2017 hula o na keiki at ka‘anapali beach hotel

Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Hawaii’s Most Hawaiian Hotel, is excited to announce the 27th Anniversary of Maui’s only children’s hula competition, Hula O Na Keiki. Open to students from around the world, the competition commemorates one of Hawaii’s richest traditions and will take place from November 10-11, 2017.

Participants ranging in age from five to seventeen will compete in their respective categories for coveted awards and titles, and the chance to win cash and prizes.

Entering as soloists or palua (boy and girl pairs), contestants will perform kahiko (ancient) and auana (modern) hula styles that reflect both traditional and personal interpretations of competition songs. Dancers will be judged on their interview skills, chanting styles, dance performances and cultural appropriateness of costumes and adornments.

A new addition for 2017, auana songs must be in the Hawaiian language, written between 1970 to present and either about love for a person or honoring a particular place in Hawaii.

This year’s theme for palua songs are Hapa Haole songs written between 1929-1959.

In its twenty-seventh year, this beautiful cultural competition continues to educate participants and attendees alike in Hawaiian traditions and perpetuates the culture so that the traditions can be carried forward.

To complement the keiki hula competition, weekend festivities at the hotel include arts and crafts from all islands, cultural and hula workshops, and Hawaiian entertainment.

On Sunday, the event will close with a special Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Tiki Terrace. Special room rates will be available to each kumu and participating halau. To qualify for these rates, the kumu must use a Hula O Na Keiki Room Reservations form.

This event is a unique opportunity to witness our island keiki sharing their love for hula. Both visitors and kamaaina alike can share in the joy of watching these children share all of their hard work and dedication to their halau.


Hula O Na Keiki at Kaanapali Beach Hotel


Friday, November 10 – Sunday, November 12

WHERE: Kaanapali Beach Hotel, 2525

Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI 96761

INFO: Please visit http://www.kbhmaui.com or call 661-0011


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