HiloCoconutFestival

Coconuts, Culture, and Family Fun for All!

Welcome to the 1st Annual Hilo Coconut Festival, Saturday, October 20, 2012, 10 am – 5 pm

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Kahu O Kahiko & Ku Kolu

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The 1st Annual Hilo Coconut Festival will take place on Coconut Island, a small island park in Hilo Bay, located right next to the hotels along Banyan Drive, on Saturday, October 20, 2012, from 10 am – 5 pm.  This Festival is free to the public, and a perfect location for families and friends interested in a fun day of demonstrations on drum-making, weaving,rope-making and more.  Traditional Hawaiian culture will be on exhibit with Hula dancing, ukele playing, and local entertainment.

The highlight of the Festival will be a celebration of Hawaiian coconuts, and their multitude of uses from soap, cosmetics, coconut meat, coconut oil, and the processing of coconuts into refreshing drinks.  The cultural and religious significance of the coconut will also be addressed.  Coconut items will be on sale as well as treats and local dishes.

Demonstrations of the uses and development of Hawaiian sugarcane, teas, and the Hala plant will also be explored.  Amongst all of these symbols of Hawaiian culture will be children’s activities, such as face-painting, coconut bowling, coconut toss, and more.  If you are interested in being a vendor or a sponsor, please contact Vince McMillon at cmcmillon@hawaii.rr.com.   Check back for updates, and vendor applications.

Welcome Letter by John Roberts, President, Kahu O Kahiko Inc.

Kahu O Kahiko Inc.
P. O. Box 5669
Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96745

Re: Hilo Coconut Festival
Welcome to all Participants and Supporters of the First Annual “Hilo Coconut Festival” being held at Mokuola (Coconut Island) on Saturday October 20th 2012.

Kahu O Kahiko, Inc. and Ku Kolu is proud to present a day of Hawaiian Culture by sharing, learning, and experiencing how significant the coconut became in the daily lives of our Kupuna.
Every part of the coconut tree played an important roll for their survival and continues until today.

Enjoy the day, be safe and we look forward to seeing you there. In closing, Kahu O Kahiko Inc., would like to leave you with this thought: “Observe, Absorb, and Obtain all that you can be” for we are all keepers of the past.

Mahalo Nui Loa,
John Roberts
President -Kahu O Kahiko Inc.

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