While Glenn Kapahu doesn’t have any of his own children, he considers the island one big family. To celebrate, he has organized an all-day event for friends, family and anyone who wants to learn about island culture on Saturday.
Called, “In Dis Life,” the inaugural Hoolaulea held at the Waimea Canyon School Ballpark will feature lots of good food, ice cream, shave ice and a long list of entertainment.
There will be games, crafts, displays, exhibition booths, a kickball tournament and a Portuguese horseshoe throwing tournament, and jumpers and waterslides for the kids.
“I want to bring everybody together for the future of the keiki,” Kapahu said. “My goal is to start with building a cultural center with a Hawaiian meeting room.”
Entertainment will include Steven Akana, Walt and Mike Keale, Paani, Kauilani and Kalani, Elwood Machado, Kawai, Shelly and Jonah, “Cass” Castillo, Jon Olores and Da Kekaha Braddahs, Vivian Rose, Katazawa, Students from Ke Kula Niihau and Ke Kula Aupuni, Kumu Doric Yaris and his halau.
“This year it is a one-day gathering,” Kapahu said. “Next year it will be two days. You have to start somewhere. I want to do positive changes for the Westside. Maybe create a space for the keiki to come and learn about our culture and grow food.”
Event hours will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Donations are being accepted, but the event is free.