Hawaii Prepares for Aloha Festivals

The Hawaii Tourism Authority, through its Native Hawaiian Festivals Program, has announced that the 66th annual Aloha Festivals will kick off on Friday, August 31 and run through September 28. The festivities celebrate the history and traditions of Hawaii with both kamaaina (local residents) and malihini (visitors).

Traditional events will take place at various locations in Waikiki and include the Royal Court Investiture, Opening Ceremony, Waikiki Hoolaulea and the Annual Aloha Festivals Floral Parade. For the first time, the parade will include representatives from Molokini and Nihoa Islands, in addition to the eight major Hawaiian Islands. There will also be a keiki Hoolaulea at Pearlridge Center that will feature activities, demonstrations and stage performances by keiki musical groups, hula halau and a special appearance by the Aloha Festivals Royal Court.

For more information and a detailed schedule of events, visit www.alohafestivals.com.