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2017 Hula O Nā Keiki Results

November 13, 2017, 7:45 AM HST (Updated November 13, 2017, 8:44 AM) · 0 Comments
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Titles for the 27th Annual Hula O Nā Keiki competition were awarded over the weekend at Maui’s only solo hula competition for keiki.  The 2017 Miss Hula O Nā Keiki title went to 14-year-old Brianna Wehileimamoleihiwahiwaonāali’iokohala Lim-Ryder; and the 2017 Master Hula O Nā Keiki title went to 15-year-old Hokani K. Maria.  Both dancers are students of Lorna Kapualiko Lim of Hālau Kawehileimamoikawēkiu’oKohala.  Established by the staff of Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel in 1990, Hula O Nā Keiki promotes awareness and perpetuates Hawaiian culture through music and dance.

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    The 2017 Hula O Nā Keiki winners are as follows:

    Overall Wahine Award
    Brianna Wehileimamoleihiwahiwaonāali’iokohala Lim-Ryder, age14
    Kumu- Lorna Kapualiko Lim
    Hālau- Kawehileimamoikawēkiu’oKohala

    Overall Kāne Award
    Hokani K. Maria, age 15
    Kumu – Lorna Kapualiko Lim
    Hālau -Kawehileimamoikawēkiu’oKohala

    ‘Ōpio Kāne Hula
    Hokani K. Maria, age 15
    Kumu – Lorna Kapualiko Lim
    Hālau – Kawehileimamoikawēkiu’oKohala

    ‘Ōpio Wahine Hula
    1st Brianna Wehileimamoleihiwahiwaonāali’iokohala Lim-Ryder, age14
    Kumu- Lorna Kapualiko Lim
    Hālau- Kawehileimamoikawēkiu’oKohala

    2nd Aliana Anuhea Ho, age 17
    Kumu- Kehaulani Kekua
    Hālau- Palaihiwa O Kaipuwai

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    Keiki Kāne Hula
    Makanahiwahiwapomaikaienalani Thomas-Kaholoaʻa, age 11
    Kumu – Lorna Kapualiko Lim
    Hālau – Kawehileimamoikawēkiu’oKohala

    Keiki Wahine Hula
    1st Chasity Auliʻikolomanu Broclic Kukona-Pacheco Brehm, age 10
    Kumu- Kamaka Kukona
    Hālau – O Ka Hanu Lehua

    2nd Emalia Pomaialoha KeleihanupikakeiaPaʻoahulaleakalaninuiakea Dalire, age 12
    Kumu – Keolalaulani Dalire
    Hālau – Keolalaulani Hālau ‘Ōlapa O Laka

    3rd Alyssa-Lauren Kāhikolei’ōpuakauikawēkiuonālani Lim-Ryder, age 11
    Kumu- Lorna Kapualiko Lim
    Hālau- Kawehileimamoikawēkiu’oKohala

    Overall Music

    The Music Award
    Hālau Kawehileimamoikawēkiu’oKohala
    For the song: Song: No Kohala Ka Makani ʻĀpaʻapaʻa

    ʻOLI AWARDS

    ‘Ōpio Wahine ʻOli
    1st Brianna Wehileimamoleihiwahiwaonāali’iokohala Lim-Ryder, age14
    Kumu- Lorna Kapualiko Lim
    Hālau- Kawehileimamoikawēkiu’oKohala

    2nd Aliana Anuhea Ho, age 17
    Kumu- Kehaulani Kekua
    Hālau- Palaihiwa O Kaipuwai

    ‘Ōpio Kāne ʻOli
    Hokani K. Maria, age 15
    Kumu – Lorno Kapualiko Lim
    Hālau – Kawehileimamoikawēkiu’oKohala

    Keiki Wahine ʻOli
    1st Chasity Auliʻikolomanu Broclic Kukona-Pacheco Brehm, age 10
    Kumu- Kamaka Kukona
    Hālau – O Ka Hanu Lehua

    2nd Alyssa-Lauren Kāhikolei’ōpuakauikawēkiuonālani Lim-Ryder, age 11
    Kumu- Lorna Kapualiko Lim
    Hālau- Kawehileimamoikawēkiu’oKohala

    3rd Kaleomakamaeokealoha Knight, age 9
    Kumu- Kealiʻi Ceballos
    Hālau- Hula Kealiʻi O Nālani

    Keiki Kāne ʻOli
    Makanahiwahiwapomaikaienalani Thomas-Kaholoaʻa, age 11
    Kumu – Lorna Kapualiko Lim
    Hālau – Kawehileimamoikawēkiu’oKohala

    Pālua Award
    Hokani K. Maria, age 15 and Brianna Wehileimamoleihiwahiwaonāali’iokohala Lim- Ryder, age14
    Kumu – Lorna Kapualiko Lim
    Hālau – Kawehileimamoikawēkiu’oKohala

    COSTUME & ADORNMENT AWARDS

    Keiki Kahiko
    Chasity Auliʻikolomanu Broclic Kukona-Pacheco Brehm, age 10
    Kumu- Kamaka Kukona
    Hālau – O Ka Hanu Lehua

    ‘Ōpio Kahiko
    Aliana Anuhea Ho, age 17
    Kumu- Kehaulani Kekua
    Hālau- Palaihiwa O Kaipuwai

    Keiki ʻAuana
    Chasity Auliʻikolomanu Broclic Kukona-Pacheco Brehm, age 10
    Kumu- Kamaka Kukona
    Hālau – O Ka Hanu Lehua

    ‘Ōpio ʻAuana
    Hokani K. Maria, age 15
    Kumu – Lorna Kapualiko Lim
    Hālau – Kawehileimamoikawēkiu’oKohala

    Pālua Costume & Adornment
    Hokani K. Maria, age 15 and Brianna Wehileimamoleihiwahiwaonāali’iokohala Lim- Ryder, age14
    Kumu – Lorna Kapualiko Lim
    Hālau – Kawehileimamoikawēkiu’oKohala

    INTERVIEW AWARDS

    Keiki Interview
    Alyssa-Lauren Kāhikolei’ōpuakauikawēkiuonālani Lim-Ryder, age 11
    Kumu- Lorna Kapualiko Lim
    Hālau- Kawehileimamoikawēkiu’oKohala

    ‘Ōpio Interview
    Brianna Wehileimamoleihiwahiwaonāali’iokohala Lim-Ryder, age 14
    Kumu- Lorna Kapualiko Lim
    Hālau- Kawehileimamoikawēkiu’oKohala

    The Akoni Akana Perpetual Award, identifying the kumu who best demonstrates the value of Poʻokela in preparing for Hula O Nā Keiki, was awarded to Kehaulani Kekua. General Manager of Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel, Mike White and his wife, Whitney, donated Akoni Akana Scholarships to Hokani K. Maria, ‘Ōpio Kāne recipient, and Brianna Wehileimamoleihiwahiwaonāali’iokohala Lim-Ryder, ‘Ōpio Wahine recipient. The Akoni Akana Scholarships have been awarded since 2015 and consist of a $1,000 scholarship given to a deserving ‘Ōpio Kāne and ‘Ōpio Wahine who has the intent to further their education in Hawaiian culture either through college, hālau, mentorship programs or other fine arts.

    “Congratulations to all of the 2017 Hula O Nā Keiki winners and participants for their dedication and hard work in learning and nurturing Hawaiian cultural values over the course of the two-day competition,” said White. “Now, in our 27th year, an event of this size would not be possible without the participating kumu hula, hālau, judges, haumana, employees, donors, sponsors and many more who dedicate their time to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture. At Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel, it is our goal to honor the Hawaiian culture and Hula O Nā Keiki allows us celebrate our keiki (children) and culture and create a link to appreciation for the past.”

    Entering as soloists or pālua (boy and girl pairs), children aged five to 17, performed kahiko (ancient) and ʻauana (modern) hula styles that reflect both traditional and personal interpretations of competition songs. New for this year’s competition, each haumana (student) was given the opportunity to choose ancient Hawaiian chants for their hula kahiko performance. This new format allowed contestants to experience a deeper connection between themselves, the places the chants speak of and the kaona (meaning) behind them. For hula ʻauana, participants chose a newly composed song written from 1970 to the present; each mele (song) had to be a love song or a song honoring places in Hawaiʻi.

    Dancers were judged on their style of chanting, interpretation of the dances and cultural appropriateness of costumes and adornments. Contestants were also scored through individual interviews with an esteemed panel of judges, who observed their interpretation of dance, costume selection including adornments, and the proper use of the Hawaiian language. Contestants from six hālau competed in their respective categories for respected awards and titles, and the chance to win over $13,000 in cash and prizes.

    This year’s participating Hālau included: Hālau O Ka Hanu Lehua, Kumu Kamaka Kukona; Hālau Kawehileimamoikawēkiu’oKohala, Kumu Lorna Kapualiko Lim; Keolalaulani Hālau ‘Ōlapa O Laka, Kumu Keolalaulani Dalire; Hālau Palaihiwa O Kaipuwai, Kumu Kehaulani Kekua; Hālau Hula O Kawailehuamapuna, Kumu Fenton-Paul Kekoaokalani Yap and Hālau Hula Kealiʻi O Nālani, Kumu Kealiʻi Ceballos. The esteemed judges were: Head Judge Hōkūlani Holt; Shane Kamakaokalani Herrod; Kaponoʻai Molitau; Ulalia Woodside; Puamohala Kaholokula and Joy Haunani Paredes.

    The 2017 Mistress of Ceremonies was Ekela Kaniaupio-Crozier, a title she has held for over a decade.

    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 Hawaiian entertainment including Pahu Making & Drumming Basics by Pono Murray, and a Hula Implements Workshop by Nā Kani O Hula. Hula O Nā Keiki concluded with Sunday Brunch at The Tiki Terrace and live entertainment.

    2017 winners Brianna Wehileimamoleihiwahiwaonāaliʻiokohala Lim-Ryder and Hokani K. Maria of Hālau KawehileimamoikawēkiuʻoKohala. Photo courtesy: Zane Mathias and the Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel

    Brianna Wehileimamoleihiwahiwaonāali’iokohala Lim-Ryder. Photo courtesy: Zane Mathias and the Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel

    Hokani K. Maria. Photo courtesy: Zane Mathias and the Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel

    2017 winners Hokani K. Maria (left) and Brianna Wehileimamoleihiwahiwaonāaliʻiokohala Lim-Ryder (right) with their kumu, Lorna Kapualiko Lim (middle) of Hālau KawehileimamoikawēkiuʻoKohala. Photo courtesy: Zane Mathias and the Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel

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