JBPHH to host MAKAHIKI celebration Nov. 18

U.S. Navy file photo by MC1 Corwin Colbert

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs

The annual Makahiki at Kapuaikaula, known today as Hickam, will be celebrated at Hickam Harbor Beach at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 18.

The Makahiki, or Thanksgiving festival, will feature ho‘okupu (gift) presentations, cultural demonstrations and ancient Makahiki games.

The annual event is organized by the Oahu Council of Hawaiian Civic Clubs and provides an opportunity for military families to learn about the rich pre-western Hawaiian traditions and history of the lands surrounding JBPHH.

Before the Makahiki begins at 9 a.m., senior members of JBPHH will participate with paddlers from Kamaha‘o Canoe Club in carrying Lono, the deified guardian of agriculture, rain, health and peace to the shore.

These canoes will make a journey from Iroquois Point to Hickam Harbor. Once on shore, they will be greeted and a blast of the conch shell will announce their arrival, and the Makahiki will commence.

One of the highlights of the event is the Makahiki games.

These games were a test of strength and skill for competitors to win recognition for their prowess.

Adults and children can participate in games such as ‘ulu maika (stone rolling), moa pahe‘e (dart tossing), haka moa (one-leg wrestling) and maka ihe (spear throwing).

The event is free and open to military and civilian personnel with base access, their families and sponsored guests.

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