Outrigger® Hotels and Resorts Shares the “Aloha Festivals” Spirit with Exciting Cultural Events

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 Release Number: 49/13

Waikiki Beach Walk® will serve as the official Waikiki headquarters for the 2013 Aloha Festivals Royal Court

Aloha Festival Royal Court

Aloha Festival Royal Court

WAIKIKI, HONOLULU, HAWAII – This year, Aloha Festivals pays tribute to traditional Hawaiian ocean voyaging with its theme, “Moana Nui Akea—Celebrate Ocean Voyaging.” In celebration of this year’s theme, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts has planned a month-long series of cultural events and activities – from canoe restoration to keiki storytelling to appearances by the Aloha Festivals Royal Court – at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach, Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotels and at Waikiki Beach Walk®.

This year, Outrigger is honored to have Waikiki Beach Walk® serve as the official Waikiki headquarters for the Aloha Festivals Royal Court, a traditional Ali‘i Court that pays tribute to the Hawaiian culture and past monarchy. Throughout Aloha Festivals, the ‘Ohana Island Style retail store on the second floor of Waikiki Beach Walk® will serve as the court’s official headquarters, providing members a place to gather and prepare for their many appearances in Waikiki.

“As a local company with deep roots in Hawaii, we are always looking for ways to share our beloved island culture with visitors and kama‘aina,” said Bitsy Kelley, vice president of corporate communications for Outrigger Enterprises Group. “Outrigger Hotels and Resorts look forward to supporting Aloha Festivals and planning activities throughout our properties that highlight the unique traditions that make Hawaii a special place to live and visit.”

Schedule of Aloha Festival Activities

Waikiki Beach Walk

Tuesdays, September 3, 10, 17

  • ·         4:30-6 p.m. The music of the islands is presented every Tuesday afternoon at Waikiki Beach Walk®.
    Ku Ha’aheo, To Cherish with Pride features adult and keiki (children) hula, uniquely blending contemporary and traditional island traditions, cultural beliefs, classic hapa haole tunes, and historical moments, all told through song and dance. Led by kumu hula and cultural advisor Blaine Kamalani Kia.

Saturday, September 21

  • ·         7-9 p.m. Waikiki Beach Walk is the setting for beautiful hula performances and live Hawaiian entertainment hosted by Ellie Nishida of JALPAK Hawaii and kumu hula Blaine. Performing during the evening will be:  Po`okela Trio and Hula of Ku Ha`aheo, with special guest Greg Sardinha; Hawaiian music group Coyne Street; and Na Pali Trio, winners of this year’s Kani Ka Pila Grille Talent Search.

Friday, September 27 – A Special Presentation of Ku Ha`aheo with the Aloha Festivals Royal Court

  • ·         4:30 – 6 p.m. Ku Ha`aheo moves to Friday evening this week with a special appearance by the Aloha Festivals Royal Court. As a welcome, representatives from Outrigger Enterprises Group will honor the Royal Court with offerings of ho`okupu.

Outrigger Reef on the Beach

Sundays, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

  • ·         1-2 p.m. Learn the art of ti-leaf kaula, or binding cord, used for fastening the ancient Hawaiian canoe (hotel lobby)

Mondays, September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

  • ·         9-10 a.m. Keiki are invited to the E Ola Kawainui Library in the hotel’s lobby for keiki storytelling, featuring a reading of “Island Below the Star.”

Tuesdays, September 3, 10, 17, 24

  • ·         10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Watch and learn the incredible story of the first Hawaiians as seen through the eyes of artist-historian Herb Kawainui Kane at a screening of video documentary “Children of Long Canoes.”

Wednesdays, September 4, 11, 18, 25

  • ·         9-10 a.m. Learn the art of ti-leaf kaula, or binding cord, used for fastening the ancient Hawaiian canoe (hotel lobby)

Thursdays, September 5, 12, 19, 26

  • ·         9 a.m. Keiki are invited to the E Ola Kawainui Library in the hotel lobby for keiki storytelling, featuring a reading of “Island Below the Star.”

Friday, September 27 – Appearance by the Aloha Festivals Royal Court

  • ·         11:30 a.m. – Presentation and photo taking with the Aloha Festivals Royal Court in the front lobby of the hotel
  • ·         Noon – 1:30 p.m. – Aloha Festivals – Aloha Friday Luncheon at Shore Bird Restaurant
    • o   Kumu hula Blaine Kia will welcome the Royal Court with a traditional oli as they arrive at the restaurant. They will then be seated for lunch.
    • o   12:30 p.m. – A performance of song and hula will be presented to the Royal Court following lunch.
    • o   1:30 p.m. – The Royal Court will depart Shore Bird Restaurant and the Outrigger Reef on the Beach

Saturday, September 14 – O Ke Kai Series

  • 9 a.m. – 12 noon – Join the Friends of the Hokule`a & Hawai`iloa as they share Hawaii’s canoe-building legacy and restoration work. On display will be special works from noted canoe historian and artist Herb Kawainui Kane. Keiki activities will also be available.

At Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach

Thursdays, September 5, 12, 19, 26

  • ·         10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Weekly hotel tour celebrating Hawaii’s legendary “Ambassador of Aloha,” Duke Kahanamoku. The tour starts in the hotel’s Voyager’s Room. Tour-goers learn about Kahanamoku’s many accomplishments including being an Olympic gold medal swimmer, a surfer, canoe steersman, and a Hollywood actor. The tour ends in Duke’s Restaurant where participants have a chance to learn more about Duke through photos and memorabilia. To top off the tour, each participant will receive a certificate to indulge in a slice of the restaurant’s famous Hula Pie. 

Friday, September 27

  • ·         10:15 a.m. – Appearance by the Aloha Festivals Royal Court, Upper Lobby 

Additionally, catch the aloha spirit at the Aloha Festivals Waikiki Ho`olaulea, Hawaii’s largest block party, on September 21 from 6 to 11 p.m. Thousands will take to the streets for live entertainment, food booths, craft vendors and more. On September 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the festival concludes with the Aloha Festivals Floral Parade – a colorful procession of pa’u riders, flower-draped floats, graceful hula halau and lively marching bands. 

For more information on Aloha Festivals or to purchase a festival power band or ribbon, please visit www.alohafestivals.com.

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