On Kaua'i, the Aloha Festival events take place between August 25th and 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.
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 * Saturday, August 25th, Royal Court Investiture at Smith's Tropical Paradise Garden, 808-821-6895, 4:30pm: This signature event is the investing of the 2012 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. Come and enjoy this cultural experience that only happens once a year. Gardens open at 4:30pm, investiture at 5:15pm. The Royal Family will be visiting different places around the island during the period of Kaua'i Aloha Festivals. Pictured here is Richard Lopaka Colipano, Mo'i Kane (king). Public is welcome.
* Saturday, August 25th, Smith's Tropical Paradise Lu`au, 5:30pm, 808-821-6895 for reservations. Witness the 2012 Kaua'i Aloha Festivals Royal Court procession through Smith's Tropical Paradise gardens on their way to enjoy a fabulous traditional Hawaiian lu`au feast. Enjoy the food, dance and music presented by the Smith 'Ohana.
* Sunday, Sept. 2nd, 10am, Hale Pule, at Kapa`a First Hawaiian Church,
Call Jo Manea 808-822-9447 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 10:00am with the procession of the 2012 Kaua'i Aloha Festivals Royal Court. Traditional hymns are sung in English and Hawaiian. Public is welcome.
* Monday, Sept. 3rd, 7:30pm - 9pm, Hawai`i Alive Review, with Wallis & Shana Punua, Kaua`i Marriott. The Hawai`i Alive Show with Wallis & Shana Punua welcomes the 2012 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. For show and lu'au, go to http://www.hawaiialiveluau.com.
* Friday, Sept. 21st,Mokihana Festival, 808-651-1868 - Maka Herrod. The 28th annual Kaua'i Mokihana Festival celebrates the year of Na Kamali`i (year of the child). 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 from 6pm - 9pm. Public is welcome. Malie Foundation contributed photo; Joe Olivas photographer. * Friday, Oct. 19th, Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Resort and Spa, Na LimaHana Festival,
808-240-6369 - Stella Burgess, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 10:00am. Check the event schedule at http://nalimahana.net. Photo of Na Kane O Keoneloa by Kai Markell.
* Saturday, October 20th, Grand Hyatt Kaua`i Resort and Spa, evening of Hawaiian Entertainment, 808-240-6369, email@example.com. Enjoy an evening of renowned Hawaiian musical entertainment, with the attendance of Kaua'i's Royal Court in this final event, wrapping up the Kaua'i Aloha Festivals 2012.