2013 KAUAI POLYNESIAN FESTIVAL

2013 Kauai Polynesian Festival
May 23-26, 2013

The Kamanawa Foundation presents its 12th annual Kauai Polynesian Festival on Memorial Day weekend May 23 – 26, 2013 at the Vidinha Stadium soccer field.

The Kauai Polynesian Festival kicks off with its Opening Event “A Polynesian Evening of Stars”, an evening of Polynesian Cultural Protocol Ceremony, Hawaiian & Contemporary Entertainment, fashion show and its newly added event “U TINK U GET TALENT” a talent contest for youth and adult singers, dancers and musicians on May 23.

The weekend festival May 24-26 features Tahitian, Maori, Samoan and Hawaiian entertainment, Polynesian arts and crafts, solo and group dance competitions, food booths, workshops, and much more.

All Kauai residents and visitors are welcome to attend. For more information on the festivities, click on any of the categories to the left.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Thursday, May 23, 2013 – “A Polynesian Evening of Stars”

  • Doors open at 5 p.m., event begins at 6 p.m.
    Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center

Thursday night kicks off its 4-day weekend of cultural exchanges beginning with “A Polynesian Evening of Stars” an evening of Polynesian cultural protocol ceremony, entertainment by FAB4, a Hawaiian Contemporary group of four HAWAII STARS winners sharing energetic and heartwarming memorable tunes, fashion show and its newly added event “U TINK U GET TALENT” a talent contest for youth and adult singers, dancers and musicians preparing to perform their favorite Polynesian song, dance or Polynesian instrument. Food, arts & crafts entertainment and more. Doors open 5:00 p.m. Event begins at 6 p.m.

Friday, May 24, 2013 – “Kauai Polynesian Festival”

 

  • 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. at
    Vidinha Stadium soccer field

Guests and participants can partake in island style food and shop through the Polynesian arts & crafts, Polynesian farmer’s market display and demonstration tent.

11:30: Gates open to the public.
12:00: “Celebrate a “POLYNESIAN EXPERIENCE,” a hands-on cultural crafts & dance activity. Learn weaving techniques using the fronds of the coconut and hala tree, learn to husk a coconut, fire making and spear throwing, finally let the pros teach you how to dance the hula, make a ti-leaf lei and tie a pareau (sarong), Polynesian style.
3:00: The festival will feature island halau hula (schools of dance) who will share their talents in a selection of Traditional and Modern Polynesian dance presentations.
4:00: Entertainment on center stage will begin with a REPEAT performance of ‘Oahu’s own FAB4, a Hawaiian Contemporary group of our HAWAII STARS winners sharing energetic and heartwarming memorable tunes. A must see performance!
6:00: Aotearoa, New Zealand! The Maori action and poi ball dances of Aotearoa begins its dance competition followed by Na Kupuna Hula Auwana Group Competition and Keiki/Opio/Na Wahine solo & group Hula Kahiko competition in ages 6-12, 13-17 & 18-54. Entertainment, Polynesian dance exhibition, vendor fashion show offered each day.

Saturday, May 24, 2013 – “Kauai Polynesian Festival” 

  • 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m., Vidinha Stadium soccer field

Guests and participants can partake in island-style food and shop through the Polynesian arts & crafts, Polynesian Farmers Market display and demonstration tent

9:00: Saturday morning at the soccer field, the dance workshops will begin with Maori action dances, poi ball, Samoan Fire Knife and Hawaiian Hula workshop. 9am to 11am.
11:30 Gates open to the public.
12:00: “Celebrate a POLYNESIAN EXPERIENCE,” a hands-on cultural crafts & dance activity. Learn weaving techniques using the fronds of the coconut and hala tree, learn to husk a coconut, fire making and spear throwing, finally let the pros teach you how to dance the hula, make a ti-leaf lei and tie a pareau (sarong), Polynesian style.
3:00: The festival will feature island halau hula (schools of dance) who will share their talents in a selection of Traditional and Modern Polynesian dance presentations.
4:00: Entertainment on center stage will begin with Oahu’s own FAB4, a Hawaiian Contemporary group of four HAWAII STARS winners sharing energetic and heartwarming memorable tunes.
5:00: The evening will begin with a Tahitian Otea dance exhibition performance by the 2011 KPF House drummers and dancers followed by dance competition in the Tahitian group Otea, Aparima & Ahupurotu categories. Directly after that, the evening will culminate with the exhilarating Fire Knife dance competition for age categories Junior 6-12, Intermediate 13-17 and Senior 18 & Over.

Sunday, May 25, 2013 – “Kauai Polynesian Festival”

  • 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Vidinha Stadium soccer field

Guests and participants can partake in island-style food and shop through the Polynesian arts & crafts, Polynesian Farmers Market display and demonstration tent.

9:00: Sunday morning at the soccer field, more dance workshops will begin with Tahitian dance and drumming workshops. 9am-11am.
11:30: Gates open to the public.
12:00: Hawaiian Contemporary group “the FAB4” will begin the Hawaiian entertainment on center stage.
1:00: The competition will begin with Tahitian Ori/solo division ages 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-17, 18-21, 22-25, 26-30, 31-39, 40 & over with Couples division and Drumming competition to follow. A Tahitian Tamure and Awards Ceremony culminate the weekend festivities. Arts & Crafts, food, festival t-shirts will be available for purchase.

 

 

COST:

  • 3-Day Festival Weekend Pass: $25 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
  • Daily Festival Admission: $10 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
  • A Polynesian Evening of Stars: $10 (Thursday)

All dance participants and children under 5 free.

Workshops – $25 each.

 

TICKET PURCHASE:

  • Kauai ticket outlets: Scotty’s Music – Kalaheo, Progressive Expressions – Koloa, Deli & Bread Connection – Lihue, Larry’s Music Center – Kapaa, Hula Girl Restaurant – Kapaa, Eggberts – Kapaa, Hanalei Surf Co., Western Motors – Hanapepe, Aloha Rainbow Screening – Waimea
  • Purchase at the door
  • Call us at (808) 335-6466
  • Purchase tickets online

 

FOOD AND VENDOR APPLICATIONS:
Click here to fill out food or craft vendor applications.

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:
Directions are from Lihue Airport
Kauai Polynesian Festival – Vidinha Stadium soccer field

 

RENTAL CAR DISCOUNT FROM DOLLAR RENT-A-CAR:
We are pleased to extend a 5% discount off our prevailing retail rates for all car types through our aloha.dollar.com website. Reservations are based on availability at the time of booking.

In addition to the 5% discount off our base rental rate, we will waive (1) the additional driver fee and (2) the underage fee for drivers 21-24 years old.

The discount and waivers will apply only when this corporate discount # is used: BR1796 . (For online reservations, go to aloha.dollar.com and populate the “Corporate” field with this corporate #.)

 

 

 

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