Lani Castido, Danile Sherman Win Overall Titles at Kaua`i Polynesian Festival

LIHU`E, Hawai`i, June 3, 2011 – The Kamanawa Foundation’s 10th Annual Kaua`i Polynesian Festival dazzled
visitors and kama`aina throughout Memorial Day weekend with a host of Polynesian offerings, including dance
competitions, crafts, food, workshops, and other entertainment at the Vidinha Stadium soccer field. Lani Castido of Ori
Uvira was awarded the 2011 Vahine Polynesia title and Danile Sherman of Te Wai Ura Nui was awarded the 2011 Tane
Polynesia title.
The official results for the 2011 Kaua`i Polynesian Festival U Tink U Get Talent contest and dance competitions are
as follows:
U TINK U GET TALENT CONTEST
Junior Division Ages 6-17:
1st Place: Tamatea Nui O Kaua`i
2nd Place: Rainbow Star Zephier
3rd Place: Keahi Makekau, Mokonui Makeaku, Alex Galeai
Senior Division Ages 18 and Over:
1st Place: Aimee Sato and Moana Henriques
2nd Place: Eki Ripley
3rd Place: Emmsley Drake and Michael Drake
MAORI ACTION & POI BALLS
Group:
1st Place: Kia Manava Nui
2nd Place: Te Manawa `O Atooi
Solo:
1st Place: Karla Aeno Ku`upuamae`ole Asai, Healani’s Music & Dance Academy
2nd Place: Meighan Barretto, Te Manava `O Atooi
3rd Place: Meigan Taylor, Kia Manava Nui
SOLO HULA KAHIKO
Na Keiki Kane solo ages 6-12:
1st Place: Jojo Agsalud, Hula Halau O Hokulani
Na Keiki Kaikamahine solo ages 6-12:
1st Place: Rachel Ho, Hula Halau O Hokulani

GROUP HULA KAHIKO
Na Keiki Kaikamahine:
1st Place: Hula Halau O Hokulani
Na Opio Kaikamahine:
1st Place: Na Hui O Kamakaokalani
OVERALL KAHIKO KAMAKANE POLYNESIA
Jojo Agsalud, Hula Halau O Hokulani
OVERALL KAHIKO KAIKAMAHINE POLYNESIA
Rachel Ho, Hula Halau O Hokulani
TAHITIAN GROUP OTEA
Junior Division:
1st Place: Na Tamarii O Atooi

Senior Division:
1st Place: Te Vai Ura Nui
2nd Place: Atooi Marama
TAHITIAN GROUP OTEA BEST COSTUME
Te Vai Ura Nui
TAHITIAN GROUP APARIMA:
Senior Division:
1st Place: Te Vai Ura Nui
TAHITIAN GROUP APARIMA BEST COSTUME
Te Vai Ura Nui
TAHITIAN GROUP AHUPUROTU
Senior Division:
1st Place: Te Vai Ura Nui
2nd Place: Atooi Marama
OVERALL TAHITIAN GROUP
Te Vai Ura Nui
FIREKNIFE COMPETITION:
Junior Division:
1st Place: Quest Ava, Vaimatina
2nd Place: Malik Ava, Vaimatina
3rd Place: Alex Galeai, Vaimatina
Intermediate Division:
1st Place: Emmsley Drake, Rohotu
2nd Place: Jaylarae Galeai, Vaimatina
3rd Place: Natalie Oloa, Kalena’s Polynesian `Ohana
Senior Division:
1st Place: Mikaela Oloa, Kalena’s Polynesian `Ohana
2nd Place: Julian Maeva, Maeva I Patitifa
3rd Place: Paul Morimoto, Keiki O Ka `Aina
DRUMMING COMPETITION:
1st Place: Te Vai Ura Nui
2nd Place: Kalena’s Polynesian `Ohana
ORI TAHITI WINNERS:
Vahine Ages 4-6:
1st Place: Serina Oswald, Halau Hula O Leilani
2nd Place: Serena Bryan, Uruhutia
3rd Place: Jurney Sablan, Atooi Marama
Tane Ages 4-6:
1st Place: Wyndam Maycong, Kaliko Boy Entertainment
Vahine Ages 7-9:
1st Place: Mahelani Rowland, Tamatea Nui O Kaua`i
2nd Place: Chevelle Lele, Kalena’s Polynesian `Ohana
3rd Place: Jade Oswald, Halau Hula O Leilani
Tane Ages 7-9:
1st Place: Kainoa Sagan, Manutahi
2nd Place: Oviri Avaeoru, Ta`eri Tai`i
Vahine Ages 10-12:
1st Place: Denise Robinson, Manutahi
2nd Place: Tehani Perkins, Te Vai Ura Nui
3rd Place: Jaylin Sablan, Atooi Marama
Senior Division:
Tane Ages 13-17:
1st Place: Clifton Keali`i Dasalia, Tamatea Nui O Kaua`i
2nd Place: Carley Kaipolei Awong, Tamatea Nui O Kaua`i
Vahine Ages 13-17:
1st Place: Andrea Baltazar, Urahutia
2nd Place: Naomi Baldomero, Te Vai Ura Nui
3rd Place: Cassandra Kanoho, Te Vai Ura Nui
Tane Ages 18-21:
1st Place: Peter Fuimaono, Maeva I Patitifa
2nd Place: Keanu Neill Mesiona, Manutahi Tahiti
Vahine Ages 18-21:
1st Place: Kauilani Carr, Maeva I Patitifa
2nd Place: Marin Johnson, Urahutia
3rd Place: Andrea Li-Aranaydo, Ia Ora O Tahiti
Tane Ages 22-25:
1st Place: Taitusi Taufa, Ia Ora O Tahiti Nui
Vahine Ages 22-25:
1st Place: Lani Costido, Ori Uvira
2nd Place: Heather Jose, Te Vai Ura Nui
3rd Place: Kawehi Oliver, Urahutia
Tane Ages 26-30:
1st Place: Manarii Gauthier, Ia Ora O Tahiti Nui
2nd Place: Julian Maeva, Maeva I Patitifa
3rd Place: Sonny Ganaden, Te Vai Ura Nui
Vahine Ages 26-30:
1st Place: Teresa Bringas, Ia Ora O Tahiti Nui
2nd Place: Shannon Paraan, Maeva I Patitifa
3rd Place: Maila Downing, Urahutia
Tane Ages 31-39:
1st Place: Danile Sherman, Te Vai Ura Nui
2nd Place: Jacob Smilie Punzal, A Smilie Production
3rd Place: Keala Kahuanui Paleka, Ia Ora O Tahiti Nui
Vahine Ages 31-39:
1st Place: Nalini Gauthier, Ia Ora O Tahiti Nui
Tane Ages: 40 & Over
1st Place: Lawakua Gene Gabriel, Manutahi
Vahine Ages: 40 & Over
1st Place: Louise Sausen, Urahutia
TAHITIAN COUPLES COMPETITION
Junior Division:
1st Place: Taylor Acosta and Kainoa Sagan, Manutahi
Senior Division:
1st Place: Julian Maeva and Sheila Allagorez, Maeva I Patitifa
2nd Place: Manarii and Nalini Gauthier, Ia Ora O Tahiti Nui
3rd Place: Taleon Lele and Natalie Oloa, Kalena’s Polynesian `Ohana
OVERALL TANE & VAHINE POLYNESIA
Tane Polynesia: Danile Sherman, Te Vai Ura Nui
Vahine Polynesia: Lani Castido, Ori Uvira
“It is will a full, grateful heart that I thank all of our competitors, craft and food vendors, sponsors, volunteers, and
Kaua`i’s residents and visitors, whom contributed to a successful 10th annual Kaua`i Polynesian Festival,” said Kaua`i
Polynesian Festival Director Kapu Kinimaka-Alquiza.
Sponsors for the event include Aloha Rainbow Screening, B&B Tahitian Pearls, County of Kaua`i, Deli and Bread
Connection, Dollar Rent a Car, Grand Hyatt Resort & Spa, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawai`i Tourism Authority, Hilo Hattie, Hula
Girl Bar and Grill, Kaua`i Beach Resort, Kaua`i Marriott Resort & Beach Club, Kaua`i Visitors Bureau, Malie Foundation,
Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Sheraton Kaua`i Resort, The JK Show, and Wala`au.
Established in 1994, the Kamanawa Foundation is a Kaua`i-based non-profit organization. Its mission is to
preserve, promote and perpetuate the Native Hawaiian culture, including the languages, social values, arts, crafts and
music, primarily through the study of hula. The Kamanawa Foundation hosts three annual events that highlight hula and
Polynesian performing arts including the Kaua`i Polynesian Festival, Holiday Hula Celebration, and Kaua`i Hula Exhibition.
For more information, visit www.kauaipolynesianfestival.org.

Ayumi Asano, Emmsley Drake Take Top Honors at Kaua`i Polynesian Festival

LIHU`E, Hawai`i, June 4, 2010 – The Kamanawa Foundation’s 9th Annual Kaua`i Polynesian Festival
hosted visitors and kama`aina throughout Memorial Day weekend with a vibrant variety of cultural offerings,
including dance competitions, crafts, food, workshops, and other entertainment at the Vidinha Stadium
soccer field. Ayumi Asano of Kalokemelemele was awarded the 2010 Vahine Polynesia title and Emmsley
Drake of Rohotu was awarded the 2010 Tane Polynesia title. Asano and Drake were the overall winners for
the Tahitian Ori (solo) contest.
The official results for the 2010 Kaua`i Polynesian Festival competitions are as follows:
MAORI ACTION & POI BALLS:
Group:
1st Place: Kia Manava Nui
2nd Place: Te Manawa `O Atooi
Solo:
1st Place: Tia O’Brian
2nd Place: Meigan Barretto
3rd Place: Maddison Lopez
Na Kaikamahine Hula Kahiko solo: Ages 6-12:
1st Place: Tiana Hemakanamakamaeonalani Nihipali
2nd Place: Mahealani Rowland

Na Opio Kaikamahine Hula Kahiko Solo: Ages 13-17:
1st Place: Eolani Mose
Na Wahine Hula Kahiko Solo: Ages 18-54:
1st Place: Katrina Hi`ilani Johnson
2nd Place: Anuenue Mose
GROUP HULA KAHIKO:
Na Kaikamahine:
1st Place: Kalokemelemele
Na Wahine:
1st Place: Kalokemelemele
Na Opio Kaikamahine:
1st Place: Na Hui O Kamakaokalani
OVERALL KAHIKO KAIKAMAHINE POLYNESIA:
Katrina Hi`ilani Johnson
TAHITIAN GROUP OTEA:
Junior Division:
1st Place: Atooi Marama

Senior Division:
1st Place: Otea Atooi
TAHITIAN GROUP OTEA BEST COSTUME:
Otea Atooi
TAHITIAN GROUP APARIMA:
Junior Division:
1st Place: Kalokemelemele
TAHITIAN GROUP APARIMA BEST COSTUME:
Kalokemelemele
TAHITIAN GROUP AHUPUROTU:
Senior Division:
1st Place: Kalokemelemele
2nd Place: Otea Atooi
3rd Place: Atooi Marama
OVERALL TAHITIAN GROUP:
Kalokemelemele
FIREKNIFE COMPETITION:
Junior Division:
1st Place: Hale Motuapuaka
Intermediate Division:
1st Place: James Ahuna
2nd Place: Anson Villatora
3rd Place: Ua Mana Castillo
Senior Division:
1st Place: Richard Siolosega
2nd Place: Julian Maeva
3rd Place: Paul Morimoto
ORI TAHITI WINNERS:
Vahine Ages 4-6:
1st Place: Serena Bryan
Tane Ages 7-9:
1st Place: Oviri Avaeoru
Vahine Ages 7-9:
1st Place: Na Hokulani Santos
2nd Place: Modena Maycong
3rd Place: Adora Kricken
Vahine Ages 10-12:
1st Place: Kao Tomita
2nd Place: Wakana Hirose
3rd Place: Nagisa Takizawa
Senior Division:
Tane Ages 13-17:
1st Place: Emmsley Drake
2nd Place: Kaipolei Awong
3rd Place: Keanu Matias
Vahine Ages 13-17:
1st Place: Tomomi Iguchi
2nd Place: Sandi Nonaka
3rd Place: Cara Mia Kricken
Tane Ages 18-21:
1st Place: Mikaela Oloa
2nd Place: Michael Alan Drake
Vahine Ages 18-21:
1st Place: Ayumi Asano
2nd Place: Lani Costido
3rd Place: Kai`ulani Carr
Vahine Ages 22-25:
1st Place: Roylyn Alisa
2nd Place: Ana Advincula
3rd Place: Pomaika`i Ponimo`i
Tane Ages 26-30:
1st Place: Kamuela Hepa
Vahine Ages 26-30:
1st Place: Yvette Motilla
2nd Place: Kamo`ikalani Sausen
3rd Place: Charito Rivera
Tane Ages 31-39:
1st Place: William Maycong This is the correct category for these two men. There were no winners in
the
the Tane 22-25.
2nd Place: Jacob Punzal
Vahine Ages 31-39:
1st Place: Marie Kricken
Vahine Ages: 40 & Over
1st Place: Louise Susen
Tahitian Couples Competition:
1st Place: Pomaika’i Ponimo’i & Julian Maeva
2nd Place: Kaiulani Carr & Emmsley Drake
OVERALL TANE & VAHINE POLYNESIA
Tane Polynesia: Emmsley Drake
Vahine Polynesia: Ayumi Asano
“I would like to extend a warm mahalo to all of our competitors, craft and food vendors, sponsors,
volunteers, and Kaua`i’s residents and visitors that made our 2010 Kaua`i Polynesian Festival a success,”
said Kaua`i Polynesian Festival Director Kapu Kinimaka-Alquiza.
Sponsors for the event include Aloha Rainbow Screening, B&B Tahitian Pearls, County of Kaua`i, Deli and
Bread Connection, Dollar Rent a Car, Grand Hyatt Resort & Spa, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawai`i Tourism
Authority, Hawai`i Visitors Bureau, Hilo Hattie, Hula Girl Bar and Grill, Kaua`i Marriott Resort & Beach Club,
Malie Foundation, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Sheraton Kaua`i Resort, St. Regis Princeville Resort, The
JK Show, and Wala`au.
Established in 1994, the Kamanawa Foundation is a Kaua`i-based non-profit organization. Its mission is to
preserve, promote and perpetuate the Native Hawaiian culture, including the languages, social values, arts,
crafts and music, primarily through the study of hula. The Kamanawa Foundation hosts three annual
events that highlight hula and Polynesian performing arts including the Kaua`i Polynesian Festival, Holiday
Hula Celebration, and Kaua`i Hula Exhibition.

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Kauluwehiokekai Oliver, Julian Maeva Reign at Kaua`i Polynesian Festival

LIHU`E, Hawai`i, June 2, 2008 – The Kamanawa Foundation awarded the 8th Annual Kaua`i Polynesian Festival
2008 Vahine Polynesia title to Kauluwehiokekai Oliver, of Halau Urahutia, and the 2008 Tane Polynesia title to
Julian Maeva, of Halau Toa Ole Afi. Both competed in the Tahitian Ori (solo) contest to capture the top honors.
The official results for the 2008 Kaua`i Polynesian Festival competitions are as follows:
MAORI ACTION & POI BALLS:
Group:
1st Place: Te Manawa `O Atooi
2nd Place: Na Hula O Kaohikukapulani
3rd Place: Halau Tehamata
Solo:
1st Place: Elshae Tanimoto, Kia Manawanui
2nd Place: Pa`a Anderson, Kia Manawanui
3rd Place: Meigan Barretto, Halau Hula O Keala
NA KUPUNA GROUP HULA AUWANA:
1st Place: Halau Sakura No Hana, Kyushu Hawaiian Association, Yayoi Tagami, Instructor
2nd Place (3- way tie): Halau Ke`Aala O Ka Kupukupu, Halau Na Lei Pikake, Halau Na lei Mokihana
BEST MUSIC AWARD (4-way tie):
Kaleo Club, Doric Yaris
Lady Ipo & Na Hoaloha
Kolonahe, Maka Herrod
Na Kapu Mele
SOLO HULA KAHIKO:
Na Keiki Kane Ages 6-12:
1st Place: Justin Agsalud, Halau Hula O Hokulani
Na Kaikamahine Ages 6-12:
1st Place: Jasmin Leilei Santos, Halau Na Pua Mai Ka Lani
2nd Place: Haylie Laniali`i Cantberos, Halau Olapaku`ikal`i O Hokuaulani

Na Opio Kane Ages 13-17:
1st Place: Lance Sadumiano, Halau Na Pua Mai Ka Lani
Na Opio Kaikamahine Ages 13-17:
1st Place: Tiffany Duran, Halau Na Pua MaiKa Lan
2nd Place: Brianna Ramos, Halau Olapaku`ikala`i `O Hokuaulani

Na Kane Ages 18-54:
1st Place: Richard Sua`ava – Halau Olapaku`ikala`i `O Hokuaulani
Na Wahine Ages 18-54:
1st Place: Kathleen Mahealani Tavete, Halau Na Pua Mai Ka Lani
2nd Place: Katrina Hi`ilani Johnson, Halau Olapaku`ikala`i `O Hokuaulani

GROUP HULA KAHIKO:
Na Keiki Kane:
1st Place: Halau Hula `O Hokulani
Na Kaikamahine:
1st Place: Halau Na Pua Mai Ka Lani
2nd Place: Halau Olapaku`ikai`i `O Hokuaulani
3rd Place: Halau Hula O Hokulani

Na Wahine:
1st Place: Halau Olapaku`ikala`i O Hokuaulani
2008 OVERALL KAHIKO KANE POLYNESIA:
Richard Sua`ava, Halau Olapaku`ikala`i O Hokuaulani
2008 OVERALL KAHIKO WAHINE POLYNESIA:
Jasmin Leilei Santos, Halau Na Pua Mai Ka Lani
TAHITIAN GROUP OTEA:
Junior Division:
1st Place: Te Hamata
2nd Place: Tiare Ura O Tahiti
3rd Place: Te Ea O Te Turama

TAHITIAN GROUP OTEA:
Senior Division:
1st Place: Te Hamata
2nd Place: Tiare Ura O Tahiti

TAHITIAN GROUP OTEA BEST COSTUME:
Te Hamata
TAHITIAN GROUP APARIMA:
Junior Division:
1st Place: Te Ea O Te Turama
Senior Division:
1st Place: Te Hamata
TAHITIAN GROUP APARIMA BEST COSTUME:
Te Ea O Te Turama
TAHITIAN GROUP AHUPUROTU:

Senior Division: 1st Place: Ka pa Hula O Pualani Puamelia 2nd Place: Te Hamata 3rd Place: Te Ea O Te Turama
TAHITIAN DRUMMING COMPETITION: 1st Place: Te Hamata 2nd Place: Manutahi 3rd Place: Te Ea O Te Turama
2008 OVERALL TAHITIAN GROUP:
Te Hamata
FIREKNIFE COMPETITION:
Junior Division: 1st Place: Hale Motuapuaka
Intermediate Division: 1st Place: Kamohoali`i Pukahi 2nd Place: Ua Mana Castillo 3rd Place: Justin Siliala Castillo
Senior Division: 1st Place: Mikaele Oloa 2nd Place: Paul Morimoto 3rd Place: Peter Whitney
ORI TAHITI WINNERS:
Junior Division:
Tane Ages 4-6: 1st Place: Qamdon Josue
Vahine Ages 4-6: 1st Place: Jeida Angelina Toilolo 2nd Place: Kaylee Tabangay 3rd Place: Leleaka Anakalea
Tane Ages 7-9: 1st Place: Troy Spacek
Vahine Ages 7-9: 1st Place: Tiare Naone Judd 2nd Place: Tehani Perkins 3rd Place: Dizhae Josue
Tane Ages 10-12: 1st Place: Jay Spacek 2nd Place: Zacchaus Uta 3rd Place: Tamatoa Uta

Vahine Ages 10-12: 1st Place: Maeleen Hopeau 2nd Place: Cami Keliinui 3rd Place: Sandy Hopeau
Senior Division:
Tane Ages13-17: 1st Place: Moni Tiata 2nd Place: Emmsley James K. Drake 3rd Place: Rhansyn Leehong
Vahine Ages13-17: 1st Place: Chelsea Clement 2nd Place: Shayna Lei Soma 3rd Place: Lia Kaupoe
Tane Ages 18-21: 1st Place: James Taulog 2nd Place: Shane Galicia 3rd Place: Aaron Dung
Vahine Ages 18-21: 1st Place: Kauluwehiokekai Oliver 2nd Place: Cavalei Wilson 3rd Place: Kelcie Yoman
Tane Ages 22-25: 1st Place: Julian Maeva

Vahine Ages 22-25: 1st Place: Shaeja Lee 2nd Place: Leah Sausen
Tane Ages 26-30: 1st Place: Ambrose Aukustino
Vahine Ages 26-30: 1st Place: Pualani Avaeoru 2nd Place: Shannon Pauoli-Paraan 3rd Place: Alma Damo
Tane Ages 31-39: 1st Place: William Maycong
Vahine Ages 31-39: 1st Place: Belinda Miranda 2nd Place: Kehau Aina
3rd Place: Tasha Josue
Tane Ages 40 & Over:
1st Place: Gene Gabriel
Vahine Ages 40 & Over:
1st Place: Louse Sausen
TAHITIAN COUPLES COMPETITION:
Junior Division:
1st Place: Tehani Perkins & Tamatoa Uta
2nd Place: Poerava Lee & Zacchaus Uta
Senior Division:
1st Place: Kirsten McCraken & Emmsley James Drake
2nd Place: Chelsea Clement & Kai Lee
OVERALL TANE & VAHINE POLYNESIA
2008 Tane Polynesia: Julian Maeva
2008 Vahine Polynesia: Kauluwehiokekai Oliver
“Mahalo to all of our competitors that traveled from near and far, craft and food vendors, sponsors, volunteers,
and Kauai’s residents and visitors that came out to the event,” said Kaua`i Polynesian Festival Director Kapu
Kinimaka-Alquiza.
The Kaua`i Polynesian Festival began on Thursday, May 22 with a Grand Polynesian Lu`au at the Sheraton
Kaua`i Resort and continued Friday, May 23 through Sunday, May 25 at the Vidinha Stadium soccer field with
cultural offerings, including dance competitions, crafts, food, workshops, and other entertainment.
Sponsors for the event include, B&B Tahitian Pearls, County of Kaua`i, Deli and Bread Connection, Dollar Rent a
Car, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawai`i Tourism Authority, Hawai`i Visitors Bureau, Hilo Hattie, Hula Girl Bar and Grill,
Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club, Malie Foundation, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Sheraton Kaua`i Resort,
The JK Show, Waimea Plantation Cottages, Wala`au.
Established in 1994, the Kamanawa Foundation is a Kaua`i-based non-profit organization. Its mission is to
preserve, promote and perpetuate the Native Hawaiian culture, including the languages, social values, arts, crafts
and music, primarily through the study of hula. The Kamanawa Foundation hosts three annual events that
highlight hula and Polynesian performing arts including the Kaua`i Polynesian Festival, Holiday Hula Celebration,
and Kaua`i Hula Exhibition.

Kaua`i Polynesian Festival Launches Website

Internet Proving to be Essential to Recreation Business Success

LIHU`E, Hawai`i, April 24, 2006 – On Memorial Day weekend, May 25 through May 28, The Kamanawa
Foundation will present its 6th Annual Kaua`i Polynesian Festival, three days of a colorful variety of cultural
offerings, including dance competitions, crafts, food, workshops, and other entertainment. This year, The
Kamanawa Foundation launches its new, improved website, www.kauaipolynesianfestival.org, to serve its patrons
and align with the trend that more people receive their information and make their recreation plans online.
In April 2006, SMS Hawai`i reported that “Eighty three percent (83%) of Hawai`i adults say that they have
used the Internet in the past 30 days somewhere (not necessarily at home).” Also according to SMS Hawai`i per
the Kaua`i Visitor Survey for the 2003 Shoulder Period, 71% of visitors use the Internet to plan a portion of their
trip to Kaua`i during the 2003 peak season. Twenty-six percent of those surveyed used the Internet to find
recreational activities for their Kaua`i trip.
“Since the first annual Kaua`i Polynesian Festival in 2000, the use of the Internet has grown immensely,”
stated Kapu Kinimaka-Alquiza, director of the Kaua`i Polynesian Festival. “And, we know that people, especially
visitors, make their recreation decisions from information and services on the Web.” Last year, the Kaua`i
Polynesian Festival incorporated more Internet promotions than before via posting their event information on
various travel and entertainment industry websites as well as utilizing increased email communication. As a
result, attendance nearly doubled from the year before. “Because of this and recent Internet-use statistics, we
chose to upgrade the offerings on our website, which, today, better serves all those that attend our Festival as
participants or spectators,” said Kinimaka-Alquiza.

The Kaua`i Polynesian Festival’s enhanced website includes online reservations for tickets to the events as well
as applications for dance competitions and food and craft booths. Payment that goes along with these
transactions may also be done through the website via secure channels.
“Adding these interactive components to the website were important as it makes it more convenient for
folks to do business with us,” asserted Kinimaka-Alquiza. “Furthermore, it streamlines processing on our side so
that we have more time to work on the actual activities and entertainment that we’ll present to the audience. This
is great news for both our organization and our patrons.”
Kinimaka-Alquiza noted that although the Kaua`i Polynesian Festival is a four-day event, which is fairly
short given that most businesses operate full-time year-round, it is even more imperative for their event to have a
strong Internet presence. “We need to stay top-of-mind with our target audience during the off-season and make
a credible first-impression to influence individuals to join the festivities. I would encourage all event organizers to
consider implementing upgrades to their website,” she said.
The Kaua`i Polynesian Festival kicks off on Thursday, May 25, at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Kaua`i Resort
with a lavish dinner buffet and pulsating Polynesian dance at its finest, performed by experts in the traditional style
of the islands, complete with authentic costumes, music and royal ceremonial protocol.
But that’s just the beginning. On Friday, May 28, at noon, gates open at the Vidinha Stadium soccer field
in Lihu`e, and the festival drives into high gear with a gastronomic extravaganza of island foods, authentic arts
and crafts, and events for children. In the afternoon, a Polynesian fashion show of apparel and accessories
offered by the event’s artisans and vendors is followed by a welcoming ceremony of the host culture, Hawai`i, for
the representatives of New Zealand followed by action and “poi ball” dance competitions. The Hawaiian Hula
competition follows with groups of various ages performing ancient Kahiko dance and more modern Auwana
dance.
The show goes on Saturday and Sunday, with morning workshops for those who want to learn more
about the intricacies of Tahitian, Samoan, Hawaiian and Maori dance and culture. By the evening, the pageantry
begins again on Saturday, May 27, with competitions showcasing Tahitian group Otea, Aparima and Ahupurotufollowed by the Samoan Fireknife dance competition. A Tahitian-focused competition happens Sunday, May 28,
culminating in an award ceremony for everyone who took part in the event.
Tickets are $8 each day, or $15 for all three days. Workshops are $25 each. Tickets for the opening
dinner on May 26 begin at $50 each. Tickets may be purchased at www.kauaipolynesianfestival.org, Scotty’s
Music, Progressive Expressions, Deli & Bread Connection, Larry’s Music Center, Hula Girl Restaurant, Eggberts,
Hanalei Surf Co., Western Motors, and at the door.
Sponsors for the event include, B&B Tahitian Pearls, County of Kaua`i, Dollar Rent a Car, Hawaiian
Airlines, Hawai`i Tourism Authority, Hawai`i Visitors Bureau, Hilo Hattie, Kaua`i Beach Hotel and Resort, Lomi
Records, Polynesian Cultural Center, Sheraton Kaua`i Resort, The JK Show, and Wala`au.
Established in 1994, the Kamanawa Foundation is a Kaua`i-based non-profit organization. Its mission is
to preserve, promote and perpetuate the Native Hawaiian culture, including the language, social values, arts,
crafts and music, primarily through the study of hula. The Kamanawa Foundation hosts three annual events that
highlight hula and Polynesian performing arts including the Kaua`i Polynesian Festival, Holiday Hula Celebration,
and Kaua`i Hula Exhibition.
For more information about the Kaua`i Polynesian Festival, visit www.kauaipolynesianfestival.org or call
(808) 335-6466.

Heather Jose, Manarii Gauthier Take Top Honors at Kaua`i Polynesian Festival

Memorial Day Weekend Ablaze with the Fire of Polynesia

LIHU`E, Hawai`i, May 31, 2005 –The Kamanawa Foundation’s 5th Annual Kaua`i Polynesian Festival
wowed visitors and kama`aina alike this past weekend by presenting a colorful variety of cultural offerings,
including dance competitions, crafts, food, workshops, and other entertainment at the Kukui Grove Park Pavilion.
Heather Jose and Manarii Gauthier, both of Te Vai Ura Nui Halau, were named the 2005 Vahine Polynesia and
2005 Tane Polynesia, respectively, the overall winners for the Tahitian Ori (solo) contest.
“I would like to commend all dance competitors who participated this year,” said Kaua`i Polynesian
Festival director Kapu Kinimaka-Alquiza. “They sure gave it their all and kept us entertained with their skill and
creativity. And, of course congratulations to Heather Jose and Manarii Gauthier and all those who took home
prizes.”
With the Royal Ali`i Court welcoming in another year of Polynesian celebration, guests of the opening
night’s festivities on Thursday evening at the Radisson Kaua`i Beach Resort were given a feast for the senses.
The event included a Polynesian pageant of traditional and contemporary dance costumes, a sumptuous dinner
buffet, and Polynesian music and dance from the islands of Tahiti, Samoa, Hawai`i and Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Guests were also treated to performances by Halau Hula Olana, Kumu Hula Olana A`i and the energizing 2005
Kaua`i Polynesian Festival House Drummers from O`ahu, Te Vai Ura Nui.
The Festival kicked into high gear on Friday at the Kukui Grove Park Pavilion with an extravaganza of
island foods, authentic arts and crafts, and events for children. In the afternoon, a Polynesian fashion show put
on by the Kaua`i Polynesian Festival craft vendors took center stage, followed by a welcoming ceremony of the
host culture, Hawai`i, for the representatives of New Zealand. After the Maori contingent reciprocated with
powerful chants and prayers of their native New Zealand, the action dance and “poi ball” competitions were held.
Excitement continued to build as hula competitions played out with groups of various ages performing ancient
kahiko dance and modern auwana dance.
Saturday’s entertainment continued with mesmerizing Tahitian group competitions and exhibitions by the
2004 Overall Vahine and Tane Polynesia, Shawna Tamayose and Jerrold Martinez. “Their performances were so
inspiring and certainly electrified our audience,” stated Kinimaka-Alquiza.
In another protocol ceremony, the islands of Tahiti and Samoa paid respect to host Hawai`i with their
cultural gift exchange and dances of welcome. “Hearts were pumping once again to the thrilling drums of Te Vai
Ura Nui, during their Tahitian Otea Exhibition,” said Kinimaka-Alquiza. “Thereafter, the Samoan Fireknife Dance
Competition was ushered in with a fabulous exhibition by 2004’s Fire Knife World Champion, Alex Galeai.”
Tahitian-focused competitions and exhibitions continued on Sunday, culminating in an award ceremony
recognizing all competitors and honoring the champions of their given crafts. The solo first place winners from the
Tahitian Ori, Maori, Keiki Kahiko, and Opio Kahiko categories took home beautiful black pearl pendants donated
by B&B Tahitian Pearls.
Kauai’s Mayor Bryan Baptiste acknowledged the outstanding talent showcased at this year’s event,
before presenting the Mayor’s Trophy to the Best Overall Tahitian Group, Te Hamata.
Heather Jose and Manarii Gauthier were presented their titles after vying for the honors by going up
against all first place seniors, ages 13 and over, Tahitian Ori (Solo) winners.
“A big mahalo to all those who came out to participate or, simply, just enjoy the festivities and to our
wonderful sponsors,” noted Kinimaka-Alquiza. “What a joy it’s been to have another successful year of sharing
and celebrating our diverse island history.”
Sponsors for the event included, B&B Tahitian Pearls, County of Kaua`i, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawai`i
Tourism Authority, Hawai`i Visitors Bureau, Hilo Hattie’s, Kukui Grove Shopping Center, Lomi Records,
Polynesian Cultural Center, Radisson Kaua`i Beach Resort, The JK Show, and Wala`au.
Established in 1994, the Kamanawa Foundation is a Kaua`i-based non-profit organization. Its mission is
to preserve, promote and perpetuate the Native Hawaiian culture, including the language, social values, arts,
crafts and music, primarily through the study of hula. The Kamanawa Foundation hosts three annual events that
highlight hula and Polynesian performing arts including the Kaua`i Polynesian Festival, Holiday Hula Celebration,
and Kaua`i Hula Exhibition.
The results for the 2005 Kaua`i Polynesian Festival competitions are as follows:
TAHITIAN ORI (SOLO) VAHINE WINNERS
Ages 4-6:
1st Place (name, halau): Kalawena Kalehuawehe, Te Tiare O Patetifa
2nd Place: Raita Teriipaia, Tamarii A Hiva
Ages 7-9:
1st Place: Shandy Hopeau, Tiare Ura O Tahiti
2nd Place: Kuulei Tolentino, Polynesian Paradise
3rd Place: Wailele Brown, Heiura
Ages 10-12:
1st Place: Shayna Soma, Tiare Ura o Tahiti
2nd Place: Zakiya Nalei Twiggs, Ka Pa Kanaenae o Kaua`i Iki
3rd Place: Chelsea Clement, Manutahi
Ages 13-17:
1st Place: Toatautali, Tamarii A Hiva
2nd Place: Vaitiare Napa`a, Tamarii A Hiva
3rd Place: Tali Goeas,Maohinui
Ages 18-21:
1st Place: Heather Jose, Te Vai Ura Nui
2nd Place: Keala Whitfor, Te Hamata
3rd Place: Maile L. Landreth, Tahiti Toa
Ages 22-25:
1st Place: Sina Hanohano,Te Hamata
2nd Place: Tiare Tenari, Te Tiare o Petitifa
3rd Place: Keola Eugenio, Te Tiare o Patitifa
Ages 26-30:
1st Place: Kathleen Heinrichs, Independent
2nd Place: Keaukaha Carveiro, Polynesian Paradise
Ages 31-39:
1st Place: Carmen Meilai Twiggs, Ka Pa Kanaenae o Kaua`i Iki
2nd Place: Leko Shimazu, Heiura
Ages 40+:
1st Place: Mahealani Lee, Polynesian Paradise
TAHITIAN ORI (SOLO) TANE WINNERS
Ages 7-9:
1st Place: Brandon Pono Thompson,Tiare O Patitifa
Ages 10-12:
1st Place: Emmsley James Drake, Rohotu
2nd Place: Ben Fonoimoana, Tamani A Hia
3rd Place: Tigi Hill, Nonosina O`ahu
Ages 13-17:
1st Place: Kaihoku Tolentino, Polynesian Paradise
2nd Place: Jed Rivera, Te Tiare o Patitifa
Ages 18-21:
1st Place: Micah Kahaiali`i, Te Hamata
2nd Place: Fareura Isidoro, Te Vai Ura Nui
Ages 22-25:
1st Place: Manarii Gauthier, Te Vai Ura Nui
2nd Place: Kamuela Hepa, Parau api te fa`a ite
Ages 26-30:
1st Place: Lono Hanohano,Te Hamata
Ages 31-39:
1st Place: Scott Kalehuawehe, Te Tiare o Patitifa
TAHITIAN COUPLES
1st Place: Miki Akoi & Lono Hanohano, Te Hamata
2nd Place: Kaihoku Tolentino & Keanuhea Kaneo, Polynesian Paradise OTEA
Ages 6-12:
1st Place: Tamarii A Hiva
2nd Place: Heiura
3rd Place: Te Tiare Patitifa
Ages 13+:
1st Place: Te Hamata
APARIMA
Ages 6-12:
1st Place: Tamarii A Hiva
2nd Place: Te Tiare Patitifa
3rd Place: Heiura
Ages 13+:
1st Place: Te Hamata
AHUPUROTU
Ages 13+:
1st Place: Te Hamata
2nd Place: Polynesian Paradise
3rd Place: Te Tiare Patitifa
DRUMMING (judged during Otea)
1st Place: Tamarii A Hiva
2nd Place: Te Hamata
3rd Place: Heiura
MAORI GROUP
1st Place: Polynesian Paradise
MAORI SOLO (POI BALL)
1st Place: Keanuhea Kaneo, Polynesian Paradise
2nd Place: Toatautali Hill, T
amarii A Hiva
3rd Place: Tiana La Rosa, Polynesian Paradise
NA KUPUNA HULA AUWANA (GROUP)
1st Place: Halau Hula Olana, Olana & Howard Ai
2nd Place: Kalamaolaimaluhialani, Nathan Kalama
3rd Place: Na Kupuna O Lihue Senior Center, Beverly Muraoka
SOLO KAHIKO VAHINE
Ages 6-12:
1st Place: Uranuihia Fonoimoana,Tamarii A Hiva
2nd Place: Cheyenne Fonoimoana, Tamarii A Hiva
Ages 13-17:
1st Place: Miloli`i Dagupion, Halau Hula Na Pua Pakipika
2nd Place: J. Keanuhea Kaneo, Polynesian Paradise
3rd Place: Nohea Catugal, Halau Hula Na Pua Pakipika
SOLO KAHIKO TANE
Ages 6-12:
1st Place: Lanakila Kuhaulua Rita, Halau Palihiwa O Kaipuwai
2nd Place: Brandon Thompson, Halau Hula Na Pua Pakipika
3rd Place: Kamaka Premacio, Tamarii A Hiva
Ages 13-17:
1st Place: Kaihoku Tolentino, Polynesian Paradise
2nd Place: Aikane Alapa`i, Halau Palihiwa O Kaipuwai
1ST OVERALL KAIKAMAHINE (GIRL) POLYNESIA: Miloli`i Dagupion, Halau Hula Na Pua Pakipika
1ST OVERALL KAMAKANE (BOY) POLYNESIA: Kaihoku Tolentino, Polynesian Paradise
FIREKNIFE
Ages 6-12:
1st Place: Julius Tafiti,Tamarii A Hiva
2nd Place: James Ahuna, O`ahu
3rd Place: Dallian Muti,Te Hamata
Ages 13-17:
1st Place: Jaz Castillo,O`ahu
2nd Place: Michael Ahuna,O`ahu
3rd Place: Kaihoku Tolentino, Polynesian Paradise
Ages 18+:
1st Place: Tuman Oto,O`ahu
2nd Place: Kap Tafiti,O`ahu
3rd Place: David Ahuna,O`ahu
BEST OTEA COSTUME (GROUP): Tamarii A Hiva
BEST APARIMA COSTUME (GROUP): Te Hamata
2005 VAHINE POLYNESIA (OVERALL WINNER): Heather Jose,Te Vai Ura Nui
2005 TANE POLYNESIA (OVERALL WINNER): Manarii Gauthier,Te Vai Ura Nui
2005 1st OVERALL TAHITIAN GROUP: Te Hamata
1st OVERALL BEST MUSIC AWARD: Kalamaolaimaluhialani, Nathan Kalama

Coveted Tahitian Black Pearls and Polynesian Crafts Available at Kaua`i Polynesian Festival

LIHU`E, Hawai`i, May 23, 2005 – The Kamanawa Foundation’s 5th Annual Kaua`i Polynesian Festival this coming
weekend, May 26 through May 29, presents Kaua`i residents and visitors with the opportunity to view and purchase the highly-regarded Tahitian black pearl. Last year, Hawai`i Tourism Authority’s (HTA) exit survey for the Kaua`i Polynesian Festival noted that craft vendors were the second biggest draw to the event, following the dance competitions, and that many people specifically attended the Festival to purchase Tahitian black pearls.
“We have quite a few Tahitian black pearl vendors this year,” stated Kaua`i Polynesian Festival Director Kapu
Kinimaka-Alquiza. “Some are known names like B&B Pearls and Majestic Gems, and we’re happy to also have vendors straight fromTahiti.”
According to Kinimaka-Alquiza, “What makes our Tahitian black pearl vendors and their pearls so unique and
special is that these individuals hand pick each pearl themselves to make sure you get the best quality pearl at a reasonable price. The other good thing is that all of these pearl vendors will be available in one location this weekend.”
A wide variety of craft vendors will be on hand from May 27-29 at the Kaua`i Polynesian Festival, which will take
place at the Kukui Grove Park Pavilion in Lihu`e. The vendors will feature hand-made jewelry, woodcarvings, ceramics, pareos, mother-of-pearl jewelry and accessories, Polynesian CDs and DVDs, Hawaiian and Tahitian implements, designer Maori clothing, jade bracelets, clay flowers, ribbon leis, and much more.
“One of our most popular vendors this year is Tali Goeas of Tali’s Polynesia,” said Kinimaka-Alquiza. “Tali will bring
us the latest styles and fashions of Polynesian attire.”
The Kaua`i Polynesian Festival kicks off with a Polynesian pageant, dinner, and entertainment on May 26 at the
Radisson Kaua`i Beach Resort beginning at 6 p.m. The cost to attend is $50 per person. On May 27-29 from 11 a.m.
through the evening each day at the Kukui Grove Park Pavilion, the Festival will feature Tahitian, Maori, Samoan and Hawaiian entertainment, Polynesian arts and crafts, cultural seminars, dance workshops, solo and group dance
competitions, food booths, and more. The entrance fee is $15 for three days or $8 per day.
Sponsors for the event include B&B Tahitian Pearls, County of Kaua`i, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawai`i Tourism
Authority, Hawai`i Visitors Bureau, Hilo Hattie’s, Kukui Grove Shopping Center, Lomi Records, Polynesian Cultural Center, Radisson Kaua`i Beach Resort, The JK Show, and Wala`au. Established in 1994, the Kamanawa Foundation is a Kaua`i-based non-profit organization. Its mission is to preserve, promote and perpetuate the Native Hawaiian culture, including the language, social values, arts, crafts and music, primarily through the study of hula. The Kamanawa Foundation hosts three annual events that highlight hula and Polynesian performing arts including the Kaua`i Polynesian Festival, Holiday Hula Celebration, and Kaua`i Hula Exhibition.
For more information about the Kaua`i Polynesian Festival, visit www.kauai-polyfest.com or call (808) 335-6466.

Kaua`i Polynesian Festival Illustrates the Business of Culture

Culture, festivals positively impact economy

LIHU`E, Hawai`i, April 25, 2005 – The Kamanawa Foundation’s 5th Annual Kaua`i Polynesian Festival
coming soon on May 26 through May 29 presents a colorful variety of cultural offerings, including dance
competitions, crafts, food, workshops, and other entertainment. Along with the sand, sea, and surf, culture
activities, such as this, attract visitors to Hawai`i each year and positively contribute to the economy.
In 2002, 81 percent of visitors to Hawai`i from the U.S. and 50.8 percent of visitors from Japan
participated in a cultural activity, including visiting a historic site, museum/art gallery, Polynesian show/luau,
art/craft fair, or festival, during their stays, according to “The State of Hawai`i Data Book 2003.”
“The Kaua`i Polynesian Festival provides a combination of most of these activities,” stated Kapu
Kinimaka-Alquiza, director of the Kaua`i Polynesian Festival. “Visitors and residents alike will be able to
experience an array of traditions and customs from participating in a Samoan fire knife dancing workshop to
watching a hula competition to eating ono delights from our food vendors.”
The results of a Hawai`i Tourism Authority survey indicate that more than 250 visitors to Kaua`i attended
the Kaua`i Polynesian Festival last year. Fifty-seven of these visitors, or 25 percent of the total attendees, came
from out of state and spent an estimated $114,000 in Hawai`i, generating $15,000 in state taxes.
Kinimaka-Alquiza, who is also Kumu hula of Na Hula ‘O Kaohikukapulani, has the support of some of
Hawaii’s best dance teachers from places like the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu’s North Shore, where all
facets of Polynesian culture have been on display since the sixties. “The Hawai`i Data Book 2003” notes that the
Polynesian Cultural Center yielded an attendance of more than 750,000 in 2003.

“We’re happy that the business of culture, and in turn the Kaua`i Polynesian Festival, provides an
economic benefit to our state, in addition to sharing and celebrating island history and our way of life with the
global community,” said Kinimaka-Alquiza. “We encourage everyone to join us at the event. It’s sure to be fun
and exciting.”
Festivities kick off Thursday, May 26, at 6 p.m. at the Radisson Kaua`i Beach Resort with a lavish dinner
buffet and pulsating Polynesian dance at its finest, performed by experts in the traditional style of the islands,
complete with authentic costumes, music and royal ceremonial protocol.
But that’s just the beginning. On Friday, May 27, at noon, gates open at the Kukui Grove Park Pavilion in
Lihu`e, and the festival kicks into high gear with a gastronomic extravaganza of island foods, authentic arts and
crafts, and events for children. In the afternoon, a Polynesian fashion show at the Grove’s center stage is followed
by a welcoming ceremony of the host culture, Hawai`i, for the representatives of New Zealand.
The Maori contingent reciprocates with powerful chants and prayers of their native New Zealand, followed
by action and “poi ball” dance competition. The Hawaiian Hula competition follows with groups of various ages
performing ancient Kahiko dance and more modern Auwana dance.
The show goes on Saturday and Sunday, with early morning workshops for those who want to learn more
about the intricacies of Tahitian, Samoan, Hawaiian and Maori dance and culture. By the evening, the books are
put away and pageantry begins again on Saturday, May 28, with competitions showcasing Samoan dance and
culture. Tahitian-focused competition happens Sunday, May 29, culminating in an award ceremony for everyone
who took part in the event.
Tickets are $8 at the gate each day, or $15 for all three days. All early morning workshops are $15 each.
The opening dinner on May 26 is $50 and includes entertainment, food and drink. Tickets can be purchased at
Scotty’s Music, Progressive Expressions, Deli & Bread Connection, Larry’s Music Center, Hula Girl Restaurant,
Eggberts, Hanalei Surf Co., Western Motors, and at the door.

Sponsors for the event include, B&B Tahitian Pearls, County of Kaua`i, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawai`i
Tourism Authority, Hawai`i Visitors Bureau, Hilo Hattie’s, Kukui Grove Shopping Center, Lomi Records,
Polynesian Cultural Center, Radisson Kaua`i Beach Resort, The JK Show, and Wala`au.
Established in 1994, the Kamanawa Foundation is a Kaua`i-based non-profit organization. Its mission is
to preserve, promote and perpetuate the Native Hawaiian culture, including the language, social values, arts,
crafts and music, primarily through the study of hula. The Kamanawa Foundation hosts three annual events that
highlight hula and Polynesian performing arts including the Kaua`i Polynesian Festival, Holiday Hula Celebration,
and Kaua`i Hula Exhibition.
For more information about the Kaua`i Polynesian Festival, visit www.kauai-polyfest.com or call (808)
335-6466.