PRINCE LOT HULA FESTIVAL
July 15, 2017 and July 16, 2017
Moanalua Gardens
Honolulu, O‘ahu
 
Since 1978 on the third Saturday in July, the annual Prince Lot Hula Festival at Moanalua Gardens has brought together premier hālau hula (hula groups) from throughout the islands for a daylong celebration of hula in a non-competitive setting. Considered one of Hawai‘i’s most exciting cultural events, the festival allows thousands of island residents and visitors to experience the beauty and spirit of the Hawaiian culture.
 
Enjoy two fun fun-filled days of outstanding hula and activities, including concerts, craft fair, cultural demonstrations, local foods, and more.
 
 
 
 
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ALOHA FESTIVALS
September 9, 2017 through September 30, 2017
Various Locations
O‘ahu
 
www.alohafestivals.com
 
Royal Court Investiture & Opening Ceremony

Saturday - September 9
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Royal Hawaiian Hotel & Royal Hawaiian Center, Royal Grove
 
To kick off the festivities, the Aloha Festivals Royal Court will be introduced on the grounds of Helumoa, which was originally the home of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. At the ceremony, the king, queen, prince and princess take their place on the royal court. The Ali‘i court members receive their royal cloaks, helmets, head feather lei and other symbols of their reign. Traditional hula and chants make this a special event in the heart of Waikīkī.
 
65th Annual Waikīkī Ho‘olaulea

Saturday, September 23
7:00 - 10:00 pm
Kalākaua Avenue
 
The Annual Waikīkī Ho‘olaule‘a is Hawai‘i’s largest block party. Thousands of people will take to the streets along Kalākaua Avenue for food, fun and entertainment. There will be performances by the various genres of Hawaiian music and hula hālau (hula schools). Hawaiian crafts and flower leis and many varieties of island cuisine will be featured throughout the event.
71st Annual Floral Parade

Saturday, September 30
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
From Ala Moana Park through Kalākaua Avenue to Kapi‘olani Park
 
Kalākaua Avenue comes alive with a colorful procession of female and male pā‘ū horseback riders, floats covered with Hawaiian flowers, Hawaiian music, hula hālau and local marching bands.
 
Affiliated Events:
 
Pearlridge Keiki Ho‘olaule‘a

Saturday, September 16
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Pearlridge Center
 
Pearlridge Center will celebrate the Festival with a full day of free activities, demonstrations, arts and crafts and continuous stage performances.
 
Contact Information:

Aloha Festivals
2250 Kalākaua Avenue, Suite 315
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96815

Phone: (808) 923-2030
E-mail: aloha.festivals@waikikiimprovement.com
 
 
 
 
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NA WAHINE O KE KAI
September 24, 2017
Hale O Lono Harbor, Moloka‘i to
Duke Kahanamoku Beach, Waikīkī, O‘ahu
 
www.nawahineokekai.com

History

The women’s Molokai to O‘ahu Canoe Race, which is organized and conducted by race director Hannie Anderson and the Na Wahine O Ke Kai Association – Shelly Gilman, Haunani Campos-Olds, Carleen Ornellas, Sig Tannehill and Rosie Lum – was founded in February of 1979. At the ’79 election meeting, Puna Dawson christened this event Na Wahine O Ke Kai (Women of the Sea) which took on a new meaning on October 15, 1979, the date of the first women’s Moloka‘i to O‘ahu Canoe Race.

The dream of so many women, who had worked so hard, had finally become a reality. On October 15, 1979, Outrigger Canoe Club led an amazing 17-crew field and finished in six hours, 35 minutes, 14 seconds. Since 1979 Outrigger Canoe Club has won four times: 1981, 1984, 1985 and again in 1992. Hui Nalu Canoe Club won the event in 1982 and 1983. OffShore Canoe Club has paddled its way to victory from 1986 thru 1991 and again from 1993 to 96, setting a new course record of five hours, 24 minutes, 32 seconds in 1995. The race was cancelled in 1980 due to 30-foot surf and strong winds.

The dream began in 1954, two years after the first men’s Moloka‘i-to-O‘ahu Canoe Race took place. Waikīkī Surf Club’s Senior Women’s crew proposed for consideration a race for the women also. Coaches and officials insisted the women couldn’t handle the treacherous channel. It took years of patience and persistence to convince everyone that it was possible for women to paddle across the Kaiwi Channel. In October of 1975, the first unofficial crossing was made by two crews of 18 women each. One crew was incorporated from four canoe clubs: Kailua, Outrigger, Lanikai and Waikīkī Surf Club and was spearheaded by Donna Coelho-Woffe. They named themselves “Onipa‘a”. The other was from Healani Canoe Club, coached by Babe Bell. They proved that women could paddle across the Kaiwi Channel. Part of the dream had come true. Hannie Anderson and the late Leinani Faria, another colleague who shared the dream, officiated this first crossing.

The canoe race has flourished through the years – attracting crews from all over the world because of the tireless efforts of race supporters, volunteers, and of course, the paddlers. Through their endurance, devotion and sportsmanship they have helped to perpetuate Hawai‘i’s cultural heritage.

Contact Information:

E-mail: Info@NaWahineOKeKai.com
 
 
 
95TH ANNUAL MAUI FAIR
October 5, 2017 through October 8, 2017
War Memorial Gymnasium Parking Lot
Wailuku, Maui
 
www.mauifair.com
 
The Maui Fair is an icon of family tradition for Maui County and the largest, most longstanding and anticipated event of the year on Maui. The Fair provides something for everyone with fun, ono multi-cultural food, education, top-notched local entertainment and quality time with family and friends.
 
With attendance nearing 100,000, the Maui Fair is the primary source of funding for many of Maui’s nonprofit and community organizations. It relies entirely on corporate or local business sponsorships, local donations, and volunteers for support. Get involved with this timeless community tradition by becoming a sponsor.
 
The Fair opens with the traditional parade (Maui’s largest) and will continue with rides, food, first-rate entertainment and more.
 
The Maui Fair is the symbol of family tradition. It attracts locals and visitors alike to enjoy an alcohol-free, smoke-free and drug-free family-oriented educational event that features an array of local food, first-rate entertainment, E.K. Fernandez Joy Zone, plus horticulture, bonsai, livestock, homemaking, photo and art exhibits and competitions. Find unique and innovative products and services in the “Maui Fair Products & Services” Tent, and visit the Events Arena for how-to demonstrations, the popular Chili Cook-Off and lots more interactive fun. A “MUST DO” event in 2017.
 
 
 
 
21ST ANNUAL COCONUT FESTIVAL
October 7, 2017 through October 8, 2017
Kapa‘a Beach Park
Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i
 
The Kapa‘a Business Association presents Kaua‘i’s 21st Annual Coconut Festival Saturday October 1st and Sunday October 7th – 8th at Kapa‘a Beach Park! Celebrate all that is Coconut with unique coconut crafts, coconut games, delicious coconut foods and contests with some of the best crafters, artists and entertainers in Hawai‘i. Enjoy nonstop music, taiko drummers, hula, and fun. Live music Saturday and Sunday. Lots of fun for keiki too. With a children’s stage, petting zoo, inflatables and coconut activities. Cooking demos by some of the island’s best chefs.
 
Contact Information:

Tricia Yamashita
Phone: (808) 652-4988
 
 
 
 
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THE 65TH ANNUAL MOLOKA‘I HOE
October 8, 2017
Hale O Lono Harbor, Moloka‘i to
Duke Kahanamoku Beach, Waikīkī, O‘ahu
 
www.molokaihoe.com
 
On October 12, 1952, three Koa outrigger canoes launch through the surf at Kawakiu Bay on Moloka‘i’s west side. Powered by six paddlers, each of the canoes was bound for Oʻahu across 38+ miles of open ocean in the Kaiwi Channel. Eight hours and 55 minutes later, the Moloka‘i canoe, Kukui O Lanikaula landed on the beach at Waikīkī in front of the Moana Hotel. Thus began the world’s most prestigious outrigger canoe race, the Moloka‘i Hoe.
 
The Moloka‘i Hoe has become one of the longest running annual team sporting events in Hawai‘i, second only to football. The Moloka‘i Hoe perpetuates one of Hawaii’s and Polynesia’s most important and historic cultural traditions, while honoring outrigger canoe paddlers around the world. The Moloka‘i Hoe tests the limits of physical and mental strength and endurance, courage determination and teamwork, and paddlers must also battle nature’s most extreme elements.
 
Each year over 1000+ paddlers from around the world compete in the Moloka‘i Hoe, the men’s world championship in outrigger canoe racing. This year marks the Moloka‘i Hoe’s 63rd crossing of the treacherous Kaiwi Channel.
 
Contact Information:

E-mail: Info@molokaihoe.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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