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Festivals of Aloha inspires love of the land

From September thru October join the Festivals of Aloha in celebrating the Hawaiian culture. On Maui don’t miss the 17th Richard Ho’opi’i Falsetto Contest at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua September 8 and Aloha Friday with Uluwehi Guerrero and Hālau Kauluokala at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center September 21. Enjoy an evening on Lana’i and return with a courtesy Festivals of Aloha ferry September 29, Moloka‘i’s parade October 6 and the charm of Hāna October 6-13.

Composed by Devin Kamealoha Forrest, our 2018 theme is

E Ulu Mau I Ke Aloha ‘Āina” – Be ever inspired by the love of your land.

Aloha ‘āina illustrates deep love of the land. Kaona (hidden/deeper meaning) alludes to much more than that. Our theme challenges you to be a warrior with aloha. Start small and realistic, maybe grow your own herbs or food in your back yard, volunteer to clear invasive species, participate in restoration work, or count fish for limu and reef projects. Come with an open mind and heart, roll up your sleeves and be ready to get dirty.

2018 Schedule of Events
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Sept 7: Wailuku First Friday Festivals of Aloha Kickoff. Live entertainment featuring Hawaiian musicians, crafts, food booths. Market Street, Wailuku, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Maui Thing Stage with Ei Nei and Keauhou

Sept 8: 17th Annual Richard Ho‘opi‘i Leo Ki‘eki‘e Falsetto Contest Amateur contestants belt their most exquisite high-register voices at Ritz Carlton Kapalua 5:30 pm doors open, 6:30 pm contest starts.

Sept 15 & 16: Lahaina Banyan Tree Ho‘olaule‘a – live entertainment, crafters artisans. Historic Banyan Tree Park in Lahaina, 9 am – 5 pm

Sept 21: Aloha Friday at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center with Hawaiian cultural practitioners sharing their art with music and hula, 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

More information: call Maui Manager Daryl Fujiwara,

[email protected]


Sept. 29: Natalie Ai Kamauu, Nā Wai ‘Ehā, A Touch of Gold and lots of live entertainment, hula, cultural demonstrations, free keiki activities, crafters and artisans and ‘ono eats. Contests include: Hawaiian attire, lei and keiki art. Dole Park, Lāna‘i City, 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm! Expeditions Ferry 9:15pm return to Maui from Lāna’i with purchase of $5 Festival Ribbon. Please reserve by calling (808) 661-3756

More information: Nani [email protected]


Oct 5: Investiture, 6:00 pm at Mitchell Pauole Center. This year’s Royal Court will receive their Royal symbols in a traditional ceremony, the Royal Court installation. The evening will also include Poke Contest and Ulu-Uala-Kalo Contest, showing off their ‘ono dishes and Special off-island entertainment. There will be food booths and non-food vendors. Come early, check out the booths, find your seating spot and enjoy the evening under the stars.

Oct 6: Parade, 9:00 am, Kaunakakai Town. One of a kind parade featuring pa’u riders on horseback, country-style floats with exotic flowers.

Ho‘olaule‘a, 11:00 am, Mitchell Pauole Center. Ho‘olaule‘a follows the Parade. Hawaiian artisans, game and food booths, local entertainer and special off-island entertainment. Hawaiian traditional and cultural displays feature hands-on practitioners. Find your seat in the shade, eat a plate lunch in your lap, relax, and enjoy the nahenahe entertainment.

More information: Molokai Manager Raquel Dudoit (808)553-3356


Oct 6: Parade and Hāna Celebration – To kick off the 2018 Festivals of Aloha festivities; the Hana’s Royal Court will open the parade, Grand Marshall, Pa’u Riders, Floral Floats, Vintage Cars, Custom Motorcycles, Marching Band, the presentation of the coveted 2018 “Tiny Malaikini Public Service Award”, entertainment, Hawaiian crafts and many varieties of local dishes will be feature throughout the event. Hana Ball Park –
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Oct 7: Shore Line Fishing – Hāna Bay – 7:00 am to 12:00 pm, Check In: 7:00 am – 8:00 am, Starts: 7:30 am, Weigh In: Noon.

Play Day – Hāna Bay –
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Play Day games (Keiki to Kupuna). Net Throwing, Water Balloon Toss, Hula Hoop Competition and more. Food booths open to the public.

Oct 7: Sports Night – Ball Park – 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Tennis and Volleyball Tournaments. Food booth open to the public.

Oct 8: Lei & Floral Contest – Kahanu Gardens 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. To enter bring your fresh lei and floral arrangement from 10:00 am-11:00 am, (3 category; Lei po’o, Lei a’i and floral arrangement). The exhibit will be open to the public from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will be a garden scavenger hunt and silent auction.

Sports Night – Final – Hāna Ball Park 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Tennis and Volleyball Tournament Finals. Food booth open to the public.

Oct 9: Kupuna Luncheon – Travaasa Hāna – 11:30 am to 2:00 pm, Call early for reservations and pricing. Call (808) 248-8211 extension: 3284.

Movie In The Park – Hāna Ballpark – Dusk to 10:00 pm

Oct 10: Hāna Arts’ Annual Talent Show – Hāna Ball Park – 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Enjoy Hāna’s wealth of homegrown talent. A great fun and special evening under the Hana moon with $1,000 in cash prizes, and celebrity judges. Six categories: Keiki (5-9yrs), Middle (10-13yrs), High (14-18yrs), Hawaiian Arts, Adult Amateur, Adult Professional. This year the high school division winner will represent Hana School at Brown Bags. Registration at 4:30pm. Fresh local food booths provided.

Oct 11: Hāna Dragons Football Home Game – Hāna Ball Park- 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Come support and cheer on the Hāna Dragons. Food booths open to the public.

Oct 12: Kahanu Gardens ‘Ulu Cook-Off – Hāna Ballpark – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Ulu cooking competition with visiting professional chef demonstrating great ulu recipes. Food booth open to the public

Hawaiiana Night – Hāna Ballpark – 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. A special evening of Hawaiian culture, arts & crafts, holoku & malo contest, mele and hula.

Oct 13: Cross Country Golf – Holani Hale, Papa‘auhau – 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Bring three clubs and nine junk golf balls. Shoes and ribbon required. Five dollars to be eligible for pupule prizes. Sign up to start at 15 minute intervals.

Festivals of Aloha Hō‘ike Night – Gates open at 5:00 pm. Hāna Bay – 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. A special evening of local cuisine and entertainment

More information contact Leinaala at [email protected]

These events made possible through support of the County of Maui and Hawaii Tourism Authority. For the latest information and schedule of events, go to

Official Festivals of Aloha, Maui Nui Style ribbons are $5 each. For information on purchasing a ribbon, call (808) 268-9285. Sales are cash-only and help fund Countywide events.

For overall event information, contact Maui County Coordinator, Daryl Fujiwara, [email protected].



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