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“By observing one learns”

November 16, 2012

Children from various schools gather for the opening ceremony on Thursday, November 15. The ceremony is the opening of the traditional makahiki season in the Hawaiian calendar; a time of peace, games, and feasting.

This week the park rangers and volunteers of Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park hosted the park’s annual Hawaiian Cultural Festival for children. Hundreds of children from schools across the Big Island gathered along the beautiful shores of the park for hands-on experiences of Hawaiian culture and scientific exploration. The theme of this year’s event is I ka nana no a ‘ike (“By observing one learns”). The following photos and videos are from today’s and yesterday’s festivities…enjoy!

Park Ranger Ida Hanohano explains about the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail along the shoreline this afternoon.

Children learn about their kuleana (responsibility) to take care of environment through Hula Noho (seated hula).

Representatives of the various participating schools bring their traditional Ho’okupu (gifts) during the opening ceremony this morning (Friday).

Hula Noho…seated hula.

Each day, different schools participated. View this morning along the shoreline of Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park.

Children get hands-on experience in science, nature and traditional culture.

The opening ceremony this morning (Friday).

Park Ranger Jon Jokiel teaching children about the water cycle.

Outrigger canoes approach during the opening ceremony…

Park Ranger Charles Hua showing a young participant how to weave ti leaves to make capes and other important traditional implements.

Arriving for the festival…

The opening ceremony on Thursday.

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