The Second Annual Aloha Kanaloa Cultural Festival was held on February 21, 2015. The free festival offered food, entertainment and fun at Moku Ola, Coconut Island, in Hilo.
Curious about the event? Check out our photo coverage of the first Aloha Kanaloa Cultural festival below.
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Aloha and Mahalo,
First, we give thanks to the Akua! We give thanks for their Aloha, guidance and inspiration! Our deepest Aloha and Gratitude!
To all of you who came to the Aloha Kanaloa Cultural Festival to honor and celebrate our beloved Ocean `Ohana and the sea we all love so much. You made it joyous and a true celebration of Aloha!
We wish to take this opportunity to thank Mayor Billy Kenoi---with out his support The Aloha Kanaloa Cultural Festival could not have happened! Mahalo for being a champion for the Sea!
We would like to thank our Partner Sponsors, Conservation Council for Hawai`i and Recycle Hawai`i who believe in our mission!
We would like to thank Senator Russell E. Ruderman for his support not only of our event but also his support for Kai Palaoa and the work they do. We were very honored to receive the Senate Certificate signed by the entire State Senate commending Kai Palaoa's work.
We would like to thank all of the Halau for honoring the Kanaloa with their beautiful oli and hula. Our Aloha goes out to Kumu Paul K. Neves, Kumu Manaiakalani Kalua and Kumu Pua Case!
We would also like to thank all of the keiki who participated in the ceremonies and and hula performances--they represent our future! You all make us so very proud!
We would like to thank the amazing performing artists who came to perform for Kanaloa and to share their beautiful voices with us all! Our Aloha goes out to the young men of Kamakakino (you make us all so very proud), Kainani Kahaunaele, Kekuhi Kanahele (and Kaumakaiwa) and Kanai Enos--the beautiful women who graced the stage and blessed us with their song!
We wish to thank our supporters who wish to remain anonymous but we know who you are--we want them to know how much we appreciate their support, generosity and Aloha all throughout the years. We love you all!!!
We would like to thank our artist Nakoa of Kai Palaoa who did our beautiful flyers and posters. Also the young artist Kawehi who is just in grade 8 and who designed all of our banners with some of the Kanaloa kinlau images that framed the stage. You folks brought the beauty of Kanaloa to life.
We wish to thank Desmond Haumea and his `Ohana for providing the wa`a and a safe journey so we could all pay homage to Kanaloa and bring our ho`okupu out to sea! The Kanaloa surprised us all when the Momma and Baby (a baby just born in Hilo Bay this year to greet us and they blessed the Festival with their unreal jumps! It was awesome and something we will never forget!. Aloha Kanaloa!!!
We also would like to thank our friendly "Whaler" Mike Lemmen -- we thank him for his sportsmanship and his Aloha!
We would also like to thank the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) of Washington DC for their good works of Aloha throughout the years and for sharing their "Flo" the inflatable Whale (also designed by Mr. John Perry in 1976). They started the "Save the Whale Movement" from the very beginning! Our Aloha goes out to them and to Flo! We love Flo!!!!
We would like to thank all of our gift prize sponsors who gave so generously from the heart and who helped to make the Aloha Kanaloa Festival so much fun and festive!
Joyce and Bruce Cate (and our hero Dexter Cate),
Mark Hanna of the Wyland Kona Galleries,
Craig and Luana Neff of Hawaiian Force,
Stephan Larson of Big Island Catchment Cleaning,
Hallie Larson of Island Women's Healing,
Na Kalai Wa'a
The Kona Ocean Sport Team,
Rick and Peggy of Hawaiian Arts,
Big Island Candies,
Mahalo to Lauren Muneoka for her awesome web design
We hope to see you all again next year!
Hilo Celebrates Cetaceans: Aloha Kanaloa and Jive for Wildlife!
Hawai'i Public Radio
10:47 AM FRI FEBRUARY 14, 2014
This weekend, Hilo is celebrating cetaceans and our relationship with them. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the Aloha Kanaloa Festival this Sunday and the Conservation Council of Hawai’i’s “Jive for Wildlife” party on President’s Day.
The free “Aloha Kanaloa Cultural Festival” offers food, entertainment and fun, 10am to 4 this Sunday at Moku Ola, Coconut Island, in Hilo. Bring a food donation to be entered in the raffle drawing. The Conservation Council of Hawai’i’s “Jive for Wildlife” features heavy pupu, a silent auction, wildlife store, and entertainment by 2013 Grammy nominee Kahulanui and jazz blues singer Keahi Conjugacion. That’s Monday, Presidents’ Day, at the Hilo Hawaiian.
At the “Jive for Wildlife” silent auction:
Sig Zane’s aloha shirts, Volcano Garden Arts gift certificates to the café, Kona Brewing Co. gift certificates, and more.
Sights from the Aloha Kanaloa Cultural Festival 2014!
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