Keiki hula

Com­pe­ti­tion held in W. Maui

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Bri­anna We hi lei ma mo lei hi­wahi­waona ali ioko hal aLim Ry­der cap­tured the over­all wahine award and Hokani K. Maria, the over­all kane award at the 27th Hula O Na Keiki Com­pe­ti­tion held Fri­day and Satur­day at the Ka‘anapali Beach Ho­tel.

Lim-Ry­der, 15, and Maria, 14, both dance for kumu Lorna Ka­pua­liko Lim and Halau K awe hi lei ma moika we ki­uoKo hal a. They also won the $1,000 Akoni Akana Schol­ar­ships, do­nated by ho­tel Gen­eral Man­ager Mike White and his wife, Whit­ney, to an opio kane and opio wahine dancer who in­tend to fur­ther their ed­u­ca­tion in Hawai­ian cul­ture through col­lege, halau, men­tor­ship pro­grams or fine arts.

The Akoni Akana Per­pet­ual Award, pre­sented to the kumu who best demon­strates the value of pookela in pre­par­ing for the com­pe­ti­tion, was awarded to Ke­haulani Kekua of Halau Palai­hiwa O Kaipuwai.

Dancers from six halau com­peted in the only chil­dren’s solo event on Maui. Chil­dren ages 5 to 17 en­tered as soloists or palua (boy-and­girl pairs) and per­formed kahiko (an­cient) and auana (mod­ern) hula that re­flect both tra­di­tional and per­sonal in­ter­pre­ta­tions of com­pe­ti­tion songs. This year, each dancer could choose an­cient Hawai­ian chants for the kahiko per­for­mance. For auana, dancers had to choose a love song or one hon­or­ing places in Hawaii, com­posed from 1970 to the present

Dancers were judged on their style of chant­ing, in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the dances and cul­tural ap­pro­pri­ate­ness of cos­tumes and adorn­ments, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Con­tes­tants also were scored through in­di­vid­ual in­ter­views with judges who ob­served their take on dance, cos­tume se­lec­tion, in­clud­ing adorn­ments, and the proper use of the Hawai­ian lan­guage. Con­tes­tants com­peted in their re­spec­tive cat­e­gories for awards, ti­tles and the chance to win nearly $13,000 in cash and prizes.

The judges were Hoku­lani Holt, Shane Ka­makaokalani Her­rod, Kaponoai Moli­tau, Ulalia Wood­side, Puamo­hala Ka­holokula and Joy Hau­nani Pare­des.

To com­ple­ment the chil­dren’s hula com­pe­ti­tion, week­end fes­tiv­i­ties at the ho­tel in­cluded a Hawai­ian fes­ti­val of arts and crafts, cul­tural and hula work­shops and en­ter­tain­ment. There were pahu mak­ing and drum­ming ba­sics by Pono Mur­ray and a hula im­ple­ments work­shop by Na Kani O Hula.

The win­ners and their kumu and halau fol­low: Opio Kane Hula — Hokani K. Maria, Lorna Ka­pua­liko Lim, K awe hi lei ma moika we ki­uok oh ala.

Opio Wahine Hula — Bri­anna We hi lei ma mo lei hi­wahi­wao na ali ioko hal aLim- Ry­der, Lo rn aK a pu alikoLim,Ka we hi lei ma moika we ki­uok oh ala, first; Ali ana Anuhea Ho, Ke­haulani Kekua, Palai­hiwa O Kaipuwai, sec­ond.

Keik­iKa ne Hula—Ma kan ahi­wahi­wap om aikaie nalani ThomasKa­holoaa, Lo rn aK a pu alikoLim, K awe hi lei ma moika we ki­uok oh ala.

Keiki Wahine Hula — Ch­a­sity Auli­ikolo­manu Broclic Kukon­aPacheco Brehm, Ka­maka

Kukona, O Ka Hanu Lehua, first; Emalia Po mai aloha Ke lei han upikakei aP a‘oa hula leak alan i nu iake aD ali re,Keol al au lani Dalire, Ke­o­lalaulani Halau Olapa O Laka, sec­ond; Alyssa-Lau­ren Kahiko lei io pu akauika we kiuo nalani Lim-Ry­der, Lorna Ka­pua­liko Lim, K awe hi lei ma moika we ki­uok oh ala, third. The Mu­sic Award—K a we hi lei ma moika we ki­uok oh ala for“No Ko­hala Ka Makani Apaa­paa.” Opio Wahine Oli — Bri­anna We hi lei ma mo lei hi­wahi­wao na ali- ioko­hala Lim-Ry­der, Lorna Ka­pua­liko Lim, Kawe­hileimamoikawek­i­uoko­hala, first; Aliana Anuhea Ho, Ke­haulani Kekua, Palai­hiwa O Kaipuwai, sec­ond.

Opio Kane Oli — Hokani K. Maria, Lorno Ka­pua­liko Lim, Kawe­hileimamoikawek­i­uoko­hala.

Keiki Wahine Oli — Ch­a­sity Auli­ikolo­manu Broclic Kukon­aPacheco Brehm, Ka­maka

Kukona, O Ka Hanu Lehua, first; Alyssa-Lau­ren Kahikolei­iop­uakauikawek­i­uon­alani Lim-Ry­der, Lorna Ka­pua­liko Lim, Kawe­hileimamoikawek­i­uoko­hala, sec­ond; Ka­le­o­maka­maeokealoha Knight, Kealii Ce­bal­los, Hula Kealii O Nalani, third. Keiki Kane Oli — Makanahi­wahi­wapo­maikaien­alani ThomasKa­holoaa, Lorna Ka­pua­liko Lim, Kawe­hileimamoikawek­i­uoko­hala.

Palua Award — Hokani K. Maria and Bri­anna We­hileimamolei­hi­wahi­waon­aali­ioko­hala Lim-Ry­der, Lorna Ka­pua­liko Lim, Kawe­hileimamoikawek­i­uoko­hala.

Cos­tume & Adorn­ment Awards/Keiki Kahiko — Ch­a­sity Auli­ikolo­manu Broclic Kukon­aPacheco Brehm, Ka­maka Kukona, O Ka Hanu Lehua

❖ Cos­tume & Adorn­ment Awards/Opio Kahiko — Aliana Anuhea Ho, Ke­haulani Kekua, Palai­hiwa O Kaipuwai. ❖ Cos­tume & Adorn­ment

Awards/Keiki Auana — Ch­a­sity Auli­ikolo­manu Broclic Kukon­aPacheco Brehm, Ka­maka Kukona, O Ka Hanu Lehua. ❖ Cos­tume & Adorn­ment Awards/Opio Auana — Hokani K. Maria, Lorna Ka­pua­liko Lim, Kawe­hileimamoikawek­i­uoko­hala.

❖ Palua Cos­tume & Adorn­ment

Awards — Hokani K. Maria and Bri­anna We­hileimamolei­hi­wahi­waon­aali­ioko­hala Lim-Ry­der, Lorna Ka­pua­liko Lim, Kawe­hileimamoikawek­i­uoko­hala

❖ Keiki In­ter­view — Alyssa-Lau­ren Kahikolei­iop­uakauikawek­i­uon­alani Lim-Ry­der, Lorna Ka­pua­liko Lim, Kawe­hileimamoikawek­i­uoko­hala.

❖ Opio In­ter­view — Bri­anna We hi lei ma mo lei hi­wahi­wao na ali ioko hal aLim- Ry­der, Lo rn aK a pu alikoLim,Ka we hi lei ma moika we ki­uok oh ala.

Pho­tos cour­tesy of Zane Mathias and the Ka‘anapali Beach Ho­tel

The over­all wahine award win­ner in the Hula O Na Keiki 2017 was Bri­anna We­hileimamolei­hi­wahi­waon­aali­ioko­hala Lim-Ry­der, 14, of Halau Kawe­hileimamoikawek­i­uoko­hala. The event was held Fri­day and Satur­day at the Ka‘anapali Beach Ho­tel.

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