It’s Pacific Islander Heritage Day!
In honor of National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2013, Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site will be offering a special program today that celebrates the traditional Pacific Island cultures of Samoa, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Hawaii and others. Pacific Islander Heritage Day will feature various cultural demonstrations and activities, including lauhala weaving, cocount weaving, music, games, dance, special presentations, traditional weapons displays, and more! This event will take place today from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the park’s Visitor Center.
This event is being sponsored by the Hawaii Pacific Parks Association, Micronesians United – Big Island, the Univeristy of Hawaii at Hilo Pacific Islander Student Center and the Royal Order of Kamehameha – Kohala Chapter. Park Superintendent Daniel Kawaiaea invites the public to attend this free event.
The stone heiau at Kawaihae is one of the last major sacred structures built in Hawai‘i before outside influences altered ancient Hawaiian life permanently. Constructed in 1790-1791 by Kamehameha I, it ultimately led to his unification of the Hawaiian Islands and its people by 1810. If you would like additional information about this event, ranger programs or other upcoming events, please contact park staff at 882-7218 Ext. 1011 or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/puhe.