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Establishment Day celebration is Aug. 16-17

The 42nd Annual Establishment Day celebration at Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site is Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17. The event begins with Na Papa Kanaka o Pu’ukohola Heiau performing the Ho’okupu and Ho‘oku‘ikahi ceremonies 6 to 9:30 a.m., Saturday, with festivities continuing until 3 p.m. The event will continue on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each year the festival’s theme is “Ke Kulana No‘eau o Ka Wa Kahiko” (The Culture of Ancient Hawai`i), and the subtheme for this year’s event is “Au‘a ‘ia e kama e kona moku” (We all hold on to the traditions for our children and our land). More than 20 arts and craft workshops and demonstrations will be available, including lei making, spinning tops, quilting, Hawaiian games, kahili making, lauhala weaving, canoe rides, and more. Also, local musicians will perform and tastings of traditional Hawaiian foods will be offered. Free and all welcome but public asked to commit to learning at least one craft before leaving. Bring refreshments, lunch, sun protection. For more information, call 882-7218, ext. 1011, or visit the park website at