Saturday Full of Events and Celebrations!

Oahu Aloha Festivals Royal Court

The Aloha Festivals are under way and just as promised the Oahu Royal Court was present for the Opening Ceremonies at Iolani Palace yesterday. They were hosted by the Royal Hawaiian Band and traditional Hawaiian chant and hula.

U.S. Air Force ThunderbirdsWhat a busy day this Saturday was! The Aloha Week Parade went as scheduled this morning and the Thunderbirds of the US Air Force graced us with their presence and showmanship in the early afternoon.

The Air Force is celebrating its 60th “Heritage to Horizons” anniversary during their Air Force Week. Honolulu is actually one of the six cities that was selected to have Air Force Week festivities and they’re doing it in conjunction with the Aloha Festivals!

This evening was certainly not without activity! The Kapolei Mele went on this evening and the first performance of The Lion King was also this evening at Blaisdell Center.

It actually worked out nicely for us that the Oahu program of the Aloha Festivals started on the 14th. The University of Hawaii Warriors played “away” at the University of Las Vegas this evening so there was no football traffic to collide with the traffic for the Kapolei Mele. People attending the Kapolei Mele Heisman Statuemust have been walking around with their radios!

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Colt Brennan took yet another step toward that Heisman Trophy as he led the Warriors to a 49-14 win over UNLV!

Mahalo to TheHeismanWinners.com for this picture!

That’s a lot for one Saturday! The weekend’s not done yet!

Central Union Church

The Royal Court will also be present at Central Union Church tomorrow (Sunday) morning. Central Union is on the corner of Punahou and Beretania Streets. Whew! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 HawaiiVacationGifts // Sep 16, 2007 at 11:46 pm

    Hi Evelyn,
    Will you have time to attend any of the events? I would love to read your first hand account of things. Do they still sell those Aloha buttons with ribbons in order to get into certain events? Or am I stuck back in the day?

  • 2 Rod // Sep 17, 2007 at 4:06 am

    Hi Evelyn,
    Good to see that you are keeping up with the progress of Hawai’i’s Heisman hopeful, Colt Brennan. Did you know that he is a very hot item on eBay? People are buying, selling and trading his autographed items like crazy. Take a look for yourself! You won’t believe it! It’s quite amazing and GREAT for the Islands of Hawai’i. Finally they have something to really cheer about. Though Aloha Week is a beautiful event; with marching bands, colorful floats etc., it’s also something that happens once a year, every year. A potential undefeated football season (ranked now at #19 in the nation) with a potential Heisman Trophy Winner, now that’s something to really get excited over. And speaking of the Heisman, the 1968 Heisman Trophy winner (O.J. Simpson) was just arrested for armed robbery in Las Vegas!!! As far as I’m concerned they should lock him up and throw away the key. What a lowlife!!! Well got to run. Please continue keeping us informed on the going ons of the Hawai’i Warriors football team!

  • 3 Evelyn // Sep 17, 2007 at 6:49 am

    Good morning, Cheryl! Yes, your memory serves you well. They do still have the ribbons and you need to have them to get discounts at certain establishments. Most of the events are free so that’s not an issue. Not sure how much I will be able to report first hand, but if I can, I will! 🙂

  • 4 Evelyn // Sep 17, 2007 at 6:56 am

    Hi Rod! What does Ebay not have their nose in?!? I dearly love the (dare I say it?) Bows! Okay, okay, Warriors. 🙂 Jason Elam is still kicking butt, except now he’s doing it in the NFL and still kicking those game-saving field goals! Someday I just know we will follow Colt in the NFL too! I know I heard someone mention Joe Montana and Colt Brennan in the same breath! Wouldn’t that be something?!?

  • 5 Carole // Sep 18, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    This all looks like such fun. I just wish that I could be there. Please do let us know more about all of the fun you’re having celebrating your wonderful homeland.

  • 6 Evelyn // Sep 18, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    Hi Carole! Ah, if only I could make it to all of the events! It is fun and often educational. One thing that I failed to mention and that the pictures cannot fully convey is the depth of the majesty and respect that goes into the investiture ceremonies. The members of the courts of the respective islands do take it seriously and treat it with every bit of the historic respect that these commemorations deserve and allow.

  • 7 kailani // Sep 20, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    I didn’t get a chance to watch the Thunderbirds but they did delay our flight home by 2 hours since it was restricted air space. Oh well . . .

  • 8 Evelyn // Sep 20, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    Yes, they delayed incoming flights, outgoing flights and surfers! 🙂 I had never heard of that happening before but I guess I never paid attention before.

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