Keiki Hula Festival to bring culture, dance to Lahaina Cannery Mall
LAHAINA – Lahaina Cannery Mall will host its 19th annual Keiki Hula Festival on Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16.
This free, two-day cultural event will feature halau (dance troupes) from across the island presenting richly choreographed kahiko (ancient) and auana (modern) hula that express the traditional values of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. ??
The weekend celebration also features Hawaiian artisans and crafters demonstrating lei making, weaving, wood carving and other traditional skills.
Halau will take the stage every other hour beginning at 11 a.m., with the last performance at 3:30 p.m. each day.
The lineup for both days features Hui Lanakila at 11 a.m., Te Tiare Patitifa at 12:30 p.m., Halau Hula O Keola Ali’iokekai at 2 p.m. and Na Kamali’i Nani O Lahaina at 3:30 p.m.
For more information, call 661-5304, visit LahainaCanneryMall.com or follow @LahainaCannery on Twitter or Facebook.
In related news, Lahaina Cannery Mall held its first-ever SING IT! Youth Singing Competition on Saturday, June 24.
Twenty of Maui’s most talented youth put on an entertaining show as they competed to win cash prizes totaling $1,800 and a professional recording session.
Maui storyteller and speaker Kathy Collins was the emcee, and the panel of judges for the competition included Billboard chart-topping saxophonist Rock Hendricks, a member of Mick Fleetwood’s band; vocalist, keyboardist and longtime Maui music teacher Fulton Tashombe; KAOI Radio’s Cindy Paulos; and Deejays Kamikaze and Arona from radio station Q-103.
Thirteen-year-old Jacqueline Brown’s powerful performance of “Part of Your World” from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” earned her the highest point total of the day, and she was awarded the $1,000 first place prize.
The second place prize of $500 went to 14-year-old Jena Mukai, who sang “On My Own.”
Placing third, and winning $300, was 11-year-old Alexandra Hays for her performance of Carrie Underwood’s “Cowboy Casanova.”
The People’s Choice Award went to Preston Summit, age 13, who received the loudest cheer after his performance of “Bet On It” from the popular movie “High School Musical.”
As a recipient of this award, Preston won a recording session in a professional studio.
Many of the contestants are members of Maui’s performing arts classes and are involved in local theater.
Lahaina Cannery Mall looks forward to hosting the SING IT! Competition next year to help support youth and the arts on Maui.