Celebrating makahiki

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    Chelise Kahalekomo grinds out a batch of poi Wednesday during the Makahiki Celebration at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa in Poipu.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Nikol Sasan performs a hula to the tune being presented by Kahalau Leoiki Wednesday during the Makahiki Celebration taking place at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa in Poipu.

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    Onio Punzal is ready to help with the magic as Owen and Genevieve Weber of California create lei from coconut fronds Wednesday during the Makahiki Celebration at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa in Poipu.

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    John Kaohelauli‘i sets up the konane board for a match against Moani Tolentino, the cultural director at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, Wednesday during the Makahiki Celebration at the Poipu resort.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Julie Kaneali‘i of ‘Ahahui Kiwila Hawai‘i O Mo‘ikeha gets a reunion photo of Herbert and Carla Estes of California, and Wini Smith and Rose Marie Lee of South Dakota, Wednesday at the moa pahe‘e station on the games field at the Makahiki Games during the Makahiki Celebration at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa in Poipu. Smith enjoyed a reunion of sorts after learning that the Estes and Lee are both related through the Hanapi clan.

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    Koko Kaneali‘i of ‘Ahahui Kiwila Hawai‘i O Mo‘ikeha watches as Rosemary Lehardy gets a win in ‘ulu maika, Wednesday during the Makahiki Celebration at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa.

POIPU — Aunty Janet Kahalekomo was a vendor at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort &Spa on Wednesday, sharing the joys of pa‘akai (Hawaiian salt) making and her own perspective on makahiki.

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