Windward Ho‘olaule‘a 2016

The 16th annual

Windward Community College
Bonnie J Beatson, (808) 235-7374
Mktg & Public Rel Dir, Chancellor's Office
Posted: Sep 6, 2016

Grab your beach chair or blanket and meet us on the Great Lawn! Family and friends are invited to the 16th annual Windward Ho‘olaule‘a on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. under giant banyans on the Windward Community College campus in Kāne‘ohe for hula, music and good times.

Windward Ho‘olaule‘a is the largest annual event on the Windward side of O‘ahu drawing up to 15,000 people islandwide. The free, family-friendly festival will feature the sounds of Brother Noland and friends, Weldon Kekauoha, Jerry Santos & Kamuela Kimokeo, Teresa Bright, Hawaiian Soul, and other top island entertainment, hula by Chinky Mahoe’s Merrie Monarch award-winning halau, unique arts and crafts, ‘ono food, keiki rides and activities, art exhibits, a college-sponsored silent auction, and educational and community displays. Schedule and details are at

Windward Ho‘olaule‘a is coordinated by the Kaneohe Business Group and Windward Community College and supported by community sponsors.

Blue Zones Project, a healthy community initiative, will celebrate its one-year anniversary in Ko‘olaupoko with healthy cooking demonstrations, spin art bikes, giveaways, a “Wine @ Five” tasting and Power 9® activities that promote making healthy choices easier.     

“We are so excited to be a sponsor for the Windward Ho‘olaule‘a to celebrate Blue Zones Project’s one year anniversary. Thanks to a shared commitment with HMSA to improve well-being in Hawai‘i, we have this unique opportunity to show residents how we are continuing to transform Ko‘olaupoko into a healthier place - where we live, learn, work and play,” said Cherie Andrade, Blue Zones Project Community Program Manager.  “Join us to learn more about the secrets to longevity, and discover how you and your ohana can all live longer, better.”

ENTERTAINMENT 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

10 a.m.            Opening oli and hula by WCC Hawaiian Studies students
10-11 a.m.       Kahalu‘u ‘Ukulele Band
(up&coming ‘uke youngsters)
11-22 p.m.       Pila Nahenahe (with slack key Master Ron Loo!)
12-1 p.m.        Hawaii Loa (traditional Hawaiian with steel guitar!)
1-2 p.m.          Hula (TBA)
2-3 p.m.          Teresa Bright (sweet-sounding Mistress of Hawaiian music)    
3-4 p.m.          Jerry Santos & Kamuela Kimokeo (Classic contemporary Hawaiian!)
4-5 p.m.          Chinky Mahoeʻs Hālau Hula o Kawaili‘ulā (Merrie Monarch award-winners!)
5-6 p.m.          Hawaiian Soul (High energy R&B!)
6-7 p.m.           Weldon Kekauoha (Hawaiian contemporary and traditional Master!)
7-8 p.m.           Brother Noland (Father of Jawaiian music!)

In addition to live entertainment, there will be special family-friendly fulldome shows at the Imaginarium:
11 a.m.  Earth, Moon & Sun
12 p.m.  Maunakea Between Earth and Sky
Cost:  $4 for all, on event day only; Reservations: Walk-in only; first-come, first-seated

GALLERY ‘IOLANI will be open from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. with 2X2, an exhibition of work from two emerging art programs at WCC—Hawaiian woodcarving and Atelier Hawai‘i.  FREE

Among the WCC attractions celebrating higher education on the Windward side will be free blood pressure readings and breast cancer awareness by students in the Nursing Pathway program as well as nutritional "Back to the Aina" demonstrations from the nursing garden, fun with Chemistry, face painting with Phi Theta Kappa honors students, a student ceramic sale and raku firing, Marine Option Program & PaCES gyotaku fish printing, math and engineering activities, a medicinal/nutritional plant sale by Botany Club members and tours to medicinal garden by Agripharmatech students, Veterinary Technology student activities for pet owners, rocketry activities for keiki, activities from Career & Community Education, and information about college and career planning.

Hotel stays, a Kamaka ‘ukulele, movie and performing arts theatre tickets, Hawaiian art and jewelry, fine art and fine wines, restaurants, golfing, Kualoa Ranch adventures, kayaking adventures, full body massages, and many items donated by vendors at the Ho‘olaule‘a will be auctioned with proceeds going to academic support services for students at WCC. Auction bid closing time is 5 p.m. at Hale ‘Ākoakoa. Check website for more info.

‘Ono food to taste include Uala Leaf Cafe, Hale o Crepes, Uncle Lani’s Poi Mochi, Pacifico Pizza, Erin’s Shave Ice, Hawaiian Plate by GP Hawaiian Foods, Olay’s Thai food, India Cafe, MySuccess Shoyu Chicken, Paradise Kettle Corn Popcorn, and Heavenly Treats! Each food vendor will offer a Blue Zones Project inspired healthy dish option.

The Kaneohe Neighborhood Board will provide information on disaster preparedness, especially for the hurricane season, and Walgreens will offer flu shots at the event once again this year (Walgreens asks that you bring insurance card).

Windward Ho‘olaule‘a also partners with the Five Rs 96744 project, which promotes positive character building among K-12 students in the area. Keiki o Ka Aina Family Learning Centers, PARENTS, Inc., Waimanalo Health Center, Kaneohe Outdoor Circle, Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club and many more community groups will be ready to share information.

COMMUNITY SPONSORS (We couldn’t do it without them!)
Flagship sponsors of the event are The Blue Zones Project/HMSA, celebrating its first anniversary, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaiian Electric Co., and HD&C (formerly Ameron Hawaii).

Other sponsors include Go Kailua Magazine, Minami Foundation, Hawaiian Memorial Park, Walgreens, First Hawaiian Bank, Enterprise Rent-a-Car Hawaii, Bank of Hawaii, Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union, KYA Design Group, Castle Medical Center, King Windward Nissan, Territorial Savings Bank, Central Pacific Bank and McDonald’s Hawai‘i.

For more information, to donate to the Silent Auction or to get involved, go online to or contact Windward Ho‘olaule‘a chair Bonnie Beatson at 235-7374. 

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