Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013
Between 6,000 and 7,000 visitors attended the park’s annual cultural festival on June 29th and June 30th.
The event is a showcase for Hawaiian music, food, dance, arts and practices. Visitors explored 16 different stations staffed by National Park Service employees, volunteers, practitioners and their families, all of whom generously shared their talents, skills and knowledge.
Sitting on lauhala mats in shade of palm trees, the canoe halau or amphitheater, festival-goers mingled and worked alongside demonstrators.
At the end of the day, many left with a nose flute, coconut leaf hat, kapa fabric, haku lei or other traditional craft items. They also got a connection.