Na ali‘i honored, celebrated

LIHUE — King Kaumuali‘i had a rain jacket for protection against the threat of inclement weather, Monday at the Moikeha Building atrium.

The three-foot maquette of the bust representing last independent Ali‘i Ai Moku of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau made the journey from its home at the West Kauai Visitor Center to accept a mayoral proclamation announcing October as Na Ali‘i Month with an event scheduled each weekend to commemorate na ali‘i.

“Kaua‘i i ka malie has been served and perpetuated by many wise ali‘i who have lived, loved, guided and visited her shores,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. “We wish to remember na ali‘i, their mo‘olelo, makana by honoring the various ali‘i during the month of October through special events each Saturday. We also commend the Friends of King Kaumuali‘i for their dedication in coordinating these events.”

King Kaumuali‘i, born on Kauai’s westside, will be honored during the Kaumuali‘i Ho‘olaule‘a — Na Makana Poinca‘ole, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Waimea Sugar Mill site close to his home at Papa‘ena‘ena overlooking the lands he ruled and loved.

“We celebrate Kamuali‘i and his unforgettable contributions, especially peace where he signed a treated of peace with Kamehameha to unite Kaua‘i with the windward islands to prevent bloodshed and hardship on his people,” said Maureen Fodale, the ho‘olaule‘a event coordinator. “He was devoted to education and learning, learning English and welcoming visitors to exchange ideas and trade for the benefit and well being of the Kaua‘i people.”

On Oct. 14, Queen Emma will be honored when Hui O Laka presents the Emalani Festival — Eo e Emalani i Alaka‘i at the Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow in Kokee where the queen trekked through the Alaka‘i Swam to Kilohana overlooking Wainiha Valley to Kilauea in 1871.

Lianne Yoshino will represent Emalani, riding on horseback into the meadow with her party as part of the ceremonial activity which include hula from more than a dozen halau from around the state, and elsewhere.

“Princess Ka‘iulani never came to Kaua‘i,” said Mark Jeffers of the Storybook Theater. “But if she did, she would have been the heir apparent to the throne of the Hawaiian Kingdom.”

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School sixth grade student Khelcie Brianne Naleimakanalani Rosa will portray Princess Victoria Ka‘iulani at a birthday party for the Princess, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 21 featuring hula, classical ballet, taiko, and a children’s street costume parade through Hanapepe, centered around the Storybook Theater and the Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregational Church.

Kumu Hula Leina‘ala Pavao Jardin of halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina‘ala concludes the month of celebrating na ali‘i with a hoike, Oct. 28 celebrating 21 years of hula. The halau, recognized for performing hula mele celebrating Kaumuali‘i and other Kaua‘i and Hawaiian ali‘i, will feature music and hula from kumu’s more than 200 dedicated haumana at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

Kumu closed the short presentation with an oli to Ka‘iulani.


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