Since 1946, Hawaiians have held Aloha festivals each year to “preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian culture and to celebrate the diverse customs and Aloha Spirit of Hawaii.”
Held during September and October, Molokai had its Festival of Aloha this past weekend at the Mitchell Pau’ole Center. On Thursday was the investiture of the royal court followed by a poke contest and an aloha attire contest.
Food and fun continued on Friday with youth night in which the keiki were honored for their musical talents. Delicacies made of kalo, ulu and uala competed for prize winnings.
The culmination of the three-day event happened on Saturday with the morning parade followed by the bed races and the ho’oolaule’a at the MPC. As usual, the parade came through Kaunakakai town at 9 a.m. with colorful pa’u riders on horseback, country-style floats with exotic island flowers.