The mission of the Festivals of Aloha is to honor Native Hawaiian culture and traditions from generation to generation, as well as share them with visitors and people from the community.
In ancient Hawai’i, kahili were ceremonial feathered standards or long staffs decorated at one end with a cluster of feather plumes. Similar to the way nobility of Europe displayed their coat of arms on banners, Hawaiian attendants constructed sometimes elaborate feathered emblems to honor and spiritually protect high-ranking individuals. Today, kahili not only hold a significant place in traditional regalia, they also reflect the deep aloha and respect the people had for their beloved royalty.
Maui No Ka Oi will jumpstart the Festivals of Aloha, celebrations with a lively First Friday street festival in Wailuku town, highlighting our Naive Hawaiian culture. Enjoy live entertainment, hula, food, artisans, crafters, shopping in historic Wailuku town.
Official Festivals of Aloha, Maui Nui Style ribbons are $5 each and may provide discounted admission to many events. For information on purchasing a button, call Tina Thompson (808) 268-9285
Festivals of Aloha, Maui Nui Style is sponsored by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, County of Maui, Tri-Isle RC&D, Inc., Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Maui Hotel and Lodging Association, Hasegawa General Store, Mark Dahmke, Hana Cultural Center, Travassa Hotel Hana, Alulike; Hana Arts; Hana Youth Center; Hale Hulu Mamo; Ohana Makamae; Hana Herbs; Longhi’s; KPOA 93.5 FM, Pacific Media Group, Native Intelligence, Grand Wailea Resort and Spa, Four Seasons Resort, The Lodge at Koele, Four Seasons Resorts, Manele Bay, Lanai Heritage and Cultural Center, Lanai Visitors Bureau, Moana’s Florist, Moana’s Hula Halau, Friendly Market, Misaki, Molokai Drug Store, Imamura Store, Rawlins Chevron, Island Refuse, Inc., Hotel Molokai-Local Store, Molokai Shores, Manae Goods Grindz, Molokai Visitors Bureau, Makani Kai Air, Na Kupuna O Maui, A&B Foundation, Lahaina Town Action Committee, Wailuku Centennial Hui, Sun Edison, Smythe Fujiwara Design and Connec, LLC.