Hawaiian traditions upheld near and far

Desires for preserving and restoring the old ways of Hawai’i were played out on Kaua’i and in Washington, D.C. last Saturday.

Here, the investiture of the royal court for this year’s Kaua’i Aloha Week observance recalled through colorful costumes and rituals the cultural ancestry of the island and Hawai’i.

In the nation’s capitol, about 300 Native Hawaiians marched to a vantage point near the White House to call attention to their quest for sovereignty.

Kaua’i resident Butch Kekau, one of the march organizers, said the event raised awareness through national media attention.

Whether the effort gets the sovereignty groups what they want remains to be seen. But they and the Aloha Week organizers can be secure in the knowledge that they are upholding traditions that matter to many.

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