Kenu & Kundu Festival

The Kenu and Kundu Festival is all filled with energy as Alotau comes alive in celebration of the region’s canoes and drums that continue to be an important part of the local 

Tribes from the region’s 600-plus islands descend on the Provincial capital for canoe races, Sing-Sings, ritual exchanges and performances – all to the sounds of traditional drums (kundu) and conch shells. The festival attracts Kula trading canoes from the Trobriand Islands, Sailua sailing canoes from as far afield as the Louisiade Archipelago, and Lopo war canoes from Milne Bay. Some crews paddle days or weeks to reach the festival.