The Makahiki season begins with the first sighting of Makalii, the constellation Pleiades, as it rises above the horizon at sunset. Itʻs the beginning of a 4 month period honoring Lono, the god worshipped for peace, prosperity, and fertility. During this season tributes were made, battles ceased, and sporting competitions thrived Hawaiians used this time to refine athletic skills, emphasize spiritual and cultural renewal, and enjoy the prosperity of their aina, land.
Makahiki Kuilima celebrates the Makahiki season The event is free and open to the public. We invite everyone to experience a day of festivities including traditional Makahiki sporting events such as hukihuki (tug of war), ulu maika (lawn bowling), uma (arm wrestling), heihei kukini (foot racing), oo ihe (spear throwing), hee holua (Hawaiian sledding), and hula. There will be artisans and crafters, educational exhibits, cultural demonstrations, and ono food.