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“He Lei Aloha Ke Keiki – Children Are Our Garland of Love.”

If you’re visiting Oahu in September, make sure to check out the events of the Aloha Festivals, an annual series of free cultural celebrations. You’ll find concerts, parades, street parties (called hoolaulea) and more! This year’s theme is “He Lei Aloha Ke Keiki – Children Are Our Garland of Love”. Here are the major events scheduled this year:

Royal Court Investiture & Opening Ceremony

Saturday, September 9, 2017 @ 4:00 pm & 5:00 pm
Royal Hawaiian Hotel & Royal Hawaiian Center, Royal Grove

To kick off the festivities, the Aloha Festivals Royal Court will be introduced on the grounds of Helumoa, which was originally the home of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. At the ceremony, the king, queen, prince and princess take their place on the royal court. The Alii court members receive their royal cloaks, helmets, head feather lei and other symbols of their reign. Traditional hula and chants make this a special event in the heart of Waikiki.

65th Annual Waikiki Hoolaulea

Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Kalakaua Avenue

The Annual Waikiki Hoolaulea is Hawaii’s largest block party. Thousands of people will take to the streets along Kalakaua Avenue for food, fun and entertainment. There will be performances by the various genres of Hawaiian music and hula halau (hula schools). Hawaiian crafts and flower leis and many varieties of island cuisine will be featured throughout the event.

Annual Floral Parade

Saturday, September 30, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
From Ala Moana Park through Kalakaua Avenue to Kapiolani Park

Kalakaua Avenue comes alive with a colorful procession of female and male pau horseback riders, floats covered with Hawaiian flowers, Hawaiian music, hula halau and local marching bands.

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