Emalani Festival at Koke‘e to present journey of chant, hula and history

Each and every year, the coordinators at Hui o Laka-Koke‘e Normal Historical past Museum, are challenged to make the environment for their Eo e Emalani i Alaka‘i Pageant. Held in the lush beauty of Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow in the breathtaking uplands of West Kaua‘i at Koke‘e, the Pageant has develop into more than an re-enactment of a historic event. It has grow to be a frequent touchstone for residents and traveling to kumu hula and their haumana or pupils, a pilgrimage for these who esteem Queen Emma Naea Rooke and an annual journey of the coronary heart to the beautiful mountains of the area for numerous. In a way, all who attend, stick to in the footsteps of Queen Emma when she identified that she and her courtiers and pals would journey to the uplands on horseback and on foot in January of 1871. Just before the creation of down sleeping baggage and advanced camping gear, the intrepid occasion of more than a person hundred individuals designed the journey in a person of the coldest moments of the yr, scrambling more than muddy bogs and challenging terrain to stand and gaze down at Hanalei and Wainiha from the place named “Kilohana” – or look-out position.

Set for Saturday Oct 11, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., this year’s Emalani Competition, as it is lovingly acknowledged, will resound with appreciation, celebration, oli, mele tune and hula as the Queen, Kauai’s Wailana Kaohi Mata, delivers her individual exclusive thoughts for Emma to her representation and portrayal of the monarch whose only equal throughout that period was thought of to be Queen Victoria. When she and her tutorial Renfred Hookano (portraying Queen Emma’s stalwart tutorial, Kaluahi) very first appear at the top of the meadow on horseback, the Pageant will appear alive with a particular excitement. Welcoming her will be fifteen hula halau, present-day Hawaiian musicians, scholars, historians, school little ones, guests and enthusiasts of things Hawaiian from throughout the Condition of Hawaii. As a person kupuna or Hawaiian elder said two years ago, “It’s not a reenactment, it’s not a pageant, it a little something else and it’s a little something we all make alongside one another that will make it so authentic.”

The function has been spiritually guided above the yrs by kumu hula and Hui o Laka Trustee Roselle Bailey who bestowed the Festival’s identify of “Eo e Emalani i Alaka‘i” and who has constantly felt that the journey to Kokee would have been a likelihood for Queen Emma to appreciate a spirit of experience and informality in the mountains. Quite a few feel that it was there she could sense near to her deceased husband (Kamehameha IV) and youthful son, whom she had tragically dropped. Most likely there, in the bracing mountain air and incomparable surroundings of that location, she could refresh and restore her spirit. Queen Emma was a lady who walked her communicate and took care to build great benefit with each and every minute of her lifetime. She did not journey to the region for any idle reason, she would not heed the pleadings and warnings of advisors not to go as perilous as it was. But she would not be saved from going and she brought her court docket chanters and dancers of hula with her to mark the way in appreciation and pleasure for the wondrous scenes of splendor they encountered alongside the way.

So it is her adventurous and determined spirit and remarkable leadership traits that are evoked in the Competition. A spirit of informality, regard, beauty, Hawaiian songs, crafts and the powerful and enduring character of the Queen established the tone, as many who collect have not observed just one yet another for a yr. Some are returning after again immediately after attending and supporting the Festival because its inception.

So the mountains are set to ring with lovely song and celebration this 12 months showcasing some of Kaua‘i’s musical artists, falsetto singer Nick Castillo, David Kauai and Pals, and Manulele Clarke. There will be thrilling new Pageant tee-shirts developed by Michelle Dick and a Commemorative Programme for sale, Hawaiian craft demonstrations and income, exhibits and the Museum store will be open up.

The 15th Annual Emalani Competition will start out at 10 am and is no cost of demand. As parking is confined at Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow, guidance will be offered for parking. Auto pooling is encouraged. As times can be assorted on the mountain, use layered clothing, provide a lawn chair and potentially an umbrella. For more information and facts, contact Kokee All-natural Record Museum at 335-9975.