KAANAPALI - The 22nd Hula O Na Keiki, Maui's only children's hula competition, is set for Nov. 9-11 at Kaanapali Beach Hotel. This weekend competition will commemorate one of Hawaii's richest traditions, open to hula students from around the world.
Children ages 5-17 compete as soloists and as boy and girl pairs. The competition includes a judge's interview and their 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. Nearly $17,000 will be awarded in cash and prizes this year.
The Overall Wahine winner at the 2011 Hula O Na Keiki was 16-year-old Kamalani Kaleimomi Kahalepoli Kawaa of Halau Kekuaokalaaualailiahi under Na Kumu Hula lliahi and Haunani Paredes.
To complement the keiki hula competition, weekend festivities at the hotel include arts and crafts from all islands, cultural and hula workshops, canoe rides by Hui O Wa'a Kaulua and Hawaiian entertainment.
Tickets are now available at Kaanapali Beach Hotel's 'Ohana Fun Center (667-0129) and at Native Intelligence in Wailuku, (249-2421).
Doors open Friday, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. Sunday features an award-winning Sunday Champagne Brunch.
For information on the Kaanapali Beach Hotel, call 661-0011 or visit www.kbhmaui.com.