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Savor summer at Kokua Kailua (Aug. 26)


Historic Kailua Village invites visitors and residents to stroll oceanfront Alii Drive, shop and dine during the monthly Kokua Kailua, which is coming up Sunday, Aug. 26.

Savor all the sights, sounds and flavors of summer as Alii Drive becomes a pedestrian-only walkway 1-6 p.m. during Kokua Kailua. The festive marketplace atmosphere is complemented by Historic Kailua Village’s many unique shops and restaurants.

For families and friends, visitors and kamaaina, this free event is designed to rally support for merchants and restaurants and remind everyone 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.


Enjoy a free Afternoon at Hulihee Palace 4-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 to remember the late King Kamehameha III, “Kauikeaouli.”

The fun is part of a year-long series that honors Hawaii’s past monarchs and historical figures; donations are appreciated. Kindly bring a beach mat or chair as seating won’t be provided.

“Born in 1813, Kauikeaouli was the second surviving son of Kamehameha the Great and he became king when he was 11 years old,” says Casey Ballao, docent coordinator. “During his 30-year reign, he signed the Great Mahele, dividing land among his people; declared the right of religious freedom and instituted the kingdom’s first written constitution.”

In 1843, King Kamehameha III coined Hawaii’s motto that appears on the state seal and coat of arms: “Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono-the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.” The monarch was born at Keauhou Bay and a plaque there marks the birth site.

2012 Afternoon at Hulihee schedule

All Afternoons at Hulihee present hula by Na Pua Ui O Hawaii Hula Halau and vocals by the Merrie Monarchs. Some events also include the Hulihee Palace Band and are noted below. On band dates, only kahiko hula is showcased. Other events offer a full hula show.

Jan. 15: Band appearance remembering King Charles “Lunalilo” and Aunty Iolani Luahine

Feb. 19: Event remembering Princess Ruth Keelikolani

March 18: Band appearance remembering Queen Kaahumanu and Prince Kuhio

April 15: Event remembering Prince Edward Albert

May 20: Event remembering King Kamehameha IV “Alexander Liholiho”

June 10: Band appearance remembering King Kamehameha I “Paiea”

July 15: Event remembering John Adams Kuakini

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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