The 23rd Hula O Na Keiki, Maui's only children's hula competition, is slated for Friday through Sunday, Nov. 8 to 10, at Ka'anapali Beach Hotel. The weekend competition, open to hula students from around the world, will commemorate one of Hawai'i's richest traditions. This year's participants include halau from Japan, California, Maui and O'ahu.
Children ages 5 to 17 will compete as soloists, and as boy and girl pairs.
The competition includes a judge's interview and assesses their hula performances in both kahiko (ancient) and auana (modern) dance categories. The students are also judged on their proficiency in Hawaiian language and the appropriateness of their costume.
Hula O Nā Keiki Competition to Commemorate One of Hawai‘i’s Richest Traditions
To complement the keiki hula competition, weekend festivities at the hotel include arts and crafts from all islands, cultural and hula workshops, and Hawaiian entertainment.
These colorful keiki performances and the weekend of festivities at Ka'anapali Beach Hotel are a showcase for Hawaiian culture that is not to be missed.
Tickets are now available at the hotel's Ohana Fun Center by calling (808) 667-0129.
The Hawaiian Festival of Arts and Crafts runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The doors for the competition open Friday at 3 p.m., and Saturday at 1 p.m. Sunday features an award-winning Sunday Champagne Brunch.