_ALH2921-63Kahului, Maui, HI – March 1, 2017 – Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, ‘Ahahui Ka’ahumanu and KPOA invite the community to celebrate Queen Ka’ahumanu’s 249th birthday on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Each month Queen Ka’ahumanu Center is dedicated to enhancing community education and awareness.  The month of March, named Let’s Celebrate Queen Ka’ahumanu’s Legacy Together, includes an array of family entertainment and activities, along with a historical display at The Story of Hawai’i History Museum.

On Friday, March 17, a celebration in honor of Queen Ka’ahumanu’s birthday will be held from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.  This special ceremony will be conducted by the ‘Ahahui Ka’ahumanu Society including oli (chant), pule (blessing), history, hula, mele (song) and draping of lei on the Queen’s statue.  Following protocol, QKC and KPOA present Kama’aina Nights with performance by Nahelu.

The ‘Ahahui Ka’ahumanu Society will be the only group to drape lei on Queen Ka’ahumanu’s statue this evening.  Public is invited to bring lei for draping to Guest Services and are asked to be respectful of the queen’s statue and surrounding areas.

On Saturday, March 18 from 10am to 2pm, the celebration continues with a birthday festival dedicated to Her Majesty that includes Hawaiian entertainment, cultural activities, educational booths and history.  The ‘Ahahui Ka’ahumanu Society will also be on hand for further information and will sell society t-shirts to support their fundraising efforts to educate and perpetuate Queen Ka’ahumanu’s legacy.

In addition, students from kindergarten to 12th grade are asked to participate in the Queen Ka’ahumanu Student Art Contest by submitting art in any medium 8.5” x11” in size.  Further details and application are available at queenkaahumanucenter.com

“We are delighted to enhance the celebration of Queen Ka’ahumanu this year by involving our community.  We are committed to honoring Her Majesty’s legacy through this annual celebration and are excited to include the student art contest, encouraging students to learn more about this powerful Queen and depict her in their own personal style”, says Toni Rojas, Marketing Director.  “The ‘Ahahui Ka’ahumanu is one of only four Hawaiian Benevolent Royal Societies.  They are committed to the legacy and perpetuation of Queen Ka’ahumanu and we are proud to join them in this special celebration”, says Rojas.

For more information, booth and contest applications, visit queenkaahumanucenter.com or visit the QKC Guest Services desk.