Monday, September 8, 2014

Kauai Mokihana Festival - Sept. 21-27, 2014

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Kauai Mokihana Festival Events: Sept. 21 to 27, 2014

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 The festival is a week-long Sept. 21-27 celebration, of Hawaiian culture and includes music contest, 3-day hula competition, and workshops at locations around the island of Kaua’i.
Many Hawaiian hula halau (dance schools), kumu hula (hula teachers) and individual performers have already confirmed participation and interest in the 30th  annual Kaua’i Mokihana Festival. These include: Kau’i Dalire, Keola Dalire, Wailana Dasalia, Doric Yaris, ‘Aukai La’amaikahiki & Kaau’moana Ahina Jr, Mona Yamada and Greg Lontayao; Troy Lazaro, Melissia Aki-Sugai, Puna Kalama-Dawson, Kapu Kinimaka, Leina’ala Jardin, and Anna Velasco (Kahaunaele ‘Ohana).
2014 Kaua’i Mokihana Festival Events List by Date: (all events at Kaua’i Beach Resort unless otherwise noted below)
DATE:                                    EVENT:
For detailed information on events, tickets, times and locations scroll below or visit 2014 is the Year of Na Loea O Na Mea Hana Lima (Master Crafters) and a craft fair featuring cultural products will be held during the 3-day hula competition at Kaua’i Beach Resort. TICKETS available beginning August 20th at these TICKET OUTLETS:
  1. Vicky’s Fabrics Kapa`a (808)822-1746
  2. Kaua’i Beach Resort, Lihue (808)246-5515
  3. Kaua‘i Music and Sound, Kapa‘a (808)823-8000
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE HERE or TICKET INFORMATION:   Tickets for key events:  $20 advance / $25 at door Call (808) 652-4497 and ASK FOR IWA DAWBARN BEST IDEA: GET THE MOKIHANA PASS: The Mokihana Pass was created for those who desire to support the Kaua’i Mokihana Festival and allows any person to utilize the pass at events listed below. If you are unable to make one or more events, you are welcomed to pass on your MP to someone else. The Mokihana Pass is available for sale at $75.00 per pass. Purchase in advance. The Mokihana Pass is good for admission to all of the below listed events. For event information call Maka Herrod (808)651-1868 or email:
SPONSORS INCLUDE: HTA/County of Kaua’i; Hawai’i Community Foundation; Hawaiian Airlines, A&B Foundation; Kukui’ula Development, Co.; Kauaʻi Beach Hotel; Aston Aloha Beach Hotel; Queen Liliʻuokalani Children Center; Malie Foundation

Kaua’i Mokihana Festival Fact Sheet for 2014

Kaua`i Mokihana Festival Fact Sheet Sept. 21-27, 2014
For event information call Maka Herrod  (808)651-1868 KMF Hotline: 808-822-2166
Each year, the Kaua`i Mokihana Festival celebrates the Hawaiian culture and values by presenting events coordinated by the non-profit organization, Mālie Foundation. Grants, large and small, continue to come in to support our Festival, in addition to corporate sponsors and many thousands of in-kind donations and volunteers over the years. Major sponsors include the County of Kaua`i Office of Economic Development and the Hawai`i Tourism Authority. Kaua`i Mokihana Festival also offers the Mālie Scholarship. All efforts serve to promote and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture. Donations are greatly appreciated: Mālie Foundation, PO Box 13, Kapaa, HI 96746. Sponsors for major events are needed. Call 808-822-2166 to find out more, or Festival Director: Maka Herrod (808)651-1868.
Schedule subject to change and may be updated online This year’s seven-day festival includes the following cultural events in chronological order:
Hawaiian Church Services: (September 21, 10 a.m.) No admission fee – All Welcome – Kapa`a First Hawaiian Church, 4-1320 Kuhio Hwy. Kapa’a. 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 22, 7 p.m.) $20 advance/$25 at door. Waimea Theater Celebrating its 30th anniversary as a founding event of the Kaua`i Mokihana Festival, this event encourages the composition of new music through its various categories including: Hawaiian (must be in the Hawaiian language), Contemporary Hawaiian, Open, Professional and Youth (13-15 years old). 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 23, 9 a.m.) – $10 adults / $5 keiki.  Location: Kaua’i War Memorial Convention Hall, Hardy Street, Lihue; sponsored 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.
“Under the Palms at Wailua Concert”(Tuesday, September 23, 6 p.m.) $20 / $25 at door. Join us as we celebrate our unique Hawaiian culture through hula, music, arts and crafts. The employees of the Aloha Beach Hotel, 3-5920 Kuhio Highway  Kapa’a, (808) 823-6000 at Wailua pull out all the stops to make your evening an unforgettable cultural experience. Starts at 6 pm and entertainment continues to 9 pm. Doors open at 5 pm. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Parking is available. Contact concierge desk: 822-7377 or Maka Herrod 651-1868.
Cultural Presentation: Lau Niu /  Eat, Drink & Weave Coconut (Wednesday September 24 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Free / donation accepted.  Location: Kaua’i Museum, 4428 Rice St., Lihue; Free/donation accepted.  Eugene Punzal will explain the wonderful benefits of the coconut fruit, with samples to share in different stages of its development.   Different types of basket weaving are demonstrated. All attendees will get their “hands-on” to make two coconut frond weaving toys: the buggy whip and the fish.  Space is limited to first 40 attendees. Estimated workshop time: 2 hours.
Hula Competition: Solo/Group Kahiko Nei, (Thursday, September 25, 6 p.m. ) Admission Fee: $20 in advance / $25 at door; Location: Kaua’i Beach Resort, 4331 Kauai Beach Drive, Lihue; (808)245-1955) 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.
Hula Competition: Group `Auana, (Friday, September 26, 6 p.m. ) Admission Fee: $20 in advance / $25 at door, Location: Kaua’i Beach Resort, 4331 Kauai Beach Drive, Lihue; (808)245-1955) This is the second evening of hula competition and features Auana, modern hula. This group competition allows the hula school (halau) 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, as Kaua`i’s Aloha Festival’s Royal Court will attend this event in full regalia with ceremonial entrance.
Hula Competition Solo `Auana & Finale at the Kaua’i Beach Resort (Saturday, September 27 begins at 11 a.m. ) Admission Fee: $20 in advance / $25 at door, Location: Kaua’i Beach Resort, 4331 Kauai Beach Drive, Lihue; (808)245-1955) The finale cannot be missed. First, solo competition enchants the audience. Then, all the competing halau and audience wait breathlessly to see the winners announced by the judges. Special solo hula awards are offered by Hawai’i Community Foundation.
PRESS photos are available upon request: Contact Carol Bain, 808-246-2111 Kaua’i Mokihana Festival website is updated regularly with latest announcements on this schedule: Festival Director: Maka Herrod 808-822-2166 Event Information: email
For individuals requiring an auxiliary aid or additional support to participate call Jodi Omo at 808-635-3295 ten (10) working days before the event. NOTE: a KMF professional photographer and videographer will be at major events with images for sale. Competing or other professional photographers should check with event coordinators prior – call Maka (808)651-1868.
Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at door; $5 children ages 6-17; free for children under 6.
For ticket information only, call Iwalani at (808)652-4497. For event information call Maka Herrod  (808)651-1868. email:
************** A 3-day Kaua’i Mokihana Festival Craft Fair featuring Hawaiian gifts and locally-made items will be in the lobby of the Kaua’i Beach Resort. Booth hours: (Thursday 9/25 and Friday 9/26) 3 pm to 9 pm; (Saturday, 9/27/14) 9 am to 3 pm (finale).
Food and beverage will be available for purchase on premises.
For updated information, visit KMF Website: