Sustainable Coastlines Hawaiʻi’s brief video recap of a historic day at Mākua on Saturday, September 22.

Halau Ku Mana students join all musicians to offer hula and mele at the end of the day, followed by the holding of hands and one of the greatest renditions of “Hawaiʻi Aloha” you will ever hear. Video by Lynette Cruz

scroll down for photos and more videos (Mahalo nunui to Kimié’s Hoku collective for many of the videos)

The Celebration of Peace in Makua on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Kulaʻilaʻi, next to Makua Beach and across from Makua Valley, was awesome! There was a massive beach clean up at 9 that morning sponsored by non-profits Na Kama Kai, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaiʻi and Protectors of Paradise. An estimated 800 people participated and filled a huge container with all kinds of junk discarded along the Makua Beach coastline. Good actions following bad actions by people who don't see value in malama aina--sad. But the outcome was awesome! Fabulous and hard-working volunteers! That was followed by Malama Makua's celebration of peace in the valley, entering into the 15th year of no live fire training. Awesome guest speakers (Vince DodgeKu Ching, Ruth Aloua, Daniel Anthony, William Aila) and singers (Starr KalahikiL Anuenue PunuaKaukaohu Wahilani, who also served as emcee) started the ball rolling. Malama Makua honored Fred Dodge for his longtime service and commitment to peace in Makua Valley.

By the time the concert started at 3 pm, the whole house (tent) was rocking! Excellent music provided by Soul Redemption, along with Na Hoku Hanohano award winners Paula Fuga, Kimié MinerRobi Kahakalau, Mike Love and so many others whose names I didn't get. Na kupuna ku'e joined us on the beach side. Youth from Halau Ku Mana offered mele and hula. It was a day to remember. Big mahalo to Na Kama Kai’s Duane Desoto and his crew of volunteers, to the awesome musicians, to the folks providing water and other kinds of services (like security and parking), to the lunch wagons that served up ono grinds, to the crew that laid out 1500 name signs and then boxed them up again in the evening, and basically to all the folks that stepped up to the plate to make this a fabulous event. It really was!

by Lynette Cruz

Pōkā Laenui gives a presentation of the current state of affairs in Hawaiʻi at the Celebration of 15 Years of Peace in Mākua.

Soul Redemption at the 15 Years of Peace celebration.

More Soul Redemption

Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winners Mike Love and Paula Fuga take the stage at the celebration of Peace in Mākua.

Nā Kama Kai founder and director Duane DeSoto, whose non-profit was the driving force of the massive clean-up of Mākua Beach and surrounding beaches on the weekend of Sept. 22-23, along with Sustainable Coastlines and Protectors of Paradise, speaks to the folks during the concert put together by Kimié Miner.

Wāhine trio featuring Kimié Miner, Paula Fuga, and Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole.

Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Paula Fuga sings “Hokuleʻa, Star of Gladness” previously recorded by Braddah Iz. Video by Lynette Cruz.

Kimié Miner, winner of this yearʻs Nā Hōkū Hanohano award for Female Vocalist of the Year, sings “Proud as the Sun,” the title track from her latest album.

Kimié Miner and the Wāhine trio sings Kimiéʻs Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning Song of the Year “Bamboo,” the Mākua All-Star Band sings about surfing, and Robi Kahakalau gets help in singing her iconic song “Mākua” at the Celebration of Peach in Mākua.

Mana Mele students joining in!

Mana Mele students during “Hawaiʻi Aloha.”