Princess Ka'iulani was the last princess of Hawaii. The festival was obviously about remembering her, but there was also an emphasis on Niihau. My school set up a "Niihau Village". In the center was a stage where our school performed the hula. Several other groups performed as well. In another section there was Niihau style pancakes which are only made with flour and water. Instead of syrup they put sweetened condensed milk on top. There was also someone there telling stories about the boat ride from Niihau to Kauai. My favorite area was where they were demonstrating how the famous Niihau shell jewelry is made. It is very delicate work!
This is what a Niihau Shell Necklace looks like. In the center of this necklace is a sunrise shell, one of my favorite kind of shells! They are really popular here.
During the festival there was a children's talent show. One of the kids that Cory coaches was there and convinced him to spot her on a back-tuck during her performance. One of my students told the story of the three little pigs for her talent, it was pretty cute.
There was also a "parade" - but really it was only the kids at the festival getting dressed up in costumes and walking down the street. The people who organized the festival provided costumes for the kids which was pretty nice. I still can't get over how funny it is to see kids in Halloween costumes in 80 degree weather :)