Makahiki

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii -- Colonel Giovanni Tuck, 15th Airlift Wing commander, offers a gift during the Makahiki Festival here, Nov. 14. For more than two-thousand years, the significance of Lono and his contributions to the beliefs and practices of the early Hawaiian people, influenced the celebration of events held during the Makahiki Festival throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Since Lono was the embodiment of all the characteristics of peace and welfare, all warfare was strictly forbidden during the time of the Makahiki. Since Lono represented the spiritual life-force that came out of all agricultural efforts, much feasting of every kind was done during the four months of the Makahiki. This focus on health and welfare made games of skill that tested a healthy body and mind a focal point of the Makahiki games. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Gustavo Gonzalez)

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