Eo e Emalani i Alakai Festival

One of Kauai’s most talked about, authentic, and breathtaking celebrations is Eo e Emalani i Alakai Festival. It has become part of the many reasons why numerous tourists come to the island to take part and behold the unique festivities. Just like all other local celebrations, it is open to everyone, especially tourists who want to experience extraordinary merrymakings.

picture of Eo e Emalani i Alakai Festival

The festivities at Eo e Emalani i Alakai Festival will definitely entertain you!

The festival is held every second Saturday of October. Visitors who want to see the celebrations should time the bookings of their Kauai getaway around that date. The annual outdoor festivities are held in the equally famous Koke’e State Park. Rain or shine, the scheduled yearly events would always push through on the date for everyone to see, take part in, and admire.

History of the Festival

It was in 1988 when Eo e Emalani i Alakai Festival was started. Since then, it became an annual celebration open to locals and visitors alike. The festival is a colorful commemoration of Hawaiian Queen Emma Naea Rooke’s journey in 1871 from her own beach house located in Lawa’i to Kilohana Viewpoint’s upper reaches. It was noted that the Queen wanted to personally see with her own eyes the beauty of the legendary area all the way to Wainiha.

During that historic journey, the Queen was with almost a hundred companions. The group was led by a guide, Kaluahi, who was then referred to by Eric Knudsen of Waimea. Each year since the start of the festival, a specific aspect of the inspiring legacy of the Queen is highlighted and made as focus of the celebrations. This is just appropriate as a tribute to a real humanitarian leader.

What to expect

Participants and audiences to Eo e Emalani i Alakai Festival are given the extraordinary privilege to reflect on the values of the Queen, who is recorded in Kauai history for taking the people by heart. People enjoy the visual and experiential treats that only the festival can bring about.

To be expected in Eo e Emalani i Alakai Festival are historical displays and exhibitions (which usually take place from 10 in the morning until 12 noon). There is a commemoration/re-enactment of the way the Queen entered the Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow on a horseback.

Hula hulau from different parts of Hawaii offer dance numbers. Hula groups from Japan and Europe also usually come to participate in the event. And of course live Hawaiian music should never be overlooked.

Queen Emma Royal Journey Reenactment

As mentioned, there is always a re-enactment of the royal journey. Queen Emma is aptly represented by an assigned halau (hula-dancing school) woman. The entourage re-enacts the Queen’s entrance to the meadows, where they are warmly greeted by local hula dancers, who for their part chant and do special dance moves.

Guests, whether local or visitors, are always asked to properly and politely observe the royal protocol. Everyone is asked to stand during the part of the depiction when the ‘Queen’ enters and leaves her royal tent. Other activities include photo exhibits, local craft demonstrations, and social gatherings.

An Overview Of Festivals On Kauai

Are you planning a great getaway in Kauai?

You might want to plan your vacation with any of the annual festivals held in the island. The celebrations facilitate ideal opportunities to know more about the local culture. And yes, such festivals truly make holiday vacations more fun and exciting in this paradise.

Annual festivals in Kauai are different. The merrymakings welcome the participation of kamaaina (locals) and malihini (tourists). Many regular vacationers make such festivals one of their top reasons to constantly return to the island. That is because the events are not just fun but also thrilling and engaging, no other place on the planet can be as exciting.

What makes Kauai festivals unique and fabulous? As expected, there is always vibrant music along with good food. The interesting cultural themes become great opportunities to know more about its people and traditions. Entertainment and other festival activities for children are also staged. And the shopping opportunities keep on coming—turning more reasonable and festive during such feasts.

Great Cuisine

An important factor that serves as a key to the success of Kauai festivals is the unique selection of delicious delicacies (locally called ‘ono grinds’). Sumptuous dishes and food choices are staples in every annual event. There are specialties that are uniquely Kauai—no chef outside the island can replicate the dishes to be as great.

Kauai Cuisine picture

Kauai Cuisine can be spectacular, fresh and delicious!

If such foods are not served for free, you need not fret because of the fact that sampling of the most mouth-watering and hunger-quenching dishes can be possible at the most reasonable costs. Not only are local dishes featured; festivals are also great time to feast over Hawaiian, Filipino, Japanese, Portuguese, and Puerto Rican cuisines.

Lively Themes

The most lively and interesting themes showcase Kauai’s history, multicultural population, and natural flora and fauna. These elements make the island festivals interesting and educational at the same time. If you want to know more about Kauai, such annual events can facilitate the best opportunities to do so.

Kauai festivals usually feature local concerts (showcasing traditional as well as contemporary music), hula demonstrations, lei making contests, and native Hawaiian ceremonies. Unique themes vary significantly and often include reenactments/depictions of historic local events. Art shows, town celebrations, and cultural events are also expected.

Kauai Traditions And Celebrations

Regular tourists can agree that Kauai festivals are unlike any because those are not merely staged exhibitions. You can see for yourself that the events are genuine and traditional community gatherings aimed at bringing together old and new friends to enjoy the company of each other. Tourists rave about how they feel the sincerity of the locals in welcoming visitors. Be touched by the heart-warming and flattering gestures.

Admission to such festivals are usually free or if not, very minimal-priced. Locals and visitors from all walks of life are welcome and are encouraged to take part in the celebrations. You will certainly be amazed at how Kauai and its people can be so accommodating and cordial to visiting vacationers. Furthermore, the merrymakings facilitate more opportunities to explore and love the island.