Kaua'i Aloha Festivals  2011
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On Kaua'i, the Aloha Festival events take place between August 30th through October 20th. Come help celebrate Kaua‘i's Hawaiian cultural heritage at any or all of the upcoming events that are part of Kaua‘i Aloha Festivals. You will enjoy Royal Court presentations and experience outstanding cultural entertainment, food and traditions. Check out our video!

Aloha Week began in 1946 to celebrate Hawai'i's unique cultural heritage and our sense of Aloha.  In 1991, the name was changed to "Aloha Festivals" with events slated during the months of September and October - the traditional time of Makahiki (a time of peace and celebration).

Event schedule subject to change
*   Friday, August 30th: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Royal Court Investiture and Lu'au at Smith's Tropical Paradise Garden. This signature event is the investing of the 2013 Mo`i Kane (King), Mo`i Wahine (Queen), Kamali`i Kane (Prince), and Kamali`i Wahine (Princess) along with their royal court. The investiture is an annual event, honoring the newest members of Kaua'i's 21-member royal family.  The procession will begin with the blowing of the Pu (Conch Shell) which signifies the arrival of the Royal Ali`i. After the investiture, the Royal Court will be treated to Ho`okupu (gifts),  mele (song) and hula, followed by Smith's traditional lu'au.  Come and enjoy this cultural experience that only happens once a year. Gardens open at 4:30 p.m.; investiture at 5:15 p.m. The Royal Family will be visiting different places around the island during the period of Kaua'i Aloha Festivals. Pictured here are Yasumori Aalona Quentin Pomaikai, Mo'i Kane (king) and Elsie Puamailani Aloha Nakamura, Mo‘i Wahine (queen).  For information about the Royal Court, contact Lyah Drake at kauaialohafest@yahoo.com or call 808-346-6924. For reservations, go online to Smith's Tropical Paradise Lu'au. Online purchases receive a $10 discount off the regular adult rate of $88. 

 *   Sunday, Sept. 1st: 10 a.m., Hale Pule, at Kapa`a First Hawaiian Church.
Enjoy a church service, honoring Kaua'i's royal family where prayers and songs celebrate the Kaua'i Aloha Festivals season.  The Kapa`a First Hawaiian Church is part of the United Congregational Church of Christ denomination. Service starts at 10:00 a.m. with the procession of the 2013 Kaua'i Aloha Festivals Royal Court. Traditional hymns are sung in English and Hawaiian. Public is welcome. For more information, call Jo Manea at 808-822-9447.

 *   Monday, Sept. 2nd: 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Hawai'i Alive Review with Wallis & Shana Punua at Kaua`i Marriott. The Hawai`i Alive Show with Wallis & Shana Punua welcomes the 2013 Kaua`i Aloha Festivals Royal Family to a night of music. You can see the Royal Court and enjoy one of Kaua‘i's well-known entertaining family with hula, Tahitian, and the only multiple Fire Knife Dance. Call 808-651-6202 for show reservations or email walpunua@hotmail.com. For show and lu'au, go to http://www.hawaiialiveluau.com.

 *   Saturday, Sept. 7th: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kaua'i Museum 'Ohana Day, Come and enjoy time with family and friends at the Kaua'i Museum as the museum celebrates with the Aloha Festival Court, with mele (song) and music! Call  (808) 245-6931, La`a Almeida for more information.

  *   Friday, Sept. 27th:  Mokihana Festival Group Hula Competition, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Kaua'i Beach Resort.
The 29th annual Kaua'i Mokihana Festival celebrates the year of Ola Pono Hawai'i (Hawaiian Health).  This seven-day event is filled with Hawaiian culture, experiences of hula, Hawaiian and contemporary music, Hawaiian language, crafts, lectures, history and more, in support of the Malie Foundation and the Malie Scholarship. The Royal Court will be part of the festivities as well at the Kaua`i Beach Resort for the group hula competition. Public is welcome at no charge. For more information, call Maka Herrod at 808-651-1868 or go online to Malie Foundation. Contributed photo - Joe Olivas photographer.

 *   Wednesday October 9th:  6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sheraton Kaua‘i Auli‘i Lu‘au. Connect with Kaua'i's rich history and culture, traditional culinary treats and refreshing libations in an oceanfront setting. Observe Kaua'i's Royal Court procession, the offering of ho‘okupu (gifts) and enjoy the history and tributes paid to Kaua'i Aloha Festivals and the Royal Court. For reservations call Wehi Oliver at 808-634-1499 or go online to the Sheraton Kaua'i's Auli‘i Lu‘au.

*   Friday, Oct. 18th: Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Resort and Spa, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Na Lima Hana Festival.
Na Lima Hana means many hands working, as this three-day event presents a multitude of cultural and health practitioners offering activities, demonstrations, entertainment and learning experiences. Literally, many hands are working to teach and learn these fascinating skills. Learn all about lei-making, weaving with endemic plants, uses of medicinal plants, salt-making, drum-making, lomilomi (traditional massage), lau hala weaving, kapa (tapa) making, carving, ancient chants, hula kahiko and the uses of kalo (taro). Enjoy Hawaiian food and entertainment too. The Royal Court will be presented at 10:00 a.m. For more information about all the events during the Na Lima Hana Festival, check the event schedule at http://nalimahana.net or call Stella Burgess at 808-240-6369, or email stella.burgess@hyatt.com.

* Saturday, October 19th: Festival of Stars and Flavors, Noon to 7 p.m. Waimea Town. 
A celebration that will showcase the legacy of Kaua`i's last ruling monarch, King Kaumuali`i, through original compositions of  songs, chants and poems, complemented with ethnic foods provided by West Kaua`i food establishments.  The celebration will be held right in the center of Waimea with the Royal Court in attendance.  At noon there will be high ceremonies to honor King Kaumuali'i and the 'aina, Royal Court to follow.   For more information, contact Aletha Kaohi at 808-338-1332 or email technolov001@hawaii.rr.com.

*   Sunday, October 20th: 10 a.m., Hale Pule, at Kupa’a I Loko Konalima Hawaiian Church ~ Kekaha
. Kaua'i's westside community of Kekaha honors Kaua'i's royal family with pule (prayers) and mele (songs) to wrap up the  Kaua'i Aloha Festivals season.  Kupa’a I Loko Konalima Hawaiian Church ~ Kekaha is part of the United Congregational Church of Christ denomination. Service starts at 10:00 a.m. with the procession of the 2013 Kaua'i Aloha Festivals Royal Court. Traditional hymns are sung in English and Hawaiian. Public is welcome. Contact Kahu Sam (Reverend Sam) at 808-652-0524.

For more information about Kaua`i's Royal Court, contact Lyah or Michael Drake: kauaialohafest@yahoo.com or call 808-346-6924.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies and procedures to participate in this event should contact the phone number listed in connection with each event as soon as possible, but no later than five days before the scheduled event.

Sponsored, in part, by the Hawai`i Tourism Authority and the County of Kaua'i with support by the Po'ipu Beach Foundation.

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