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Celebrate Kailua Kalikimaka at Kokua Kailua (Dec. 15)

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Kailua Village, decked with holiday cheer, hosts its monthly Kokua Kailua on Sunday, Dec. 15. At 5 p.m. Kailua Village Improvement District presents a free concert by Na Hoku Hanohano award-winner Anuhea.

Joining Anuhea will be Etua Lopes’ Halau Hula Na Pua Ui O Hawaii. As always during Kokua Kailua, Alii Drive will become a pedestrian-only walkway 1-6 p.m.

Anuhea’s concert is preceded at 4 p.m. by free entertainment on the lawn at Hulihee Palace.

During Kokua Kailua visitors and residents are encouraged to stroll oceanfront Alii Drive which is closed to pedestrians only and wrap up holiday shopping from dozens of island vendors that line the street and from the many merchants of Historic Kailua Village.

The next Kokua Kailua will be Sunday, Jan. 17.

Kokua Kailua Village Stroll is sponsored by the Kailua Village Business Improvement District, Destination Kona Coast, Kailua Village Merchants Association, Hulihee Palace, West Hawaii Today and Pacific Radio Group. The program is designed to rally support for merchants and restaurants and to remind residents to shop, dine and buy local.

PALACE EVENT DEC. 15 HONORS PRINCESS

Enjoy a free Afternoon at Hulihee Palace 4-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 to remember the late Princess Bernice Pauahi.

Presenting hula and serenade by the Merrie Monarchs, the event is part of a year-long series that honors Hawaii’s past monarchs and historical figures; donations are appreciated. Kindly bring a beach mat or chair as seating won’t be provided.

Princess Bernice Pauahi is most well known as the benefactress of Kamehameha Schools. A great-granddaughter of Kamehameha I, she came of age during the Victorian Era. She was well liked and very private.

When her cousin, Kamehameha V, chose her as his successor in 1872, she declined. Her refusal ended the Kamehameha Dynasty.

During her lifetime, the princess witnessed the physical and social decline of Hawaiians. Some foreigners brought disease — the native population dwindled from 400,000 in 1778 to fewer than 45,000 a century later — and controlled most commerce. Missionaries introduced a new value system.

“Distressed by the plight of her people, Princess Pauahi created a will in 1883 as an instrument of change,” said Casey Ballao, Hulihee Palace docent coordinator. “She believed education could be the answer to help her people.”

The document established a charitable land trust overseen by trustees to improve the well being of Hawaiians. It operates as Kamehameha Schools today, one of the largest, private trusts in the nation.

“The will was the princess’s way to malama ka aina—practice the ethical, prudent and culturally appropriate stewardship of land and resources,” Ballao said.

Pauahi married Charles Reed Bishop in 1850. She and Bishop shared a love for traveling, teaching and entertaining and the couple became astute property managers.

When her favorite cousin, Princess Ruth Keelikolani died, Pauahi received her entire estate (including Hulihee Palace) and this inheritance comprised the major portion of Pauahi’s landholdings.

The princess died a year later in 1884. To honor his wife, Charles founded the Bishop Museum in 1889 to house the royal family heirlooms and her extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts.

2014 Afternoon at Hulihee schedule

All Afternoons at Hulihee present hula by Na Pua Ui O Hawaii Hula Halau and vocals by the Merrie Monarchs. Some events also include the Hulihee Palace Band and are noted below. On band dates, only kahiko hula is showcased. Other events offer a full hula show.

Jan. 19: Band appearance remembering King Charles “Lunalilo” and Aunty Iolani Luahine

Feb. 16: Event remembering Princess Ruth Keelikolani

March 16: Band appearance remembering Queen Kaahumanu and Prince Kuhio

April 13: Event remembering Prince Edward Albert

May 18: Event remembering King Kamehameha IV “Alexander Liholiho”

June 8: Band appearance remembering King Kamehameha I “Paiea”

July 20: Event remembering John Adams Kuakini

Aug. 24: Event remembering King Kamehameha III “Kauikeaouli”

Sept. 21: Band appearance remembering Queen Liliuokalani

Oct. 19: Event remembering Princess Kaiulani

Nov. 16: Band appearance remembering King Kalakaua, Palace Curator Aunty Lei Collins and Bandmaster Charles “Bud” Dant

Dec. 14: Event remembering Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop

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