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!

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.