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Aloha, wel­come to Waikiki!

Septem­ber is the month we cel­e­brate aloha in Waikiki with our

Aloha Fes­ti­vals

events. Now in its 67th year as Hawai‘i’s old­est and most highly re­garded cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, the 2013 Aloha Fes­ti­vals shares the his­tory and tra­di­tions of Hawai‘i and the unique spirit of aloha with both kama‘aina (lo­cal res­i­dents) and mal­i­hini (vis­i­tors).

This year’s Aloha Fes­ti­vals theme, “Moana Nui Akea—Cel­e­brate Ocean Voy­ag­ing,” hon­ors the brave and in­spir­ing ca­noe builders, voy­agers and nav­i­ga­tors who have strived tire­lessly to help keep our na­tive cul­ture vi­brant.

The “Moana Nui Akea” theme also cel­e­brates the 40th an­niver­sary of the Poly­ne­sian Voy­ag­ing So­ci­ety, which was founded in 1973 and has since in­spired gen­er­a­tions of voy­agers who have boldly re­traced the paths of Hawai‘i’s Pa­cific Is­lands an­ces­tors, fos­ter­ing the re­vival of the wa‘a kaulua (dou­ble-hulled sail­ing ca­noe) and tra­di­tional “wayfind­ing”—non-in­stru­ment nav­i­ga­tion by the sun, stars and read­ing of wave pat­terns and other nat­u­ral signs.

The cel­e­bra­tion kicks off with the in­vesti­ture of the 2013 Aloha Fes­ti­vals Royal Court on Sept. 12, fol­lowed by an open­ing cer­e­mony fea­tur­ing tra­di­tional chant and

hula; on Sept. 14, Pearl­ridge Cen­ter will host a keiki ho‘olaule‘a (chil­dren’s block party) with ac­tiv­i­ties, demon­stra­tions and en­ter­tain­ment by keiki mu­si­cal groups and

hula halau (hula troupes); on Satur­day Sept. 21 on Kalakaua Av­enue it is an evening

ho‘olaule‘a (block party) with live en­ter­tain­ment on mul­ti­ple stages, food booths and crafts. The cel­e­bra­tion cul­mi­nates with a flo­ral pa­rade along Kalakaua Av­enue on Sept. 28.

Hawai‘i Five-0 re­turns with the sea­son four pre­miere at Sun­set on the Beach on Sept. 26 or 27, check the WIA web­site, www.waikiki­im­prove­ment.com, for de­tails.

The Oc­to­ber’s pre­mier event from Oct. 10-20th is the Hawaii In­ter­na­tional

Film Fes­ti­val (HIFF) pre­sented by Haleku­lani. This year marks the 100th year of film pro­duc­tion in Hawai‘i. HIFF is a highly re­garded in­ter­na­tional film event that has won the praise of gov­ern­ments, film­mak­ers, schol­ars, ed­u­ca­tors, pro­gram­mers and film in­dus­try lead­ers across the globe. HIFF’s pro­gram­ming has two par­tic­u­lar man­dates: to be a fes­ti­val of record for emerg­ing films from Asia and the Pa­cific, and to present the top fes­ti­val films from around the world, an­nu­ally screen­ing films from over 45 coun­tries.

One of the fes­ti­val high­lights is a Sun­set on the Beach Event here in Waikiki. Check the HIFF web­site for more in­for­ma­tion, www.hiff.org.

PHOTO:COURTESY ALOHA FES­TI­VALS

THE ROYAL COURT IN THE ALOHA FES­TI­VALS PA­RADE.

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