Cultural celebrations start Sunday

LIHUE — Starwood Hotels and Resorts Hawaii will launch “E Hoohui Kakou (Together As One),” a week-long cultural celebration across four islands this month. The events will provide distinct experiences at each of Starwood’s 11 resorts on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island.

Working closely with the Polynesian Voyaging Society, each hotel will host Hawaiian cultural activities and events in honor of the Polynesian voyaging canoes Hokulea and Hikianalia, which are sailing around the world. The Malama Honua (to care for our earth) Worldwide Voyage, which involves both canoes, is visiting 25 ports and 26 nations to grow a global movement toward a sustainable world.

In the same manner, E Hoohui Kakou is part of Starwood Hawaii’s commitment to protecting the islands’ cultural and environmental resources.

The celebration on Kauai includes:

w At 6 p.m. Sunday, The Sheraton Kauai will host a free beachfront concert featuring Hawaiian entertainer, John Cruz.

w Opening ceremonies for the week celebration will be Monday. The ceremonies will include Hawaiian Pule, chants and hula. They will be at The Sheraton Kauai Resort, 8:30 a.m. at the Beach Lawn; The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, 9:30 a.m. at the Hula Mound at Nanea; and the St. Regis Princeville Resort at 10 a.m. in the main lobby with Kumu Hula Maka Herrod.

w At 6 p.m. Monday, at the St. Regis Princeville Waimea Room, the public is invited to talk story with Hokulea crew member Keala Kai. The talk will be moderated by local author Pam Brown. Following the talk, the movie, “The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific,” will be shown.

w Community Service Project at Waipa from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday. Activities will include clearing the auwai (irrigation canal), planting native Hawaiian plants and painting picnic tables and benches. The public is welcome. Lunch will be provided for a donation of $10 per person.

w At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sheraton Kauai Resort Courtyard, the public is invited to talk story with Hokulea crew member Dennis Chun.

The hotels will host activities throughout the week.

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