Next KWXX Hoʻolauleʻa up in the air

Ho’aikane performs in January at the 27th KWXX Ho’olaule’a in Hilo. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

Thousands of people dance and sing to Ho’aikane at the Haili stage during Ho’olaule’a on Hilo Bayfront on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

Despite the announcement that the 28th KWXX Ho‘‘olaule‘a is cancelled, county officials and event organizers remain confident the festival can still be held sometime in 2024.