By Diane Ako
The 2014 Aloha Festivals is now accepting applications for participants in the 2014 O‘ahu Royal Court and annual Aloha Festivals Floral Parade.
Aloha Festivals was first held in 1946 as Aloha Week, and over the past six and a half decades has become a celebration of Hawaiian culture, integrating the traditions and cultures of the Islands through music, dance, cuisine and art. All festivities are coordinated by a volunteer board of directors. Aloha Festivals is funded by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, corporate and private sponsorships, and sales of Aloha Festivals ribbons and merchandise.
Applicants are currently being sought for the positions of mō‘i kane (king), mō‘i wahine (queen), kamāliʻi kane (prince), kamāliʻi wahine (princess) and other court members of the 2014 Oʻahu Royal Court. Applicants must be of Hawaiian ancestry and are expected to make various appearances during their reigning year, from September 2014 to August 2015.
King and queen applicants must be 35 years of age or older; prince and princess applicants must be 16 to 18 years old. Scholarships will be awarded to the chosen prince and princess to further their education after high school. In addition, court members are also being sought to fill attendant positions.
Interested applicants for the O‘ahu Royal Court must complete an application form and supply both a headshot and full-length photo, as well as proof of Hawaiian ancestry. Applications must be received by Monday, June 30 to the Aloha Festivals Royal Court Committee, P.O. Box 15945, Honolulu, HI 96830. For more information about applying for the Royal Court, please contact Charles Kapua at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants are also being sought for the 2014 Aloha Festivals Floral Parade on Saturday, September 27 at 9 a.m. The parade runs down Kalākaua Avenue from Ala Moana Park to Kapi‘olani Park. Marching band units, floral floats, specialty car units, specialty marching units, and pā‘ū (long-skirted) and equestrian units are welcome.
Parade applications must be received by Thursday, July 31 to the Aloha Festivals Floral Parade Committee, P.O. Box 15945, Honolulu, HI 96830. For more information about the Aloha Festivals Floral Parade, please contact Toni Lee at email@example.com or parade.lady001.gmail.com.
Applications for the Oʻahu Royal Court and the Aloha Festivals Floral Parade can be found at www.alohafestivals.com (click “forms” and “download forms”).