Grow Hawaiian Festival celebrates Hawaii’s culture, environment


Hawaiian Electric presents the 8th Annual Grow Hawaiian Festival, an Earth Month celebration, on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Bishop Museum. The festival offers fascinating crafts, creative learning opportunities, fun activities for keiki, ‘ono food, and Hawaiian music.

“The Grow Hawaiian Festival highlights Hawai’i’s culture, native plants, and sustainable lifestyles,” explained Kaiulani de Silva, Hawaiian Electric manager of education and consumer affairs. “The festival extends our commitment to protect the environment, increase the use of clean energy, and encourage practices that will help conserve our natural resources.”

There will be a special presentation by the Polynesian Voyaging Society at 10:15 a.m. You can learn about canoe plants used by early Polynesian voyagers and get an update on the canoe Hōkūle’a and her support vessel Hikianalia as they continue on the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

Experience Bishop Museum’s J. Watumull Planetarium exhibit Wayfinders: Waves, Winds, and Stars. The 45-minute program, repeated throughout the day, puts you on the deck of the Hōkūle’a, as you explore traditional Polynesian navigation and find your way from Hawai’i to Tahiti.

Ongoing at the festival, watch demonstrations of Hawaiian crafts. Learn from well-known artisans how they use native plants for lei making, kapa printing, woodworking, and weaving. Pick up some native plants, and get tips on growing them from the Oahu Master Gardeners.

Shop at the Farmers’ Market for fresh fruits and vegetables and flavorful Hawaiian honey. Buy locally made products by popular vendors, including Project Runway finalist Kini Zamora.

Keiki can participate in creative activities and have fun playing games to win prizes while learning about electrical safety, clean energy, and conservation. And if you complete the festival’s “Sustainability Passport,” you can enter to win a GoPro® camera.

Relax with a lomilomi massage, then spread out on the lawn to eat some local-style food and taste how Aloha Plate won Food Network’s season four Great Food Truck Race. Enjoy hula performances by Hālau Nā Pualei O Likolehua and Hālau Ke Kai O Kahiki, plus the beautiful music of Kūpaoa and Natalie Ai Kamauu.

Festival admission, which includes Bishop Museum’s exhibits, is free for kama’āina and military families with valid ID. For details, call 543-7511 or click here.

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