By Léo Azambuja

Ilima Rivera and Na Kane o Wailuanuiahoano

Ilima Rivera and Na Kane o Wailuanuiahoano

The 8th Annual Kaua‘i Kau Wela Summer Festival provided two days of fun and cultural enlightenment at Kamokila Hawaiian Village on the banks of Wailua River.

Founded and directed by singer-songwriter Ilima Rivera, the festival was held June 24 and 25. Rivera opened the festival on both days by arriving in a double-hull canoe, along with Punohu the warrior and Na Kane o Wailuanuiahoano, the men of Wailua.

Some of the attractions included fire dancing, a torch-lighting ceremony, tahitian drummers, workshops, canoe rides, hula hoop competitions, Polynesian dance, games, crafts, music, food by the Green Pig, Ono Pops and more.

The event featured special guests Chief Heifara and singer-songwriter Larry Rivera.