Recording artist Hoku Zuttermeister takes the stage at this year's Ho'olaule'a after the parade on June 11, 2016. Hōkū’s album, “‘Āina Kūpuna”, won six 2008 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards including Hawaiian Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Hawaiian Language Performance, Most Promising New Artist and Liner Notes.
Parade participants will gather at Kona Historical Society on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to learn about the pa'u tradition. Led by Hawaiian kupuna of pa"u, the workshop will feature lei-making demonstrations, pa‘u wrapping sessions, equestrian protocol and history of the pa‘u tradition. The public is invited to attend. For information, contact Barbara Nobriga at 322-9944.
[caption id="attachment_788" align="alignleft" width="203"] Nathan Aweau will headline the 2015 Kamehameha Day Celebration Ho‘olaulea on Saturday, June 13 in Kailua-Kona[/caption] Nathan was born into a musical family, his grandparents could play various instruments as well as performing with a band, his mom a piano player and his father for many years taught music and was a choir director as well as a Polynesian music teacher at various high schools. Nathan’s early years consisted of piano lessons, learning the guitar and ukulele and having the natural ability to sing. From grades seven through twelve his main instrument was the saxophone. In college he performed in the jazz ensemble as a bass player and the wind symphony as a percussionist. By this time his passion for the electric bass made him decide…
[caption id="attachment_756" align="alignleft" width="300"] Pa'u Workshop held Saturday, April 25 2015 at Kona Historical Society[/caption] Parade participants learned about the pa‘u tradition at a workshop held on April 25, 2015 at Kona Historical Society. Kumu taught students the art of wrapping the pa‘u, as well as lei making, equestrian skills, parade protocol and more. A special mahalo to Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa for providing lunch. Mark your calendar for this year's parade, on Saturday, June 13, 2015 in Historic Kailua Village. Info: KonaParade.org [gallery size="medium" columns="3" ids="773,772,771,770,769,768"]
[caption id="attachment_730" align="alignleft" width="300"] Komakakino Members: Koma Wana, Namaka DeMello, Kinohi Neves[/caption] Come see the Big Island's own Komakakino, live in concert at Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, Saturday June 13. Born and raised on Hawaii Island, these young talented musicians discovered, just over a year ago, that they not only share a common love for hula and our culture, but also a love for singing traditional Hawaiian music. Guided and assisted by Kumu Paul, they have written and composed numerous male in the beautiful Hawaiian language. The blending of their voices and beautiful falsettos will surely give you “chicken skin.”
After the parade, this year's King Kamehameha Day Celebration Ho‘olaulea will take place at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Enjoy Hawaiian arts and crafts, traditional practitioners and music headliners. For vendor information, contact Ellie Vanetta at firstname.lastname@example.org [caption id="attachment_675" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Royal Court at Hulihe‘e Palace, 2014 King Kamehameha Day Parade[/caption]
Join the parade on Saturday, June 13, 2015! Preparations are underway for the annual King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade, to be held on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona beginning at 9 a.m. Registration is open to groups and individuals who want to be in the parade, whether marching bands, floats, vehicles, hula halau or equestrian units, either private mounted or pa‘u. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are also available. Contact Parade Chairperson Barbara Nobriga at 322-9944
Lily Makuahine Namakaokaia Haanio Kong was born (1927) and raised in Keauhou and is Kupa no Ka aina of Keauhou ("Kupa" means well acquainted with the land of Keauhou) Aunty Lily is the last surviving sibling of 11 children and is a Daughter of Hawaii. She has seen many changes in Keauhou in her lifetime, but one of the many memories she has is the one great lesson that her father inspired in her as a child: “ Na Malama oe ka aina, Ka aina Ha’awi ia oe, na mea ai”. Roughly translates to “Take care of the land and the land will give back. Be greedy with the land and land will eat you up. Growing up, Lily has lived with that lesson helping her mother take care of the land…