Ka Mole O Na Pua Festival at Leeward Community College

A family festival celebrating sustainability through word, music and interactive activities

Leeward Community College
Bobbie Martel, (808) 455-0632
Festival Coordinator
Kathleen R Cabral, (808) 455-0524
Marketing Officer, Chancellor's Office
Posted: Apr 9, 2010

Read Alouds--Hawaiian Stories
Read Alouds--Hawaiian Stories

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day, Leeward Community College presents the Ka Mole o Na Pua Festival on Saturday, April 24, from 10am to 4pm in the campus courtyards. The daylong family event, dedicated to sustainability, offers non-stop entertainment, storytelling, food, Hawaiian games, and hands-on educational activities for young children.

The festival is free, with ample free parking. Mats, lawn chairs and coolers are welcomed.

The free festival includes:

  • Read alouds and local-style story telling
  • Hands-on activities
  • Na Mea Hawai‘i Native Books
  • Arts & crafts activities
  • Hawaiian cultural activities
  • Non-stop entertainment featuring
    ·      Brother Noland
    ·      Sista Robi Kahakalau and Jeff Rasmussen
    ·      Tony Conjugacion
    ·      Mailani
    ·      Hiʻikua
    ·      Roy Sakuma
    ·      Hawaiian mele and hula
  • Free info on “Going Green”
  • Organic food, produce and product booths

Ka Mole o Na Pua Festival is the culminating event of Earth Week celebration at the College. The name Ka Mole, Hawaiian for the main root of a plant, illustrates the relationship between kupuna and keiki. As the main root nurtures the plant, the intent of the festival is to educate and engage young people in taking care of our environment.

Festival Chair Bobbie Martel explains, “Malama i ka ‘aina, taking care of the land, ensures that she will take care of us. Sustainability is critically important for us as individuals and communities. We hope the festival offers a legacy to our keiki and future generations to do the same.”

Martel, program coordinator for Leeward CC’s Associate in Arts in Education program, is linking the festival’s hands-on and reading activities to the Leeward students studying to become teachers. Ka Mole o Na Pua Festival embraces the vision of a sustainable future. The performances and activities will cultivate a greater awareness and sensitivity to both island and global inter-dependencies.

For more information, visit: http://emedia.leeward.hawaii.edu/cs/kamole