A more somber version of Aloha Festivals' Waikiki Ho'olaule'a takes place tonight, with the rescheduled event opening with a Celebration of Life, with loose flowers set adrift by helicopter in waters off the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel at 5 p.m. in remembrance of those who perished during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
time to reflect
The Aloha Festivals Royal Court will witness the events from a catamaran on the water. Following a short memorial service by Kahu David Kaupu, the catamaran and attendant canoes will return to shore for the start of the ho'olaule'a.
Featured will be nine stages and more than three hours of nonstop musical entertainment. Food booths, fresh lei, and Aloha Festivals ribbons and merchandise will also be available for purchase.
Where: Kalakaua Avenue from Lewers Street to Kapahulu Avenue
When: 7 to 10:30 p.m. today
Admission: Free with $5 Aloha Festivals ribbon
Parking: Available for $3 flat from 5 p.m. to midnight at the Nicos Building, 2222 Kalakaua Ave. (enter on Lau'ula Street off Lewers); King Kalakaua Plaza at 2080 Kalakaua (enter on Kalaimoku St.); ANA Kalakaua Building, 2155 Kalakaua (enter on Beachwalk Avenue); Island Colony Hotel, 445 Seaside Ave.; Miramar, 2345 Kuhio Ave.; and Waikiki Trade Center (enter on Seaside).
The festival was set to take place Sept. 21, before the Sept. 11 incident changed the mood of the nation. The Downtown Ho'olaule'a, originally slated for Sept. 14, will now take place Oct. 12.
Here is the Waikiki Ho'olaule'a entertainment lineup:
>> Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center (between Lewers and Royal Hawaiian avenues)
6:30 p.m. -- Koa'uka
7:30 p.m. -- Keahiwai
8:30 p.m. -- Natural Vibrations
9:30 p.m. -- Mana'o Company
>> Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center (Seaside and Kalakaua avenues)
6 p.m. -- House of Hula Academy
6:45 p.m. -- Aloha Festivals Court introduction
7 p.m. -- Halau Hula O Pohai Kealoha
7:45 p.m. -- Halau Hula O Maiki
8:45 p.m. -- Halau Hula O Olana
9:45 p.m. -- Pai'ea
>> Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center (across from Waikiki Theatre 3)
7 p.m. -- Halau Hula O Na Wahine
7:45 p.m. -- Leilani Alama's Hula Studio
8:45 p.m. -- Waianae Coast Culture and Arts Program
9:45 p.m. -- Ledward Kaapana and Ikona
>> Outrigger Hotels (across from International Marketplace)
7 p.m. -- Pai'ea
7:45 p.m. -- Na Ho'okele
8:30 p.m. -- Kumu hula Jay Jay Akiona, featuring Kamakele "Bulla" Ka'iliwai
9:15 p.m. -- Maunalua
>> Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel
7 p.m. -- Tino and the Rhythm Klub
8:15 p.m. -- Cory Oliveros
9 p.m. -- Simplisity
>> Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa
7 p.m. -- Mr. McFunky and the Sisters of Soul
7:45 p.m. -- Tihati Tahitian Revue
8:15 p.m. -- Rubber Soul
9:15 p.m. -- Pipeline Band with Waiahole Ditch Band
>> Pacific Beach Hotel
7 p.m. -- Maunalua
8 p.m. -- Glenn Medeiros
9 p.m. -- Ken Makuakane and Pandanus Club
>> Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort
7 p.m. -- Air Force "Hana Hou"
8:45 p.m. -- Navy "Tsunami"
>> Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
7 p.m. -- Mana'o Company
8 p.m. -- Kaulakahi Japan
9 p.m. -- Namahana
9:45 p.m. -- Mana Ohana
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