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Hawaiian Cultural Festival Next Weekend in South Kona

June 19, 2013, 1:21 PM HST
* Updated June 19, 1:22 PM
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An event being held next weekend in South Kona will feature a step back to the time of 1800s Hawaii.

Canoe rides and demonstrations of weaving will be among the activities next weekend as Pu`uhonua  o Honaunau National Historic Park holds its annual Hawaiian Cultural Festival.

This year’s event also marks the 52nd anniversary of the South Kona landmark becoming a unit of the National Park Service.

The festival is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30. The park’s entry fee will be waived.

The first day includes canoe rides in Honaunau Bay as well as lauhala and coconut frond weaving, kapa beating, haku-lei making and more. Visitors are invited to try their hand at demonstrated activities.

On Sunday, there will be tasting of traditional Hawaiian foods and a demonstration of hukilau, traditional fishing methods.

“The cultural festival takes visitors back to old Hawai‘i in the 1800’s,” the park said in press release.

“Practitioners in traditional dress will provide visitors with a uniquely Hawaiian experience, honoring the culture and traditions of the Hawaiian people and cultural experts, and providing local residents and the community a time and place to gather, learn and share.”

Picnicking, coolers and chairs are not allowed in the Royal Grounds, and food – other than the tastings – is not available in the park.

Pu`uhonua  o Honaunau National Historic Park, also known as the city or place of refuge, is located on Highway 160 three miles from Highway 11.

The event is co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association and Nā Hoa Aloha o ka Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau.

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