Hoolaulea at Honuapo in Ka‘u (Sept. 5)


Honu‘apo Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7


Cyril Pahinui Will Jam at the Sunday, Sept. 5 Fundraiser

Ka Ohana O Honuapo celebrates its stewardship of Honuapo Park at the third “Hoolaulea at Honuapo: Malama Kaæu,” Sunday, Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Honuapo Park and Whittington Beach Park.

The free, multi-generational festivities are open to everyone, with great food, music, hula, ‘olelo (storytelling) and more. Cyril Pahinui, Na Hoku Hanohano winner and sweet-voiced son of Hawaiian music legend Gabby Pahinui, will add his slack key magic in a special performance.

Traditionally, a hoolaulea is a gathering for a special occasion, such as May Day or school graduation, when food, Hawaiian cultural crafts and games are shared. What sets the “Hoolaulea at Honuapo: Malama Ka’u” apart is that it’s also a fundraiser to protect the historic and culturally significant Honuapo Park in the southern Ka’u District.

Cyril Pahinui

This stretch of rocky coast, tidepools and marshes has transformed many times, yet maintains its sense of place. From ancient fisheries, to a busy sugar cane port and railroad depot (that were at least twice destroyed by tsunamis and once blasted by the military during WWII), Honuapo remains a warm and welcoming retreat for human visitors and fishermen, as well as habitat for the black-crowned night heron, the Hawaiian coot, Hawaiian duck, Hawaiian hawk, Hawaiian black-necked stilt, the Hawaiian monk seal, hawksbill turtles, green sea turtles, and other endangered wildlife.

Honuapo is a very special rare shoreline nursery that nurtures and protects dozens of endangered marine and terrestrial plant and animal life.

Led by a diverse board of passionate volunteers, Ka Ohana O Honuapo is dedicated to protecting the 223 acres of Honuapo Park, now the largest county shoreline park in the State of Hawaii. Event organizers hope to raise awareness about Honuapo, and raise funds to help maintain programs and facilities.

The day includes a variety of fun-filled events for all ages, including Cyril Pahinui in concert, and free educational walking tours with Ka’u docents.

Ka Ohana O Honu’apo along with Townscape Hawaii will also present the final Honuapo General Resources Management Plan, to which hundreds of community members contributed over the last several years.

Other special elements of the Ho’olaule’a include a look at the past, with an exhibition of historic photos, and numerous food, crafters and community education booths, a silent auction, and lucky number prizes.

“Ka’u has been blessed with so many resources for self-sufficiency,” said event organizer Michelle Galimba, president of Ka Ohana O Honuapo. “We have a lot to share, and, based on the two previous Hoolaulea at Honuapo, we expect a large turnout!”

This event is being supported by the County of Hawaii through a grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

For those who want to stay in the Ka’u area for the weekend, several B&Bs like Pahala Plantation Cottages and Leilani Bed and Breakfast are offering special discounted rates.

For more information call (808) 929-9891 or visit www.honuapopark.org

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