Winners of the Annual Hula O Na Keiki Competition

Marking its 25th anniversary, Kaanapali Beach Hotel, is pleased to announce its talented winners of the annual Hula O Na Keiki children’s competition to help preserve Hawaiian culture through ancient dance and music.

In a competition that took place November 13-14th, children aged five to 17 competed in theirrespective categories for coveted awards and titles, and the chance to win nearly $13,000 in cash and prizes. The cultural competition educates participants and attendees alike in the ways of Hawaiian ancestors to preserve the culture so that the traditions can be carried forward.Hula O Na Keiki 2015

Entering as soloists or palua (boy and girl pairs), 14 participants performed kahiko (ancient) and Auana (modern) hula styles that reflect both traditional and personal interpretations of competition songs. Dancers were judged on their style of chanting, interpretation of the dances and cultural appropriateness of costumes and adornments. Contestants were also scored on interviews with a panel of judges, who questioned their thoughts on dance, costume selection including adornments, and the proper use of the Hawaiian language.

Hula O Na Keiki 2015

This year’s participating Halau included: Halau Napualikolokelani, Kumu Junko Wong; Halau Keawahou, Na Kumu Hiro Sekine & Hisako; Halau Halonaikeohokapalai, Kumu Pomaikai Krueger; Halau Kekuaokalaaualailiahi, Na Kumu Iliahi & Haunani Paredes; Halau Joan S. Lindsey Hula Studio, Kumu Joan Lindsey; Halau Ka Pa Nani O Lilinoe, Kumu Lilinoe Lindsey; Halau Keala Kahinano O Puna, Kumu Joy Keopuolani Salvador.

This year’s esteemed judges were: Head Judge Hokulani Holt, Kekuhi Kanae Kanahele Kealiikanakaoleohaililani who also wrote the competition mele; Kaponoai Molitau; Shane Kamakaokalani Herrod; Maelia Carter; Kehaulani Kekua; Kealii Reichel.

Hula O Na Keiki 2015

The event emcee was Hawaiian Protocol Facilitator at Kamehameha Schools Mui, Ekela Kaniaupio-Crozier.

Kaanapali Beach Hotel proudly recognizes the following 2015 Hula O Na Keiki winners:

Overall Wahine Award

Kyleigh Marie Hokuao Manual-Sagon

Halau Kekuaokalaaualailiahi

Na Kumu Iliahi & Haunani Paredes

 

Overall Kane Award

Kaloi Kalalena Lauleneke Combo Montalvo

Halau Kekuaokalaaualailiahi

Na Kumu Iliahi & Haunani Paredes

 

Opio Wahine Hula

1st        Kyleigh Marie Hokuao Manual-Sagon

Halau Kekuaokalaaualailiahi

Na Kumu Iliahi & Haunani Paredes

 

2nd       Haruno Terayama

Halau Napualikolokelani

Kumu Junko Wong

 

3rd          Breena Ako

Halonaikeohokapalai

Kumu Pomaikai Krueger

 

Opio Kāne Hula

1st        Kaloi Kalalena Lauleneke Combo Montalvo

Halau Kekuaokalaaualailiahi

Na Kumu Iliahi & Haunani Paredes

 

2nd       Teva Medeiros

Halonaikeohokapalai

Kumu Pomaikai Krueger

 

Keiki Wahine Hula

1st        Amedee Kauakohemalamalama Conley-Kapoi

                        Keala Kahinano O Puna

Kumu Joy Keopuolani Salvador

 

2nd       Saige Maria Hookamalani Holkup

Joan S. Lindsey Hula Studio

Kumu Joan Lindsey

 

3rd        Amor Kaulumauowaialeale Villa Rapoza

Joan S. Lindsey Hula Studio

Kumu Joan Lindsey

 

Keiki Kane Hula

1st        Cole Napuupahee Leong

Joan S. Lindsey Hula Studio

Kumu Joan Lindsey

 

2nd       Damon Makoa Clark

Joan S. Lindsey Hula Studio

Kumu Joan Lindsey

 

Overall Music

 

The Music Award

 

Halau Kekuaokalaaualailiahi

Song:   Hawaii Calls

Sweet Leilani

 

Hula Town

My Wahine & Me

 

OLI AWARDS

 

Opio Wahine Oli

1st        Kyleigh Marie Hokuao Manuel-Sagon

Halau Kekuaokalaaualailiahi

Na Kumu Iliahi & Haunani Paredes

 

2nd       Haruno Terayama

Halau Napualikolokelani

Kumu Junko Wong

 

3rd        Breena Ako

Halonaikeohokapalai

Kumu Pomaikai Krueger

 

Opio Kane Oli

1st        Teva Medeiros

Halonaikeohokapalai

Kumu Pomaikai Krueger

 

2nd       Kaloi Kalalena Lauleneke Combo Montalvo

Halau Kekuaokalaaualailiahi

Na Kumu Iliahi & Haunani Paredes

 

Keiki Wahine Oli

1st        Amedee Kauakohemalamalama Conley-Kapoi

                        Keala Kahinano O Puna

Kumu Joy Keopuolani Salvador

 

2nd       Saige Maria Hookamalani Holkup

Joan S. Lindsey Hula Studio

Kumu Joan Lindsey

 

3rd        Haylee Kukunaokala Kawai

Ka Pa Nani O Lilinoe

Lilinoe Lindsey

 

Keiki Kane Oli

1st        Damon Makoa Clark

Joan S. Lindsey Hula Studio

Kumu Joan Lindsey

 

2nd       Cole Napuupahee Leong

Joan S. Lindsey Hula Studio

Kumu Joan Lindsey

 

PALUA AWARDS

 

Opio Palua

1st       Teva Medeiros & Breena Ako

Halonaikeohokapalai

Kumu Pomaikai Krueger

 

Keiki Palua

1st        Damon Makoa Clark & Demi Mahealani Clark

Joan S. Lindsey Hula Studio

Kumu Joan Lindsey

 

COSTUME & ADORNMENT AWARDS

 

Keiki Kahiko

Saige Maria Hookamalani Holkup

Joan S. Lindsey Hula Studio

Kumu Joan Lindsey

 

Opio Kahiko

Kaloi Kalalena Lauleneke Combo Montalvo

Halau Kekuaokalaaualailiahi

Na Kumu Iliahi & Haunani Paredes

 

Keiki Auana

Amedee Kauakohemalamalama Conley-Kapoi

Keala Kahinano O Puna

Kumu Joy Keopuolani Salvador

 

Opio Auana

Haruno Terayama

Halau Napualikolokelani

Kumu Junko Wong

 

Keiki Palua   

Damon Makoa Clark & Demi Mahealani Clark

Joan S. Lindsey Hula Studio

Kumu Joan Lindsey

 

Opio Palua

Teva Medeiros & Breena Ako

Halonaikeohokapalai

Kumu Pomaikai Krueger

 

INTERVIEW AWARDS

 

Keiki Interview

Amedee Kauakohemalamalama Conley-Kapoi

Keala Kahinano O Puna

Kumu Joy Keopuolani Salvador

 

Opio Interview

Kyleigh Marie Hokuao Manuel-Sagon

Halau Kekuaokalaaualailiahi

Na Kumu Iliahi & Haunani Paredes

 

To complement the children’s hula competition, weekend festivities at the hotel included a Hawaiian Festival of Arts and Crafts featuring island artisans, cultural demonstrations and workshops and Hawaiian entertainment.

“Congratulations to all of the Hula O Na Keiki winners and participants for their admirable accomplishments and hard work in honoring a longstanding Hawaiian art form,” said Mike White, General Manager of Kaanapali Beach Hotel. “We’re overjoyed to celebrate the milestone 25thanniversary of Hula O Na Keiki at Kaanapali Beach Hotel this year, and it’s been a true pleasure to see how much this annual competition has grown throughout the years. Thank you to our dedicated kumu (teachers), haumana (students), esteemed judges, staff, volunteers, sponsors and the local community for their wonderful support and tireless effort in preserving Hawaiian tradition.”

Hula O Na Keiki was established by the staff of Kaanapali Beach Hotel in 1990. Hotel and employees and community members volunteer their time for the event, which promotes awareness and perpetuates Hawaiian culture through music and dance.