Experiencing a traditional Hawaiian makahiki opening ceremony
November 16, 2009 at 1:52 PM HST - Updated June 21 at 2:25 AM
HONOLULU (HAWAIINEWSNOW) - November 17 marks the rising of the makalii, the constellation known as pleiades, signifying the beginning of makahiki season. Amy Kalili takes us to a traditional Hawaiian makahiki opening ceremony recently held on Ford Island.
These Hawaiian organizations gathered early in the morning to honor this tradition. The celebration opened with a canoe passage from Keahi Point to Moku'ume'ume, also known as Ford Island.
The arrival of the canoes marked the arrival of Lono, the Hawaiian god of agriculture, in the form of the white banner.
"Makahiki was a very important celebration because we, as native Hawaiians, we lived a very subsistent lifestyle. Everything we needed, we grew," said Shad K'ne 'Ewa Moku Representative, Oahu Council of Hawaiian Civic Clubs.
Makahiki is the traditional Hawaiian celebration of the harvest and a time of rest and renewal that last about for months, through winter.
"It allowed people from the mountains and the kula lands to come down to the seashore to celebrate the thanksgiving, the sharing of this bountiful harvest," said Shad.
The highlight for most Makahiki-goers was the traditional Hawaiian games. Men took part in different games.
"It teaches young men and women to put the best effort into something and still love one another. Those things facilitate a better interaction between people," said Shad.
These Makahiki festivities help to keep tradition alive and engage everyone in trying their best to do so.
"The challenge today is to learn as much as we can, and even when you're not sure we try the best we can in doing the things Hawaiian," said Shad.
Celebrate the Makahiki season now through next spring.