Aloha Festivals Kick Off September 1

History

The Aloha Festivals are an important part of Hawaii’s music, dance, and history, and is intended to preserve the rich cultural traditions of Hawaii. In 1991 Aloha Week became known as Aloha Festivals, and expanded on its mission to keep Hawaiian culture alive, as well as spreading knowledge and understanding of this unique way of life.

This Year’s Theme

This year the theme of the Aloha Festivals is Mele ‘Ailana, or Celebrate Island Music. Mele are traditional chants that are inspired by the beauty of Hawaii and its people.  Angelic voices of island singers and the instruments and technology that back them up artfully blend traditional mele as well as modern musical trends and create unmatched melodies that connect us all in something mystical and beautiful.

Event Dates

9/1 – 2011 Royal Court Investiture: the 2011 Alii receive their royal symbols of reign after a traditional chant and Hula. This show takes place at the Hilton Hawaiian Village at 3:00pm. 9/1 – 2011 Opening Ceremony: This is the official beginning of the 2011 Aloha Festivals on Oahu. This event will showcase traditional chants and hula and introduce the Royal Court (Alii). The Opening Ceremony will take place in the Royal Grove of the Royal Hawaiian Center. 9/17 – Waikiki Hoolaulea: This block party kicks off with the arrival of the Royal Court (Alii) at 7:00pm, and will take place on Kalakaua Avenue between Lewers Avenue and Kapahulu Avenue. There will be multiple stages set up along 12 blocks of Kalakaua Avenue featuring Hawaiian Music and Hula, as well as tables featuring Lei, Hula, food, and craft vendors. 9/24 – Aloha Festivals Floral Parade: Starting at Ala Moana Park and ending at Kapiolani Park the parade will feature an Equestrian Procession of Pau Riders (both male and female), beautifully decorated floats featuring Hawaiian flowers and hula Halau, and marching bands.

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