Makahiki game experience

Tresen Bisarra of Kapahi said he and his sister, Teresen, came to experience the Makahiki games Saturday at Ka Moku O Manokalanipo Paani Makahiki at Kapaa Beach Park.

Starting in late October — when the Pleiades cluster rose above the horizon — and continuing for four months, the Makahiki served as a period of rest when wars stopped, tributes were paid and competitive games were held in tribute of the god Lono.

The Makahiki games served not only as contests, where the strong and swift could attain recognition and rise in social classes, they also allowed warriors to stay fit during the period where peace was mandatory in reverence of Lono, states the Manaleo Hawaiian Cultural Foundation website.

Ka Moku O Manokalanipo Paani Makahiki served to bridge the gap between the ancient days and today. It was hosted by Ahahui Kiwila Hawaii O Moikeha.

Starting in Hanalei in 2014, and moving to Kapaa in 2015, the games will continue onward to the Anne Knudsen Park in Koloa in 2016.

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