Keiki Hula Champs Selected at Maui’s 2016 Hula O Nā Keiki

November 13, 2016, 11:48 AM HST · Updated November 13, 1:43 PM
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    The spirit of hula filled Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel as it celebrated its 26th annual Hula O Na Keiki competition held on November 11-12. After a two day event where the talents and cultural knowledge of young dancers from all over the world were tested, the hotel announced its talented winners of the Hula O Nā Keiki children’s competition.

    Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel proudly recognizes the following 2016 Hula O Nā Keiki winners:

    Overall Wahine Award
    Jaelynn Marie Kalea Nobriga, 16
    Kumu- Uluwehi Guerrero
    Hālau- Hālau Hula Kauluokalā

    Overall Kāne Award
    Justin Kalani Brache, 17
    Kumu- Kealiʻi Ceballos
    Hālau- Hālau Hula Kealiʻi O Nālani

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    ʻOpio Wahine Hula
    Sanoe Kuumilimili Lee, 16
    Kumu- Lilinoe Lindsey
    Hālau- Ka Pā Nani O Lilinoe

    Keiki Wahine Hula

    1st Jacqueline Kamakaokahiwalani Concepcion, 11
    Kumu – Joan S. Lindsey
    Hālau – Joan S. Lindsey Hula Studio

    2nd Demi Mahealani Clark, 11
    Kumu – Joan S. Lindsey
    Hālau – Joan S. Lindsey Hula Studio

    Overall Music

    The Music Award
    Hālau Hula Kauluokalā

    Kumu- Uluwehi Guerrero

    For the song: Lovely Hula Girl, Kūhio Beach

    OLI AWARDS

    ʻOpio Wahine Oli
    Jaelynn Marie Kalea Nobriga, 16
    Kumu- Uluwehi Guerrero
    Hālau- Hālau Hula Kauluokalā

    ʻOpio Kāne Oli
    Justin Kalani Brache, 17
    Kumu- Kealiʻi Ceballos
    Hālau- Hālau Hula Kealiʻi O Nālani

    Keiki Wahine Oli
    Hoʻohieokala Yoshiko Ann Luna-Beamer, 12
    Kumu- Uluwehi Guerrero
    Hālau- Hālau Hula Kauluokalā

    Keiki Kāne Oli
    Bronson Kekoahoʻomalukuikaponookanohoaliʻi Masayuki Yee, 11
    Kumu – Joan S. Lindsey
    Hālau – Joan S. Lindsey Hula Studio

    COSTUME & ADORNMENT AWARDS

    Keiki Kahiko
    Hoʻohieokala Yoshiko Ann Luna-Beamer, 12
    Kumu- Uluwehi Guerrero
    Hālau- Hālau Hula Kauluokalā

    ʻOpio Kahiko
    Jaelynn Marie Kalea Nobriga, 16
    Kumu- Uluwehi Guerrero
    Hālau- Hālau Hula Kauluokala

    Keiki ʻAuana
    Anela Chew, 9
    Kumu- Lilinoe Lindsey
    Hālau- Ka Pā Nani O Lilinoe

    ʻOpio ʻAuana
    Grace Veda Golis-Bautista, 14
    Kumu – Joan S. Lindsey
    Hālau – Joan S. Lindsey Hula Studio

    Keiki Pālua
    Bronson Kekoahoʻomalukuikaponookanohoaliʻi Masayuki Yee, 11
    Kumu – Joan S. Lindsey
    Hālau – Joan S. Lindsey Hula Studio

    Jacqueline Kamakaokahiwalani Concepcion, 11
    Kumu – Joan S. Lindsey
    Hālau – Joan S. Lindsey Hula Studio

    ʻOpio Pālua
    Justin Kalani Brache, 17
    Kumu- Kealiʻi Ceballos
    Hālau- Hālau Hula Kealiʻi O Nālani

    Keri Kahokuliʻiliʻi Tanaka, 14
    Kumu- Kealiʻi Ceballos
    Hālau- Hālau Hula Kealiʻi O Nālani

    INTERVIEW AWARDS

    Keiki Interview
    Hoʻohieokala Yoshiko Ann Luna-Beamer, 12
    Kumu- Uluwehi Guerrero
    Hālau- Hālau Hula Kauluokalā

    ʻOpio Interview
    Jaelynn Marie Kalea Nobriga, 16
    Kumu- Uluwehi Guerrero
    Hālau- Hālau Hula Kauluokalā

    The Akoni Akana Kumu Award, identifying the kumu who best demonstrates the value of Poʻokela in preparing for Hula O Nā Keiki, was awarded to Kumu Uluwehi Guerrero. Hālau Hula Kauluokalā was the recipient of the Friends of Mokuʻula scholarship, which works to further each individual’s education in Hawaiian culture.

    “Congratulations to all of the 2016 Hula O Nā Keiki winners and participants for their admirable accomplishments and hard work in honoring ancient Hawaiian tradition,” said Mike White, General Manager of Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel. “We are grateful to our participating kumu (teachers), haumana (students), esteemed judges, staff, volunteers, sponsors and the local community for their support.”

    Children aged nine to 17 entered as soloists or pālua (boy and girl pairs) and performed kahiko (ancient) and ʻauana (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 through individual interviews with a thoughtful panel of judges, who observed their take on dance, costume selection including adornments, and the proper use of the Hawaiian language. 11 contestants competed in their respective categories for coveted awards and titles, and the chance to win nearly $14,145 in cash and prizes.

    This year’s participating Hālau included: Hālau Hula Kauluokalā, Kumu Uluwehi Guerrero; Hālau Joan S. Lindsey Hula Studio, Kumu Joan S. Lindsey; Hālau Ka Pā Nani O Lilinoe, Kumu Lilinoe Lindsey; Hālau Kealiʻi O Nālani, Kumu Kealiʻi Ceballos. The esteemed judges were: Head Judge Hōkūlani Holt, Kehaulani Kekua; Kaponoʻai Molitau; Shane Kamakaokalani Herrod; Joy Haunani Paredes; Ulalia Woodside; Kealiʻi Reichel. In addition, the 2016 Mistress of Ceremonies was Ekela Kaniaupio-Crozier, a title she has held since nearly 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 Kaui Krueger (2010 Master Hula O Nā Keiki Winner). Hula O Nā Keiki concludes with Sunday Brunch at The Tiki Terrace and live entertainment.

    Established by the staff of Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel in 1990, Hula O Nā Keiki promotes awareness and perpetuates Hawaiian culture through music and dance. Hotel and employees and community members volunteer their time for the event, many of which were former Hula O Nā Keiki participants themselves.

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki. PC: Ryan Siphers

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki. PC: Ryan Siphers

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    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki. Ryan Siphers

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki. PC: Ryan Siphers

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki. PC: Ryan Siphers

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki. Ryan Siphers

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki. Ryan Siphers

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki. Ryan Siphers

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    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki. PC: Ryan Siphers

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki. PC: Ryan Siphers

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki. PC: Ryan Siphers

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki. PC: Ryan Siphers

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki. PC: Ryan Siphers

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki. PC: Ryan Siphers

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki. PC: Ryan Siphers

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki. PC: Ryan Siphers

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki

    26th annual Hula O Nā Keiki. PC: Ryan Siphers

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