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February 5, 2019

Royal Hawaiian Center Hosts Lā ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Ma Helumoa: Hawaiian Language Day at Helumoa

February is ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Month, and there’s no better place to celebrate than Royal Hawaiian Center! On Saturday, February 16, 2019, Royal Hawaiian Center is proud to present its inaugural Lā ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Ma Helumoa: Hawaiian Language Day at Helumoa, complete with a variety of cultural games, activities, presentations, readings, and entertainment offered in both English and Hawaiian. 

“Hawaiian language and culture flow through the lifeblood of Royal Hawaiian Center, and we are proud to celebrate our royal heritage with the local community during our first-ever ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Ma Helumoa,” said Monte McComber, Cultural Director at Royal Hawaiian Center. 

The event will include a special Mākeke (Hawaiian market) in The Royal Grove from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. featuring Kamehameha Publishing and Nā Mea Hawaiʻi along with table games by PAʻI Foundation and block printing with local artist Jessica Keʻala Kim. The Hawaiian language cast of the film Moana will also participate in a special panel discussion, and will be available to sign autographs. 

Live entertainment, including hula performances and Hawaiian language book readings will be held throughout the day as follows:

11:00 a.m.
Hālau Nā Mamo o Ka ʻUpaʻiakaʻuaua, Kumu Hula Lahela Igarta
Selected Readings from Honokawailani

11:45 a.m.
Hawaiian Language Book Reading: Nāmaka and the Little Folk: A New Tale of the Menehune, Eli Līhauanu Maioho and Monte McComber

12:00 p.m.
Performances by Pūnana Leo O Ko‘olau Poko and Pūnana Leo O Honolulu Hawaiian Language Immersion Schools

1:30 p.m. 
Hawaiian Language Cast of Disney’s Moana Panel Discussion

2:15 p.m.
Performance by Project KULEANA

3:00 p.m.
Hawaiian Language Book Reading: Nāmaka and the Little Folk: A New Tale of the Menehune, R Magazine Cultural Editorial Team

3:30 p.m.
Pueo Pata

Additionally, to further demonstrate its commitment to Hawaiian culture and language, this year Royal Hawaiian Center’s quarterly publication, R Magazine, will feature a series of cultural editorials with original fiction and illustrations by Jessica Keʻala Kim for the first time in Hawaiian, as well as English. 


The event is free and open to the public. For more information and a complete list of events, visit www.RoyalHawaiianCenter.com or call Helumoa Hale Guest Services at 808-922-2299.

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