Aloha Week Makahiki Festival

The Pacific 'Ohana Foundation invites you to this fun free family event held at the Kalama Marine Park

Makahiki in Hawaiian means “year” and was a four month period during the fall and winter months for ancient Hawaiians to celebrate a time of peace, sharing, and preparations for the new year.  It was a time filled with games and contests, dancing and feasting. 

The City of Kalama shares a rich history with native Hawaiians so come join us and listen to the stories shared by the original Kalama family members, watch traditional protocols, participate in ancient Hawaiian skill games and strength competitions, and take home memories that will last you a lifetime. 

Full Day of Entertainment!

Colors of Hawaii Pa’u Riders Horse Parade

Presentations by Fort Nisqually Living History Museum 

Learn and compete in traditional skill and strength games from the 1800s

Win the cash prize for the Poi Ball Competition *all skills welcomed

Visit the future site of McMenamins new Pioneer Inn

Witness a pig roasted in the traditional Hawaiian way


Lei Making

Tapa Block Printing

Poi Haka



End the day with your family at a special Hawaiian lu’au fundraiser dinner and show!


$40, kids 5yrs and under free


On the menu:

Traditional Roasted Kalua Pork,

Baked Salmon

Ahi Poke

Green Salad 

Lomi Salmon


Steamed Rice

Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

Banana Lumpia


Talk story with Dr. Tolmie and his wife and the Kalama Family for tales of life in the 1800's

Let Halau Hula O Napualani take you on a trip to the Pacific Islands as they perform hula, Tahitian, and Maori dances

Relax and unwind while you listen to beautiful Hawaiian music watching the sunset on the banks of the Columbia River

Kelso Red Lion Hotel


Motel 6 in Downtown Kalama


Live Music all day long brought to you by:
Napua and Friends
KANA with
Neal Chin
Guava Jim From GUava Jam
No Worriez

Located off Exit 30 on Interstate I-5 at the Kalama Marine Park

This event will also launch the revival of the Kalama Heritage Festival, which ran from 2005-2010, as well as the opening of McMenamins’ Kalama Hotel. Both events are expected to happen in 2018 so check back for more information!


The Aloha Week Makahiki Festival, along with the Kalama Heritage Festival, is a cultural event for the community of Kalama and the state of Washington that aligns with the Pacific ‘Ohana Foundation’s mission of perpetuating, preserving, and protecting the rich cultures of the South Pacific Basin communities. These festivals preserve the past to teach the future by showcasing the arts and literature, health and lifestyle, and historical and archival blended cultures of the native Hawaiians and Washington native families.

If you would like to sign up as volunteer, sponsor, food or item vendor, or performer please email pacificohanafoundation@yahoo.com or call 253-514-8615


Financial Support in any amount will help us cover the production costs of the Festival


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