For the past 16 years, several blocks lining the Hilo Bayfront highway become party central one night in September. This year's annual Ho'olaule'a (pronounced ho' - o - lau' - lay - ah, which means "gathering") was held last night. Thousands of us living on the Big Island show up, rain or shine for this free event, and last night was no different!
The island-style party included live music, great food and a variety of arts & crafts beginning at 5pm and didn't stop until after 10:30pm! Over 20 bands jammed and had folks of all ages movin'-and-a-groovin!
Local radio station KWXX is the mastermind behind this popular event. This year the lineup included Grammy award winner John Cruz Jr, local favorites Ho'okoa, Bruddah Waltah, Mixjah, Rebel Souljahs, Island Harmony, and Natural Vibrations. This year, we were also graced with the Air Force Band of the Pacific!
There was a lot of great local-style food available too! Chili bowl, shave ice, bruddah pops, poi balls, kalua, musubi, and loco moco to name a few!! I had already eaten dinner before heading down, but couldn't resist enjoying a spam musubi as a snack! We'll write about this local yummy favorite soon!!
Even though there was a brief rain shower - well actually it was quite a downpour! - a good time was definitely had by all!