Princess Ka`iulani, aka Bridget Shintani

Princess Ka`iulani, aka Bridget Shintani, on her throne at center stage in Hanapepe Town Park

Article and photos by Anne E. O’Malley

Hundreds of persons — most of them keiki — flocked to Hanapepe for a day to celebrate the 2012 Princess Ka`iulani Keiki Fest organized by the Storybook Theatre of Hawai`i. Keiki dressed as birds, fruits and just themselves, paraded with the Princess — Bridget Shintani of Niihau who attends Kula Aupuni Niihau a Kahelelani School — and her royal court, joined by bagpipers Dan Quinn and Tina Yap, honoring the part Scottish heritage of the Princess. The order of the day included a wizard scavenger hunt that took keiki groups all over the town, entertainment with music, performances by GAMEKIDS and the Princess’ classmates, ono grinds such as mango soup and veggie noodles, games and general prancing around and playing about.

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