Oct 20, 2017 5:05 pm Pacific/Honolulu

Makahiki at Helumoa

Lono arrives by canoe onto Waikiki Beach fronting the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.The Makahiki is a celebration of peace, prosperity and all good things in Hawaii. On January 9, 2016, the 4th Annual Royal Hawaiian Makahiki was celebrated at Helumoa in Waikiki. Modeled after festivals held centuries ago before Western contact with Hawaii, the Makahiki at Helumoa paid tribute to Lono, the Hawaiian god of peace, prosperity, fertility and healing, as well as Native Hawaiian ancestors and Kupuna (elders). 

For more than 2,000 years, the significance of Lono and his contributions to the beliefs and practices of the early Hawaiian people influenced the celebration of events held during Makahiki festivals throughout the Hawaiian Islands. According to the ancient calendar of Hawaii, the Hawaiian new year begins on the first night of the rising star constellation Makali’i, or Pleiades. The four months following the rise of the Makali’i, from October to the end of January, were set aside as a time for Lono to give thanksgiving for the bounty of land and sea.

The event is described by one of the attendees in the following piece.

As a soft mist embraced us, the blast of the pu, or conch shell, announced the arrival of Lono by canoe onto Waikīkī Beach fronting the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

Kalama Cabigon, his Hālau and Makahiki participants began with chants to honor Lono, and those present fell silent and respectful. The audience included the Benevolent Societies, Shad Kane and his Na Koa, the paddlers, the warriors, students, our Royal Hawaiian guests, Royal Hawaiian Ambassadors, and our community.

The Pu (conch shell blower) blew his conch shell as the procession entered the Royal Hawaiian Ocean Lawn.

Ho’okupu (gifts) were then offered to Lono by members of the audience. After the tribute was complete, the Huaka`i (procession) with Lono proceeded to the Coconut Grove.

On the Grove, our guests and community enjoyed the talk story with Shad Kane, Manu Boyd, and Jesse Higa; and the Hawaiian Games. The Celebration ended with award presentations to the winners and the Grand Champion of the games.

Truly a day never to be forgotten!!