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National park celebrates end of Makahiki season

Updated: 
February 24, 2014 - 2:45pm

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park marked the closing of the Makahiki season with its Ohana Day.

During the free event Saturday at Aiopio Fishtrap, there were cultural demonstrations and entertainment.

Sometimes described as a combination of New Year’s and Thanksgiving, Makahiki is a celebration of the harvest, peace and prosperity; as well as a time of personal rest and renewal of spirituality and culture. It’s dedicated to the god Lono.

In old Hawaii, war and politics were forbidden during the November-to-February season. Competitions in hula, athletics and oratory were held during the celebration. Hookupu, or gifts, were also offered to Lono in gratitude for the harvest and to increase mana.