Kealakehe Elementary School students makahiki

  • Keiki learn about sailing canoes Thursday at the Kaloko Honokohau National Historical Park Makahiki Celebration for local 4th grade students. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Park Rangers teach keiki about the rock wall building skills used by old Hawaiians to create fishponds Thursday at the Kaloko Honokohau National Historical Park Makahiki Celebration for local 4th grade students. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • The blowing of the pu marks the opening of festivities Thursday at the Kaloko Honokohau National Historical Park Makahiki Celebration for local 4th grade students. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Keiki watch the opening ceremony welcoming the symbol of the Hawaiian god Lono, associated with fertility, agriculture, rainfall, music, games and peace Thursday at the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park.

  • Above: Students go on an “archeological dig”

    Right: Keiki learn about sailing canoes Thursday at the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Dominique Castillo, left offers Kealakehe Elementary School’s hookupu to Keaka Lui Thursday at the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park Makahiki Celebration for fourth-grade students. (photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

“Lonoikamakahiki! Lonoikamakahiki!” reverberated along the Kona shoreline Thursday morning as dozens of children chanted for Lono, the Hawaiian god of fertility, agriculture and peace, to join them in makahiki festivities.