Apr 14, 2017 | PC Community

Enjoy the day at Hawaiian Electric’s Grow Hawaiian Festival on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Bishop Museum. This free Earth Month celebration highlights Hawai‘i’s culture, native flora, and sustainable lifestyles.

“Hawai‘i is a unique place, as much for its rich cultural history as for its beautiful natural environment. The Grow Hawaiian Festival showcases both of these elements, perpetuating the ways of Hawaiian kūpuna and caring for our ‘aina,” said Ka‘iulani de Silva, manager of education and community affairs for Hawaiian Electric.

Ongoing at the festival, attendees of all ages can enjoy a variety of fascinating and fun activities:

See all of Bishop Museum’s exhibits, including the latest: Hulia ‘Ano, Inspired         Patterns.

Listen to Nā Hoku Hanohano award winners Kuana Torres Kahele and Weldon Kekauoha, and watch hula by Merrie Monarch participants Nā Pualei O Likolehua and Ke Kai O Kahiki.

Attend the keynote presentation by Kanekoa Kukea-Shultz, executive director of Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi, and Chef Lindsey from Kāko‘o Farm. Rekindle a passion for farming sustainably, as taught by Hawaiian kūpuna, and learn creative ways to prepare the produce.

Gain insight from well-known traditional artisans on printing kapa, making lei, weaving lau hala and ‘ie‘ie to make implements, woodworking, and pounding poi. Also learn how early Hawaiians used plants for herbal and spiritual healing.

Shop at the Farmer’s Market for locally grown produce, hand-made products, and native plants. Be sure to ask the O‘ahu Master Gardeners about growing plants in our environment. 

Talk to representatives from DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Kupu Hawai‘i, and the Outdoor Circle about environmental protection programs.

Participate with your keiki in hands-on activities, educational games with prizes, and new experiences sure to capture their attention.

Then relax on the lawn and treat yourself to some ‘ono food prepared by popular vendors.

Admission to the Grow Hawaiian Festival is free for kama‘āina and military with ID. Parking is also free at Bishop Museum, Kapālama Elementary, and Damien Memorial High.

For a schedule of events and list of participants, call 543-7511 or visit www.hawaiianelectric.com/growhawaiian.

       Photo by Hawaiian Electric

   Photo by Hawaiian Electric

Photo by Hawaiian Electric

Photo by Hawaiian Electric

Photo by Hawaiian Electric