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Hawaiian News: Holoku Ball

Bina Mossman Bina Mossman
Manu Boyd Manu Boyd
Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaiian civic club movement began over 90 years ago, and March is the month to honor its founder – Prince Kûhiô. The month-long Prince Kûhiô Festival kicked off this past weekend with the upscale Holokû Ball. Amy Kalili has more.

Ma ia pâ hale nani wale nô o ka Royal Hawaiian Hotel i ʻâkoakoa aku nei nâ kiʻi maka nui o nâ Hawaiʻi.

It was a gathering of the who's who of the Hawaiian community out on the lawn of the historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

Kçia hanana kûmakahiki ʻo ia hoʻi ka Holokû Ball a ka ʻAhahui Kiwila Hawaiʻi o Honolulu, he mea kçia e hoʻoulu kâlâ no ka hele kula ʻana no ka haumana ʻôiwi Hawaiʻi

Pelekikena, ʻAhahui Kîwila Hawaiʻi o Honolulu

The Honolulu Civic Club's annual Holokû Ball raises scholarship funds for Hawaiians.

Ua hoʻomaka ʻia kçia hanana ma nâ 40 a ua loli nô kona kumu a pahuhopu ma ka holo o nâ makahiki.

The event started back in the 40s and its goal has changed over the years.

Ma ka hoʻomaka ʻana o kçia mea ʻaʻole ia he mea hoʻoulu kâlâ,  he hana leʻaleʻa no Hawaiʻi no kçlâ ʻahahui.

It was initially just a grand social gathering.

He wahine kaulana ʻo Bina Mossman ma ko Hawaiʻi môʻaukala i hakulau a ʻaʻahu mau i ka holokû. He lâlâ ʻo ia o kçia hui sîwila a nona nô kçia manaʻo ʻo ka Holokû Ball.

Bina Mossman, a figure in Hawaiʻi's history and a member of the civic club, designed and wore holokû. The ball was her idea.

A ʻo ia kona manaʻo e mâlama i kçlâ ʻano ʻaʻahu o ka wahine Hawaiʻi, ʻo ia ka holokû. Kçia mau lâ ʻaʻole nui nâ holokû, akâ naʻe loaʻa kçlâ ʻano hoʻohâliʻaliʻa i ka wâ ma mua.

She wanted the holokû tradition to continue. While not many are worn today, the event harkens back to that elegant time.

Ua hoʻohanohano pû ʻia ke keiki aliʻi ʻo Jonah Kûhiô Kalanianaʻole, nâna i hoʻokumu i kçia hui sîwila o Honolulu ma ʻô aku o ke 90 makahiki aku nei nô.

Tribute was also given to Prince Jonah Kûhiô Kalanianaʻole who founded the Honolulu Civic Club over 90 years ago.

Ua noʻonoʻo ʻo Kalanianaʻole ʻaʻohe haʻaheo maoli ko ka Hawaiʻi ia mau lâ.

Pono…

e hoʻomaikaʻi i ke kûlana a ka Hawaiʻi ma ka hoʻonaʻauao ʻia ana a ma kona kûlana i loko o ke kaiaulu nui.

Kûhiô saw a need to instill a sense of pride in Hawaiians through education and celebration of its importance in Hawaiian culture.

Mea nui i nâ hui sîwila kçia hoʻomanaʻo a mahalo aku iâ Kûhiô no kâna i hana ai no kona poʻe.

Hawaiian civic clubs continue to honor Kûhiô and his contributions to his people.

E makaʻala a hele aku nô i nâ ʻano hanana like ʻole o kçia mahina e hoʻomanaʻo ana iâ Kûhiô. E kele aku iâ AOHCC.org no ka ʻike hou aku.

Look for the many civic club events planned this month in honor of Kûhiô. Log onto AOHCC.org for more information.

ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now.

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