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The King’s Gala

Photo by Jack Kiyonaga

Molokai celebrated King Kamehameha I Day early this year with the King’s Gala. On Friday June 7, Molokai community members gathered at Hiro’s Ohana Grill to commemorate the third annual King’s Gala, organized by nonprofit Ho’omohala O Molokai.

Kamehameha Day has been celebrated since 1872, when King Kamehameha V established it in honor of his grandfather, Kamehameha I. This year’s celebration included a fashion show by Kalae Tangonan’s Kupu A’e Molokai, amongst musical and hula performances.

To the backdrop of Keaka Kaiama’s singing, Molokai wahine modeled Tangonan’s batik and silk screen designs.

“Every piece is original. You can’t duplicate it,” said Tangonan.

Tangonan explained that she draws inspiration “just from living on Molokai…from nature, from being Hawaiian and raising my children.”

Tylor Tanaka, one of the organizers of the event, thanked Tangonan and performers for their efforts.

“It has truly shown aloha,” said Tanaka. “[Ho’omohala’s] mission is to guide the development of Molokai through education, events and experiences. Tonight you did that.”

Molokai community members can check out more photos from the event at Hoomohala.org.


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