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Eo e Emalani i Alaka‘i

Saturday, October 10th, 2020 | Free

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In early 1871, when Queen Emma took a fancy to journey from her Lāwa‘i beach house up to the isolated reaches of Waimea Canyon and the misted bogs of the Alaka‘i Swamp, she set off in a flurry of activity. An experienced guide was sought, provisions and horses were procured, and a path of fern logs was hastily laid through the wettest part of the swamp for the convenience of the Queen and her almost 100 traveling friends. Led by Kaluahi, the guide recommended by Eric Knudsen of Waimea, her party trekked all the way to the Kilohana viewpoint, with a vista stretching to Hanalei and Wainiha. She wanted to see for herself the spectacular views she had only heard about.
It is with the same joy and fellowship of that impromptu royal adventure, as well as in the spirit of Emma Naea Rooke, that Hui o Laka celebrates this festival, “Eō e Emalani i Alaka‘i”.
Kaua‘i’s mountain forest echo with the sounds of Hawaiian music and traditional chants at this free annual festival, held the second Saturday in October, mist or shine. Visitors attending “Eō e Emalani i Alaka‘i” step back in time, when a traditional royal procession arrives at noon (festivities begin at 9 am). Queen Emma and her entourage enter the lovely Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow on horseback, accompanied by hula hālau from around the state who perform chants and dances as gifts for the Queen. Exhibits, craft demonstrations, and snack sales make it a lovely outdoor day for Kaua‘i residents and visitors.

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Date: Saturday, October 10th, 2020
Cost: Free
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Contact: Hui o Laka
Phone: 808-335-9975

Supported By:

Hawaii Tourism Authority

Event Location:

Kokee State Park

Koke'e, HI 96716 United States