Windward Ho‘olaule‘a 2014
Saturday, Oct. 4, 10am-8pmWindward Community College
Mktg & Public Rel Dir, Windward Community College
Libby Young, 235-7396
Professor of Journalism , Humanities
Bring your beach chair or blanket and meet up on the Great Lawn! Family and friends are invited to the 14th annual Windward Ho‘olaule‘a on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. under giant banyan trees on the Great Lawn of the Windward Community College campus in Kāne‘ohe.
“Through education and celebration of Hawaiian music, hula, cultural demonstrations and activities, we honor the rich tradition of Hawaiian culture on the Windward side,” said event co-chair Bonnie Beatson.
The free, family-friendly festival features the legendary Brothers Cazimero, Jerry Santos, Mailani, Hi‘ikua and other top island entertainment, hula, unique arts and crafts, ‘ono ethnic food, keiki rides and activities, art exhibits, a college-sponsored silent auction, and educational and community displays. Windward Ho‘olaule‘a is the largest annual event on the Windward side of O‘ahu drawing up to 15,000 people islandwide. Check it out at windwardhoolaulea.com.
Windward Ho‘olaule‘a is coordinated by the Windward Community College and Kaneohe Business Group, with flagship sponsors Hawaiian Electric, Ameron Hawaii and the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
“Itʻs a great day for the whole family. We like to highlight the community partnerships between the businesses and organizations from the Windward side and the educational opportunities at Windward Community College, for both residents and visitors to enjoy,” said Beatson.
Proceeds will fund scholarships for WCC students. Last year, 22 deserving Windward Community College students—many who are Native Hawaiian—were awarded $22,000 in scholarships.
Entertainment headliners include The Brothers Cazimero, Jerry Santos, Kamuela Kimokeo and Hi‘ikua, Mailani, Pila Nahenahe, Hawaiian Soul, Hawaii Loa, the Kahalu‘u ‘Ukulele Band, award-winning hula with Chinky Mahoe’s Hālau Hula ‘O Kawaili‘ulā, and more. DJs from KCCN and KINE will keep the pace and offer giveaways throughout the day.
Among the WCC attractions celebrating higher education on the Windward side will be Hawaiian Studies cultural demonstrations—Polynesian voyaging, woodcarving and fiber art, free blood pressure readings and breast cancer awareness by students in the Certified Nurse’s Aide program as well as nutritional "Back to the Aina" demonstrations from the nursing garden, a student ceramic sale and raku firing, gyotaku fish printing, math activities, an orchid sale and plant identification by the botany and bio-technology students, veterinary technology student activities for pet owners, piano and drama activities, and information about college and career planning.
Gallery ‘Iolani will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with Ka Waiwai Mohala (The Unfolding Treasures), an exhibition of outstanding student work from the fine art studio classes at Windward Community College, featuring ceramics, color theory, design, drawing, photography, painting, printmaking/screen printing and sculpture.
‘Ono food to taste include sweet and savory crepes from Crepes No Ka Oi, Fresh Catch–poke bowl, poke and seafood items, Bubble Puff & Tea–bubble waffle and natchos, Erinʻs Shave Ice–cool treats, India Cafe, Hawaiian Plate, Thai cuisine, and more!
The Kaneohe Neighborhood Board will provide information on disaster preparedness, especially for the hurricane season, and Walgreens will offer flu shots at the event once again this year (Walgreens asks that you bring insurance card). Hawaii Pacific University will offer information about Medical Marijuana.
Windward Ho‘olaule‘a also partners with the Five Rs 96744 project, which promotes positive character-building among K-12 students in the area. The 5Rs campaign emphasizes the importance of respect, responsibility, resourcefulness, relationships and resilience throughout schools and the community.
Flagship sponsors of the event are Hawaiian Electric Co., Hawaii Tourism Authority and Ameron Hawaii. Other sponsors include Minami Foundation, Walgreens, First Hawaiian Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Le Jardin Academy, Go Kailua Magazine, Hawaii Memorial Park, Hawaii Pacific University, Servco Auto Windward, Enterprise Rent-a-Car Hawaii, Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union, King Windward Nissan, KYA Design Group, McDonalds, Dr. Steven Shoultz and Castle Medical Center.
For more information, to donate to the Silent Auction or to get involved, go online to windwardhoolaulea.com or contact Windward Ho‘olaule‘a co-chair Bonnie Beatson at 235-7374.
For more information, visit: http://windwardhoolaulea.com