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Queen Liliuokalani’s Birthday Celebration

From: “‘Lynette Cruz’ palolo@hawaii.rr.com
Subject: Sept 2 Makua Cultural Access and Celebration
Date: August 25, 2016 at 10:47:58 PM HST

Aloha kakou a pau!

Please join us as we celebrate the birthday of Queen Liliuokalani, Friday morning, Sept. 2, 2016 at Makua Valley.  Names have to be turned in to the Army no later than Tuesday, August 30.  Sorry for late notice!  We just received confirmation of access today.

What:  Queen Liliuokalani’s Birthday Celebration

When:  September 2 , 2016, Makua Valley cultural access, hosted by Malama Makua.

Start time:  9am

End time:  1pm. Folks can leave early, but cannot enter after the Army does their safety briefing.

This is a musical celebration and commemoration of the Queen’s birthday.  We are asking folks to come and share the Queen’s songs, stories about the Queen, why she continues to be important to us in 2016, the legacy she left us.

We will serve simple ono aina mea ai.  If you wish to bring food to share, please do.

Uncle George Kahumoku Flores is bringing his wonderful display about the Queen.

We will have guest speakers.

Alu Like kupuna will be joining us.

Kaukaohu Wahilani will serenade the Queen and we will join him.  We hope there will be others.

We hope to have the aunties from the Kue Petition Continues project join us.

Access into the Valley has been severely limited, so we won’t be going very far. Likely we will walk about 1/4 mile (on rocky uneven road) to the area near the ahu for Koiahi valley, pop up some canopies and hold the gathering there. If kupuna/folks will need a ride to the ahu please let us know so we can forewarn the Army.

There will be the usual signing of liability waivers, sharing circle, brief workshop on creating puolo for hookupu, range control and uxo briefing, and entering protocol.

There is a 50 person at one time limit in the Valley, and a max of 100 people for the day.

Names (as written on photo ID) need to be turned in by Tuesday August 30. Text Justin @ 753-2408 or email: luckyilivemaili@me.com

Bring photo ID, water bottle, comfortable walking footwear (bare feet ok, but the road is rocky), hat/umbrella (sun protection), beach/folding chair.  And bring all your good wishes and good energy to honor the Queen and to restore life to the valley.  You are welcome to bring your own hookupu to honor the valley, the kupuna who remain, and the Queen.

Call  Lynette @ 808-284-3460 or email palolo@hawaii.rr.com if you need more info.  Register with Justin at 808-753-2408 or email luckyilivemaili@me.com.

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