200 years since Hawaiian unification remembered

KAWAIHAE, Hawaii (AP) - The 200th anniversary of the unification of the Hawaiian Islands is being celebrated on Hawaii's Big Island.

Hundreds of people gathered this weekend at Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, which contains the ruins of the last major ancient Hawaiian temple.

The festival included hula dancers and craft workshops for making lei, ipu and tapas.

The temple was built between 1790 and 1791 by King Kamehameha I, who ruled over all the major Hawaiian Islands by 1810.

This weekend's event commemorated the founding of the Kingdom of Hawaii at the site.

Edie Hanohano of Hilo, who attended the event with her 10-year-old grandson, says it helps keep them connected to their land and culture.

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