Festival to celebrate 30th anniversary

KAPAA – The Kauai Mokihana Festival will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the weeklong Hawaiian Cultural Festival Sept. 21-27. The festival includes the Kauai Composer’s Contest and Concert, Hawaiian cultural workshops and a three-day hula competition held at the Kauai Beach Resort.

The seven day festival begins with Hawaiian Church Services at 10 a.m. Sept. 21 at Kapaa First Hawaiian Church, founded by Queen Deborah Kapule in 1879. The service will include special music and hula and will be delivered in both English and Hawaiian languages. It is free and open to all faiths. 

At 7 p.m. Sept. 22, The Kauai Composers Contest and Concert will commence at the Waimea Theater. Celebrating its 30th anniversary as a founding event of the Kauai Mokihana Festival, it encourages the composition of new music through its various categories including Hawaiian, contemporary Hawaiian, open, professional and youth (13 -15 years old). Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

The Children’s Youth Music Competition will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 23, at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall. The event allows students in the Hawaiian Immersion School Programs to compete musically by grades with songs to honor the queen and other Hawaiian cultural topics.

Also on Tuesday at 6 p.m. will be the “Under the Palms Concert,” a celebration of Hawaiian culture through hula, music, arts and crafts. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

All attendees will get their “hands  on” making two coconut frond weaving toys: the buggy whip and the fish. Space is limited to the first 20 attendees. The workshop is free but donations will be accepted.

More events will be offered. The Mokihana pass to allow any person to utilize all events will cost $75.

All tickets are available at Vicky’s Fabrics in Kapaa, Kauai Beach Resort in Lihue, Kauai Music and Sound in Kapaa or online at maliefoundation.org. For event information call Maka Herrod at 651 -1868 or email KMFKauai@hawaii.rr.com.

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