2018 Hula O Nā Keiki
Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, Hawaii’s Most Hawaiian Hotel, will host the 28th Anniversary of Maui’s only solo children’s hula competition, Hula O Nā Keiki. Participants will commemorate one of Hawaii’s richest traditions on November 9-10, 2018.
Friday, November 9 from 4-9 pm
Saturday, November 10 from 1-8 pm
Children, ages 5-17, will participate in the solo hula competition, while also learning, interpreting, and performing a Maui chant. Participants can also enter into the Pālua (couple) Division, where they will be able to dance in tandem. Local artisans from the Hawaiian Festival of Arts and Crafts will feature educational sessions through demonstrations, presentations, and workshops.
In its twenty-eighth year, the cultural competition continues to educate participants and attendees alike in Hawaiian traditions and perpetuates the culture so that the traditions can be carried forward. Attendees will experience language and culture through the art of hula and oli. The competition advocates for writing of new mele and perpetuation of hapa haole music. To complement the keiki hula competition, the Hawaiian Festival of Arts and Crafts will feature unique local artisans and provide a venue for participants, their hālau, families and the community to learn from cultural practitioners.
Special room rates will be available to each kumu and participating halau. To qualify for these rates, the kumu must use a Hula O Nā Keiki Room Reservations form. This will be made available by the Competition Administrator once a halau registration is completed.
For More Information: Hula O Nā Keiki
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