A fall tradition on the windward side of Oʻahu, courtesy of Windward Community College and the Kāneʻohe Business Group, the Windward Hoʻolauleʻa attracts thousands each year.
The family-friendly event features top island entertainment and supports the college’s many programs and raises money for student scholarships.
“There’ll be close to 30 Windward Community College students in the future who are going to school thanks to this event,” says Chancellor Douglas Dykstra of scholarships.
The annual event that started in 2000, honors the tradition of the Hawaiian culture on the windward side with demonstrations and activities, and a celebration of Hawaiian music and hula.
The Windward Hoʻolauleʻa is also an opportunity for Windward students, faculty and staff to educate the community about the college and its wide variety of programs.
“We are the chemistry club,” explains student Sean Osurman. “We are doing the mentos [and] coke geyser and the ice cream. What we are trying to do is expose ourselves a little bit more and make chemistry a little bit more present in our society.”
Along with student booths and demonstrations, there’s always an exhibit showcasing student art work, Imaginarium shows, arts and crafts, family friendly rides and jumpers, a silent auction and a great selection of food.
“It is absolutely wonderful. I love it,” says attendee Pamela Scott. “Absolutely. The best way to spend a Saturday.”
Ernie Vidinha agrees: “Awesome. Fabulous. Maikaʻi. This is the greatest thing to happen to this side of the island.”
From morning to night, the Windward Hoʻolauleʻa is about bringing people together and great, great music.
“I think it shows we are integrated with the community,” says Chancellor Dyksyta. “We are here to serve the community, we are here for the educational functions of the community and we are also here for fun.”