The 2nd Annual Ola Ka Hā Celebration struck a chord today and filled the grounds of the former royal palace with the sweet sound of Hawaiian music.
Ola Ka Hā took place at the historic Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the US.
The local Hawaiian music community put on a wonderful all day free concert. People brought their families, some chairs and blankets and set up under the trees.
Although I didn’t know much about the performers, I could hear it clearly that they were all incredibly talented.
While I listened to the music, I browsed the tents set up with local Hawaiian arts and crafts. And who can resist a good lemonade?
Since you technically can’t purchase anything from palace grounds, they set up a booth where you’d purchase a scrip, or ticket. One scrip=$1. I needed some to get my lemonade. And extra just in case, you know. For hot dogs.
Towards the end, a woman got up to dance. I thought she looked beautiful swaying and moving her arms so gracefully.
Everyone was sitting so peacefully on the grass, listening to the music. Sometimes, a light mist would drizzle down from the sky, but the rain stayed away, mostly.
I hope this continues in the years to come (and grows) as it was so nice to just listen to music all day. Hawaiian music is just beautiful.
The Ola Ka Hā celebration granted free admission for those with local ID, including the basement exhibits which are usually additional to the entrance fee. I could hear the music inside the palace which added to the audio tour effect, making it easier to imagine it the way it was back then.
Have a listen to the music!