27th Hula O Nā Keiki

The 27th Celebration of Hula O Nā Keiki will be held November 10-11, 2017 at Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel. Hula students from Hawai`i and around the world are invited to compete through interview, dance, chant, and costume categories.


To apply for the competition, submit the following forms by the stated deadlines. Contact will be initiated by the Competition Administrator to verify a hālau’s participation.

Due July 1, 2017 

1. Agreement to Participate (+ kumu(s) individual headshot picture(s))
2. Soloist(s) Haumana Bio (+ headshot picture) 
3. Pālua Bio(s) (if applicable), 1 per couple + individual headshot pictures 
4. Parent’s Consent Forms 

Due August 1, 2017 

1. Soloist(s) Information Form 
2. Pālua Information Form (if applicable) 
3. Song Sheet Forms: Words to all songs (oli, ka‘i, ho‘i, nā mele. All Hawaiian words must have diacritical markings to avoid misinterpretation of its meaning.) 
4. Sufficient documentation stating dates when ‘auana songs were composed, and the composer’s name 
5. Sound Requirement Form (1 per hālau only) 

Due October 1, 2017 

1. Soloist Costume Description Form 
2. Pālua Costume Description Form 


Hula O Nā Keiki Rules 2017

What's New This Year? 


‘Auana songs must be in the Hawaiian language. Songs must be written between 1970 to presentThemed choices are:

1. Love Songs - Songs that express the constant feelings of love for a person. References to nature in the song should represent feelings of love for a person. 

2. Songs Honoring a Particular Place in Hawai‘i – A place may be a home, valley, bay, mountain, district, or series of places mentioned in the mele. 


This year’s theme for pālua songs: Hapa Haole songs written between 1929-1959. Sufficient documentation of date it was written must be submitted. Copies of newspaper articles, web pages, magazines, etc. are examples of sufficient documentation. Please keep your documentation to a minimum to save the planet. 


The Hula O Nā Keiki Committee reserves the right to add, adjust or remove any prize category stated above, including combining the Overall Winners based on the number of entrants.

Friends of Moku‘ula Scholarship Award 
FOM generously gives scholarships to ‘ōpio seeking higher learning in Hawaiian Culture. A representative from FOM will sit in the interview session to evaluate which ‘ōpio is deserving of this award. 


Malia Kekona, Competition Administrator mkekona@kbhmaui.com  808-667-0139 

Dee Coyle, Co-Competition Administrator dcoyle@kbhmaui.com  808-667-0218 

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