The Kona Times

blog showing the changes that are taking place in Kona, Hawai'i, with photographs and commentary by artist / photographer Randy Magnus.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Kupuna Hula Festival 2014

Na Kupuna O Kona Ali'i added a little Irish to the event.

Kane (men) also performed.

The Dela Cruz Brothers from Oahu were in the house.

Keala Ching had members of his halau dancing in the isles.

The Dela Cruz halau on stage.

The kumu from the different dance groups all did a hula together.

Aunty Bernie with Kumu Lani Lee and Kumu Emiko Nakano.

(photos by Randy Magnus)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Race 2014







The Koa wood canoes were present at this year's Queen Liliuokalani
Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Race from Kailua Pier to Place of Refuge
on the Island of Hawaii, as well as the fiberglass ones and the new
carbon fiber ones.

(photos by Randy Magnus)


Monday, September 1, 2014

Queen Liliuokalani Torch Parade 2014






Papa Jose put on the annual Queen Liliuokalani Torch Parade
as hundreds of torches were carried through Kailua Village.
At the Kailua Pier the dance troupe Polynesian Paradise performed.

(photo by Randy Magnus)



(video by Randy Magnus for Art TV Hawai'i)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Effects of Hurricane Iselle on Puna Rainforest







Trees uprooted, houses floated off their foundations by ocean surge.
The Puna Rainforest on the Island of Hawaii took a direct hit by Hurricane Iselle.

(photos by Randy Magnus)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Holualoa Obon Festival, 2014






The Holualoa Obon Festival was held at the Kona Koyasan Daishiji Mission,
included a shrine to feed the hungry ghosts as part of the Hatsu service.
There were three generations present for the celebration.

(photos by Randy Magnus)





Sunday, August 3, 2014

Hawi Jodo Mission Obon Service, 2014







Went to the Hawi Jodo Mission Obon Service with a Sensi from Sri Lanka,
a group of Okinawa style drummers from Oahu who dance with their drums,
and even some live music playing and singing.
It was a good chance for the locals to get together, a good time by all.

(photos by Randy Magnus)