Festivals of Aloha is a multi-island celebration that pays tribute to Hawaiian culture and the people of Maui Nui or Maui County. The celebration shares the unique island traditions of Maui, Moloka`i, Lana`i with malihini (visitors) and kamaaina (residents) alike.Travaasa’s Makana team will take part in the kick-off event, the Hana Parade and Celebration on October 19. The 2013 Grand Marshal oversees floats, vintage cars, motorcycles and local Hana groups, all preceded by the Hana Royal Court. The presentation of the coveted “Tiny Malaikini” public service award follows the parade. Also highlighted are a Hawaiian Culture Demonstration Tent, coconut baskets, Hawai`ian Nut Lei’s, Lauhala weaving, Haku lei making, plus Makahiki games for kids. The parade starts at Hana Ball Park at 11am and festivities continue until 4pm.

Later in the week-long festival, Travaasa Hana will proudly welcome visitors to the hotel for cultural games on October 24 from 10am to 12pm. Activities,  including both Ulu Maika and Niu Bowling, are open to anyone wearing a 2013 Festivals of Aloha ribbon. Ulu Maika is one of the most popular sports from early Hawai`i, traditionally played during “Makahiki” or Harvest Season. This games consists of rolling carefully crafted playing stones on specifically prepared courses. Niu Bowling, also known as Coconut Bowling, was also a popular sport played during the harvest. We use coconuts as a bowling ball and coconut shells as our pins. Despite the simple tools and rules, this game is not as easy as it sounds. Help us celebrate Harvest Season as we play with Hawai`i’s most popular fruit and revive some ancient sports.

From a fishing tournament and volleyball games to the talent show and Ho`ike night, traditional Hawai`ian culture is showcased everywhere during Aloha Week in this authentic and beautiful corner of the island.

Not staying at Travaasa Hana during Aloha Week? Not to worry. You will be able to partake in the cultural activities of Ulu Maika and Niu Bowling all month long!