ALOHA FESTIVALS ROYAL COURT INVESTITURE & OPENING CEREMONY

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The Alii – king, queen, prince and princess – take their places in the 2017 Aloha Festivals Royal Court. Court members receive the royal cloak, helmet, head feather lei and other symbols of their reign. Traditional chant and hula kahiko (ancient hula) highlight the event. The 2017 Aloha Festivals celebrates the love for Hawaii’s children and future with “He Lei Aloha Ke Keiki – Children Are Our Garland of Love.” Throughout olelo noeau (Hawaiian proverbs) there are poetic references to children as pua (flower) and lei (garland) for their promise and need for nurturing in order for them to thrive. The entire ohana (family) from grandparents to keiki (children) are invited to create enduring memories and experiences of Hawaii’s rich cultural history and traditions during the 2017 Aloha Festivals in September. Aloha Festivals was first held in 1946 as Aloha Week, and over the past seven decades has become a celebration of Hawaiian culture, integrating the traditions and cultures of the Islands through music, dance, cuisine and art. All festivities are coordinated by a volunteer board of directors. Aloha Festivals is funded by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, corporate and private sponsorships, and sales of Aloha Festivals ribbons and merchandise. The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Coconut Grove, 4 p.m. Royal Hawaiian Center, Royal Grove, 5 p.m.

ALOHA FESTIVALS ROYAL COURT INVESTITURE & OPENING CEREMONY