If you’ve never hiked the ahupua`a at Waimea (on O`ahu’s North Shore), then the optimal chance to do so will be August 14, 2010. Waimea Valley—which was recently returned to native Hawaiians through a unique partnership between the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the City and County of Honolulu, the United States Army and the Dept. of Land and Natural Resources—will present “Pūlama ‘O Waimea” to the public in celebration of the sacred land.
The 1,875-acre valley, which has been designated a permanent preserve for native Hawaiians, people of the State of Hawai`i and the world, will be used to educate people on the ways of Hawai`i’s ancient ancestors and their connection to the land.
On August 14, the program begins at 9:00 a.m. with a family-friendly, 2-mile hike to the top of Kalahe`e Ridge. Participants will learn about various native species (and exotics) from a naturalist. (Reservations are required; children 7 years and up are invited with an accompanying adult.)
In addition, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and running until 4:00 p.m., Hawaiian artisans will demonstrate `ukulele making, lau hala weaving, feather work and weaponry usage. At the same time, a demo of Hawaiian games with the Valley's cultural programs staff will begin.
At 11:00 a.m., a native Hawaiian plant sale, as well as a Hawaiian arts & crafts marketplace will unfold. A serene Waimea Valley Garden Tour will commence at 12:30 p.m.
The afternoon (1:00 p.m.) kicks off with the Abrigo `ohana who will share traditional Hawaiian music in the Valley's Pikake Pavilion. At 1:30 p.m. a "History of Waimea Valley Tour" commences.
The evening event, a showing of the "Mighty Uke" film, will take place al fresco.
Tickets for the day are $10 per adult, $8 for keiki under 12 years of age.
For more information visit www.waimeavalley.net or call (808) 638-7766
E aloha ‘ia a pūlama ‘ia kēia 'āina kapu no nā kau a kau
(May this sacred land be loved and cherished for all ages.)
Hawaiian artisans will demonstrate `ukulele making, lau hala weaving, feather work and weaponry usage.