Makahiki events at park

The Maui News

Haleakala National Park will offer programs and activities this weekend celebrating the beginning of the Makahiki, the season of Lono, the deity of agriculture, fertility, peace and healing.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the 7,000-foot-level park Headquarters Visitor Center, staff will demonstrate ‘upena (throw net), ‘ulumaika (lawn bowling) and hula. Displays will include kaula (cordage), kuila’a (rain cape), kapa (bark cloth) and na mea ho’okani (hula instruments).

At the 10,000-foot Visitor Center on Saturday, staff will teach pala’ie (a ball and hoop game that tells the story of a bird traveling to find food for its family), ‘ulana (lauhala weaving), konane (Hawaiian checkers) and “Who plays hu?” — a Hawaiian version of a spinning top.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, there will be an evening program about traditional navigation offered at the Supply Trailhead in the Summit District along with Hosmer Grove Campground Road.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, staff in the Kipahulu District will show visitors throw net, lauhala weaving, konane and coconut weaving. Displays will include mats, baskets, fans, cordage and wa’a (canoe).

Makahiki is a period of peace and celebration marked by sports, feasting, games and hula. The season begins when the Makali’i (Pleiades) come into the night sky and lasts for about four months.