View of the Kahuku festival grounds from Puʻu o Lokuana at the 39th annual Hawai'i
Volcanoes National Park Cultural Festival on Saturday. NPS photo
KAHUKU UNIT OF HAWAI'I VOLCANOES HOSTED NEARLY A THOUSAND PEOPLE on Saturday, reports the National Park. Locals, keiki, kūpuna and visitors listened to Hawaiian music, enjoyed hula, tried Hawaiian crafts and practices and learned about native plants and animals during the 39th Annual Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Cultural Festival.
Keiki Aniyah (left) and Shyla Grohs (right) make birds at the
Birds Not Mosquitoes exhibit. Photo by Jessica Ferracane/NPS
Good weather brought sunshine, a welcome cloud cover at times and a light breeze that kept everyone cool during Saturday's festival which started at 10 a.m. and ended at 3 p.m. In attendance were 985 people. Many made lauhala bracelets, or twisted a lei from tī leaves, played Hawaiian games and enjoyed ono kine grindz on the festival grounds with their loved ones.
"Kahuku is a place of tranquil natural beauty and rich history that most visitors and even locals don't know about," said Park Superintendent Rhonda Loh. "It was heartwarming to see old friends and new faces. Mahalo to everyone who spent their day with us, and especially to our park staff, volunteers and partners who worked hard to make the cultural festival happen."
Young dancers from LoriLeiʻs Hula Studio dance hula at the
2023 Kahuku Cultural Festival. Photo by Jessice Ferracane/NPS
"In addition, a warm mahalo goes to the Kaʻū Multicultural Society, Momi Subiono ʻAha Pūhala o Puna, 4 Scoops of Aloha, and the Hawaiian Civic Club, Birds Not Mosquitoes, and UH Mānoa/J.B. Friday.
"Another special mahalo to park's non-profit partners, the Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park (who gave away more than 600 ice shave minis), and to the Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association. Both partners co-sponsored the successful festival," says the statement from the Park and its Superintendent.
Putting her best foot forward to make a traditional tī leaf lei at the 39th Annual Cultural Festival this year at Kahuku. NPS Photo
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AN OCEAN STEWARDSHIP USER FEE GOES TO PUBLIC HEARINGS on this island Wednesday in person and via zoom at: https://bit.ly/OSUFPH07-26)
The Wednesday, July 26, hearings will be simultaneous in Hilo at 5:30 p.m. at Aupuni Center Conference Room and in Kona at the West Hawai'i Civic Center, both carried live via zoom. Zoom testimony is allowed by registering at https://bit.ly/OSUFPH07-26).
Mail or email written testimony by August 4, 2023 to Division of Aquatic Resources, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 330, Honolulu, HI 96813, DLNR.Aquatics@hawaii.gov.
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