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Kuhio Day Celebration
The event opens with 7 a.m. sunrise services, followed by 7:30 cultural protocol; then an 8:30 Easter egg hunt and 9 a.m.-to-5 p.m. festival. The latter festivities offer daylong entertainment; food; crafts; Makahiki games; a farmers market; four jumping castles and an art contest for the keiki, and community-information booths, including Vote 2 Rise voter registration and Project Vision Hawai`i mobile clinic. Cultural demonstrations will feature fishnet throwing, pa`i `ai (poi pounding), and pua hulu (feather-flower making) at the lei booth.
Na Hoku Hanohano Award 2012 winner `Ioane Keana`aina performs from noon to 1 p.m. with Kanikapila `O Keokea that includes Upcountry musicians Alika Akana and Aaron Booth on guitar, and Richard Dancil on slack key. Entertainment also showcases award-winning falsetto singer Makana Arce; Mark Pua`ilihau; Maui Waena Intermediate School `ukulele class; emcee Kau`i Kaha`iali`i, and Na Kani O Ka`a, composed of Royal Order of Kamehameha musicians, onstage from 4 to 5 p.m.
The Kuhio Day Celebration honors Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana`ole (1871-1922), whose March 26 birthday is a state holiday. The 10-term Territorial Congressional delegate spearheaded passage of the 1920 Hawaiian Homes Commission Act (HHCA) establishing the Hawaiian homestead program. The Kaua`i son reorganized the Royal Order of Kamehameha in 1903; started the Hawaiian Civic Club movement in 1918, and instituted the island-county governmental system.
Kuhio Day Celebration co-sponsors are the Maui Mokupuni Council and UHMC in collaboration with the Royal Order of Kamehameha Kahekili Chapter IV. Blossom Feiteira of Makawao heads the Maui Mokupuni Council of leaders from the Valley Isle's HHCA beneficiary organizations and 10 Hawaiian homesteads, as follows: Kahikinui, Keokea, Leali`i, Paukukalo, Waiehu Kou I through IV, and Waiohuli phases 1 and 2 homesteads. Beneficiary organizations include the Association of Hawaiians for Homestead Lands, Maui Homestead Farmers & Ranchers Association, Pa`upena Community Development Corp., and Waiohuli Undivided Interest Lessees Association.
Date: Sunday, April 1st, 2018
Time: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: Free admission
University of Hawaii - Maui College
310 Kaahumanu Ave
Kahului, HI USA 96732
Island Area: Central Maui
Location Details: UH - Maui College Campus
Location Specifics: Great Lawn
Contact: Kuhio event co-chairwoman
Phone: (808) 463-6353