The Aloha Festivals, the largest Hawaiian cultural celebration in the United States, will honor Hawaii's unique ocean heritage with this year's festival theme: "No Ke Kai Kakou E — We Are of the Sea."

"Hawaii is in many ways defined by the beautiful Pacific that is a source of joy to its people and of great cultural significance," Debbie Nakanelua-Richards, co-chair of Aloha Festivals said in a release. "The declaration 'No Ke Kai Kakou E — We Are of the Sea' is a call to all to rediscover the Hawaiian culture as shaped by its ocean heritage. We hope that as people enjoy the festival, they'll step away with a deeper appreciation for the seas that unite us."

During the festival's signature events, the theme will highlight the many bonds that exist between the place and people of Hawaii and the oceans that surround the islands. The festivities kick off with the Royal Court Investiture, modeled on ancient Hawaiian royal ceremonies and held at Helumoa in Honolulu, and the Opening Ceremony on Sept 1. and conclude with the annual floral parade from Ala Moana Park to Kapiolani Park on Sept. 29. The month of activities includes a children's fair featuring live music, arts and crafts stations and demonstrations on Sept. 15 at Pearlridge Center; and the 66th Annual Waikiki Hoolaulea block party on Kalakaua Avenue on Sept. 22, with music, hula, food, artisan booths and other entertainment. 

Aloha Festivals was first held in 1946 as Aloha Week and during the past seven decades has become a celebration of Hawaiian culture, integrating the traditions and cultures of the Islands through music, dance, cuisine and art. For more information, visit
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