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Makahiki scenes from 1999

Every year since its founding in 1973 Aloha International has sponsored a Makahiki Festival, in honor of the annual Hawaiian celebrations of the pre-contact times.

The word "Makahiki" in Hawaiian means "year." In ancient Hawaii the year was calculated by the rising of the seven stars we know as the Pleiades. The Makahiki period started on the night of the first new moon after the Pleiades appeared on the eastern horizon while the sun was setting in the west. This took place around mid-November and lasted about four months. Throughout the islands it was a time of peace, thanksgiving, sharing and preparation for the new year. It was a time filled with games and contests, dancing and feasting.

The modern celebration of Makahiki on Kauai by Aloha International begins on the last Thursday of November, the American Thanksgiving Day, and lasts through the next Sunday.


THURSDAY NOVEMBER 28, 11am-4pm: MAKAHIKI POTLUCK LUAU AT KAHUNA SPRINGS. Hawaiian games, fabulous island-style food, fun, entertainment, door prizes and friends. Come one, come all to this celebration of aloha and peace. Bring a dish to share (pupus, entree, vegetable, salad or dessert). Water, punch and coffee will be available. Call Gloria King at 808-826-4449 or email her at to let her know what food you will be bringing.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 1, 10am-11:30am: Talk Story with Serge Kahili King. This is your chance to ask Serge about anything! This is a free gathering. Serge answers questions that range from Hawaiian history, to Huna and shamanism, to being more effective in your life. Hawaiian Art Museum in Princeville Shopping Center.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 1, 2pm-5pm: Workshop with Serge Kahili King. "Huna to the Rescue." A new workshop by Serge Kahili King. A collection of the best Huna techniques to use in all kinds of emergencies - mental, physical, emotional, and even spiritual. Fee is $35.

For workshop registrations and questions use the contact information below.

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