September 23, 2018 to September 29, 2018 All Day

September 23-29 Kauai Mokihana Festival. A week-long celebration of Hawaiian culture, including educational lectures and music and hula competitions. Including: Hawaiian church service, Kauai composer concert and contest, Eō E Lili’u keiki Hawaiian language song competition, and solo and group Hula competition.

Sunday, September 23, 10 am Mokihana Festival – Hawaiian Church Service

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 Kapaʻa First Hawaiian Church founded by Queen Deborah Kapule in 1879. Kauaʻi Mokihana Festival 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. Info


Monday, September 24, 7 pm Mokihana Festival – Kauai Composers Concert & Contest

Celebrating its 33rd anniversary as a founding event of the Kauaʻi 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 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. At Historic Waimea Theatre. Info and tickets


Tuesday, September 25, 9 am Mokihana Festival – Eō E Lili’u

A growing and exciting event that allows students in the Hawaiian immersion school programs on Kauaʻi to compete musically by grades with songs in the Hawaiian language. At Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall. Info and tickets


Thursday, September 27, 6 pm Mokihana Festival – Hula Competition Solo/Group Kahiko Nei

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. Please email Maka for more info Info and tickets


Friday, September 28, 6 pm Mokihana Festival – Hula Competition Group ‘Auana

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. At Kauai war Memorial Convention Hall. Info and tickets


Saturday, September 29, Noon, Mokihana Festival – Hula Competition Solo ‘Auana & Finale

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 Hawaiʻi Community Foundation. At Kauai war Memorial Convention Hall. Info and tickets