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2018 Kamehameha Festival – Public Service Announcement

2018 Kamehameha Festival – Public Service Announcement
PSA Date: 04/10/2018
Event: 2018 Kamehameha Festival
Date: Monday June 10, 2018
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Mokuola (Island of Life) Hilo, Hawai‘i
Theme: E ‘Onipa‘a Kākou
Presented by: Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Māmalahoa
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Contact: Pua Ishibashi
Event Coordinator
691 Ainako Ave.
Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720


For Immediate Release

E komo mai

Celebrate Kamehameha Day and the memory of King Kamehameha
at the Kamehameha Festival on Moku Ola (Coconut Island).
Monday, June 11, 2018
10:00am to 4:00pm

This year’s Festival theme is E ‘Onipa‘a Kākou, “To be steadfast, established, firm, resolute and determined.”  This was Queen Lili‘uokalani’s motto.  This theme was chosen in honor of Queen Lili‘uokalani’s and in remembrance of the 125 anniversary of the illegal Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i.

This year’s Festival will feature sweet Hawaiian music by some of Hawaii’s top musicians and the sharing of traditional dance by selected Hula Hālau throughout Hawai‘i.  The Festival will also feature art and craft vendors and ono (delicious) food. Proudly presented by the Royal Order of Kamehameha, Māmalahoa, that was established in 1907.  The Festival is free, open to the public, and remains a drug, alcohol, and tobacco, free event. We invite you to spend Kamehameha Day with us, on Mokuola, a day of Aloha for the entire ʻohana (family).

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Hilo, Hawai‘i
Mokuola (Island of Life)
Monday June 11, 2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

10:00 am      Wehi (Open)
11:00 am      Hālau presentation
12:00 pm      Order ceremony & presentation of Māmalahoa Awards
12:30 pm      Hālau presentation
1:30   pm      Hālau presentation
2:30   pm      Hālau presentation
3:30   pm      Hālau presentation
4:00   pm      Pani (Close)

Kamehameha Festival Committee

Kinohi Neves – Chair
Namaka DeMello
Pua Ishibasi
Kelly Heaukūlani
Gloria Ishibshi
Ola Jenkins



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Kukulu Hale Mua Cultrual Group Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Māmalahoa


The Kamehameha Festival is facilitated by the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Māmala Hoa (Hilo chapter), in collaboration with Hale Mua Cultural Group Inc. (Hale Mua) acting as fiscal sponsor, and Kūkulu Business Resources (Kūkulu) providing technical assistance and consultation.

Māmalahoa was established by Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole in 1907 in Hilo, Moku O Keawe (Island of Hawai‘i) and was dedicated to honor the memory of Kamehameha and uplift the Kanaka ‘Ōiwi (aboriginal peoples of Hawai‘i).

Incorporated in 1997, Hale Mua is identified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501© (3) nonprofit organization. The primary purpose of Hale Mua is to preserve and perpetuate the culture of the Kanaka ‘Ōiwi and to administer grants to stabilize, restore, and maintain Hawaiian historical sites, as well as Hawaiian educational programs.

Kūkulu is a Native Hawaiian corporation that provides culturally competent business related services including, but are not limited to, assessments and interventions, consultation, training, seminars, and workshops designed to enhance competitiveness, sustainability, and overall capacity.

In recent years Māmalahoa has partnered with organizations such as the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA), County of Hawai‘i Research & Development, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) in the presentation of this historical and culturally significant event.


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