This year’s Windward Ho‘olaule‘a, called “A Homegrown Celebration,” will be on Saturday, October 6, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. under giant banyan trees on the Great Lawn of the Windward Community College campus. But make no mistake —this is much more than just a backyard jam.
Headliners this year include Grammy award-winner John Cruz and Na Hoku Hanohano winner Teresa Bright. Also in the entertainment line-up are Aaron Mahi, Martin Pahinui and George Kuo as well as Chinky Mahoe’s Halau Hula O Kawaili’ula, perennial favorites at the Merrie Monarch Festival on the Big Island.
Proceeds from the Ho‘olaule‘a will help fund scholarships for WCC students and other program support. Last year, 22 Windward Community College students received $1,000 each from event proceeds.
The free, family-friendly festival now in its 12th year, co-sponsored by the college and the Kaneohe Business Group, is expected to draw over 15,000 people islandwide. It will feature top island entertainment, award-winning hula films, unique arts and crafts, ‘ono ethnic food, keiki rides and activities, art exhibits, a college-sponsored silent auction, and educational, cultural demonstrations and community displays.
Kaneohe Business Group members will be on hand to showcase their businesses at a Trade Show, and Windward Community College will have special activities celebrating 40 years of educating the community.
Among the featured performers will be multiple Na Hoku Hanohano award winner John Cruz as well as Windward-area hula halau, the Le Jardin Academy Jazz Band and the Kahalu‘u ‘Ukulele Band. The entertainment lineup throughout the day includes:
10:15 Kahalu‘u Ukulele Band
11:15 Pila Nahenahe (slack key guitar/Hawaiian classics)
12:15 Le Jardin Academy Jazz Band
1:15 Rich Pedrina’s Halau Hula ‘O Napunaheleonapua
2:15 Na Kupuna o Ko‘olau (Music/hula)
3:15 George Kuo, Aaron Mahi, Martin Pahinui
4:15 Chinky Mahoe’s Halau Hula O Kawaili‘ula
5:15 Broadway@Paliku:10 years of “Bright” Lights, then, falsetto Erni Kanoa & Alika Odom
6:15 Teresa Bright
7:15 John Cruz
“The Ho‘olaule‘a has become one of the biggest community events on the Windward side, with something for the whole family,” said event chair and long-time KBG member Eddy Kemp. “We’re very grateful for the tremendous community support of this event. It’s a way to highlight the talent and businesses of the Windward side as well as the educational opportunities at WCC.”
SILENT AUCTION and Sarah's Garage Sale
For those who seek a great deal, there are two options—a silent auction where visitors can bid on items ranging from a Kamaka koa ‘ukulele and vintage jewelry to restaurant certificates, hotel stays and more—and a "white elephant-" style offering at Sarah's Garage Sale, with new and gently used items.
NEW LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE
From 1:00–5:00 p.m. visitors can take self-guided tours of the new, three-story 69,000 square foot “green” library building, and stop in at The Hub coffee shop for a cup of coffee or cool frappe.
FILM FEST AND "HAWAIIAN ROOM" EXHIBIT IN THE LIBRARY
“Queenie: Spirit of a Dancer” featuring Queenie Ventura Dowsett (student of famed dancer ‘Iolani Luahine), and other hula films featuring kumu hula such as Uncle George Naope, Nona Beamer, George Holokai, Kent Ghirard and many more, will be shown on the first floor of the new library from 1:00-5:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Hula Preservation Society multimedia exhibit celebrating “75 years of the Hawaiian Room at the Lexington Hotel” in New York City, where the best Hawaiian entertainers in the world performed. The Hawaiian Room was so successful it created a wave of South Seas bars and restaurants that swept the country after WWII.
The multi-media exhibit includes not only images and historical materials associated with the Hawaiian Room, but video segments that will be playing on a large tv screen with interviews of those who worked in the Hawaiian Room sharing stories and experiences.
WCC CELEBRATES 40 YEARS AT HO‘OLAULE‘A
Among the WCC attractions celebrating 40 years of education on the Windward side will be Hawaiian Studies cultural demonstrations, free blood pressure readings by students in the Certified Nurse’s Aide program, a student ceramic sale and raku firing, gyotaku fish printing, face painting, math activities, jewelry making, an orchid sale and plant identification by the botany and bio-technology students, veterinary technology student activities for pet owners, and information about college and career planning.
Cultural demonstrations will feature Hawaiian fiber arts, making hina‘i lauhala for iwi kupuna (lauhala baskets for Native Hawaiian ancestral remains) with Lufi Luteru. Jordan Souza and students from woodcarving classes will demonstrate woodcarving techniques.
Also, Gallery ‘Iolani will feature a new exhibit, “Confluence 3,” an exhibition of outstanding student work from the fine art studio classes at Windward Community College, showing ceramics, color theory, design, drawing and painting, photography, printmaking, screen printing and sculpture.
ARTS & CRAFTS
Plan ahead for the holidays. Some of the arts and craft items that will be available are:
Handcrafted jewelry items made from beach-glass, mother-of-pearl, crystal, sharks teeth and butterfly wings, unique Hawaiian designs t-shirts, golf accessories with Hawaii logos, Hawaiian quilts, Hawaii-made jams, syrups and sauces, orchid plants, flower arrangements, lauhala hats and baskets, photos of Hawaii, Hawaiian-made Nose flutes
lomilomi massage, and much more! Visitors can even make and take their own jewelry.
An array of ‘ono food to taste include crepes, shave ice, steak and roasted corn, andagi, guava chicken, kettle corn, garlic shrimp, Hawaiian food, Papa John’s pizza, Mexican food, poppers and Indian cuisine.
Among the community groups, the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board will provide information on disaster preparedness, especially for the hurricane season, and Walgreens will offer flu shots at the event once again this year (Walgreens asks that you bring insurance card).
The Ho‘olaule‘a also partners with the Five Rs 96744 project, which promotes positive character-building among K-12 students in the area. The 5Rs campaign emphasizes the importance of respect, responsibility, resourcefulness, relationships and resilience.
Flagship sponsors of the event are Hawaiian Electric Co., Ameron, Residential Resources, Inc., American Savings Bank and Le Jardin Academy. Other sponsors include the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the City and County of Honolulu, Bank of Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank, Central Pacific Bank, King Windward Nissan, Enterprise Rent-a-Car Hawaii, Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union, McDonalds, Castle Medical Center, Minami Foundation, Dr. Steven Shoultz, Harada Properties and Hawaii Memorial Park, Servco Auto Windward and Walgreens.
For more information, to donate to the Silent Auction or to get involved, go online to windward.hawaii.edu/hoolaulea or contact Bonnie Beatson at 235-7374.