Eo e Emalani i Alaka‘i 2019
By Léo Azambuja
16- Queen Emma, portrayed by Lesah Gail Noelani Vierra Merritt, flanked by her lady in waiting, Kawaiokanaio Vierra and her kaluahi, Norman Hookano
The 31st annual Emalani Festival Kaua‘i, Eo e Emalani i Alaka‘i, at Koke‘e State Park Oct. 12 celebrated the beloved Queen Emma and her 1871 journey from Lawa‘i Valley to Kilohana Lookout in Koke‘e.
Each year, this free event attracts several hula halau from Hawai‘i and beyond, and each halau perform for about 20 minutes for the queen, portrayed this year by Lesah Gail Noelani Vierra Merritt. Hundreds came to Koke‘e to enjoy the festival. There were also many vendors and a local food booth.
Eo e Emalani i Alaka‘i is hosted by Hui o Laka and funded partly by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, along with many community partners and businesses.
Queen Emma, portrayed by Lesah Gail Noelani Vierra Merritt
Joe Celona and Jenny Allen
Kim Rodgers, left, with Heather Abbey-Tonneson and daughters Willow (reading) and Kailani Tonneson
Megan Zareba, left, and Julia Diegmann
Carol Manoi, left, and Kawahani Kaui
Left to right, Rita Peters, Linda Oshiro and Wendy Woods
Left to right, Kealoha Takahashi, Joanne Watanabe, Patsy Nitta, Renee Takahashi, Cyd Arrington and Carolyn Newcomb
Lisa Johnston, left, and Beverly Johnston
Jill Marie Landies, left, and Irene Myiashiro
Left to right, Elizabeth Piccard, Lori Lei and Natalie Kozerski
Risa Clemmons, left, and Rita Peeters
Left to right, Bright Krinsky, Jessa Hurst and Jesse Brown
Katie Cannon and Jessie Brown
Noelani Murray, left, and Rebekah Magers