The Hawai’i Inter-Club Council of Southern California is holding their annual Ho’olaule’a (Festival) on July 21 and 22nd this year. The spot is Alondra Park in Lawndale (here’s a map) and the festival runs from 9am to 6pm on Saturday and 9am to 5pm on Sunday. A full schedule of the entertainment is here. There will be hula halau (hula troops) and singing groups from all over So-Cal, as well as booths filled with crafts, clothing and kau kau (food).
For a kama’aina (from Hawai’i) like me, the best part will be the kau kau: manapua and spam musubi and lau lau and poi!!!11! Broke da mouth, brah! My good friend Sarah (who I went to high school with) turned me on to the festival and has attended for the last couple of years. She reports it is a great day for the whole family — bring a couple of blankets and pic-nics and hats and umbrellas and relax. This will be the first year I will finally be able to attend (though I will have to sacrifice some Harry Potter reading time) as I’ve been out of town during the ho’olaule’a for the last couple of years.
The food will be the easy/fun part. The hardest part for me, keiki o ka ‘aina (child of the land) will be the singing of the “Hawai’i Pono’i” (Hawai’i National Anthem) at the start of the day and then singing “Hawai’i Aloha” at the end. Both songs make me cry–my eyes are stinging right now just thinking about it. You can take the girl out of Hawai’i, but you can never take Hawai’i out of the girl.
(photo from Wikipedia.)