Photo courtesy of the Hawaii Tourism Authority
WHY IT RATES: It’s competition-level skill on display at this hula dancing tournament, which is also an important way to keep the ancient traditions alive for the next generation - Michael Isenbek, TravelPulse Senior Editor
Kaanapali Beach Hotel will be hosting its 26th annual Hula O Na Keiki competition, Maui’s only children’s solo hula event. Open to students from around the world, the competition commemorates one of Hawaii’s richest traditions and will take place from Nov. 11-13, 2016.
Participants ranging from five to 17-year-olds will compete in their respective categories for coveted awards and titles, and the chance to win in cash and prizes. Entering as soloists or palua (boy and girl pairs), contestants will perform kahiko (ancient) and auana (modern) hula styles that reflect both traditional and personal interpretations of competition songs. Dancers will be judged on their interview skills, chanting styles, dance performances and cultural appropriateness of costumes and adornments.
In its 26th year, the cultural competition continues to educate participants and attendees alike in Hawaiian traditions and perpetuates the culture so that the traditions can be carried forward. 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.
On Sunday, the event will close with a special Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Tiki Terrace. To make advance reservations, call 808-667-0124.
To purchase Hula O Na Keiki tickets, call Kaanapali Beach Hotel’s Reservation Department at 808-667-0129.
Exclusively for the Hula O’Na Keiki celebration, Kaanapali Beach Hotel will offer a special room rate for Hawaiian residents the weekend of Nov. 11-13. To book reservations, visit kbhmaui.com or call 800-262-8450.
SOURCE: A Kaanapali Beach Hotel press release