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.
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.
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!