Festivities honor King Kamehameha I

First photo: Lahainaluna 9th-grader Sisilia Hafaoka, 14, carries a makana, or ceremonial gift, during Tuesday’s King Kamehameha Day celebration at Baldwin Home Museum in Lahaina. The event honoring the legendary Hawaiian king was hosted by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation and Na Kupuna O Maui. Playing the role of Kamehameha I is Lahaina’s Fokikovi Faleta. He is attended by warrior Sanders Leon of Kahului. Kamehameha Day activities are scheduled to continue in Lahaina this weekend with the annual Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa’u Parade and Ho’olaule’a. The hoolaulea runs Saturday and Sunday at Banyan Tree Park, while the colorful Pa’u Parade down Front Street starts at 9:45 a.m. Saturday.

Second photo: Fokikovi Faleta presides over Tuesday’s celebration in honor of Kamehameha the Great, who died in May 1819. Tuesday was a state holiday for the king who unified the islands.

Third photo: Lucie Amato, 6, of Scottsdale, Ariz., tosses a spear while sampling the Hawaiian games section of Tuesday’s event.

Fourth photo: Los Angeles resident Mayra Sibrian helps son Santiago, 3, try on a palm frond headband they made Tuesday in a workshop hosted by Molokai cultural practitioner U’i Kahue.

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos