The 65th Annual Waikiki Hoolaulea took place this past Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 7 to 10pm. The event is Hawaii’s largest block party, where thousands of people take to the streets along Kalakaua Avenue for food, fun and entertainment. There were performances by the various genres of Hawaiian music and hula halau (hula schools). There were Hawaiian crafts and flower leis for sale, and of course a wide variety of ono kine’ grinds. See the full entertainment lineup here.
Following is the Tasty Island’s photo coverage of the event. There’s also a set of videos, mostly of the Makaha Sons, who gave an OUTSTANDING one hour end-of-the-night performance on the Hawaiian Airlines Stage fronting the Hyatt. Note, Makaha Sons is now made up of founding member Jerome Koko on lead guitar and vocals, with Mark Yim replacing Moon Kauakahi (now retired) on guitar and vocals and Kimo Artis replacing John Koko (passed away) on bass and vocals. The beautiful hula dancer is Malia, who is currently a flight attendant with Hawaiian Airlines, and is also training to become a commercial pilot. How cool!
Note, more photos will be added to the gallery over the next day or so, so check back again later as well.