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We attended the 41st annual cultual festival: “Ho’oku’ikahi I Pu’ukoholā Heiau.” According to the National Park Service website: “Each year the festival’s theme is “Ke Kulana No’eau o Ka Wā Kahiko” (The Culture of Ancient Hawai`i). Established as a National Historic Site on August 17, 1972, Pu’ukoholā Heiau continues to be a place where living history is perpetuated, and where efforts to bring the people of Hawai’i together in pursuit of completing Kamehameha the Great’s unfinished good deeds is a primary objective.”

Here’s a menu of the NĀ KE’ENA HANA, Cultural Workshops and Activities:
Hula Kāhiko (Ancient Hula), Lei Haku Ame Lei Wili (Ancient Lei Making), Hana Kapa Kuiki (Quilting), Ulana, Lauhala (Lauhala Weaving), ‘Ohe Hanu Ihu (Nose Flute), Kūkūweke La’ī (Rain Cape), Hana ‘Upena Kiloi (Net Making), Ku’i ‘Ai (Poi Pounding), Holo Wa’a (Canoe Rides), Hana Hū (Spinning Tops)l, ‘Ohe Kāpala Ki’i (Bamboo Stamp, Designs), Pahu (Drums), Ulana Lau Niu (Frond Plaiting), Kahili (Fly Brush), Nī’au Pūlumi (Hawaiian Broom), Ipu (Gourd, making), Hana Pala’ie (Loop and Ball Making), Makau (Fishhook), Kumu La’au (Woodwork), Ku’i, Wauke (Tapa Pounding), Awa (Traditional Drink)

We tried the coconut palm hat weaving workshop. It was supposed to take an hour. I might still be there if I didn’t settle for what could be an unruly visor.

If you have been reading along about my failures in hands-on arts, you won’t be surprised to learn that with each over, under, over, through I could feel the aloha spirit sweating right out of my pores.

Aside from my direct participation in the hands-on activities, this was a beautiful celebration, but I might’ve done better at making poi into a silly putty-like consistency or painting a fish form to make a fish print (or not).

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