Event has people lining up to feast

First photo: There was a line to the malassada booth at the Holy Ghost Feast on Sunday in Kula as workers did their best to keep up with demand. Shown flipping the sugary, doughy Portuguese pastries into a bowl and getting them coated in sugar and packed for customers are Jocelyn Aipa (clockwise from front left), Roy Aipa, William Jacintho, Dionne Carvalho and Marra Ah Nee. The two-day event, held annually at Pentecost, came to a close Sunday. There also was a long line of people waiting to sit and eat the traditional free offering of laulau, sweet potato and poi. Kula’s Holy Ghost Feast has its origins in the 1890s when the Portuguese came to Hawaii and brought with them the devotion to the Holy Ghost and the traditions of St. Elizabeth, according to the Kula Catholic Community website.

Second photo: Some believe that the Holy Ghost Church’s octagonal shape is related to the shape of St. Elizabeth’s crown. In 1891, a replica of the crown arrived in Kula as a gift of the Azorean people. The church was completed in 1896.