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'Ikuwā Festival 2022

October 2022 · Hilo, Hawaiʻi



The ‘Ikuwā Festival is an opportunity for the community to come together, explore the rich culture of Hawaii, and strengthen relationships. The festival highlights the importance of preserving and honoring traditional ways of life and promotes collective health and well-being.


Held at the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi and co-sponsored by ‘Ohana Wa‘a and Lonoa Honua with support from Ama OluKai Foundation, the ‘Ikuwā Festival is an extension of ‘Imiloa's Wayfinding Festival, and focuses on strengthening relationships. Ka‘iu Kimura, the Executive Director of the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi, explained that the goal of the festival is to "weave the web of relationships," and highlights the importance of preserving and honoring traditional ways of life and promotes collective health and well-being. Taking place during the transition from calm summer weather to the rainy season, known as Ikuwā, Kekuhi Keali‘ikanaka‘oleohaililani, the founder of Lonoa Honua, explains that it is a time of great storms, dark clouds, roaring seas, and vibrating energy. It's a time to explore the spectrum of sound and embrace the intention of the season.


The Ikuwā Festival is an opportunity for the community to come together to engage creatively, enhance island consciousness, and recognize the impact of their actions on the environment through various activities, including canoe training demonstrations, live entertainment, storytelling, Makahiki games, a children's chant competition, and local vendors selling food and crafts.


Event Details

Saturday - Sunday, October 15-16​

10:00 am - 3:00 pm​

ʻImiloa Astronomy Center

600 ʻImiloa Place

Hilo, Hawaiʻi 96720




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