Ribbon 2015
by Brittney Embernate

Na Lehua Makamae


2016 Theme
"na Lehua Makamae"
Our Treasured Lehua

Sam 'Ohu Gon, senior scientist and cultural adviser to the Nature Conservancy, said awareness about the plight of the ohia lehua is imperative. "Any cultural practitioner who cares about the plant and its central role in Hawaii culture would want to do anything they can to minimize their part in harming the plant, and be a positive force in the health of the ohia and ohia forest," Gon said.

As a dominant tree in Hawaii, the ohia lehua is considered the kinolau, or physical manifestation of various gods and goddesses, including Ku, Laka and Hi'iaka, according to Gon. Lei lehua are among the most exalted of lei. The wood of ohia lehua is used to make kalaau (dancing sticks) and the red, orange and yellow lehua blossoms serve as fiery symbols of Pele, goddess of volcanic fire.

Ecologically, the tree serves as home for native birds and tree snails that live and feed on it. And the canopy protects smaller trees and native shrubs, creating a watershed. (Hawaii News, Nina Wu, March 31, 1016)

Hawaii Island Festival - 30 Days of Aloha supports the efforts to prevent the demise of na Treasured Lehua and is committed to perpetuate our delicate, unique, host culture and resources. We invite island businesses and residents to support our Hawaii Island events.

The committee is grateful for the continued support of Hawaii Tourism Authority and its belief in Hawaii Island Festival - 30 Days of Aloha as well as the Big Island Resource Conservation & Development Council (BIRCD) as we carry out our mission statement: perpetuating the cultural traditions and aloha spirit of Hawaii.

If you would like to support Hawaii Island Festival - 30 Days of Aloha, you may do so by purchasing our ribbons ($5.00 each).

Our ribbons are keepsake items.

Ribbons are available through any of our committee chairs.

2016 Hawai'i Island Festival Calendar of Events

Ms. Aloha Nui
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Friday, 2 September 2016, Doors open at 5:30pm; $10 entry with required $5 Festival ribbon

Kindy Sproat Falsetto Concert
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Saturday, 3 September 2016, Doors open at 5:30pm; $10 entry with required $5 Festival ribbon

Poke Contest
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort, Saturday, 10 September 2016, Doors open at 11am; $10 entry with required $5 Festival ribbon

Waimea Paniolo Parade
Saturday, 17 September 2016 10am ROAD CLOSES @ 10am
ROUTE: Church Row, through Waimea town to Waimea Park
Parade application, contact M. Akana, 936-3706

Waimea Ho'olaule'a
Saturday, 17 September 2016 11am, Waimea Park, immediately following Paniolo Parade
Food Vendor Application

Craft Vendor - contact Lorna Akima, 345-7154

Other Royal Court Appearances
Festival of Aloha, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Sunday, 28 August 2016, 9am

Kupuna Hula, Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa, Wednesday, 14 September 2016, 5pm

Other Events Happening During Hawai'i Island Festivals

Saturday, 10 September 2016
Kapa and lei demonstrations (nominal fee for the kit) at the Farmers Market in the Waimea Middle School grounds. www.waimeafarmersmarket.com
Thursday, 15 September 2016
Free kapa show at Kahilu Theatre. www.waimeafarmersmarket.com
Friday, 16 September 2016
Paniolo Artisan Showcase
9:00am - Doors Open
10:00 am - Formal Welcome by Bill Ferreira, Paniolo Preservation Society, Vice President
5:00pm - Doors Close

Saturday, 17 September 2016
Paniolo Artisan Showcase
9:00am - Doors Open
10:00 am - Formal Welcome
4:00 pm - Music, Hula, and Refreshments
5:00pm - Doors Close

Click Here for additional information on the Paniolo Artisan Showcase.