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Hula O Na Keiki starts Friday

By Staff | Nov 13, 2014

Ka‘ala Foster and Leah Ka‘umeaaloha Kimi Santiago of Halau Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi, under the direction of Kumu Hula ‘Iliahi and Haunani Paredes, took top overall honors in last year’s competition.

KAANAPALI – The 24th Hula O Na Keiki, Maui’s only children’s hula competition, is set for Nov. 14-16 at Kaanapali Beach Hotel.

This year’s event will feature eight halau from Oahu, Maui, Hawaii Island, California and Nevada.

Children ages 5-17 compete as soloists and as boy and girl pairs.

The competition includes a judge’s interview as well as hula performances in both kahiko (ancient) and auana (modern) dance categories.

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

To complement the keiki hula competition, weekend festivities at the hotel include an arts and crafts fair, cultural workshops and Hawaiian entertainment.

Tickets are now available at Kaanapali Beach Hotel’s Ohana Fun Center; call (808) 667-0129.

Competition doors open Friday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m.

The Hawaiian Festival of Arts & Crafts runs Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday features an award-winning champagne brunch.