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.
Our 2019 theme is – “E Hoʻi Nā Wai, E Hoʻi ke Aloha i ke Ao.” May the waters return, May the love for our world return
Composed by kumu hula Devin Kamealoha Forrest.
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
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, County of Maui, Lokahi Pacific, Inc., Hasegawa General Store, Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, KPOA 93.5 FM, Pacific Media Group, Pūlama Lāna‘i, Lāna‘i Heritage and Cultural Center, Expeditions Lāna‘i, Moana’s Florist, Moana’s Hula Hālau, Friendly Market, Misaki, Imamura Store, Rawlins Chevron, Island Refuse, Inc., Manae Goods & Grindz, Alamo Rent-A-Car, Molokai Drug Store, Kualapuu Market, Wines & Spirits, Lahaina Town Action Committee, Lahaina Hawaiian Civic Club, Wailuku First Friday, Missing Polynesia, Kobe’s Steakhouse Lahaina, Old Lahaina Luau, Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, ‘Ohana Makamae, Hāna Youth Center, Hale Hulu Mamo, Hāna Arts, Alu Like, Inc., Traavasa Hāna, Maui Lani Physicians, Maui Health System, Pacific Media Group and Papa Ola Lokahi