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Stroll, shop, dine at Kokua Kailua (July 15)


Historic Kailua Village invites visitors and residents to stroll oceanfront Alii Drive, shop and dine during its monthly Kokua Kailua coming up Sunday, July 15.

Alii Drive becomes a pedestrian-only walkway from 1pm until 6pm during Kokua Kailua. The festive marketplace atmosphere is complemented by Historic Kailua Village’s many unique shops and restaurants.

With fun for all ages, this free event is designed to rally support for merchants and restaurants and remind residents in particular to shop, dine and buy local.

Kokua Kailua Village Stroll is sponsored by the Kailua Village Business Improvement District, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Destination Kona Coast, Kailua Village Merchants Association, Hulihee Palace, West Hawaii Today and Pacific Radio Group

Hulihee event remembers palace builder John Adams Kuakini

The Daughters of Hawaii and Calabash Cousins present Afternoon at Hulihee 4 p.m. Sunday, July 15 at Hulihee Palace to remember the late John Adams Kuakini.

Enjoy the voices of the Merrie Monarchs and Hawaiian performing arts by Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Na Pua Ui O Hawaii.

Afternoon at Hulihee is part of the palace’s series of free monthly events that honor Hawaii’s past monarchs and historical figures; donations are appreciated. Kindly bring a beach mat or chair as seating won’t be provided.

Kuakini was a cousin to Kamehameha I and governor of Hawai’i Island. A Russian explorer, Captain Otto von Kotzebue, described Kuakini in 1816 as a “herculean figure.”

“Kuakini first built Mokuaikaua Church, finishing in 1837,” said Casey Ballao, Hulihee docent coordinator. “That same year, he started construction on Hulihee, with the excavation of the cellar. Kuakini employed craftsman and laborers that had jumped sailing ships to build his grand home and it was completed in 1838. It was a great source of pride.”

Kuakini didn’t enjoy his mansion for long; he died at the age of 54 in 1844. His obituary stated he was “the sole survivor of the iron-hearted chiefs that constituted the household of Kamehameha I.”

Stroll and Entertainment Schedule

Aug. 26: Event remembering King Kamehameha III “Kauikeaouli”

Sept. 16: Band appearance remembering Queen Liliuokalani

Oct. 21: Event remembering Princess Kaiulani

Nov. 18: Band appearance remembering King Kalakaua, Palace Curator Aunty Lei Collins and Bandmaster Charles “Bud” Dant

Dec. 16: Event remembering Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop

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