Witness a Tahitian dance competition and the launching of the Kauai Aloha Festivals, or just celebrate the many uses of coconut (a Polynesian staple), with all three the focus of three separate multi-day events in Kauai’s Royal Coconut Coast region from August 3 to October 6. All three are considered signature events by the Royal Coconut Coast Association.
Already launched is the Heiva I Kauai Iorana Tahiti Cultural Festival at Kapaa Beach Park. This festival provided two full days of Tahitian dance performances and competition. It is a grass-roots cultural festival featuring solo and group performances in Tahitian dance along with traditional and contemporary Tahitian drumming competition. Dance exhibitions were performed by Oahu’s award-winning Te Vai Ura Nui; while Polynesian artists and cultural demonstrations, island foods and Polynesian crafts were also part of the event line-up. In addition, Tahitian dance and drumming workshops were provided for all levels.
On August 30, the Kauai Aloha Festivals season, which extends to October, kicks off with the Kauai Royal Court investiture and luau at Smith’s Tropical Paradise. This signature event demonstrates traditional protocol practiced among Polynesian alii (royalty, monarchy). The investiture is an annual event honoring the newest members of Kaua’i's 21-member royal family, selected every year to perpetuate Hawaiian cultural practices and protocol. After the investiture, the Royal Court will be treated to hookupu (gifts), mele (song) and hula. The investiture is followed by a special luau at Smith’s paying tribute to the Aloha Festivals season.
Meanwhile, the third event, eyed on October 5 and 6, is the 17th Annual Coconut Festival, which celebrates the many uses and practices surrounding coconut, a vital staple among Polynesian cultures. The festival also provides continual entertainment, cooking demonstrations by Kauai's signature chefs, a large gathering of Kauai artisans (featuring certified Kauai Made vendors), crafters and Polynesian products. In addition there will be coconut games, pie-eating contests, a coconut cook-off contest and hands-on activities.
The Royal Coconut Coast Association is a non-profit corporation, officially established in late 2012. The organization acts as a central source of information about features in the Wailua to Kapaa corridor of Kauai including public and private attractions, businesses and area events.
For more information, visit http://www.kbakauai.org/Pages/coconut-festival.html.