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Makahiki Traditions Lecture at Kona Historical Society

Posted February 22, 2017, 08:00 AM HST Updated February 22, 2017, 08:20 AM HST
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Kicking off Kona Historical Society’s 2017 Hanohano ‘O Kona Lecture Series, cultural practitioner Shane Akoni Nelson will discuss the various functions of the Makahiki season, its importance to society prior to 1820 and how its traditions continue today.

His lecture, “Makahiki Traditions,” will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center, located at 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway in Kailua-Kona.

Makahiki, observed in honor of the god Lono, is the annual four-month season in ancient Hawai‘i when work and warfare ceased. People devoted their days to games, sports, hula and leisure, and strictly observed rules and taboos.

Nelson, also a producer and scriptwriter, is dedicated to the empowerment of Hawaiian people, particularly to those in South Kona on Hawai‘i Island.

The lecture is free of charge and open to all residents and visitors.

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The event is sponsored in memory of Roland Dupree.

For more information, call Kona Historical Society at (808) 323- 3222 or visit www.konahistorical.org.

Kona Historical Society is a community-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and Smithsonian Museum affiliate that has spent the past four decades collecting, preserving and sharing the history of the Kona districts and their rich cultural heritage within Hawai‘i.

For the past six years, Kona Historical Society has offered this community lecture series, spotlighting local and state speakers on a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. It is a gift from the society to the community that has supported it for so long and it is presented in cooperation with the County of Hawai‘i.

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