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Turtle Bay Resort Honors Makahiki Celebration with Third Annual Festival Showcasing Traditional Hawaiian Sports


Turtle Bay Resort Honors Makahiki Celebration

with Third Annual Festival Showcasing Traditional Hawaiian Sports 

NORTH SHORE, OAHU, HI (Oct. 23, 2013) – Turtle Bay Resort, the only destination resort on Oahu’s fabled North Shore, is stepping back in time to honor the Makahiki, a traditional Hawaiian festival honoring the best in strength, competition and sport.

Turtle Bay Resort is joining the celebration for the third Makahiki Kuilima, a day filled with traditional sporting events and cultural performances, on Jan. 11, 2014. Presented by Hawaiian education programs Naepuni Aloha and Ke Kula `o S.M. Kamakau, the event is sponsored by Hawaiʻi nonprofit Kanalu and Turtle Bay Resort, among other community supporters. 

The games – traditionally held during the four months when Pleiades is visible in the night sky, often from mid-October through mid-February – will feature he‘e hōlua, where competitors slide down slopes on specialized sleds; and ‘ulu maika and moa pāheʻa, a form of “ancient bowling”, where players roll disks and wooden darts through two stakes at the end of a course. Athletes will also engage in ancient games such as hukihuki (tug of war) and ‘ō‘ō ihe (spear throwing).

“We are privileged to host some prestigious events at Turtle Bay Resort, but the Makahiki Kuilima is perhaps my favorite because it is so inclusive and authentic,” said Drew Stotesbury, CEO of Turtle Bay. “It is thrilling to watch the keiki learn more about the historical significance of the different events, especially seeing them eagerly take a ride down the resort’s holua slide.”

Additional highlights will include hula and Polynesian dance performances, and guests will be treated to Hawaiian cuisine. Educational exhibits will showcase Makahiki traditions, and artisans will demonstrate Hawaiian crafting techniques.

“Makahiki was an ancient Hawaiian post-harvest, new-year season that lasted approximately four months,” said Danna Holck, Turtle Bay Resort’s vice president and general manager. “During Makahiki, war was forbidden, and the Hawaiians spent their time celebrating the harvest, playing games, paying tribute to their chiefs, honoring the god Lono, telling stories, dancing, and feasting. We look forward to starting our new year by sharing the cultural performances and athletics of the day.”

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WHAT:              Makahiki Kuilima

WHEN:             Saturday, January 11, 2014

TIME:               8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE:           Turtle Bay Resort

PRICE:             Free and open to the public

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