Day­long fes­ti­val at Lili‘uokalani Gar­dens cel­e­brates queen’s birth­day

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - ISLAND BEAT -

The He Hali‘a Aloha no Lili‘uokalani Fes­ti­val, Queen’s Birth­day Cel­e­bra­tion, will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 9 at Lili‘uokalani Gar­dens in Hilo.

This year’s fes­ti­val to honor Hawaii’s last reign­ing monarch is tak­ing place in con­junc­tion with the cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion of Lili‘uokalani Gar­dens and is be­ing co­or­di­nated and spon­sored in part by the Friends of Lili‘uokalani Gar­dens.

The day­long event fea­tures mu­sic, hula, arts, crafts, food, demon­stra­tions, chil­dren’s games and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties.

En­ter­tain­ment will in­clude Dar­lene Ahuna, Taishoji Taiko, Ko­makakino with Halau Ha‘akea a Kala, the Wa­iakea Ukulele Band, Tahi­tian by Mer­ahi Pro­duc­tions, with the fi­nale fea­tur­ing Mark Ya­manaka, re­cip­i­ent of mul­ti­ple Na Hoku Hanohano awards.

Hula is the ma­jor fo­cus of the fes­ti­val and each year, fes­tiv­i­ties are kicked off with a mass hula fea­tur­ing more than 250 dancers through­out the park per­form­ing a tra­di­tional mele.

Dancers from through­out the state will per­form to­gether, sym­bol­iz­ing the queen’s vi­sion of shar­ing Hawai­ian cul­ture with the rest of the world. Dur­ing this per­for­mance, more than 50,000 orchid blos­soms will rain from the skies above the park.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude a Ja­panese tea cer­e­mony, jump­ing cas­tle and wa­ter slide, co­conut weav­ing, Hawai­ian print­ing and stamp pads, Hawai­ian herbs and crafts, and chil­dren’s col­or­ing ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed to pro­vide his­tor­i­cal in­for­ma­tion about the gar­den.

Community and ed­u­ca­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions will be on hand to of­fer in­for­ma­tion on avail­able ser­vices for fam­i­lies on Hawaii Is­land.

A boun­ti­ful va­ri­ety of lo­cal foods will be avail­able for pur­chase.

Ad­mis­sion to the fes­ti­val is free. Ad­di­tional pub­lic park­ing is avail­able at the Afook Chi­nen Civic Au­di­to­rium and Hawaii County Mass Tran­sit will pro­vide free shut­tle ser­vice from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Hawaii County is proud to part­ner with the Queen Lili‘uokalani Trust, Pa­cific Ra­dio Group, Hilo Fire Ex­tin­guish­ers, Blue Hawai­ian He­li­copters, Grand Naniloa Ho­tel, KWXX, Honolulu Sky­lark Pro­duc­tions, CJ Pro­mo­tions, the Hawaii Trop­i­cal Flow­ers Coun­cil and the Friends of Lili‘uokalani Gar­dens to present this cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence to res­i­dents and visi­tors.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call the Depart­ment of Parks and Re­cre­ation’s Cul­ture and Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­tion at 9618706.

Courtesy photo

The Sept. 9 fes­ti­val at Lili‘uokalani Gar­dens and Park will fea­ture mu­sic, hula, arts, crafts, food, demon­stra­tions and more.

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