The 2017 Aloha Festivals event series celebrates the love for Hawaii’s children and future with “He Lei Aloha Ke Keiki – Children Are Our Garland of Love.”
The entire family from grandparents to children are invited to create enduring memories and experiences of Hawaii’s rich cultural history and traditions during the 2017 Aloha Festivals in September.
“Children have always been important to Hawaii’s native language and culture for the life and innocence they symbolize,” said Debbie Nakanelua-Richards, Aloha Festivals board of directors’ co-chair, in a written release. “This year we are particularly excited to celebrate the beauty of Hawaii’s beloved keiki (children) as they truly represent flowering buds and Hawaii’s future.”
The annual Aloha Festivals, now in its 71st year, is one of Hawaii’s most highly regarded and oldest cultural celebrations, integrating the traditions and cultures of the Islands through music, dance, cuisine and art.
In years past, Aloha Festivals has honored and recognized some of Hawaii’s most celebrated traditions and pastimes – hula, music, ocean voyaging, Hawaiian art of featherwork, paniolo and lei making to name a few.
The festival also has paid tribute to the people, the masters and keiki who have learned and continue to perpetuate Island traditions.
This year’s Aloha Festivals takes place from September 9 - 30 at various locations on Oahu, sharing the history and traditions of Hawaii and the unique spirit of aloha with both kamaaina (local residents) and malihini (visitors).
All events are free and open to the public. They are supported by the sale of Aloha Festivals ribbons and merchandise from participating retailers. Aloha Festivals merchandise also will be sold at all events.