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Thursday, July 5, 2001


Aloha Fest
royalty named

Jack Kulani Williams, Joella Mae U'ilani Halbuna, Thomas Mitchell Kaulana Eli Jr. and Sanoe Waianuhea Ponimoi Damon have been selected as the high ali'i of the Aloha Festivals Royal Court to appear in ceremonies Aug. 16 at Honolulu Hale.

Williams of Waipahu, a tractor driver with Martins Warehousing & Distribution Inc., was chosen as king; Halbuna of Wahiawa, a Foodland cashier, as queen; Eli of Waianae, a 2001 graduate of Waianae High School, as prince; and Damon of Mililani, a sophomore at Mililani High School, as princess.

They were selected based on their knowledge of Hawaiian history and culture, dedication to community and ability to represent the celebration.

Members of the Royal Court are all volunteers of Hawaiian descent. They undergo arduous training that transforms them into high ali'i fit to reflect the island monarchs of the 18th and 19th centuries.

For more information, visit the Aloha Festivals Web site at or contact the office at (808)589-1771, toll-free at (800)852-7690 or via e-mail at

The mailing address is P.O. Box 15945, Honolulu, HI 96830-5945.

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