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May 9, 2012

Get ready for a Summer of Fun at Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site!

We are looking forward to a VERY busy Summer at Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site on the Big Island of Hawaii. The following are just some of the events on tap from May through August:


Honor our Heroes this Memorial Day Weekend.

In honor of Memorial Day, Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site will be offering a special program presented by members of the Marine Corps League, Camp Tarawa Detachment #1255 on Saturday, May 26 (10:30am-11:30am). In addition to discussing the history and significance of Memorial Day, this program will focus on the World War II history of Hawaii Island and the island’s role in America’s success in the Pacific Theater. Community members with personal stories or information regarding Camp Tarawa are especially encouraged to attend this program.

Go Take a Hike!

Join a Park Ranger for an extended guided hike through the park on Saturday, June 2 (10:30am-11:30am). Special emphasis will be on Hawaii’s ancient trails and on the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail. The first 25 people who show up for this event will receive a special surprise!

Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime event!

On June 5, 2012, YOU are invited to witness a rare astronomical event: the final Transit of Venus for our generation. This event, which will not occur again until 2117, is when the Planet Venus is observed passing in front of the Sun.

From Noon till 4:30pm, join park staff at the Visitor Center to observe the Transit. Special glasses will be available for visitors to use and the park will be showing a live webcast from the summit of Mauna Kea in the Visitor Center theater. As well, park rangers will be giving special presentations about the historical significance of this event throughout the day.

For more information about the Transit of Venus and other observation opportunities on Hawaii Island, visit the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station

Volunteers and park staff raise the Hawaiian flag over Fort McHenry in 2009.

On Tuesday, July 31, Hawaii celebrates La Hae Hawai`i, Hawaiian Flag Day, which began through an effort of the staff of Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site many years ago. You are invited to visit the park for opportunities to learn about the unique history of Hawaii’s flag, which was commissioned by King Kamehameha the Great nearly two centuries ago. (Times TBA)

Unite at Pu`ukohola Heiau! (Photo used by permission)

On August 11-12, experience the park’s biggest event of the year: the 40th Annual Ho’oku’ikahi Establishment Day Hawaiian Cultural Festival!

The following detailed schedule is preliminary and is subject to change. Check back as the event gets closer.

The public is invited to experience Royal Court ceremonies, traditional warrior exhibitions, cultural demonstrations, traditional crafts, music, games, double-hulled canoe rides, traditional food tasting and many more activities.

Royal Court, Ho`okupu Ceremony & Sham Battle will occur from 6:30am-10:00am Saturday only.

(Cultural Workshops and Activities 11:00am-3:00pm Sat. & Sun.)

Hula Kāhiko (Ancient Hula), Lei Haku Ame Lei Wili (Ancient Lei Making), Hana Kapa Kuiki (Quilting), Ulana, Lauhala (Lauhala Weaving), ‘Ohe Hanu Ihu (Nose Flute), Kūkūweke La’ī  (Rain Cape), Hana ‘Upena Kiloi (Net Making), Ku’i ‘Ai (Poi Pounding), Holo Wa’a   (Canoe Rides), Hana Hū (Spinning Tops)l, ‘Ohe Kāpala Ki’i (Bamboo Stamp, Designs), Pahu  (Drums), Ulana Lau Niu (Frond Plaiting), Kahili (Fly Brush), Nī’au Pūlumi (Hawaiian Broom), Ipu (Gourd, making), Hana Pala’ie (Loop and Ball Making), Makau  (Fishhook), Kumu La’au (Woodwork), Ku’i, Wauke (Tapa Pounding), Awa (Traditional Drink)

(Click here to see photos of the 2011 event!)

For more information about these and other events, visit the official website of Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site!

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