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Hawaii’s Backyard: Waimea Valley hosts Makahiki Festival in conjunction with Heiva Tu‘aro I Vaihi

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                                Visitors can try a variety of Makahiki games, including moa pahee (dart sliding) where players try to slide a torpedoshaped dart through stakes on the ground.

    COURTESY WAIMEA VALLEY

    Visitors can try a variety of Makahiki games, including moa pahee (dart sliding) where players try to slide a torpedoshaped dart through stakes on the ground.

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                                Participants compete in hakoko (wrestling), one of the Heiva Tu‘aro I Vaihi contests.

    COURTESY WAIMEA VALLEY

    Participants compete in hakoko (wrestling), one of the Heiva Tu‘aro I Vaihi contests.

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                                Hapai pohaku (stone lifting), one of the Heiva Tu‘aro I Vaihi contests.

    COURTESY WAIMEA VALLEY

    Hapai pohaku (stone lifting), one of the Heiva Tu‘aro I Vaihi contests.

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                                Hula performances are also part of the Makahiki celebration.

    COURTESY WAIMEA VALLEY

    Hula performances are also part of the Makahiki celebration.

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                                Locally made crafts will be available for sale.

    COURTESY WAIMEA VALLEY

    Locally made crafts will be available for sale.

A festival at Waimea Valley features cultural games with Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa and New Zealand in competition. Read more

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