On Sunday April 1st starting at 7:00 am, the Kuhio Day Celebration will be taking place at the University of Hawaii Maui College in Kahului. The celebration is in honor of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana`ole whose birthday is on March 26th and is a state holiday.
The festivities include all day entertainment, foods, crafts, games, farmers market, jumping castle, and an art contest for keiki. Cultural demonstrations and community information booths will also be happening at the festival.
We hope you’ve had a wonderful week and a great weekend!
The ancient Hawaiian New Year Festival known as Makahiki covers four consecutive lunar months. The start of the festival is usually in October or November and is decided using astronomy. Known as a time for celebration, the Makahiki has three phrases.
The first phrase is for spiritual cleansing. Offerings were made to the gods in the form of agricultural goods. Each community had stone altars set up for their offerings.
The festival would move clockwise around the island. Each community caretaker would present the offerings to Lono, the fertility god that makes things grow.
The second phase was all about the celebration. Dancing, sporting, singing and feasting. Any wars happening between communities was put on hold during the 4 month celebration.
The third and final phase, tax canoes were filled with gift offerings to the god Lono and set out to sea. The ending of the festivities marked the beginning of the new farming cycle for the next year. You can learn more about the festival here.