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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM The Aloha Festivals royal court, dressed in traditional costumes, prepared recently for Thursday's investiture ceremony at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and opening ceremony at the Royal Hawaiian Center. Gerard Mahi, left, is the counselor (or kalaimoku) to King David Auwae and his wife, Queen Emily Auwae.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Atkins adjusts the lei and hair of Cecilia Momi Malina (an attendant in the royal court). Liz Hansen did the same for Uilani Kuiee, another attendant.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM "It's an opportunity to experience the culture and ... portray your ancestors in pageantry. We’re trying to keep that historical story alive so it's not lost. It's important to carry the culture on — so important." —Toni Lee / Chairwoman, Aloha Festivals parade
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Nu'ulani Atkins, left, helps Princess Joanna Patterson with her robe in preparation for the upcoming investiture and opening ceremonies.