Ku Mai Ka Hula ("Hula Appears") returns to the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (The MACC) for its eighth presentation of professional, prestigious hula competition on Maui. Ku Mai Ka Hula is an international competition. Halau winners from Japan will compete in solo and group performances with halau from Hawai'i and California--all in a full afternoon of performances on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 7 p.m.
The halau will compete in adult male and female categories, as well as solo performances in kahiko (traditional) and 'auana (modern) hula. There is also a kupuna division.
Ku Mai Ka Hula is presented by The MACC in association with Kauahea Inc., a nonprofit organization founded by Hokulani Holt to support Hawaiian arts and culture. Hokulani, also the cultural programs director for The MACC.
Hālau Kahula O Hawai‘i-Tokyo.
Photo: Richard Marks
"Ku Mai Ka Hula is a wonderful opportunity for all who enjoy hula to come together and celebrate," said Hokulani, explaining why this is such an important hula event for Maui and the islands. "If you are a hula enthusiast, this is where you should be. Each of the competing halau has placed or won top awards in other hula competitions."
Halau participants include winners from Hawai'i's prestigious Merrie Monarch Festival and the Maui Festival Ku Mai Ka Hula Competition in Japan.
In keeping with the theme of Hawaiian arts and culture, crafters and artisans of made-in-Hawai'i products will set up displays around the arcade for perusal between halau performances.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Tickets for Ku Mai Ka Hula 2012 are just $25 adults and half-price for keiki 12 years of age and under. That's up to six hours of hula performances for just $25!
Call The MACC Box Office at (808) 242-SHOW (7469) or purchase tickets online at MauiArts.org.