Upcoming expo to celebrate Native Hawaiian arts, culture

(Image: Hawaii News Now)
(Image: Hawaii News Now)

From Hawaii Arts and Hospitality Association

Hawai?i Arts & Hospitality Association (HAHA) presents the 2nd Annual Native Hawaiian Arts & Culture Expo, Hawai?i's Native Hawaiian exposition of cultural practitioners and contemporary artists. This  Expo is open to the public and free of charge and will be held at the new Ka Makana Ali?i in Kapolei on November 12-13, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The exhibitors each carry a message of perpetuating Hawaiian culture in their work with the local community and visitors alike to share and celebrate the Hawaiian culture through products, workshops and entertainment. Guests will enjoy Hawaiian music, hula performances, mo?olelo (story-telling), presentations, make-&-take cultural workshops, a Hawaiian Art Gallery and lots of authentic Hawaiian products for sale promising a unique shopping experience just in time for the holiday season.

"Working together under the spirit of Lokahi helps us create this 2nd annual Native Hawaiian Arts & Culture Expo bigger and better than last year. Together we will strive for Mo?omeheu- culture, to strengthen identity, we will preserve, practice and perpetuate the Native Hawaiian culture," says Kamaka Pili, President and Founder of HAHA.

Our pre-booked cultural workshops include Feather Lei, Hawaiian Quilting, Kahili, Kapa, La?au Lapa?au, Lauhala, Natural Dyes, ?Ohe Kapala, ?Ukulele and much more.  Our practitioners include Umi Kai, Walter Kawai?ae?a, A?ia?i Bello, Mary Cesar and the Kanahele ?Ohana to name a few!  Space is limited!  To sign up, please go to:

The main stage is showcasing an entertainment line-up highlighting Hawaiian music & hula which includes the Royal Hawaiian Band, Kahauanu Lake Singers, ?Uhe?uhene and more.  It also features educational presentations on different aspects of Hawaiian arts by practitioners such as Keone Nunez, Umi Kai, Pohaku Stone and Kapono Souza.  The Royal Order of Kamehameha I will also be present during our opening ceremony on Saturday 11/12/16 at 10:00am.

About Hawai?i Arts & Hospitality Association – HAHA is an O?ahu-based organization that is focused on perpetuating the Hawaiian culture through products and services that provide education and a cultural experience for our local and visitor market.
For more information on the HAHA, visit: http://www.hawaiiartsandhospitality.com.

HAHA also sponsors a television program called Aloha Authentic that stands a platform to share the stories of our members, Hawai?i's artisans and cultural practitioners.  This television show also allows us to archive the priceless knowledge and the voices of Hawai?i's kupuna (elderly) and practitioners.  For more information on the Aloha Authentic, visit:

Ka Makana Ali?i – The Center for West O?ahu will offer residents and visitors a family-friendly, mixed-use center in the heart of Hawai?i's fastest growing community.  Through an innovative partnership between DeBartolo Development and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Ka Makana Ali?i will financially support programs benefiting Native Hawaiian interests statewide for decades to come.  For more information on Ka Makana Ali?i, visit:

For more information on the Native Hawaiian Arts & Culture Expo visit: http://www.nativehawaiianexpo.com.