Images of Aloha: Festival of Aloha comes to Molokai

| October 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Aunty Moana Dudoit passed away this year and was commemorated at Festivals of Aloha by this float. Members of Moana's Hula Halau performed during the parade. ABOVE: the royal court for this year's Festivals of Aloha.

Aunty Moana Dudoit passed away this year and was commemorated at Festivals of Aloha by this float. Members of Moana’s Hula Halau performed during the parade. ABOVE: the royal court for this year’s Festivals of Aloha.


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.”
The Princess of Molokai riding in the parade.

The Princess of Molokai riding in the parade.


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.

Grand Marshall of this year's Festivals of Aloha parade was Shirley Rawlins.

Grand Marshall of this year’s Festivals of Aloha parade was Shirley Rawlins.


The Hawaii Island princess.

The Hawaii Island princess.


The Molokai High School Hawaiian Language Immersion Program perform in the parade.

The Molokai High School Hawaiian Language Immersion Program perform in the parade.


The Pa'u Queen with her outriders and helper.

The Pa’u Queen with her outriders and helper.


The princess from the island of Niihau.

The princess from the island of Niihau.


The princess from Oahu.

The princess from Oahu.


Keiki from Punana Leo enjoy a green and floral float.

Keiki from Punana Leo enjoy a green and floral float.


The 4-H Clover Lopers.

The 4-H Clover Lopers.


The Molokai Filipino Community Council represented in the parade.

The Molokai Filipino Community Council represented in the parade.


Molokai's only representation on the Maui County Council, Stacy Helm Crivello.

Molokai’s only representation on the Maui County Council, Stacy Helm Crivello.

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