The Opening Hula at Today’s Kamehameha School’s Ho’olaule’a

Here is one of my son’s hula performances he performed today at the Kamehameha Schools Ho’olaule’a:
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He’s in the back row if you can’t figure it out.

Three Days & Nights of Hula – Moku O Keawe International Festival is This Week

The 8th Annual Moku O Keawe International Festival takes place November 7-9, 2013 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, with high-caliber hula competition, an expanded Made-in-Hawai‘i Marketplace and unique Hawaiian cultural workshops.

Halau Na Pua 'Uluhaimalama peforms a hula noho during the 2012 MOKIF competition.

Halau Na Pua ‘Uluhaimalama peforms a hula noho during the 2012 MOKIF competition.

International competition.   Hālau from Hawai‘i, Japan and elsewhere will compete in Hula Kahiko, Hula Auwana, and Kupuna divisions, group and solo, in the Hilton’s Monarchy Ballroom.  Emceed by KAPA radio personality Ka‘ea Alapa‘i, Thursday and Friday are evening performances; Saturday’s events begin at 1:00 p.m.

Cultural Workshops.   Essential to the Festival is the element of Hawaiian cultural education.  Workshops, presented by the competition judges include hula kahiko and auwana by esteemed Kumu Hula Nalani Kanaka‘ole, Iwalani Kalima, Cy Bridges and Chinky Mahoe.  Additionally, three generations of the legendary Lim ‘Ohana will present a talk-story session and Kele Kanahele will help students create Ni’ihau shell lei. 

Workshops will also be held.

Workshops will also be held.

Made-in-Hawai‘i Marketplace.  Featuring a wide variety of some of the best products from over 50 Island of Hawai‘i vendors, the new Marketplace at Hilton Hawaiian Village will showcase Hula implements, fresh lei, silk-screened clothing, woven lauhala hats and purses, food products, fine arts, jewelry, fragrance, soaps and more.  In the “class without walls,” noted ipu-maker Kalim Smith demonstrates how to make the traditional gourd drums.

A $5 rate for self-parking is provided by Hilton Waikoloa Village.  Advance registration required for Workshops, on line or at the Festival registration area, up to one hour prior to class.  For information and tickets to events, visit www.MOKIF.com

Leiomalama Soloman of Beamer Solomon Halau o Po'ohala, last year's MOK solo winner.

Leiomalama Soloman of Beamer Solomon Halau o Po’ohala, last year’s MOK solo winner.

MOKU O KEAWE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
November 7-9, 2013, Hilton Waikoloa Village Monarchy Ballroom

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, November 7

  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Workshop: Hula Auwana, “Aia La O Pele,” Instructor: Kumu Hula Iwalani Kalima
  • 1-4 p.m., Workshop: Hula Auwana, “Lei Pua Kenikeni,” Instructor: Kumu Hula Chinky Mahoe
  • 5 p.m., Doors open for Kahiko Night
  • 6-9 p.m., Competition:  Wahine Kahiko, group and solo

Friday, November 8

  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Workshop: Hana Lei Pupu (Ni‘ihau shell lei-making), Instructor: Kele Kanahele
  • 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Made-in-Hawaii Market Place
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m., “Class without walls,” Ipu Heke – Hula Gourd Implement.  Instructor:  Kalim Smith, open to the public, complimentary
  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Workshop: Hula Auwana, “Ni‘ihau,” Instructor: Kumu Hula Nalani Kanakaole
  • 1-4 p.m., Workshop: Hula Auwana, “Hualalai,” Instructor: Kumu Hula Cy Bridges
  • 5 p.m., Doors open for Kupuna Night
  • 6-10 p.m., Competition: Kupuna, group and solo.  Awards presentation to follow.

Saturday, November 9

  • 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Made-in-Hawaii Market Place
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m., “Class without walls,” Ipu Heke – Hula Gourd Implement.  Instructor:  Kalim Smith, open to the public, complimentary
  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Workshop: “Following Tradition.” Mo‘olelo (talking story) with three generations of the Lim ‘Ohana
  • 12 p.m., Doors open for Auwana competition
  • 1-7 p.m., Competition:  Wahine Auwana, group and solo, and Makua Solo.  Awards presentation to follow.

Moku O Keawe International Festival takes place November 7-9 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, offering a special rate of $5 for self-parking.  Advance registration required for Workshops, on line or at the Festival registration area, up to one hour prior to class.  For more information and ticket purchase or Workshop registration, visit www.mokif.com.

 

8th Annual Moku O Keawe Internatiol Hula Festivital Moves to Hilton Waikoloa Village

With a new location and a refreshed attitude for an upbeat economy, the 8th Annual Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival will take place November 7-9, 2013 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.  Three exciting nights of top international hula competition, an expanded Made-in-Hawai‘i Marketplace and unique Hawaiian cultural workshops make Moku O Keawe a winning choice for the classic Hawai‘i Island resort setting.

Leiomalama Soloman of Beamer Solomon Halau o Po'ohala, last year's MOK solo winner.

Leiomalama Soloman of Beamer Solomon Halau o Po’ohala, last year’s MOK solo winner.

International competition.   Moku O Keawe brings together hālau from Hawai‘i, Japan, Mexico, the U.S. Mainland and elsewhere with high-caliber hula competition in Hula Kahiko, Hula ‘Auwana, and Kupuna divisions, group and solo.  Competition nights feature live music onstage and Mistress of Ceremonies, KAPA radio personality Ka‘ea Alapa‘i.

Halau Na Pua 'Uluhaimalama peforms a hula noho during the 2012 MOKIF competition.

Halau Na Pua ‘Uluhaimalama peforms a hula noho during the 2012 MOKIF competition.

Cultural Workshops.   Essential to the Festival is the element of Hawaiian cultural education through a series of hands-on workshops, presented by the competition judges in their chosen fields of expertise.  Dance workshops include hula kahiko and ‘auwana by pre-eminent Nā Kumu Hula such as Nani Lim Yap, Nalani Kanaka‘ole, Iwalani Kalima, Cy Bridges, Chinky Mahoe and others.  The arts of hula are explored in-depth, with workshops such as lau hala weaving, crafting shell lei, and an excursion to Kalaemano (near Hualālai Resort) with Ku‘ulei Keakealani.

Workshops will also be held.

Workshops will also be held.

Made-in-Hawai‘i Marketplace.  Featuring a wide variety of some of the best products from over 50 Island of Hawai‘i vendors, the new Marketplace at Hilton Hawaiian Village will showcase Hula implements, fresh lei, silk-screened clothing, woven lauhala hats and purses, food products, fine arts, jewelry, fragrance, soaps and more.

Hilton Waikoloa Village

“We are very grateful to the Hilton for reaching out to us with their support,” said Moku O Keawe Board Advisor Sherron Rosenberger “It became clear that we had to make a change in order to keep our Festival going strong and focused on the future.  By hosting everything in one location, the Hilton has provided a way to continue our mission to perpetuate hula, the arts of hula and Hawaiian culture with the local community and our visitors from near and far.”

The Moku O Keawe International Festival is sponsored by the Moku O Keawe Foundation, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing, enriching and educating the practice and development of hula and its associated arts.  For information and tickets to events, visit www.MOKIF.com

NO FREE NIGHT at This Years Merrie Monarch – Wednesday Night’s Ho’ike Tickets Now Available

Many of us folks are use to attending the Wednesday Night Ho’ike at the Merrie Monarch for free, however, this year that will not be the case as you will need to purchase tickets in advance to attend:

Photo from the Merrie Monarch Site

Photo from the Merrie Monarch Site

The Merrie Monarch Festival announces that for this year’s upcoming Wednesday Night Ho’ike, Wednesday, April 3, 2013, we will be having a $5.00 charge for admission to the event.

The Merrie Monarch Festival Committee is coordinating a special Ho’ike to salute the 50th Celebration of the Merrie Monarch Festival.  We have invited some of the original dancers, first Kāne winners and special guests to grace the stage. Since many of the performing hālau are from off island and their families (some from as far away as California) want to watch them dance, the committee wants to be fair and give all a equal chance to attend. Ticket mail-in is the fairest way to do this.

For more information and to purchase tickets for Wednesday night click here: 2013 Wednesday Night Ho’ike Tickets

EACH PERSON MAY PURCHASE UP TO (4) FOUR TICKETS.

PAYMENT: Only Money orders and cashier’s checks will be accepted. No personal checks. Please make money order or cashier’s check payable to the Merrie Monarch Festival.

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The 50th Merrie Monarch Announces the Participants for the 2013 Merrie Monarch Festival

The 50th Merrie Monarch announced its participants in the 2013 Merrie Monarch Festival.

Photos from the Merrie Monarch Site

Photos from the Merrie Monarch Site

Oʻahu Island

1.  Hālau Hula Olana  (Wahine)
Olana and Howard Ai
Puʻuloa, Oʻahu

2.  Hālau I Ka Wēkiu  (Kāne & Wahine)
Karl Veto Baker and Michael Casupang
Pauoa, Oʻahu

3.  Ka Pā Hula O Ka Lei Lehua  (Kāne)
Snowbird Bento
Honolulu, Oʻahu

4.  Ka Pā Hula ʻO Kauanoe ʻO Waʻahila  (Wahine)
Maelia Loebenstein Carter
Kaimukī, Oʻahu

5.  Hālau O Nā Pua Kukui (Kāne)
Ed Collier
Kalihi, Oʻahu

6.  Keolalaulani Hālau ʻŌlapa O Laka  (Kāne & Wahine)
Aloha Dalire
Heʻeia, Oʻahu and Hilo, Hawaiʻi

7. Hālau Mōhala ʻIlima  (Wahine)
Māpuana de Silva
Kaʻōhao, Hawaiʻi

8. Hālau Ke Kia‘i A O Hula (Wahine)
Kapiʻolani Haʻo
Kalihi and Kapālama, Oʻahu

9.  Keali‘ika‘apunihonua Ke‘ena A‘o Hula  (Wahine)
Leimomi Ho
Honolulu, Oʻahu

10.  Hula Hālau ʻO Kamuela  (Wahine)
Kauʻionalani Kamanaʻo and Kunewa Mook
Kalihi & Waimānalo, Hawaiʻi

11.  Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai O Haʻehaʻe  (Wahine)
Tracie and Keawe Lopes
Kahauiki, Oʻahu

12.  Kawailiʻula (Kāne)
Chinky Māhoe
Kailua, Oʻahu

13. Hālau Kekuaokalāʻauʻalaʻaʻiliahi (Kāne)
Laʻakea Perry
Wailuku, Maui

14. Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka Lā (Kāne & Wahine)
Kaleo Trinidad
Honolulu, Oʻahu

15. Hālau Hula Ka Lehua Tuahine (Wahine)
Kaʻilihiwa Vaughn-Darval
Mānoa, Oʻahu

Hawaiʻi Island

16.  Hālau Hula ʻO Kahikilaulani  (Kāne & Wahine)
Nāhōkū Gaspang
Hilo, Hawaiʻi

17.  Hālau Hula Nā Pua Uʻi O Hawaiʻi  (Wahine)
Etua Lopes
Kailua Kona, Hawaiʻi

18. Hālau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua (Wahine)
Johnny Lum Ho
Hilo, Hawaiʻi

19. Hālau Kekuaokalāʻauʻalaʻaʻiliahi (Wahine)
Glenn Kelena Vasconcellos
Hilo, Hawaiʻi

Merrie Monarch Dance

Maui Island

20. Hālau O Ke Ānuenue (Wahine)
Nāpua Makua and Kahulu Maluo
Wailuku, Maui

21. Hālau Kekuaokalāʻauʻalaʻaʻiliahi (Kāne)
ʻIliahi and Haunani Paredes
Kula, Maui

Merrie Monarch Dance

Kauaʻi Island

22. Hālau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leināʻala (Wahine)
Leināʻala Pavao Jardin
Kalāheo, Kauaʻi

23. Healani’s Hula Hālau (Wahine)
Beverly Apana Muraoka
Kapaʻa, Kauaʻi

Merrie Monarch Dance

California

24.  Hālau Kealiʻi O Nālani (Wahine)
Kealiʻi Ceballos
Los Angeles, Caifornia

25. Academy of Hawaiian Arts (Kāne)
Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu
Oakland, California

26. Hālau ʻO Lilinoe (Wahine)
Sissy and Lilinoe Kaio
Carson, California

Kumu and Judges for the 50th Annual 2013 Merrie Monarch (Click for larger image)

Kumu and Judges for the 50th Annual 2013 Merrie Monarch (Click for larger image)

Judges

  • Cy Bridges
  • Nālani Kanakaʻole
  • Mae Kamāmalu Klein
  • Joan S. Lindsey
  • Noenoelani Zuttermeister Lewis
  • Kealiʻi Reichel
  • Kalena Silva

For more information about the festival see here: 2013 Merrie Monarch
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Winners Announced of the 7th Annual Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival

Winners of the 7th Annual Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival were announced Saturday night to an enthusiastic crowd at Waikoloa Bowl in Queens’ Gardens.  Awards were presented to Makua Solo, Wahine Solo and Wahine Hālau, after three nights of competition in ancient Kahiko and modern ‘Auana divisions.  (Kupuna Hālau and Solo winners were announced on Friday).

Sig Zane, Mary Jane Kamoku, Nalani Kanakaole and Kumu Alberta Nicolas

The top-scoring Wahine Hālau was Hui Hula Naleikalākupua (1,102 points) from Japan, under the direction of Kumu Hula Yukiko Hanayama.  In second place was Hawai‘i Island’s own Beamer-Solomon Hālau O Po‘ohala (1,089 points), Kumu Hula Hulali Solomon Covington.  Covington’s niece, Leiomalama Solomon, won the Wahine Solo title; she performed “Kimo Hula,” composed by her great-great-grandmother Helen Desha Beamer, for the ‘auana selection.

Hulali Solomon Covington, Leiomalama Solomon, Nalani Kanakaole and Kuhao Zane

Fourteen hālau—seven from Japan, six from Hawaii and one from Mexico—competed in the three-night event, which also featured Hawaiian cultural workshops and Made-in-Hawai‘i Marketplace during the day at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa.

Kuhao Zane. Sig Zane, Kumu Yukiko Hanayama and Nalani Kanakaole

WINNERS 7th Annual Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival:

  • 2nd Place Makua Solo Hula: Kyushu Hawaiian Association Kamalu Lani, 490 points, Kumu Hula: Keiko Ito Soloist: Sanami Hayashi
  • 1st Place Makua Solo Hula: Hula Hālau Kahula O Hawai‘i, 545 points, Kumu Hula: Kyoko Kubokawa, Soloist: Miyuki Iota
  • 3rd Place Wahine Hula: Kyushu Hawaiian Association Kamalu Lani, 1,084 points, Kumu Hula: Keiko Ito
  • 2nd Place Wahine Hula: Beamer-Solomon Hālau O Po‘ohala, 1,089 points, Kumu Hula: Hulali Solomon Covington
  • 1st Place Wahine Hula: Hui Hula Naleikalākupua, 1,102 points, Kumu Hula: Yukiko Hanayama
  • 3rd Place Solo Hula: Koga Mamina Hula Studio, 1,009 points, Kumu Hula: Mamina Koga, Soloist: Hiromi Sato
  • 2nd Place Solo Hula: Hula Hālau Kahula O Hawai‘i, 1,018 points, Kumu Hula: Kyoko Kubokawa, Soloist: Megumi Toyosawa
  • 1st Place Solo Hula: Beamer-Solomon Hālau O Po‘ohala 1,086 points, Kumu Hula: Hulali Solomon Covington, Soloist: Leiomalama Solomon
  • 3rd Place Kūpuna Hula: Hui Hula Naleikalakupua, 598 points, Kumu Hula: Yukiko Hanayama
  • 2nd Place Kūpuna Hula: Hula Hālau Plumeria Kamalu Lani, 618 points, Kumu Hula: Harumi Soejima
  • 1st Place Kūpuna Hula: Hālau I Ka Wekiu, 634 points, Kumu Hula: Karl Veto Baker and Michael Casupang

The Moku O Keawe International Festival is sponsored by the Moku O Keawe Foundation, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing, enriching and educating the practice and development of hula and its associated arts.  Sponsors include Waikoloa Beach Resort, the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority/County of Hawai‘i CPEP Program and others.  For information and tickets to events, visit www.MOKIF.com/updates.

Moku O Keawe International Festival – Results From the Kupuna Competition

The Moku O Keawe International Festival is happening this weekend over on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort.

The results from the Kupuna Competition were announced this evening:

  • 1st place – Nā Kumu Hula Kalani and Kahikina Asing with their kūpuna of Ke Ala O Ke Ao Cultural Arts Studio
  • 2nd place in Kupuna group competition – Hau’oli’s Masako Aketa Hula Studio
  • 3rd place in Kupuna group competition – Ka Hula O Hawai’i

  • 1st place Kupuna soloist – Pi’ilani Rodrigues of halau Eo Nahenahe O Pohai Kealoha under the direction of Kumu Hula Stan Kaina
  • 2nd place Kupuna soloist – Shikako Taga of Hula Halau Kahula O Hawaii
  • 3rd place Kupuna soloist – Halau Lehuamakanoe

You can check out pictures from tonight here.

Tonight – Halau O Kekuhi Presents: Hi’iaka