In celebration of Earth Day 2015, Hawaiian Electric Company is holding the 8th Annual Grow Hawaiian Festival at the Bishop Museum on Saturday, April 25, from 9am to 3pm. Admission is free for residents and military with ID. Free parking is available at Bishop Museum and nearby Farrington High School, Kapalama Elementary School, Damien Memorial School, and the Hawaii Carpenters Union.

In addition to the many family-friendly activities, demonstrations, and entertainment, attendees will be allowed free access to all of Bishop Museum’s many displays and exhibits. The Grow Hawaiian Festival celebrates Earth Day with a keen focus on native Hawaiian culture and arts.

The festival will feature a plant sale with a wide variety of cultural significant native Hawaiian plants, and master gardeners on hand to answer questions and offer tips on growing and maintaining native species. Activities and demonstrations will include lei-making, lauhala weaving, and jewelry and kapa cloth making by some of Hawaii’s most respected artisans.

For this year’s event, the Polynesian Voyaging Society will give a special presentation about canoe plants and provide an update on the continuing journeys of the Hokulea and Hikianalia voyaging canoes, which are now in New Zealand as part of their round-the-world mission of aloha.

There will be a variety of learning activities, games, and prizes at the Grow Hawaiian Festival, as well as ono food from a half-dozen local vendors, including Ono Pops and Kettle Corn Hawaii.

Nonprofit organizations also involved with the Grow Hawaiian Festival include Waimea Valley, the Hakipuu Learning Center, the University of Hawaii Master Gardener Program, and the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

More than just a day of fun in the sun, the Grow Hawaiian Festival welcomes attendees into all of Bishop Museums displays and exhibits. It’s a day of learning, too, about Hawaii’s past, present, and future.

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