Makahiki Kuilima: Enjoying The Roots

The Windward Oahu community is invited to return to its traditional roots Saturday when Naepuni Aloha presents the third annual Makahiki Kuilima from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Turtle Bay Resort lawn near the stables.

The free, public celebration of Hawaiian arts and culture is sponsored by the parent group of the Hawaiian Immersion school Ke Kula o Samuel M. Kamakau, based in Haiku Valley. Attendees can look forward to hukihuki (tug of war), ulu maika (lawn bowling), uma (arm wrestling), heihei kukini (foot racing), he’e holua (sled riding), hula and other sports and activities. Artisans and crafters will set up shop, and there will be live entertainment, cultural performances and educational exhibits to see.

Naepuni Aloha works with Kai Loa Inc. and Turtle Bay Resorts to sponsor the celebration. Makahiki Kuilima is the last of three public offerings on Oahu put on as part of the makahiki season. The festival is inspired by and seeks to perpetuate the cultural impact of the native Hawaiian Makahiki, a four-month-long season of peace and plenty in celebration of the god Lono. For more information, visit