A month celebration of Aloha Festivals in Hawaii
The Aloha Festivals in Hawaii celebrates Hawaiian culture and history including all things related to celebrating life in Hawaii. One of the most popular events on the Big Island kicking off the Aloha Festivals (now called the Hawaii Island Festivals) is the birthday and celebration for Queen Liliuokalani at the park named after her in Hilo, Hawaii.
The all day celebration included a massive hula performed by many of the islands hula halaus (hula schools) dancing in sync to a Hawaiian songs – the schools choreograph to their own particular hula style. At the same time of the group hula performance, a helicopter flies over the entire park dropping thousands of orchid blossoms at the dancers and spectators to a spectacular opening.
Following the dance, a variety of special hulas, tributes and other performances occured at the main stage and surrounding areas of the park including Taiko drummers, Japanese tea ceremonies, Hawaiian cultural displays and organizational displays.
Here are a few more photo highlights to the days events at Queen Liliuokalani park:
Here are a few short videos of of the many performances that day
These types of special events marking the Hawaii Island Festival and the month-long celebrations are a special time for both locals and tourist enjoying their visit to the islands. It emphasizes the commitment to Hawaii’s rich heritage, history, dance, music and its rich culture.
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