Start off the new year of 2014 with a cultural celebration at the launch of Discover Kualoa, a new event that highlights all things rooted within O‘ahu’s Windward coast. Headlining the event is a look into the mysterious and bountiful Mōli‘i fishpond known for its origin legend of being built by menehune in one night. Everyone is invited to the launch of Discover Kualoa.

Guests will be also treated to a mix of traditional Hawaiian arts and crafts sure to please everyone in the family, including live entertainment, storytelling, lauhala weaving, poi pounding, lei making and surfboard shaping demos. For the ubiquitous gastronome, Discover Kualoa will also offer a variety of eateries via food vendors.

Discover Kualoa Ahupua'a Hakipu'u

CELEBRATE THE BOUNTY OF AHUPUA‘A HAKIPU‘U AND THE ANCIENT HAWAIIAN MOLI‘I FISHPOND AT DISCOVER KUALOA

HONOLULU, HI (December 18, 2013) – Immerse yourself in the world of the ancient Hawaiians at Discover Kualoa, a cultural celebration set to launch on Saturday, January 18, 2014. From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Kualoa Ranch, this family-friendly event will offer endless opportunities to learn about the historical valley, the sacred Mōli‘i fishpond and also participate in various activities.

Discover Kualoa will honor an important landmark in Ahupua‘a Hakipu‘u: Mōli‘i Loko I‘a, also known as the Mōli‘i Fishpond. Traditional legend says that menehune built the 125-acre pond over the course of one night—a majestic feat for a spectacular natural setting.

Throughout the day at Discover Kualoa, teachers and professionals will teach classes for attendees to learn how to make their own pieces of art using lauhala leaves. Adding to the cultural festivities, there will also be live entertainment and storytelling, poi pounding, lei making and surfboard shaping demonstrations. In addition, Discover Kualoa will have food vendors offering a mix of delicious sustenance.

January’s Discover Kualoa will kick off a three-month festival and will be followed by two more Discover Kualoa events: February 15 and March 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Each of the three events will highlight a different facet of Hawaiian culture: January will feature the Mōli‘i fishpond and ancient arts, February will celebrate Makahiki season and March will honor both traditional and modern Hawaiian song and dance. Also, the three events will be held on different parts of the ranch: January will be set in Ahupaua’a Hakipu’u, February will be held in Ahupua’a Ka’a’awa and March’s event will be in Ahupua’a Kualoa.

Tickets and tours packages will be available online at www.kualoa.com. Visit http://discover.kualoa.com/ for more information, or stay connected through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DiscoverKualoa.

Discover Kualoa 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.