Eo e Emalani i Alaka‘i 2018
18- Left to right, Shannon Nohealani Bucasas as lady-in-waiting, Sharalyn Kahealani Bucasas as Queen Emma, and Norman Ho‘okano as Kaluahi
Kaua‘i celebrated the 30th annual Emalani Festival Kaua‘i, Eo e Emalani i Alaka‘i, at Koke‘e State Park Oct. 13. Each year, the iconic hula festival attracts several hula halau from around the state, the Mainland and even from other countries.
Sharalyn Kahealani Bucasas, a graduate from Waimea High School and the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, portrayed Queen Emma this year. The festival celebrates Queen Emma’s 1871 voyage from Lawa‘i Valley to Kilohana Lookout in Koke‘e.
The festival, co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and Hui o Laka, along with many community partners and businesses, has grown to be one of the most popular and authentic cultural events on Kaua‘i.
Rebekah Magers and Nicolai Barca
Left to right, Alice Brown, Emma Wong and Kauai Kupu
Chelsea Chock, left, and Puanani Wakuta
Linda Oshiro, left, and Sherry Harris
Left to right, Natalie Koziarski, Bryce Kubond, Lorraine Whichman, Brett Kubond, Wendy Kubond, Christine Matsumoto, Elizabeth Piccard, Sandy Howatt, Bernardo Lizarraga and Patrice Pendarvis
Christine Spath and Debbie Wakuta
Nick Kaneakua’s Halau from Anahola
Dale Rosenfeld, left, and Chris Faye
Kumu hula Leina‘ala Jardin
Sharalyn Kahealani Bucasas as Queen Emma, left, and Shannon Nohealani Bucasas as the lady-in-waiting
Left to right, Kauhi Agoun as kumu hololio, Shannon Nohealani Bucasas as lady-in-waiting, Sharalyn Kahealani Bucasas as Queen Emma, and Norman Ho‘kano as Kaluahi