Mahalo nui loa to our partners Huli, Livable Hawaii Kai Hui, Maunalua Communities Foundation, Maunalua Fishpond Heritage Center and Maunalua.net for our successful collaboration on the first annual Maunalua Heritage Festival!
Mālama Maunalua joined other top east O’ahu conservation nonprofits to launch the festival at Hawaii Kai Towne Center in May to promote cultural and natural resource conservation in Maunalua and the importance of ongoing community projects stretching mauka to makai.
PC: Livable Hawaii Kai Hui
Mālama Maunalua sponsored activities to educate festival attendees about the the Maunalua Bay Region and our responsibility as stewards of the land and sea. This year’s theme, E Hō Mai I Waiwai, encouraged everyone to protect both ʽāina and wai for the generations to come.
The festival kicked off on Saturday May 12 with the arrival of the Hōkūleʽa, which was greeted by the blowing of the pū, pahu drums, traditional chant and awa ceremony. The Polynesian voyaging canoe also was available for dockside tours through May 23, and other activities through the weeklong festival included keiki programs , hula performances, educational talk-stories, and concerts by Tavana and Maunalua.