LIHU‘E — Lani Castido of Ori Uvira was named the 2011 Vahine Polynesia and Danile Sherman of Te Wai Ura Nui was presented the 2011 Tane Polynesia title following the 2011 Kaua‘i Polynesian Festival held over the Memorial Day weekend at the North Vidinha fields.
The Kamanawa Foundation’s 10th annual event drew throngs of visitors and residents to the four-day festival. They were treated to competitions in numerous categories, including a heart-stopping fire knife dance.
New to this year’s event was the “U Tink U Get Talent” competition which was taken by Tamatea Nui O Kaua‘i in the Junior division, ages 6-17, and Aimee Sato and Moana Henriques in the Senior division, ages 18 and over.
“It is with a full, grateful heart that I thank all of our competitors, craft and food vendors, sponsors, volunteers and Kaua‘i’s residents and visitors who contributed to a successful 10th Annual Kaua‘i Polynesian Festival,” said Kapu Kinimaka-Alquiza, the KPF director.
Sponsors who made the event possible include Aloha Rainbow Screening, B&B Tahitian Pearls, the County of Kaua‘i, Deli and Bread Connection, Dollar Rent a Car, the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort and Spa, Hawaiian Airlines, the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Hilo Hattie, Hula Girl Bar and Grill, the Kaua‘i Beach Resort, the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort and Beach Club, the Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau, the Malie Foundation, the Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, the Sheraton Kaua‘i, The JK Show and Wala‘au Productions.
The Kamanawa Foundation was established in 1994 with a mission to preserve, promote and perpetuate the Native Hawaiian culture, including its languages, social values, arts and crafts and music, primarily through the study of hula.
The Polynesian Festival is one of three annual events hosted by the Kamanawa Foundation. Visit www.kauaipolynesianfestival.org for more information.
Visit www.thegardenisland.com for full results of the 2011 Kaua‘i Polynesian Festival.