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Royal Society to Honor Kaʻahumanu’s 249th Birthday

March 6, 2017, 7:20 AM HST · Updated March 6, 7:21 AM
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ʻAhahui Kaʻahumanu members celebrate the Queen’s birthday with protocol assisted by the Royal Order of Kamehameha. File photo by Wendy Osher. (3.18.16)

The 249th birthday of Queen Kaʻahumanu will be celebrated during a series of events on Friday, March 17 and 18, 2017 on Maui.

On Friday, March 17, a celebration in honor of Queen Kaʻahumanu’s birthday will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Queen Kaʻahumanu Center in Kahului.

Members of ‘Ahahui Kaʻahumanu Society will lead the ceremony with oli (chant), pule (blessing), history, hula, mele (song) and draping of lei on the Queen’s statue.

The public is invited to bring lei for draping to Guest Services and are asked to be respectful of the queen’s statue and surrounding areas.  The ‘Ahahui Ka’ahumanu Society will be the only group to drape lei on Queen Kaʻahumanu’s statue during the actual event.

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ʻAhahui Kaʻahumanu members celebrate the Queen’s birthday with protocol assisted by the Royal Order of Kamehameha. Photo by Wendy Osher. (3.18.16)

Following protocol, Kamaʻāina Nights, presented by KPOA 93.5 FM will commence with a performance by Nahelu.

On Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the celebration continues with a birthday festival dedicated to Her Majesty that includes Hawaiian entertainment, cultural activities, educational booths and history.

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The ‘Ahahui Kaʻahumanu Society will also be on hand for further information and will sell society t-shirts to support their fundraising efforts to educate and perpetuate Queen Kaʻahumanu’s legacy.

In addition, students from kindergarten to 12th grade are invited to participate in the Queen Kaʻahumanu Student Art Contest by submitting art in any medium 8.5” x11” in size. Details are available online.

 

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