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 Dodge, Ku Ching, Ruth Aloua, Daniel Anthony, William Aila) and singers (Starr Kalahiki, L Anuenue Punua, Kaukaohu 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 Miner, Robi 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