- Aloha Festivals
The Aloha Festivals is an annual series of free cultural celebrations observed in the state of
Hawaiiin the United States. It is the only statewide cultural festival in the nation. It features concerts, parades, street parties called "ho‘olaule‘a" as well as various other special events planned for resident and tourist families. The Aloha Festivals are celebrated on six islands — Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and the Big Island of Hawaii — over the course of six weeks in September and October.
In the spirit of preserving the
Hawaiian cultureand heritage, the Aloha Festivals were established in 1946as Aloha Week by former members of the local Junior Chamber of Commerce. The main highlight of the original Aloha Week was the presentation of the Royal Court and a floral parade, a two hour parade eastbound on Ala Moana Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue through Downtown Honolulu, Kakaako, Ala Moanaand Waikiki. In 1991, Aloha Week was expanded and became the Aloha Festivals. The Royal Court was continued and the floral parade became one of the largest of its kind in the world. It also continued the tradition of starting the parade at Iolani Palace, the home of Hawaii's last reigning monarch.
Each year has a specific theme:
2008: "Hula" ("The Art of Hawaiian Dance")
2005: "Nā Honu Hawaiokinai" ("The Spirit Within")
2004: "No Nā Kamaliokinai" ("For the Children")
2003: "E Mau Ana Ka Hula I Ke Kanaka" ("Hula Lives Through Its People")
2002: "Ka okinaUhane O Ka Loea" ("The Spirit of the Masters")
2001: "Hookinaohanohano I Nā Holokai" ("Honor the Voyagers")
2000: "He Makana O Nā Lei Nani" ("A Gift of Beautiful Leis")
1999: "Hui Pū I ka Hula" ("Together in Song and Dance")
1998: "Ola Ka okinaŌiwi" ("The Natives Endure")
Approximately 30,000 people volunteer to plan, organize and provide labor for the Aloha Festivals each year. Their efforts entertain over 1,000,000 people from throughout the state and visitors from all over the world.
Funding for the Aloha Festivals have been historically provided through a
public corporation. The corporation collected donations with the distribution of elaborately decorated pins and ribbons — each island was represented by a distinctive color. Most recent Aloha Festivals have been funded through private corporate sponsorships. Currently, the Aloha Festivals are funded by Hawaiian Airlinesand its parent company.
* [http://www.alohafestivals.com/alohafestivals/page.jsp?section=home&page=home Official website]
* [http://blog.peekabooparadise.com/aloha-festivals-55th-annual-waikiki-hoolaulea/46 Aloha Festivals 55th Annual Waikiki Hoolaulea]
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