August 29th, 2012 / posted by paularath

Palama Settlement's booth at the I Love Liliha Festival

Although we don’t live far away, I had never been to the I Love Liliha Town Festival (held Sunday, August 26), but I won’t miss it ever again. It’s a great example of how a neighborhood can come together for a day of food, fun, activities and games.

Located on the corner of Kuakini and Liliha Streets, the day offered heritage tours by Firetruck Hawaii, a health fair, Keiki Zone, oral histories, Hawaiian food and lots of entertainment. I attended because Palama Settlement was a sponsor but I’ll go back just ’cause it’s a fun way to spend part of a Sunday.

Palama’s staff came up with a cute game for the keiki, “Spin to Win,” that involved no cost and taught them something about our five-acre campus.

Keiki lined up to play Palama's game.

The food was plentiful and diverse, including Italian gelato, Hawaiian plate lunch, sophisticated iced teas and hot dogs. Keiki could test themselves on a climbing wall or play Palama Settlement’s little game of “Where Is.”

It did rain a bit, but then the sun came back out again.


Bouncy houses are always popular at street festivals.

The entire block was occupied, up to Liliha Bakery, and the Long's Drugs parking lot was filled with community health-related organizations.

This is what Jerry created while I was at the Palama Settlement booth:

Love it! He totally captured the quirkiness of this lovely neighborhood.

– Paula Rath

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