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Waimea Paniolo Parade, Photo by Anthony Roberts

Waimea Paniolo Parade, Photo by Anthony Roberts

Autumn is right around the corner and with the change in season we can expect the air to be crisper in the morning and the landscape to appear a bit greener.  It is also the time when we honor Hawaiian culture and heritage during the Hawaii Island Festival, 30 Days of Aloha.

The ancient Hawaiians had a similar festival where they gave thanks for the harvest and to the Hawaiian god Lono.  During the Makahiki festival war was forbidden and the ancient Hawaiians celebrated peace and abundance with offerings, singing, and dancing.

Every year the committee of the Hawaii Island Festival selects a theme.  This year they have chosen, “The future is in the past.”  The idea being that by reflecting on the past and embracing the Hawaiian heritage a foundation can be built for the future.

If you’ve never been to the Big Island during the Hawaii Island Festival, you’ll want to make sure to visit Waimea for the Paniolo Parade and Hoʻolauleʻa on September 20, 2014.

Waimea Paniolo Parade

Waimea Paniolo Parade, Photo by Anthony Roberts

This festival is a local favorite featuring princesses on horseback decorated with the flowers of their respective islands.  After the parade you should head over to Waimea Ball Park for the Hoʻolauleʻa with island cuisine, games, local arts and crafts, and live entertainment.  The parade begins at 10:00 am on Church Row and the Hoʻolauleʻa at 11:00 am.  Both events are free and open to the public.

If you’d like more information about cultural events on the Big Island or one of our property listings, please get in touch with us at, MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.