The Lahaina Royal Ho'ike will celebrate the life of Princess Victoria Ka'iulani Cleghorn, Hawaii's last crown princess, with a day of entertainment and activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 16 at Moku'ula and Waiola Church in Lahaina. Hawaiian cultural and history specialists hail the celebration as a way to cultivate the Hawaiian cultura, educate the public and entertain. The festivities, at 535 Wainee St., include free entertainment by the Kahaiali'i ohana, Uncle Richard Ho'opi'i, Na Kamali'i O Ke Akua, Hiki No, the Krueger ohana, Tava Nui drummers, Kahi Kolu from the Big Island, Celtic Hart and Scottish bagpipers, among others. The celebration will culminate with an evening luau, "Lu'au O Ka'iulani," which will feature a Hawaiian feast prepared by the Royal Order of Kamehameha, music by Ho'opi'i and an onstage depiction of Ka'iulani's grace and determination as told through letters, interviews and scenes from the script "Ka'iulani, The Island Rose." Cost for the luau is $35 in advance and $40 at the door; children are $15; ages 5 and younger are free. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 250-9196 or visit www.thekaiulaniproject.com.
Photo courtesty of Lahaina Royal Ho‘ike