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The Kahuli Festival commemorates the year of the kauai through a collage of photos.

Kāhuli Festival 2023

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023
3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Reduced Admission $5.00

Join us for the 2nd Annual Kāhuli Festival to celebrate the Year of the Kāhuli. This year’s festival theme will be focused on increasing capacity and building awareness. It will showcase Bishop Museum’s and its many partners’ efforts in research, conservation, and education of this rich biocultural resource, and brings together the community of research and conservation partners, along with artists and community members that represent the collective effort necessary to save these jewels of the forest and the ecosystems on which we all rely. Featured community partners include: DLNR Forestry & Wildlife | Snail Extinction Prevention Program, Laulima, Honolulu Zoo, KUPU Hawai‘i, Oahu Army Natural Resources Program, Urban Garden Center, Waianae Mountains Watershed Partnership, and more.

This is an opportunity to learn about and celebrate some of the biocultural diversity that makes Hawaiʻi unique and a place we all love to call home. The daylong program will include talks by conservationists, authors, researchers, and cultural practitioners; informational and activity booths hosted by community partners; snail captive rearing exhibits featuring live endangered and rare snails from Bishop Museum’s Hawaiian Land Snail Conservation Program and the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Snail Extinction Prevention Program; art exhibits featuring local artists, and more.

Although kāhuli is often mistakenly thought to refer primarily to the famous O‘ahu tree snails, it refers to land snails, broadly. At least 759 species of land snails are native to Hawaiʻi, and 99% of them are found nowhere else in the world. Unfortunately, most of them are critically endangered.

Program Offerings
3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Partner Booths & Activities
Great Lawn & Science Adventure Center Lawns
Pūpū Ola: Kāhuli Captive Rearing Research – Meet Live Native Snails!
Science Adventure Center – First Floor
Kāhuli Art Display & Auction
Science Adventure Center – First Floor
Snail Blazers Trading Card Game
Great Lawn
Live Drawing w/ Solomon Enos
Great Lawn
Food & Drink Stations
Great Lawn

Mainstage Timeline
3:30 p.m. – Opening Remarks
4 p.m. – Music by Ocean Music Action
5 p.m. – Keynote: Pomaika’i Kaniaupio-Crozier
Conservation manager for Pu’u Kukui Watershed Preserve
6 p.m. – Music by Aloha Got Soul
7 p.m. – Film Screening & Panel Discussion
After the Endling directed by Daniel A. Kelin II
Kāhuli directed by Christopher A. Johns
8:30 p.m. – Closing

About Bishop Museum’s Malacology Collection and Research
Bishop Museum cares for the most comprehensive collection of Pacific Island land snails in the world. The approximately 25,000 islands of the Pacific Ocean harbor more than 6,000 land snail species, most of which are only found on a single island or archipelago. Molluscs, particularly Pacific Island land snails, have the highest recorded extinction rate of any major animal taxonomic group, making the Museum’s collection all the more important. This collection houses more than 6 million specimens, of which 4 million are terrestrial snails. The other 2 million specimens represent marine molluscs with notable collections. Many of these specimens, whether terrestrial or marine, represent threatened, endangered, and extinct species, all of which are irreplaceable. Malacology staff steward this collection and are actively engaged in the research, conservation, and education of Native Hawaiian snails and the actions needed to save them.

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Date

Sep 23 2023

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3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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OPEN DAILY 9 AM – 5 PM

1525 BERNICE STREET
HONOLULU, HAWAI’I 96817

OPEN DAILY 9 AM – 5 PM

1525 BERNICE STREET
HONOLULU, HAWAI’I 96817

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