Keiki Activities
The whole ohana can enjoy
these free activities!

Visit our guest, the Bishop Museum (Honolulu), for ʻOhe Kāpala bookmark stamping. Tradionally used for stamping kapa (bark cloth), the designs are a form of Hawaiian artwork.

Also, Coloring and activity sheets from the Bishop Museum Press, along with stamps, stencils, and crayons, will be provided.

Stringing a lei of paper flowers is traditional in Hawaii's elementary schools to celebrate 'Lei Day' on the first of May.

Pacific Islanders created traditional lei of entire flowers, buds, seeds, nuts, plant fibers, leaves, ferns, seashells, bone or teeth, and more. Modern lei can be made of money, candy, or other objects.

Lei are traditional for graduations or other special occasions. Most lei are made as a gift for another.

Enjoy wearing YOUR lei as you visit the Festival. It's an easy way to get into the island spirit.
Picture of food plate called 'plate lunch'
Some need a little help
Poi 'balls'are used by Maori women performers as a rhythm instrument or accompaniment for group dances. There are two styles, the short cord and the long cord.

The short-corded poi balls accompany rapid, stylized hand movements to illustrate part of the dance and often the tapping against hand or body creates the rhythm.

The long-corded poi balls are swung aroung the body in intricate patterns. It takes a very skilled dancer to keep these in air, often with two sets at once.

Picture of young boy playing with poi ball'
Learning starts at any age
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Setting up for a game
The game of Chongka is loved by the Chamorro people of Guam. Although versions of the game are found all over the world, we utilize traditional boards from Guam. 

Chongka is played on a narrow, wooden board that is usually about 28 inches long. Seven shallow holes, each about two inches wide, run across each player’s side. At the end there is a larger shallow hole. The object of the game is to end with more playing pieces than your opponent. 

Our volunteers will be happy to teach the game and play it with you. Versions of the same game can be purchased in many stores, but for one the same as our boards you might have to go to Guam!
Konane is a two-person strategy game similar to checkers. It is traditionally played with white coral and black lava on top of a carved stone.

During Makahiki Season, Hawaiians of all ages would compete to see who was the best player. This game was also used by many Hawaiian warriors and High Chiefs to learn strategy for battle. King Kamehameha was a formidable opponent when he played Konane, many tried to challenge him but lost.

Bring a friend to challenge and see who will win!
picture of girl setting up chongka game
Player with the last move wins!
Ulu Maika is an ancient Hawaiian sport similar to lawn bowling.

This traditional pastime was played by rolling a small disk-shaped stone down a path. The player rolling the stone the furthest was the better player.

Bring a friend and compete with your skill of rolling the rock between the cones.

The beat of Tahiti!

Log drums are used all throughout Polynesia. They are used as a means of communication or as a warning system. They are also used to keep the beat in dancing.

Learn a Tahitian beat with our 'practice' drums. All ages welcome.

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