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Bishop Museum to celebrate Makahiki season

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    “Nā Hulu Lehua: The Royal Cloak and Helmet of Kalaniʻōpuʻu,” a 25-minute documentary produced by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, will screen Nov. 10 at Bishop Museum as part of “Traditions of the Pacific - Makahiki: Its Images and Protocols.”

Every year Native Hawaiians celebrate Lono, the god of fertility, with a months-long celebration called Makahiki.

During ancient times Hawaiians would celebrate with sports activities, traditional games, feasts and religious ceremonies. Acts of war were explicitly forbidden during Makahiki.

On Nov. 10, Bishop Museum will present a lecture by Pā Ku‘i A Lua members Umi Kai, Kamilo Lara and Kaha Toledo that highlights the traditional protocols associated with the Makahiki season. The nonprofit group is devoted to the perpetuation of Hawaiian culture with a focus on the ancient Hawaiian martial art of lua.

Following the talk, Bishop Museum will present a screening of “Nā Hulu Lehua: The Royal Cloak and Helmet of Kalaniʻōpuʻu,” a 25-minute documentary produced by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs that tracks the 237-year journey of Hawaiian chief Kalaniʻōpuʻu’s feathered cloak and helmet as they make their way back home to Hawaii.

“Traditions of the Pacific – Makahiki: Its Images and Protocols” will start at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Admission is $10 plus ticket fee and parking charge; free for Bishop Museum members with valid membership card and parking sticker.

Visit bishopmuseum.org/event/makahiki-its-images-and-protocols to reserve a seat or call 847-3511 for more information.

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