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.

Kauai Mokihana Festival

There are many interesting and unique festivals that are being celebrated in Kauai. All year round, the island never seems to run out of festivities. If you have come to the island in September, you should wait until the third week of the month to witness and participate in the celebrations of the Kauai Mokihana Festival.

picture of Hula Dancers at THe Kauai Mokihana Festival

Beautiful Hula Dancers Entertain at The Kauai Mokihana Festival

Just like all other festivals, Mokihana is an excellent opportunity to further and overwhelmingly explore the rich Hawaiian culture and hospitality of the locals. To top it all, the celebrations are open to the public. That means everyone is invited, especially the tourists who are most interested about local festivities.

Cultural festival

Kauai Mokihana Festival is a cultural celebration. The festival lasts up to seven days and consists of several events. Hula competitions are the primary come-on because hula is very much identified to the Hawaiian islands. One can never contest the fact that such competitions are not just interesting; above all, hula competitions are fun and overwhelming.

The festival is also an ideal celebration to showcase contemporary local music, Hawaiian language, and crafts. It promotes everything that is mostly unique to Kauai and the Hawaiian islands. Every year, a contest is being organized and held to showcase the extraordinary talent of qualified composers.  Musicians also take the stage through an annual concert that is usually mounted at the Kauai Community College within the festival week.

An evening is allotted for storytelling and showing of videos about musical legends. Such an activity is organized at the Kauai Museum. And who could ever resist the fun activities and celebrations held at designated beaches and parks?

The History of The Kauai Mokihana Festival

Kauai Mokihana Festival started in 1984. It was originally a single event—hula competition specifically for men. In the 1990s, the festival grew through adding competitions for hula groups, hula schools, and women hula dancers. In no time, the festival became a veritable opportunity to find unique excitement and fun.

Through the years, many other events were added to make the Kauai Mokihana Festival more fun and interesting. The festivities were extended to cover an entire week. The festival became filled with cultural activities, live music, and of course hula events. All of those spelled fun like no other to locals and tourists alike.

What to expect

Kauai Mokihana Festival has more to offer everyone. There are even stringed musical competitions and major parties held in various spots across the island. There are music, crafts, food, history talks/lectures, hula lessons, and various talent show-offs/performances. Most or all of the proceeds go directly to Malie Foundation, a local cultural organization in the island.

As the festival further gains popularity, it becomes bigger and bigger each year. It has in fact established itself as a tourism event, a reason numerous vacationers and visitors come to Kauai in the time of the year (third week of September). Thus during the weeklong event, participants and bystanders get the chance to interact with other visitors. The opportunities for more fun ensue!