The Hawaiian celebration of Makahiki or the “Holiday Season” begins in October each year and continues for about four months. It is a significant time of the year for Native Hawaiians.
Organized by UH Hilo researchers, over 1,000 people from around the island attended the Puna Resiliency Block Party. Organizations designed creative interactive booths, and keiki entertained with song and ukulele mele.
The event opened with a beautiful parade of people from the university and local communities dressed in colorful Filipino costumes, followed by singing, dancing, and laughter.
Many of the Earth Fair’s activities and exhibitors focused on engaging school children, ranging from kindergarten to the 12th grade.
While respect and aloha were shown, testimony occasionally included direct criticism and pointed challenges to the BOR and UH.