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‘Hula O Na Keiki’ perpetuates one of Hawaii’s richest traditions

By Staff | Nov 4, 2010

Competitors are judged on their interviews, hula performances, proficiency in the Hawaiian language and costumes.

KAANAPALI — The 20th annual “Hula O Na Keiki,” Maui’s only children’s hula competition, is set for Nov. 12-14 at Kaanapali Beach Hotel.

This weekend competition is open to hula students from around the world.

Children ages 5-17 may enter 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.

Students are also judged on their proficiency in the Hawaiian language and the appropriateness of their costumes.

Nearly $22,000 will be awarded in cash and prizes this year.

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.

For information, call 661-0011 or visit www.kbhmaui.com.