LIHUE — Award-winning hula halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leinaala, under the direction of Kumu Hula Leinaala Pavao-Jardin will open the Hawaiian Cultural Festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kauai Museum.
“We at the Kauai Museum have been presenting the different cultures of the different ethnic people that make up the population of Hawaii,” said Jane Gray, director of the Kauai Museum. “People responded well to the cultural presentations from the previous presentations including the Puerto Ricans, and more recently, the Japanese. This time, we offer the culture of the Hawaiians.”
Admission for residents is free with a calabash available for donations.
Ka Lei Mokihana O Leinaala, recipients of awards from the prestigious Merrie Monarch Hula Festival on the Big Island and the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Hula Competition on Oahu, will be offering guests a presentation on hula.
John Kaohelaulii will guide a hands-on demonstration of konane, a game which has its roots in ancient Hawaii and involves a degree of strategy because of its goal of “last move wins.”
More makahiki games, usually proliferating during the time of makahiki, will be headed up by the Moikeha Hawaiian Civic Club.