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Skilled Crafts of Ancient Hawaii

Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site

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Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site will celebrate
its 33rd anniversary of its establishment as a National
Historic Site with a cultural festival on Saturday August
13th, at 7:00 a.m., & Sunday August 14th, at 9:30 a.m., and
ending both days at 3:00 p.m. 2005.
Theme: Ke Kulana No'eau O Ka Wa Kahiko (Skilled Crafts of Ancient Hawaii)
The stone Heiau at Kawaihae is one of the last major
sacred structures built in Hawaii before outside influences
altered traditional life permanently. Constructed in 1790-91
by Kamehameha I. Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site is a place where
living history is perpetuated. On Saturday, August 13th, a
formal assembly conducted by Na Papa Kanaka o Pu'ukohola
comprised of chiefs, warriors, and other key components will
begin at 7:00 a.m., and march down from Pu'ukohola to the papa
(flats) fronting the Heiau, where ho'okupu (offerings) will be
received, and traditional dance performed. Demonstrations and cultural workshop activities will follow the
ho'okupu rituals. On Sunday, August 14th, at 9:30 a.m. the
festival will begin with a continuation of the craft workshops
end at 3:00 p.m.. Park Superintendent Daniel Kawaiaea Jr. said more than
25 craft workshop and demonstrations will be available for
visitors to participate in.
Hula Kahiko (Ancient Hula), Lei Haku Ame Lei Wili
(Ancient Lei making), Hana Hu (Making Spinning Tops), Hana Kapa
Kuiki (Quilting), Kukuweke La'i (Rain Cape), Pahu (Drums),
Ulana Lauhala (Lauhala Weaving), Hana 'Upena Kiloi (net
making), 'Ohe Hanu Ihu (Nose Flute), Ku'i 'Ai (Poi Pounding),
Kahili (Fly Brush), Holo Wa'a (Canoe Rides), Kakau (Tattoo),
Hawaiian games, and more. Musical implements and songs will be
offered. The public is invited to join the festivities with only
one stipulation, that each visitor learns at least one craft
before leaving the area to help preserve a part of the Hawaiian
culture. Bring refreshments and lunch if you plan to stay the
entire day. It is also recommended that comfortable clothing
be worn, and that you use some type of sunscreen.
This event will take place at Pelekane below Pu'ukohola
Heiau in Kawaihae. Each year the festival is made possible
through the cooperation of the Hawaii Natural History
Association, Na Aikane o Pu'ukohola Heiau, Waimea Hawaiian
Civic Club, Na Papa Kanaka o Pu'ukohola Heiau, Hawaii Tourism
Authority and Department of the Interior - National Park
Service and many friends of the park. This event is free of


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