June 23, 2022, 2:00 PM HST
* Updated June 23, 9:58 AM
The Big Island is invited to celebrate Hawaiian culture this weekend at Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park in Hōnaunau.
The park is hosting its annual Hawaiian Cultural Festival from 9 am-2 pm Saturday, June 25. Cultural practitioners will demonstrate lauhala and coconut frond weaving, kapa beating, traditional lei making and more. The festival is free to attend.
This year’s festival theme is He Kīhoʻihoʻi Kanawai, A Law of Restoration, Acknowledging our Environmental Kinship.
Practitioners will provide a uniquely Hawaiian experience, honoring the traditions of cultural experts and the Hawaiian people, and giving visitors and community members a time and place to gather, learn and share. There will be a hula kahiko performance by Hālau Kaʻeaikahelelani at 10 am in the Royal Grounds and special speakers also will be featured in the amphitheater throughout the day.
To protect fragile resources and preserve the historic setting, picnicking, coolers and chairs are not allowed in the Royal Grounds. No food is available in the park.
The event also will celebrate the park’s 61st anniversary as a unit of the National Park Service.
The annual festival is co-sponsored by Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association and Nā Hoa Aloha o ka Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau
For more information, visit Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau’s Facebook page.