National parks on Hawaii Island, Maui to celebrate Hawaiian Flag Day

Photo: NPS/Greg Cunningham

On Thursday, July 31, five national parks on Hawaii Island and Maui will simultaneously commemorate Hawaiian Flag Day (La Hae Hawaii).

The event is free, but entrance fees apply at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park and Haleakala National Park.

Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site and Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park are also participating.

The ceremony will take place from 9 a.m. to noon with the following schedule:

9 a.m. Participate in pu ohe (bamboo trumpet) demonstrations at Hawaii Island parks.

10 a.m. Presentations and Q&A by guest speakers about the history of La Hae Hawaii and Hawaii Ponoi, Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono, and aha aina, the first luau.

Noon: Honor the 1816 flag of Kamehameha I.

In 1990, Governor John Waihee proclaimed July 31 to be Hawaiian Flag Day and urged citizens to observe the Hawaiian flag and the history and traditions it represents.

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