In a demonstration of the strength of unity through Kapu Aloha, a public march in support of the protection of Mauna Kea and in solidarity with kia`i, or protectors, will take place on Saturday, August 10 in Kahului. Marchers will gather at the War Memorial Stadium at 8:30 a.m. and following pule and oli, will walk from the stadium to the campus of University of Hawai’i-Maui. Marchers are encouraged to wear red, bring Hawai’i flags, and signs.
Shuttle service to the stadium from UHMC will be provided by Akina’s Transportation. Shuttles begin at 7:00 a.m. at the UHMC campus, with the last shuttle scheduled for 8:15 a.m. A short program will follow the arrival of marchers on campus. Kaho`okahi Kanuha, who has led the efforts to protect Mauna Kea, is a featured guest speaker. Speakers will also include Tiare Lawrence, Kaleikoa Ka`eo, Kahele Dukelow and Ke`eaumoku Kapu. Music by the Sons of Yeshua, known for their music about the protection of Mauna Kea, will greet marchers at arrival to the campus.
Motorists are advised to expect temporary delays as the Kapu Aloha Unity March proceeds out of the War Memorial Stadium parking lot and travels through Kanaloa Avenue through Ka`ahumanu Avenue towards UHMC.
“This is a unifying time for Maui, all are welcome in Kapu Aloha to gather and walk together to show our solidarity with kia`i, protectors of the mauna,” said march organizers Mahina Martin, Luana Kawa`a, Koa Hewahewa, and Torie Ho`opi`i
The march highlights Kapu Aloha in recognition of the higher standards kia`i are committed to in their efforts to protect Mauna Kea. Marchers are asked to reflect that as well through their peaceful and respectful participation. The march and the program that follows is a smoke, drug and alcohol-free event.
For more information about the march, call or text 385-1221.