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Kauai's Waimea Town fest celebrates canoes, a king and island culture

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Cultural traditions unique to Kauai will be showcased as the island’s largest and oldest annual festival returns Feb. 14-21.

The Waimea Town Celebration in west Kauai boasts a long list of activities for locals and visitors.

On Feb. 14, canoe races in traditional outriggers along the Waimea shoreline kick off the festivities. Standup paddleboard races will be held the following day.

Feb. 15 activities also include the King Kaumualii Celebration, which honors Kauai’s last king. The day’s activities include a four-act play that shares the story of Kaumualii’s life through words and an original score.

The play will be staged at the Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park. The fort, built of stacked boulders in 1817, is a reminder of Russia’s short-lived expedition in Hawaii. The activities begin at noon, and admission is free.

The Waimea Roundup rodeo will be Feb. 20 and 21 at the Friendship Do Ranch. The team roping event, from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Feb. 20, is free. Admission on Feb. 21 is $5.

Other activities include traditional Hawaiian games, hula dancing and a ukulele contest. There will be live entertainment throughout the week, and local food favorites will be available for purchase.

Info: Waimea Town Celebration

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