“Friendly Isle” Molokai demonstrates its famous aloha spirit with a three-day celebration. Shutterbugs will enjoy the postcard “photo ops” from the crowning of the Royal Court to the floral parade and pa’u riders in Kaunakakai town. Onolicious food and entertainment abound. The 2013 event honors Aunty Moana Dudoit who passed away March 16.
Oct. 17: Investiture, Poke Contest, Aloha Attire Contest. This year’s Royal Court will be installed in a solemn ceremony and presented their symbols of royalty for a year-long reign. Local Molokai entertainment will be offered as ho’okupu to our new Ali’i. View the many poke (raw fish) recipes on display. Food, game, art and craft booths too. Free admission. Mitchell Pau’ole Center, 6:30 p.m.
Oct 18: Youth Night, Kalo-Ulu-‘Uala Contest, Keiki Talent Contest. The Kamalii Kane and Kamalii Wahine will be honored with youth musical talents. Delicacies made of Kalo, Ulu or Uala compete for prize winnings. Food, game, art and craft booths. Free admission. Mitchell Pau’ole Center, 6:30 pm.
Oct 19: Parade, Bed Race, Ho’olaule’a. The highlight of Molokai’s celebration is a one-of-a-kind parade featuring colorful pa’u riders on horseback, country-style floats with exotic island flowers. Parade passes through Kaunakakai town beginning at 9 a.m. Bed Race, Mitchell Pau’ole Center, 10 a.m.
Ho’olaule’a, Mitchell Pau’ole Center, free admission, 11 a.m. Fun continues with Awards Presentation, Culture Day and spectacular entertainment with off-island musical groups, games, arts and crafts, plus lots of delicious local food. Hawaiian traditional and cultural displays feature hands-on practitioners, ready to share their knowledge.
For more information call Molokai Manager Raquel Dudoit at 553-3356.