Article by Pam Woolway from http://www.forkauaionline.com/
Photo by Michael Drake
Three weekends of October are dedicated to the final celebrations of the Kaua`i Aloha Festival season that began the end of August. September and October are the traditional time of Makahiki, a time of peace and celebration.
Oct. 9 is the Auli`i Luau that connects with Kaua`i’s rich history and culture with an ocean front setting at Sheraton Kauai. Enjoy tributes paid to Kaua’i Aloha Festivals and the Royal Court with a procession and offering of ho’okupu (gifts).
Oct. 18 is Na Lima Hana Day. “Na Lima Hana” translates as “many hands working.” There will be cultural and health practitioners offering activities, demonstrations, entertainment and learning experiences, directly following Kaua’i's Royal Court procession and ho’okupu ceremony. Enjoy a “chopped box” food competition too. Located at the Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort and Spa.Oct. 19 is Na Mele O Kaumuali’i, a celebration that will show case the legacy of Kaua`i’s last ruling monarch, King Kaumuali`i, through original compositions of songs, chants and poems, complemented with ethnic foods provided by West Kaua`i food establishments. Held in the center of Waimea town.
October 20 is Hale Pule at Kupa’a I Loko Konalima Hawaiian Church in Kekaha, where the West Side community honors Kaua’i's Royal Court with pule (prayers) and mele (songs) to wrap up the Kaua’i Aloha Festivals season. The Kupa’a I Loko Konalima Hawaiian Church is part of the United Congregational Church of Christ. Traditional hymns are sung in English and Hawaiian. For more information, visit kauaialohafestivals.net.
Na Lima Hana Festival
Hawaiian Culture Celebration Festival in Poipu at Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa on October 17, 18 and 19 from 9 - 5 at the grand Hyatt Hotel in Poipu.
Learn about Hawaiian cultural practices, participate in workshops and enjoying outstanding entertainment, music, dance and food! Na Lima Hana means many hands working.
This three-day festival, at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, presents a host of Hawaiian cultural practitioners offering activities, demonstrations, entertainment and learning experiences. Literally, many hands are working to teach and learn fascinating skills.
Learn all about lei-making, weaving with endemic plants, uses of medicinal plants, salt-making, drum-making, lomilomi (traditional massage), lau hala weaving, kapa (tapa) making, carving, ancient chants, hula kahiko, the uses of kalo (taro) and stone carving. Enjoy Hawaiian food and entertainment too.
Many events are free of charge to the public. As part of the festival the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association Kauai Chapter will be hosting a day-long conference, titled, "The Bones of our Ancestors", including a cultural field trip, discussions and demonstrations. In addition the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) will hold a grant-writing workshop October 15, 16 and 17.
The theme, kumuhonua, means "learning by going back to the source." All cultural practitioners convey the original sources of their knowledge, explaining how a particular cultural skill, craft, practice or tradition was taught to them; what was their source.