HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Aloha Festivals celebrates the love for Hawai'i's children with "He Lei Aloha Ke Keiki – Children Are Our Garland of Love." In celebration of our keiki, a few new events have been added to this year's Aloha Festivals.
New this year is the keiki conch shell blowing contest, otherwise referred to as Pu¯ Ha?aheo – Cherish the Conch Shell with Pride. Pu¯, the Hawaiian name for conch shell, is a makana (gift) from the ocean that comes out of the life-giving waters with a sound that flows across the ?a¯ina (land). Pearlridge Center will be hosting the first Keiki Pu Blowing Contest, in partnership with Aloha Festival's Keiki Ho'olaule'a on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Uptown Center Court from 12:30 pm – 2 pm. (Location & time subject to change based on number of contestants).
Keiki winners from two age categories will receive the grand prize of a beautiful conch shell, (sponsored by Kia Enterprises & Island Events & Promotions); invited to participate in the Aloha Festivals Parade and other special appearances.
Aloha Festivals kicks off on Saturday, September 9 with the Royal Court Investiture and Opening Ceremony.
Aloha Festivals was first held in 1946 as Aloha Week, and over the past seven decades has become a celebration of Hawaiian culture, integrating the traditions and cultures of the Islands through music, dance, cuisine and art. All festivities are coordinated by a volunteer board of directors. Aloha Festivals is funded by the Hawai'i Tourism Authority, corporate and private sponsorships, and sales of Aloha Festivals ribbons and merchandise.
The 2017 Aloha Festivals Ribbon is only $7 and will be available at the event or from any of our participating merchants.
For more information about Aloha Festivals and its events can be found at www.alohafestivals.com, Facebook (facebook.com/AlohaFestivals), Twitter (@AlohaFstvls) Instagram (@alohafestivals) or by calling (808) 923-2030.