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OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Merrie Monarch 2023

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is proud to present a variety of cultural workshops and educational panels inspired by the legacy of King Kalākaua and his notable contributions toward the perpetuation of Hawaiian culture and advocacy for Native rights. The programming will take place during the 60th Merrie Monarch Festival – a celebration that honors King Kalākaua who was affectionately known as the “Merrie Monarch.”

All sessions are being hosted at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center at 76 Kamehameha Ave. (corner of Kamehameha and Waiānuenue Ave.) Space is limited. Please register to reserve your seat for the hands on, in-person cultural workshops.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Ulana Lauhala Workshop 1
10:00-11:00 a.m.
‘Aha Puhala O Puna will share about the various types of hala, preparations to start any ulana project, and will lead group in making a lauhala bracelet.
Ulana Lauhala Workshop 2
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
‘Aha Puhala O Puna will share about the various types of hala, preparations to start any ulana project, and will lead group in making a lauhala bracelet.
History of Kalākaua Presentation*
1:00-3:00 p.m.
A panel discussion will explore the history of King Kalākaua and his advocacy for hula, ‘ike kūpuna, and other traditional and customary rights. Take a look at civic engagement and how Native Hawaiian rights benefit all who call Hawai‘i home.
Thursday, April 13, 2023
Kaulana Mahina Workshop (Hawaiian Moon Calendar)
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Haunani Miyasato will share about Pō Mahina (moon phases), Malama (lunar months), Kaulana Mahina (moon calendar) in relation to mea kanu (planting) and hula plants like ‘ōlena (turmeric), lā‘ī (tī), ‘ōhi‘a lehua and palapalai (a fern).
Kumu Kānāwai Pre and Post Hawaiian Kingdom Panel Discussion*
1:00-3:00 p.m.
A panel discussion on Kumu Kānāwai Pre- and Post-Kingdom. The evolution of Kumu Kānāwai, how we benefit from this today, and how we incorporate it into our lives as Kānaka Maoli.
Friday, April 14, 2023
Waiwai ka ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i Panel Discussion*
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
The next generation of Hawaiian language speakers discuss the value of ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i today and its vital role in improving economic development, housing, heathcare, education, stewardship and overall community development.
Hula Workshop
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Kumu Hula Kaenaaloha Hopkins will share her hula mo‘okū‘auhau and discussion of Aunty Maiki Aiu’s definition of hula as the Hawaiian dance expressing all we see, hear, smell, taste, touch and feel. Learn a hula. For all learning levels.

*Panel discussions and presentations will be livestreamed on OHA’s Facebook page @officeofhawaiianaffairs. Seating at the live discussion panels is available on a first come, first served basis.

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