33rd Annual Ho‘omau Postponed

March 12, 2020, 1:15 PM HST · Updated March 13, 12:50 AM
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Pūnana Leo o Maui’s annual Hoʻomau 2020 that was scheduled for Saturday, March 28, has been postponed to a later date amid concerns related to COVID-19 or the coronavirus.

The event, will tentatively be rescheduled to June 27; however that date is pending community impacts of the ongoing COVID-19.  The school will continue to monitor and assess the situation as the new date approaches.

Those who already purchased tickets are asked to hold onto them, as they will be honored for the rescheduled event.

Anyone with questions is asked to call event chair Kaeo at (808) 298-4335.

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The event is presented by Nā Leo Pūlama o Maui, the parent support group of Pūnana Leo o Maui Hawaiian Language Immersion Preschool.  The theme of this year’s event is “I Mau o Hawai’i He ‘āina Aloha,” which is roughly translated as “In order to preserve Hawaiʻi as a beloved homeland.”

“We shall protect and be loyal to our ʻāina so that Hawaiʻi remains an ʻāina aloha. We shall honor our kūpuna so that Hawaiʻi remains an ʻāina aloha. We shall increase and preserve our nation so that Hawaiʻi remains an ʻāina aloha. We shall speak Hawaiian so that Hawaiʻi remains an ʻāina aloha. We shall seek knowledge so that Hawaiʻi remains an ʻāina aloha. We shall carry our responsibilities so that Hawaiʻi remains an ʻāina aloha,” the event website read, describing the meaning behind the theme.

“We all may come from different backgrounds, different up-bringings and we all may have different professions and careers, but living in Hawaiʻi, we all have kuleana. Kuleana to our ʻohana, kuleana to our kaiāulu (community) and greater kuleana to our lāhui. Whether we are conscious of it or not, we all do what we do, so that we ensure Hawaiʻi remains an ʻāina aloha, that Hawaiʻi remains Hawaiʻi; our land, our language, our culture, our people; he Hawaiʻi. I mau ʻo Hawaiʻi he ʻāina aloha.”

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