2018 hula o na keiki at ka‘anapali beach hotel: friday, november 9 – sunday, november 11

Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel is excited to announce the 28th Anniversary of Maui’s only solo keiki 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 Friday, November 9 through Sunday, November 11, 2018.

Mike White, Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel general manager shared, “We are proud to host the 28th year of Hula O Na Keiki, our solo hula competition showcasing the talent and grace of today’s youth. This annual event brings us together to share and celebrate Hawaiian culture and traditions of our island home through oli (chant), mele (song), and hula performed by keiki ages 5 to 17. Over the years, the competition has grown tremendously from its humble beginnings, a time when there were very few chants about Maui. Because of Hula O Na Keiki, there are 40 chants that have been written or revived from old Hawai‘i that are beautifully presented through hula. A critical element of the competition is the requirement that all contestants oli (chant). Learning and performing the oli strengthens and grows the knowledge and command of the Hawaiian language as well as their personal connection to beloved Hawaiian traditions. Throughout the years, many of the haumana (students) have since become kumu (teachers) and have their own halau (hula schools).”

“The intent of this year’s competition is to bring the focus back to our beautiful island home of Maui. For the solo hula kahiko, the mele kahiko must be related to Maui through current or historical connections. Our objective is to provide an opportunity for the haumana to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of Maui, its history and its people. The mele ‘auana can be of any Hawaiian genre, allowing haumana more freedom to express and perform according to their individual abilities and preferences. We encourage the haumana or kumu to compose new and unique mele for the competition” said White.

The annual event has an esteemed panel of judges who impart an immeasurable amount of knowledge and experience to the contestants. All haumana participate in an interview session with the judges and discuss the oli, the mele and the costume and adornments chosen for the competition. This provides an opportunity for the haumana to share their understanding and love of hula while acknowledging and recognizing the cultural significance of all the elements involved in the performance of the art.

The weekend’s festivities will include cultural demonstrations, continuous live Hawaiian entertainment, local arts and crafts, and ‘ono local food prepared by Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel’s award-winning culinary team.

White also shared, “It is the goal of Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel to honor, perpetuate and preserve Hawaiian arts and culture. We ask you to join us in celedbrating our keiki and our beloved island of Maui. Come and enjoy this exciting weekend of hula, and remember that the future of our culture rests in the hands of our keiki!”

Another exciting event for Maui fans of Manaola… There will be a Manaola Showcase and Sale in the ‘Ohana Room featuring their Hawaiian fashion and designs inspired by the elements of nature. Hours are Friday and Saturday from 8am-4pm and Sunday from 8am-1pm.


Friday, November 9
8am – 4pm
Festival of Arts & Crafts
Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel Courtyard & Lobby

11:30am – 7:30pm
Hula O Na Keiki Food Court
Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel Courtyard

4pm – 9pm
Hula O Na Keiki Competition
Hula Kahiko
Kanahele Room

Saturday, November 10
8am – 4pm
Festival of Arts & Crafts
Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel Courtyard & Lobby

11:30am – 7:30pm
Hula O Na Keiki Food Court
Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel Courtyard

1pm – 8pm
Hula O Na Keiki Competition
Hula ‘Auana
Kanahele Room

Sunday, November 11
9am – 1pm
Award-Wining Sunday Champagne Brunch
Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel
Tiki Terrace Restaurant
Reservations are required, call 667-0124

Mission Statement

Hula O Na Keiki is a solo hula competition for children ages 5-17. Participants are required to learn, interpret, and perform a Maui chant. The hula competition is just one facet of a three-day event designed to allow participants the opportunity to learn about and nurture Hawaiian cultural values. This gives each student a sense of appreciation for the past and a deeper sense of identity with their Hawaiian ancestors. It is our intent to provide an avenue through which they may express their new understanding and awareness of the Hawaiian language and culture through the art of hula and oli. The competition also advocates for the writing of new mele and the perpetuation of hapa haole music.
The Hawaiian Festival of Arts and Crafts, in conjunction with Hula O Na Keiki, features unique local artisans. It also provides a venue for participants, their halau, families, and the community to learn from cultural practitioners through demonstrations, presentations, and workshops.


Hula O Na Keiki at Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel.

Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel, 2525 Ka‘anapali Pkwy, Ka‘anapali Resort

Friday, November 9 – Sunday, November 11

General, Reserved and Premium Seating available from $20 to $25.

On-Site Valet Parking: $18

Please visit http://www.hulaonakeiki.com or
call the ‘Ohana Fun Center at Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel at 667-0129.

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