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Hula O Nā Keiki

hawaiian female wearing lei on beach

Hula O Nā Keiki, a children’s solo hula competition, is held on the grounds of Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel. Though the event has grown over the years from a single day affair to an entire weekend of Hawaiian arts and music, the objective has remained the same:  to educate our children in the ways of our ancestors so that the culture can be carried forward. 

Children from ages 5 to 17 years old will steal your heart as you watch them compete in their categories for the coveted awards and titles. Each contestant completes an interview in front of a panel of judges before the competition and is required to memorize a chant in the native Hawaiian language. Later that evening they will perform one of their kahiko (traditional) and ʻauana (modern) style hula.

The next night is their chance to prove to themselves, their hālau (hula school) and especially their kumu (teacher) that they have mastered the hula. Unless of course, they are also entered in the Pālua (couple) Division when they will dance one more time in tandem! It's a weekend of "oohs" and "ahs" over colorful costumes, sassy attitudes, and of course, expertise in traditional hula!

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