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Hawaiian culture comes alive in Maui County for Festivals of Aloha

(Image: Wayne Shinbara/Festivals of Aloha) (Image: Wayne Shinbara/Festivals of Aloha)
(Image: Wayne Shinbara/Festivals of Aloha) (Image: Wayne Shinbara/Festivals of Aloha)
(Image: Wayne Shinbara/Festivals of Aloha) (Image: Wayne Shinbara/Festivals of Aloha)
MOLOKAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The bright colors of island culture came alive on Molokai this past weekend as a part of the Festivals of Aloha celebration. 

An investiture ceremony was held Friday for the royal Hawaiian court that portrays ali'i of Hawaii. It was followed by a parade on Saturday complete with Pa'u riders and country-style floats. 

This year's theme, "Aloha ka Ho'i a ka Holokahiki — Beloved is the sailors' return home," honored the Hokulea and celebrated the canoe's homecoming after their worldwide voyage.

The Festivals of Aloha is a culmination of events throughout Maui, Molokai and Lanai to perpetuate and celebrate the Hawaiian culture. Last month, Oahu wrapped up the Aloha Festivals, a similar month-long celebration.

Other events under the festival included the 16th Annual Richard Ho'opi'i Leo Ki'eki'e Falsetto competition on Maui, a hoolaulea on Molokai and a craft fair on Lanai. 

For more information on the Festivals of Aloha, click here.

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