LAHAINA - The Maui halau Keala Kahinano O Puna came away from the recent Kauai Mokihana Festival Hula Competition with top awards.
The festival included group and solo divisions. Papa Hinano, a keiki group under the halau, took first place in both Kaikamahine Kahiko (traditional hula) and Kaikamahina Auana (modern hula).
The Papa Hinano girls, ages 6 to 12, also won the prestigious King's Award presented by the Festival King for his choice of outstanding halau.
The Papa Hinano girls — including Logan Hanohano, La‘akea Thompson and Jazmin Mathias from Lahaina — won the prestigious King’s Award at the Kauai Mokihana Festival Hula Competition.
Papa Hinano members are Logan Hanohano, La'akea Thompson, Jazmin Mathias, Alexis Camara, Destiny Kovacic, Reyann Mau-Bagay, Amedee Conley-Kapoi, Sydney Emde and Guilia Quinsaat.
In the solo divisions, Nathan Evans took second in the Mr. Mokihana Division, and Ginger Camara placed third in the Mrs. Mokihana contest.