Entertainment Lineup for Ho‘olaulea

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After the parade, come to Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel for an art and music festival (ho‘olaule‘a) featuring a stellar lineup of Hawaiian talent. [caption id="attachment_594" align="alignleft" width="640"] Singer and activist Hawane Rios earned a Big Island Music Award in the Hawaiian Language Category[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_597" align="alignleft" width="930"] Singer/Songwriter Ali‘i Keanaaina specializes in the falsetto style of Hawaiian singing.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_596" align="alignleft" width="225"] Kona singer/musician Nathan Grace and his trio, Kekahi o Keola o Na Ali‘i[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_598" align="alignleft" width="205"] Tahitian dance troupe, Te ‘E‘a o Te Turama, led by Maile Lee Tavares[/caption]  
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Singer Hawane Rios to Headline 2014 Ho‘olaule’a

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Big Island singer Hawane Rios will be the headliner at this year's Ho‘olaule‘a. The free concert takes after the parade at Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel beginning at 11:45 a.m. Hawane Rios is a young leader and activist in her community who believes deeply in the healing vibration of music and the power of awareness and unification that it can bring (I ka piko o ke aloha). Recipient of the Big Island Music Award in the Hawaiian Language category, Hāwane was raised in the small ranching town of Waimea, Hawaiʻi. She attended the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus then went on to further her education at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, earning her bachelor's degree in Hawaiian Language from Ka Haka ʻUla ʻo Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language. Upon…
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Michaela Larson named Pa‘u Queen for 2014

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Hula dancer and historian Michaela Larson will be this year's Pa‘u Queen at the King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade in Historic Kailua Village on Saturday, June 14, 2014. For many years, Michaela was the solo dancer at the Mauna Lani Resort, Ritz-Carlton and Fairmont Orchid. Currently, she is the resident historian for Body Glove tours in Kona. Throughout her life on Hawaii Island, Michaela has ridden pa‘u in many parades in Kona and Kohala. A former elementary school teacher in Waimea, Micheala prides herself on imparting knowledge and Hawaiian cultural tradition to the keiki. Her theme for this year's parade will be La‘akea Kealaka‘i O Kealoha ("guided by the sacred light of love"). Her choice of attire and colors will be reminiscent of the Victorian era of the Hawaiian monarchy,…
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Pa‘u Workshop 2014–Recap and photos

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[caption id="attachment_583" align="alignleft" width="199"] Tiare on horseback, while Barbara Nobriga demonstrates the proper placement of the pa‘u around the foot.[/caption]Kupuna, kumu, mentors, horses and parade participants gathered at Kona Historical Society on Saturday, April 26, for a workshop on the finer points of the pa‘u equestrian tradition. Check out the photos of wahine learning to wrap pa‘u, as well as horsemanship and lei-making sessions.[caption id="attachment_577" align="alignleft" width="300"] Learning to wrap pa‘u[/caption][caption id="attachment_576" align="alignleft" width="199"] Nikki works on her lei-making skills[/caption][caption id="attachment_579" align="alignleft" width="199"] Pa‘u workshop at Kona Historical Society[/caption]
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