha Festivals court. Free. Call (808) 886-8811.
» Aloha Festivals 14th Annual Ms. Aloha Nui Pageant:
7 p.m., Sept. 15 at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott. Search for "Hostess with the Mostess" -- graciousness, beauty and talent -- featuring plus-sized women of 200 pounds or more. Entrants judged on interviews, community participation, talent and holoku wear. Call (808) 887-0480 or (808) 885-1244.
» 25th Annual Hawaii Kupuna Hula Festival:
6 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20 at King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel. Hawaiian arts, crafts, displays, demonstrations and an appearance by the Royal Court. Admission is $10; Aloha Festivals ribbon required. Call (808) 961-8592 or (808) 322-1812.
» Waimea Ho'olaule'a and Paniolo Parade:
Beginning at 10 a.m. Sept. 22. Ho'olaule'a features food, entertainment and family activities. Parade starts at Church Row and travels to Waimea Park where paniolo and riders will demonstrate horsemanship. Free. Call (808) 885-1244.
» Fourteenth Annual KWXX Hilo Ho'olaule'a:
4:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 29 on Front Street. Featuring dancing, entertainment, ethnic foods and Hawaiian arts and crafts. Free. Call (808) 935-5461.
» Eighth Annual Queen Lili'uokalani Music Festival:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 30 at Queen Liliuokalani Park. Music, food and multi-ethnic dance. Free with Aloha Festivals ribbon. Call Roxy Waltjen at (808) 961-8706.
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Bill Kapahu-Lyman was the winner of the 2006 Aloha Festivals falsetto contest. The 2007 competition runs Sept. 28.
» Richard Ho'opi'i Leo Ki'e Ki'e Falsetto Contest:
7 p.m., Oct. 12, McCoy Studio Courtyard, Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Contestants compete for a recording contract with Hula Records. Free. Call Toni Rojas at (808) 573-7626 or e-mail email@example.com. Royal Court appears at 6 p.m.
» Twentieth Annual Lahaina Banyan Tree Ho'olaule'a:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at Historic Banyan Tree. Featuring entertainment, food and arts and crafts. Call (808) 573-7626.
» Kahekili, A Hula Drama:
6 p.m. Oct. 13. Hokulani Holt-Padilla and Pau O Hi'iaka's production, selected to be included in "American Masterpieces: Dance," brings together Hawaiian chants, kahiko, dramatic interpretation and the story of one of Maui's most influential chiefs. Call (808) 242-7469.
» Second Annual Starbucks Ukulele Festival:
1 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Entertainment, food, arts and crafts. Free. Call (808) 242-7469.
» Hana Parade:
11 a.m. Oct. 6, Hana Ballpark. Presentation of court, parade and activities. Call (808) 248-8989 or (808) 248-8231.
» Hana Play Day/Fishing Tournament:
6:30 a.m. Oct. 7. Fishing, games, potluck picnics and Hawaiian-style entertainment. Call (808) 248-8989 or (808) 248-8231.
» Hana Sports Night:
5 p.m. Oct. 8, Hana Ball Park, featuring tennis and volleyball tournaments. Call (808) 248-8989 or (808) 248-8231.
» Keiki Aloha Shirt and Muu Muu Contest:
Oct. 9, with Aloha Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hotel Hana Maui. Festivities continue at Helene Hall with the competition from 5 to 7 p.m. Sports tournaments at Hana Ball Park start at 5:30 p.m., followed by Teen Night at Helene Hall at 7 p.m. Call (808) 248-8989 or (808) 248-8231.
» Hana Talent Show:
6 p.m. Oct. 10. Call (808) 248-8989 or (808) 248-8231.
» Hawaiiana Night:
6 p.m., Oct. 11, Hana Ball Park. Royal Court appearance, poke contest, hula performances. Call (808) 248-8989 or (808) 248-8231.
» Lei and Floral Show:
9 a.m., Oct. 12 at Hotel Hana Maui. Call (808) 248-8989 or (808) 248-8231.
» Pupule Pasture Golf Tournament:
1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at Coila's Hale. Call (808) 248-8989 or (808) 248-8231.
» Jamboree Night:
7 p.m. Oct. 12, Hana. Hawaiian-style hoe-down. Call (808) 248-8989 or (808) 248-8231.
» Hana Closing Luau:
5 p.m., Oct. 13 at Hana Bay. Hawaiian food and entertainment. For tickets call (808) 248-8989 or (808) 248-8231.
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Pau riders are part of the tradition of the Aloha Festivals Floral Parade. This year's parade will trek down Kalakaua Avenue on Sept. 15.
» Opening Ceremony and Luau:
4 p.m. Thursday, at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, Seaview Terrace. Hula, chant and presentation of hookupu (gift), followed by luau at 6 p.m. Call (808) 240-6456. Discount with Aloha Festivals ribbon.
» Kauai Falsetto Contest:
7 p.m. Friday, Hilton Kauai Beach. Singers compete for recording contract with Hula Records. Entry fee $20 at door or $15 with Aloha Festivals ribbon. Call (808) 245-1955
» Kauai Ho'olaule'a:
10 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Kukui Grove Shopping Center. Ethnic food, crafters, entertainment and makahiki games. Call (808) 245-7784.
» Smith Paradise Luau Gardens:
6 p.m. Wednesday at Smith's Gardens Paradise Luau. Food, entertainment and appearance by Kauai's Royal Court. Admission is $70; $48 with Aloha Festivals ribbon. Call (808) 821-6895.
» Annual Kauai Mokihana Festival:
On Sept. 28, Kauai Marriott. Hula auana competition. Call (808) 822-2166 or visit mokihana.kauai.net.
» Hawaiiana Festival:
Oct. 19, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa. Crafts, demonstrations, educational displays, Hawaiian lunch and entertainment. Admission discount with Aloha Festivals ribbon. Call (808) 742-1234.
» Opening Ceremony:
5 p.m., Sept. 21 at Lanai City Dole Park. Food, entertainment, games, arts and crafts. Free. Call (808) 565-3240.
» Parade -- Lanai Style:
9:30 a.m., Sept. 22, from Iwiole to Lanai City Town Square and around Dole Park. Free. Call (808) 565-3240.
» Lanai Ho'olaule'a:
4 to 10 p.m. , Sept. 22 at Lanai City Dole Park. Hawaiian music and dance, local food and crafts. Free. Call (808) 565-3240.
» Molokai Royal Court Investiture:
6 p.m. Oct. 4 at Mitchell Pau'ole Center. Poke contest follows at 7 p.m. Call (808) 272-0026, ext. 7678.
» Ho'ike Town Show:
7 p.m. Oct. 5, library grounds. Music, dance and entertainment. Call (808) 589-1771.
» Molokai Parade:
9 a.m., Oct. 6, begins near Bank of Hawaii and travels through town to Molokai ball park. Call (808) 589-1771.
» Molokai Ho'olaule'a:
11 a.m., Oct. 6, Mitchell Pau'ole Center. Game booths, arts and crafts, food and more. Call (808) 589-1771.