Ho’okuikahi Establishment Day 2016

Kuha'o Kawaauhau, Reporter

On Saturday, August 13th, the Ho’okuikahi Ceremony for Kamehameha the Great was held at Pu’ukoholā Heiau in Kawaihae on the Big Island of Hawaii. A ceremony began with Kahuna Nui Kaponoai chanting a welcome call for the royal procession to  begin. The ceremonial Pahu drums echoed from within the walls of the Heiau as the procession that included the Ali’i Nui, high chief, the Kahili bearers who accompanied their warriors,  and  the Royal Order of Kamehameha the First proceeded into the Heiau.

Students from Kanu ‘o Ka Aina were welcomed to give offerings to the chief with hula and chants.

The Hawaiian Cultural festivities were held at Pele Kane Bay where they offered activities of  lei making, lauhala weaving, gourd making, and the making of Hawaiian nose flutes. Students from Kanu, along with Kumu Hula Hope Keawe and her halau from Kohala, entertained and participated in the cultural festivities which lasted until 3:00 P.M. during the afternoon.