Moloka'i Events

There are lots of events and local festivals that occur on the island. Below are the remaining events for 2011. Check back soon for the 2012 calendar.

June 1

KA HULA PIKO HULA FESTIVAL
“A celebration of the birth of
the hula”

Join Molokai and the rest of Hawaii as we celebrate the Annual Ka Hula Piko Festival at Kualapuu Rec Center in Kualapuu from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. A full day filled with Hawaiian and local craft booths, ‘ono food, and the official Moloka’i Ka Hula Piko t-shirt. Entertainment by various music groups and Hula Halau. Admission is free!

Historically, the celebration begins the Thursday prior with a Ka’ana Site Excursion. According to Moloka’i tradition, the art of Hula began on the island of Moloka’i in the district of Ka’ana. Join us as we share the mo’olelo (story) and hula (dance) of this sacred place. Head West past the airport along Maunaloa Hwy. Look for the cars parked alongside the road. Visit http://kahulapiko.com for more information about the meeting place and time.

Evening lectures are usually scheduled on the Thursday and Friday before the event. See the Ka Hula Piko page for more details and history or, visit http://kahulapiko.com

July 8-9

MOLOKAI HOLOKAI – Stand Up Paddle Races
July 8 Maui 2 Molokai SUP 26 mile race across the Pailolo Channel.

July 9 Molokai 4 Molokai a downwind shoreline SUP race along Molokai’s scenic reefs.
For more information http://supmolokai.org/

July 15

Bon Dance
MOLOKAI BON DANCE
“Obon is a long honored Japanese tradition of remembering with love and gratitude our departed ancestors.”

Obon Service 5:00pm, Bon Dance and Taiko Performance to follow. Held at the Soto Mission – Behind Kanemitsu Bakery.

July 30

Molokai – Oahu Paddle Board Race

An international field of more than 200 paddlers take on the 32-mile course across the Kaiwi Channel in the Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race. Considered to be the world championship of long distance paddleboard racing, the event has been won by Molokai paddlers and those from as far away as Australia. This year’s event promises to be one you won’t want to miss. Starting at Kepuhi Beach, Kaluakoi on Molokai at 7:00am and
finishing at Maunaloa Bay, Oahu around 12:30 pm. For more details visit http://www.molokai2oahu.com/.

August 19

STATE TOURNAMENT

Nationally Sanctioned Annual Event. 25 Target – Marked Animals. Divisions include; Freestyle, Barebow Bow hunter, Barebow Freestyle or Traditional (Recurved or Long Bow). Age groups include: Cubs (11 & Under), Youth (12-14), Young Adults (15-17), Adults, (18 & above), Guests and Olympic Class.

Entry forms and event details can be obtained by contacting the Molokai Bowhunters Club athttp://www.molokaibowhunters.com/. Spectators are welcome at no additional charge. Event apparel as well as food & beverage booths will be available at the tournament.

September 16

MAUI TO MOLOKAI CANOE RACE
Pailolo Challenge

The funnest downwind race in Hawaii!

D.T. Fleming Beach Park, Maui to Kaunakakai Harbor, Moloka’i (26 miles)
Organized by Hawaiian Canoe Club and sponsored by Coffees of Hawaii. A great outrigger canoe warm up/pre-race for the Na Wahine O Ke Kai and Molokai Hoe. Contact Kaimana Brummel at Hawaiian Canoe Club at 808-893-2134. Entry forms and details available on line at http://pailolo.com/

September 22

kulaiaKulaia
Welcoming paddlers for Na Wahine O Ke Kai

Local entertainment with Molokai crafts and merchandise, ono food and cultural practitioners.

Kaunakakai town from 5 – 10 pm. For more information visit their website – http://kulaia.wix.com/kulaiamolokai.

September 24

Na Wahine O Ke Kai
NA WAHINE O KE KAI
Women of the Sea

This is it, the finale of outrigger canoe racing for women around the world.
This race ends the 9-month season of outrigger racing. Join these outstanding women at
Hale O Lono Harbor on the southwestern shores of Molokai as they set off on this 40 mile race to Oahu.
What a fun way to start your day by watching
the sunrise and the start of race beginning at 7:00 am on Sunday morning.
The Finish line is fronting the shores of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Event
organized by Na Wahine Race Association. For more details visithttp://www.nawahineokekai.com/

October 8

MOLOKAI HOE CANOE RACE

A 41-mile Outrigger Canoe race from Molokai to Oahu across the Kaiwi Channel, the Molokai Hoe is considered the world championship of men’s long-distance outrigger canoe racing. The race begins at 7:00 am at Hale O Lono Harbor and finishes at Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki. Contact Hannie Anderson for details at 808-259-7112 or visit molokaihoe.com

October 5-7

Festivals of Aloha

FESTIVALS OF ALOHA

For over 50 years the Festivals of Aloha has brought the Molokai community together with their Royal Court, onolicious food, fun games, dance and memorable entertainment.

October 6 – Investiture Kupuna Show, @ the baseball park across from Mitchell Pauole Center, 6:30pm

October 7 – Youth Night @ the baseball park across from Mitchell Pauole Center, 6:30pm

October 8 – Parade through Kaunakakai Town, 9:00am, followed by day-long Ho’olaulea at the baseball park across from Mitchell Pauole Center.

For more information, contact Raquel Dudoit: 553-3356

December TBA

CHRISTMAS LIGHT PARADE & HO’OLAULE’A

Santa comes to Kaunakakai with the annual Christmas Light Parade, which features only-on-Molokai floats and marching units.

The ho’olaule’a follows the parade with music and entertainment. Plus, contests for best Christmas tree, best holiday dessert, best ornament and more. Great fun for everyone.

December 3

CHRISTMAS LIGHT PARADE & HO’OLAULE’A
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Santa comes to Kaunakakai with the annual Christmas Light Parade, which features only-on-Molokai floats and marching units.

The ho’olaule’a follows the parade with music and entertainment. Plus, contests for best Christmas tree, best holiday dessert, best ornament and more. Great fun for everyone.

More information available from the Molokai Chamber Foundation spacer

November 5

FOOD & BUSINESS EXPO

Top Chefs from Maui, Molokai & Lanai will dish up unique recipes using Molokai Products. Come taste, come hear and come see what Molokai business is all about! Business of all types may participate including; Products, Services, Farmers, Crafters, Merchants, Community Services, Financial Institutions, Retail, Visitor Industry, Construction and more. Open to Chamber members and non-members. 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ~ Lanikeha Community Center, Farrington Avenue ~ Ho’olehua

Applications are available at the Molokai Chamber of Commerce Office in Kaunakakai, or visit molokaichamber.org

December 3

CHRISTMAS LIGHT PARADE & HO’OLAULE’A
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Santa comes to Kaunakakai with the annual Christmas Light Parade, which features only-on-Molokai floats and marching units.

The ho’olaule’a follows the parade with music and entertainment. Plus, contests for best Christmas tree, best holiday dessert, best ornament and more. Great fun for everyone.

More information available from the Molokai Chamber Foundation spacer