(HawaiiNewsNow) - Aloha Festivals is Hawai'i's premier cultural showcase, a celebration of Hawai'i's music, dance and history intended to preserve the unique island traditions. The Aloha Festival kicks off today, Thursday September 6th, 2012 in Waikiki with a number of events through September 22, 2012. All events are free and open to the public! The events are supported by Aloha Festival Ribbons and Powerband sales.
2012 Royal Court Investiture
Thursday, September 6, 2012, 3:00 pm
Hilton Hawaiian Village
Traditional chant and hula highlight this annual event as the 2012 Alii receive their royal symbols of reign during ceremonies on the grounds of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Free admission.
2012 Opening Ceremony
Thursday, September 6, 2012, 5:00 pm
Royal Hawaiian Center, Royal Grove
This ceremony marks the official beginning of the 2012 Aloha Festivals event on Oahu. Traditional hula and chant introduce our Royal Court on the grounds of the Royal Hawaiian Center's Royal Grove. Free admission.
2012 Waikiki Hoolaulea
Saturday, September 15, 2012, 7:00pm
On Kalakaua Avenue between Lewers & Kapahulu Avenues
Celebrating its 60th year and the 2012 theme of Ho'onui Ike, the largest block party will kick off with the arrival of the Royal Court. Multiple stages of entertainment, lots of food, lei vendors and hawaiian crafters will be spread along the world famous Kalakaua Avenue. Free admission.
2012 Aloha Festivals Floral Parade
Saturday, September 22, 2012, 9:00am
From Ala Moana Park, along Kalakaua Avenue to Kapiolani Park
A colorful equestrian procession of female and male pau riders, extravagant floats with cascades of Hawaiian flowers, hula Halau and marching bands will brighten Kalakaua Avenue from Ala Moana Park to Kapiolani Park. This is a "must see" event! Free admission.
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