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A taste of Hawaii in Stafford

Want to experience a taste of Hawaii without leaving the ‘burg?

Island Delica-Seas, a Hawaiian restaurant in Celebrate Virginia North, will hold a Hawaiian Ho’olaule’a, or music festival, from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 11.

 Held outdoors at the restaurant at 570 Celebrate Virginia Parkway, #135, the free event will feature top talents from Hawaii and from around Virginia.

 The word Ho’olaule’a in Hawaiian means “gathering for a celebration; to preserve friendship and good will.”  The outdoor festival will feature Nohelani Cypriano, one of Hawaii’s most popular female entertainers. She has won “Na Hoku Hanohano” awards (local Hawaiian grammy awards) for “Album of the Year” and “Female Vocalist of the Year,” and performed during the half-time show of the 2010 Hawaii Bowl.

 Also featured will be Halau Ho’omau I ka Wai Ola O’ Hawai’i, the Virginia-based troupe that has entertained local audiences for more than a decade. The musicians and dancers of the halau come from diverse backgrounds and live in Virginia, Maryland and Washington.

Also performing are dancers Malia Wolfer and Breanne Rodrigues, as well as a children’s hula troupe. Vendors will sell Hawaiian arts and crafts and festival-goers can sample Hawaiian food.