Halau shines at Kauai event
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.
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.