Aloha Festivals return for 2013
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The 2013 Aloha Festivals is underway with a variety of events through Sept. 28, including two big annual events in Waikiki over the next two weekends.
Now in its 67th year, the event honors Hawaiian ocean voyaging with the theme “Moana Nui Akea: Celebrating Ocean Voyaging.” Honored guests include modern-day canoe builders, ocean voyagers and navigators continuing the great adventures of the wa‘a kaulua (double-hulled voyaging canoe) and traditions of navigation using the ocean, sun and stars.
At 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, the 61st annual Aloha Festivals Waikiki Ho‘olaulea will fill Kalakaua Avenue between Lewers St. and Kapahulu Ave. with music, hula, lei stands and food booths. For the 21-and-older crowd, the Royal Hawaiian Center Royal Grove Lawn will offer a beer and wine garden, with proceeds benefiting the festivals.
At 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, the Aloha Festivals Floral Parade returns to Kalakaua Avenue from Ala Moana Beach Park to Kapiolani Park with pa‘u riding units, floats and marching bands. Honoring the 40th anniversary of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, the grand marshals of the parade will be the first crew who sailed Hokule‘a from Hawaii to Tahiti in 1976. This time, they will be sailing down Kalakaua in a float sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines.
All Aloha Festivals events are free; sales of festival ribbons and wristbands ($7 each), T-shirts ($23) and event sponsorship help raise funds to keep the operation going. Ribbons are available at participating ABC Stores; wristbands and shirts will be sold at official events and are available at T&C Hawaii and Hawaiian Island Creations at Pearlridge Center.