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2012 Celebration of Aloha Makes Island Debut at the Grand Wailea

September 27, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Celebrate Hawai'i's aloha spirit at the 2012 Celebration of Aloha Friday through Sunday, Oct. 26 through 28, at the beautiful Grand Wailea Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Resort on Maui.

"Celebration of Aloha began in 1997 as a charitable event in Northern California's wine country as a way to share Hawai'i's spirit of aloha," said Leilani K_pahu-Marino, founder and partner. "We are very excited to have this event return to our islands on the beautiful shores of Wailea, Maui. We hope to increase awareness of our culture and share that wonderful spirit of aloha that has been passed down from our kupuna."

This year's celebration will benefit Malama O Na Keiki - Caring for the Health of Hawai'i's Keiki to Kupuna, Blessings in a Backpack, the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce and Foundation and the University of Hawai'i Maui Culinary Academy.

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Celebrate Hawai‘i’s aloha spirit at the 2012 Celebration of Aloha Friday through Sunday, Oct. 26 through 28, at the beautiful Grand Wailea Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Resort on Maui.

Festivities will commence on Friday, Oct. 26, with hands-on cultural workshops featuring some of the island's most talented artists, including Maui Na Kumu Hula Hokulani Holt-Padilla and Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Roland Cazimero.

The workshops will be followed by Kimo Kaho'ano's Aloha Friday Golf Tournament at the Wailea Golf Club, Emerald Course.

The evening will conclude with a traditional kanikapila, featuring award-winning entertainers, including George Kahumoku Jr., Henry Allen, Kulewa, Tarvin Makia, Albert Maligmat, Faith Ako, Hawai'i Loa and more.

Saturday, Oct. 27 will begin with Fashions with Aloha, showcasing designs by Puamana Crabbe, Hula Rock and Marlenea Salmu. Guest models and artists appearing will include Halau Pa'u o Hi'iaka, Halau o Ka Hanu Lehua, Halau Kekuaokala'au'ala'iliahi, Halau Hula o Ku'uleilanimekealohamau and 'Ulalena Productions.

Evening festivities start with a sunset reception featuring island cuisine and fine wines from the Northern California Wine Country.

The highlight of the evening is the Grand Finale Concert: He Hawai'i Au - I am Hawai'i, and the first "Ka Pouhana - Leadership Beyond the Boundaries" Recognition Presentation. Among those being honored are U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka and his family, future Saint Mother Marianne Cope and several families who have made tremendous contributions to the Hawaiian community.

Congressional candidate Tulsi Gabbard will also present a recognition award to Vaughn Vasconcellos, former CEO of Akimeka LLC and president emeritus of Alaka'ina Foundation.

Concert-goers will enjoy great entertainment from Master of Ceremonies Kaho'ano along with star performers, including the Puamana Serenaders, Roland Cazimero, Pomaika'i Keawe-Lyman, Palani Vaughan, Halau Kekuaokala'au'ala'iliahi, Ke Kai o Kahiki, Maka'ala Perry and exceptional visuals by artists Brook Parker and Leohone Magno.

Celebration of Aloha will conclude on Sunday, Oct. 28, with Kahu David Ka'upu leading a Hawaiian church service.

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