20th annual hula o na keiki

2009 Kane Division Overall Winner—Wade “Junior” Ku ‘umomimakamae Choda-Kowalski, Jr.

2009 Kane Division Overall Winner—Wade “Junior” Ku ‘umomimakamae Choda-Kowalski, Jr.

Now in its 20th year, this is Maui’s renowned children’s hula competition.  The weekend program, November 12-14 at Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel, will commemorate one of Hawai‘i’s richest traditions, open to hula students from around the world.

Children aged five to seventeen compete as soloists and as boy & girl pairs. The competition includes a judge’s interview as well as the hula performances in both kahiko (ancient) and auana (modern) dance categories. The students are judged on their proficiency in Hawaiian language, and the appropriateness of their costume. Over $10,000 in cash and prizes are awarded each year.

To complement the keiki hula competition, weekend festivities at the hotel include arts and crafts with crafters from all of the Hawaiian islands, cultural and hula workshops, and wonderful Hawaiian entertainment. The colorful keiki hula performances and the weekend of festivities at Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel are a showcase for Hawaiian culture that is not to be missed.

For more information and for tickets, please call 661-0011.

Schedule of Events

Hawaiian Festival of Arts & Crafts:
Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am-3pm.
Island Artisans will display their crafts from Maui, Oahu and Moloka‘i.
Continuous entertainment featuring Na Kamali‘i O Ke Akua, Richard Ho‘opi‘i, Le‘a Pocheco, Kanala Masoe, and Mika Villaren, emceed by Makalapua Kanuha.

Competition:
Friday from 3-7pm and Saturday from 1-6pm.
Tickets are available at Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel at the Ohana Fun Center, 667-0129 and Native Intelligence at 45 Market Street in Wailuku, 249-2421.
General Admission for Adults, $15 and Keiki (12 & under), $6. Reserved Seating is available for $20.

Sunday Champagne Brunch:
Offered Sunday from 9am-1pm.
Reservations are required, $2 off brunch with your ticket stub from the hula competition.

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