Kaua‘i Mokihana Festival

24 Sep 2017 Sunday
30 Sep 2017 Saturday

Kaua‘i Mokihana Festival


Experience Kaua‘i Mokihana Festival, a week-long celebration of Hawaiian culture with many events including educational lectures, music and hula competitions.

Na Moʻomeheu O Hawaiʻi Nei – Year of Cultures of Hawaiʻi. This year’s seven-day Kaua’i Mokihana Festival, held the last full week in September since 1985, includes the following cultural events in chronological order:

Hawaiian Church Services: (September 24, 10 a.m.) No admission fee – All Welcome – Kapaʻa First Hawaiian Church, 4-1320 Kuhio Hwy.

Welcome all as we celebrate with special music; even a little hula now and then in both English and the Hawaiian languages. This event is held at the historic Kapa`a First Hawaiian Church founded by Queen Deborah Kapule in 1879. KMF volunteers and supporters provide the special music for this service that is open to all residents and visitors. After the service, all are invited to join in refreshments.

The Kaua`i Composers Contest and Concert: (Monday, September 25, 7 p.m.) $20 advance/$25 at door. Waimea Theatre, 9691 Kaumualii Hwy, Waimea. This event encourages the composition of new music through its various categories including: Hawaiian (must be in the Hawaiian language), Contemporary Hawaiian, Open and Professional. Trophies and cash prizes are awarded. Participants in this contest are inspired by sharing their personal musical creations with the Island’s people and visitors.

“Eo, E Lili`u” Children’s/Youth Music Competition (Tuesday, September 26, 9 a.m.) $10 adults/$5 Children ages 6-17 –Kaua’i War Memorial, 4191 Hardy St, Lihue; sponsored also by the Queen Lili`uokalani Children’s Center; This event allows students in the Hawaiian Immersion School Programs to compete musically by grades with songs to honor the Queen and other Hawaiian cultural topics.

Cultural Presentation: Cultural Workshop featuring Cultures of Hawaiʻi (Tuesday, September 26 and Wednesday, September 27 – 5 pm, Location TBA); Free/donation accepted. – You won’t want to miss this great opportunity to learn about the various cultures of Hawaiʻi and its values of Kuleana (responsibility) and Ho’okipa (Hospitality Kuleana is one’s personal sense of responsibility. The person possessing Kuleana, believes in the strength of accountability in the workplace and within oneself. Knowing these key Hawaiian values will make a difference in your work and life. Presented by Maka Herrod.

Hula Competition: Solo/Group Kahiko Nei, (Thursday, September 28, 6 p.m. – Admission Fee: $20 in advance / $25 at door , ASTON Kaua’i Beach Resort, Jasmine Ballroom, 4331 Kaua`i Beach Dr., Līhu’e. This event demonstrates a creative and unique idea in hula in the ancient style (kahiko) with a slight twist of Kaua’i flavor. Newer chants are encouraged by judges. Chants that are 10 years old or less get five bonus points. Three bonus points are given to chants 20 years or younger. (Also, don’t miss the 3-day craft fair in hotel lobby during hula competition.)

Hula Competition: Group `Auana, (Friday, September 29, 6 p.m. – Admission Fee: $20 in advance / $25 at door , ASTON Kaua’i Beach Resort, 4331 Kaua`i Beach Dr., Līhu’e. This is the second evening of hula competition and features Auana, modern hula. This group competition allows the hula school (hālau) to use traditional, borrowed or newly created implements to add a “contemporary” flavor to hula. This event encourages the ingenuity and creativeness of our kumu hula. Categories include Kaikamahine, Keikikane, Wahine, Kane, Kupuna and Hui/`Ohana. Come early and enjoy the island crafters.

Hula Competition Solo `Auana & Finale (Saturday, September 30 begins at 12 p.m. ) Admission Fee: $20 in advance / $25 at door, ASTON Kaua’i Beach Resort, Jasmine Ballroom, 4331 Kaua`i Beach Dr., Līhu’e. The finale cannot be missed. First, solo competition enchants the audience. Then, all the competing hālau and audience wait breathlessly to see the winners announced by the judges. This year, special solo awards are offered by Hawai’i Community Foundation.