Na Lima Hana Festival on Kauai Includes “Bones of Our Ancestors” Conference October 17-19

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This three-day festival on Kauai provides a host of Hawaiian cultural practitioners offering activities, demonstrations, entertainment, crafts and workshops. Na Lima Hana means "many hands working" as many hands are working to teach and demonstrate these fascinating skills.

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Kauai's Royal Court accepts a gift offering during the Na Lima Hana Festival

The Na Lima Hana Festival (meaning many hands working) brings a series of Hawaiian cultural educational events, food events and entertainment to the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, October 17-19, 2013. Many events are free of charge to the public. In addition to numerous hands-on cultural demonstrations, this year's festival includes a one-day conference hosted by the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association Kauai Chapter focusing on ancestral burials and native Hawaiian cultural traditions. Titled Na Iwi Kupuna (the bones of our ancestors), the conference is open to the public with a registration fee. The Na Lima Hana Festival also includes a “chop box” food competition, cultural tours and an evening of Hawaiian entertainment. The “chop box” competition is similar to the popular “chopped box” program on The Food Network television channel. Four amateur and four professional teams will compete to prepare an entrée from local food products. All events throughout the Na Lima Hana Festival are organized to perpetuate Hawaii's cultural traditions. For more information, go to

In addition the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association Kaua‘i (HLTA-Kauai) will host a conference that includes a cultural tour on Kauai’s south shore, and sessions on gathering, cleaning and creating native Hawaiian arts from indigenous plants. As part of the series of events, a three-day intensive workshop on how to write grants for funding from the American Native Administration (ANA) is also scheduled. ANA is an organization devoted to Native American programs and enhancements including those for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

All of the different events throughout the Na Lima Hana Festival are organized to perpetuate Hawaii's cultural traditions. Hawaiian arts, native customs, cultural health practices and time-honored traditions are demonstrated in an inter-active learning environment. Participants are taught the essentials via hands-on learning experiences. This festival is the last in a series of events grouped within the Kauai Aloha Festivals.

These events are sponsored, in part, by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Kauai County and the Poipu Beach Foundation. For more information contact Stella Burgess, director of Hawaiian culture and community affairs at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, 808-240-6360 or stella(dot)burgess(at)hyatt(dot)com.

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