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Celebrating Makahiki

Kindergarten students participate in the huki huki, or tug of war event, at the Ka Moku o Keawe Makahiki. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Kindergarten students participate in the huki huki, or tug of war event, at the Ka Moku o Keawe Makahiki. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Young participants compete in the haka moa event at the makahiki games on Saturday morning. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Young participants compete in the haka moa event at the makahiki games on Saturday morning. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)
The Moku o Keawe Makahiki featured traditional skill workshops, such as poi pounding, as well as the games.(PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)
The Moku o Keawe Makahiki featured traditional skill workshops, such as poi pounding, as well as the games.(PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Kohala Middle School students participate in protocol at the start of the makahiki games on Saturday morning at Waimea Park. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Kohala Middle School students participate in protocol at the start of the makahiki games on Saturday morning at Waimea Park. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)

Schools and community groups met for the 9th Annual ka Moku o Keawe Makahiki, 7 a.m.- 5 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 11, at Waimea Park. The day included the Makahiki Games Championship, a wellness and cultural sharing tent and healthy food booths. The morning began with a protocol to the sound of the pu, followed by the games. Program co-sponsors included Na Pua No’eau, Kanu o ka ‘Aina, Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Punana Leo o Waimea and Waimea Middle School’s ‘Ike Hawai’i program.