festivals of aloha september maui events

The mission of the Festivals of Aloha is to honor Native Hawaiian culture and traditions from generation to generation, as well as share them with visitors and people from the community.

In ancient Hawai’i, kahili were ceremonial feathered standards or long staffs decorated at one end with a cluster of feather plumes.  Similar to the way nobility of Europe displayed their coat of arms on banners, Hawaiian attendants constructed sometimes elaborate feathered emblems to honor and spiritually protect high-ranking individuals. Today, kahili not only hold a significant place in traditional regalia, they also reflect the deep aloha and respect the people had for their beloved royalty.

The 2017 theme is “Aloha ka Ho‘i a ka Holokahiki” – Beloved is the sailors return home,  joining in the celebration of the return of Hokule‘a and Hikianalia, our Polynesian voyaging canoes, that sailed across Earth’s oceans. The Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage began in 2013 with a Malama Hawai‘i sail around our archipelago, and circled back to Polynesia after circumnavigating the globe. They used the opportunity to study sustainability and pass the torch of navigation to the next generation of wayfinders. We are proud of our wa‘a and their crew, their accomplishments, showing the world the strength of our Hawai‘i.

Friday, September 1

Wailuku First Friday Festivals of Aloha Kickoff. Live entertainment featuring Hawaiian musicians, crafts, food booths. Market Street, Wailuku, 6-9pm Maui Thing Stage – Natalie Ai Kamauu.

Saturday, September 16

16th Annual Richard Ho‘opi‘i Leo Ki‘eki‘e Falsetto competition showcasing Maui’s finest amateur male falsetto performers. Contestants belt their most exquisite high-register voices, an art form dating back to a time when Hawaiian women were forbidden to sing publicly. Special surprise guests to perform as well. Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel, Kanahele Room, 5:30 pm doors open, 6:30 pm contest starts.

Saturday, September 16 & Sunday, September 17

Ho‘olaule‘a, featuring live entertainment, crafters and artisans. Historic Banyan Tree Park in Lahaina, 9am-5pm.

Friday, September 22

Aloha Friday at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Shopping Center with Hawaiian cultural practitioners sharing their art with music and hula, 6-8pm.

For more information please visit the website at http://www.festivalsofaloha.com.



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