28th Hula O Nā Keiki

Friday, November 9, 2018 | 4-9pm
Saturday, November 10, 2018 | 1-8pm
Kanahele Ballroom

The 28th Celebration of Hula O Nā Keiki will be held November 9-10, 2018 at Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel. Hula students from Hawaiʻi and around the world are invited to compete through interview, dance, chant, and costume categories.

This year, the sister tournament of annual Hula O Nā Keiki, the 1st Hula O Nā Keiki Japan will be held in June in Tokyo, Japan. Japanese Hālau are only eligible to register and compete in Hula O Nā Keiki Japan. The overall winners (Kahiko & ʻAuana division contestant) will be given the chance to participate in the 28th Hula O Nā Keiki Maui tournament in November. 


Hula O Nā Keiki Rules 2018


All paperwork must be submitted by the required deadlines. Points will be deducted if information is received after specified deadlines. Use only Hula O Nā Keiki forms listed below. Be thorough in answering all of the questions. If there are narratives other than the required information, keep that information on a separate sheet. Please email completed registration forms to gmiyaguchi@kbhmaui.com

Each hālau must submit the following by July 15, 2018

1. Agreement to Participate + kumu(s) individual headshot picture(s) 
2. Soloist(s) Haumāna Bio(s) + headshot picture 
3. Pālua Haumāna Bios (if applicable) + individual headshot pictures 
4. Parental Consent Forms

Submit the following for each haumāna by August 1, 2018: 

1. Soloist(s) Information Form 
2. Pālua Information Form 
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)

Submit the following for each haumāna by October 1, 2018: 

1. Soloist Costume Description Form 
2. Pālua Costume Description Form (if applicable) 

*Headshot pictures: The pictures of the kumu and haumāna will be used in the program and for name tags. Make sure each photo is at least 300 dpi for clarity. It is not necessary to be in a hula outfit. 

Awards and Prizes

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.


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. 
Before his passing, co-founder of Hula O Nā Keiki, Akoni Akana wished to recognize and reward the kumu hula that best demonstrated po‘okela in preparing for this competition. He personally selected a perpetual drum that will be awarded by Friends of Moku‘ula to the kumu hula that best fulfills the following criteria: 
Submittal of all completed palapala by required deadlines and thoroughness in completing all applications. 
Sharing of kumu hula’s mana‘o at a personal session with the Judges on the morning of Friday, November 9, 2018. 
Completion of haumāna’s reflection of their kumu included in haumāna’s biographical information. 
Adherence to competition rules. 


Scholarships may be awarded to ‘ōpio seeking higher learning in Hawaiian Culture. A representative of the scholarship will sit in the interview session to evaluate which ‘ōpio is deserving of this award. 

Event Contacts

Gayle Miyaguchi, Competition Administrator gmiyaguchi@kbhmaui.com  808-667-0219

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