Storybook characters from Little Kahuna and Da Menehune come to life at Discover Kualoa on Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Ahupua‘a Ka‘a‘awa in Kualoa Ranch. Attendees are welcome to take a self-guided tour along the greenery of the beautiful valley via the Makaua Exploration Walk and meet some of the characters from the popular children’s book.
The Makaua Exploration Walk is a leisurely walk and scavenger hunt that will be set up for guests to explore anytime during the event, traveling toward the north side of the ranch. Along the way will be various landmarks and artifacts straight from Little Kahuna and Da Menehune for visitors to find. At the end of the walk, there will be photo opportunities with the story characters and a chance to meet the author, Tom Aki.
“The trail paths in the book are similar to Kualoa’s trails and mountain range. In the story, the main character Keoki discovers the long-lost ‘aumakua (family god) and connection it has to his ancestors and culture,” says author Tom Aki.
Presale admission tickets ($5+tax for adults, $3+tax for children) are available online at http://www.kualoa.com/discover-kualoa/. At-the-door prices are $7+tax for adults, $5+tax for children. Kualoa Ranch also offers an exclusive “Discover Kualoa Experience Pass,” which grants attendees various event-only tours, such as the special Discover Ka‘a‘awa Hike and Paniolo Cattle Ranch Tour, as well as Kualoa Ranch’s popular movie site tour. Admission to individual tours may also be purchased at the door.
This three month-long Makahiki festival kicked off in January. February’s event will celebrate the cultural legacy of Ka‘a‘awa and March will remember the story of Kualoa through Hawaiian song and dance. The individual events are held on different parts of the ranch: January in Ahupua’a Hakipu’u, February in Ahupua’a Ka’a’awa and March in Ahupua’a Kualoa.
Discover Kualoa, sponsored by Hawaii Gas and First Hawaiian Bank, is part of a larger campaign of events known as “Discover Our Islands” that was launched to recognize and honor Hawai‘i’s unique culture. Neighborhoods across the state — including Kaka‘ako, North Shore, Waikiki and Maui — hold similar events throughout the year, recognizing the unique characteristics and features of each area.