Annual Queen Emma festival Saturday at Kokee

The Emalani Festival honoring Queen Emma is scheduled Saturday at Kokee State Park.

“Since its inception in 1988, Eo e Emalani I Alaka‘i has quietly become one of the most authentic and powerful Hawaiian cultural experiences in the state,” says a press release.

Each year, hula masters and their dancers help to create an event that has touched thousands, many of whom return annually to participate.

There will be live Hawaiian music, along with historical displays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Queen Emma is set to arrive at noon.

The Emalani Festival commemorates the 1871 journey of Hawaii’s Queen Emma to these upland forests.

“By focusing each year on a diferent aspect of the Queen’s inspiring legacy as a humanitarian leader, the Emalani Festival affords participants and audience an opportunity to reflect on values of a great leader who took the land to heart,” the release said.

There is limited parking and it is best to bring a mat or low chair.

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