Maui Arts & Entertainment

14th Annual Kū Mai Ka Hula Competition Sept. 14

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Kū Mai Ka Hula. PC: Marsha Aguon

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center presents the 14th Annual Kū Mai Ka Hula, Maui’s only adult hula competition, happening on Saturday, Sept. 14.

The event begins at 1 p.m. at the Castle Theater, and features solo and group competition as well as awards. Tickets go on sale today, Friday, Aug. 9.

Kū Mai Ka Hula features award-winning hālau from the Hawaiian Islands, Japan and the continental U.S. competing in solo and group performances.

Male and female dancers perform both kahiko (traditional) and ‘auana (modern) hula stylings.

Event organizers say hālau will be competing at a level of performance as seen in other well-known prestigious hula competitions, yet this event takes place here, on Maui.


Additionally, attendees can browse and shop displays of made-in-Hawai‘i products from an array of crafters and artisans before and throughout the Saturday performances. A full selection of food and beverages will be available for purchase.


Tickets are $25; and half-price for kids 12 years of age and under (plus applicable fees). MACC members receive a 10% discount.

Related Event: Hula Ma‘i
Thursday, Sept. 12 / McCoy Studio Theater / 7:30 p.m.

Traditional procreation chants and dances often celebrate and encourage the continuation of ali‘i family lines. Hula Ma‘i are often misunderstood and misinterpreted in modern Western contexts. This presentation, facilitated by renowned Maui Kumu Hula Hōkūlani Holt, will look at several chants as poetical expressions as well as exhibit them in hula form.


Participating hālau include: Pā’ū O Hi`iaka, Hālau Kamaluokaleihulu, Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka, and Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua.

(Parental discretion advised).

Tickets are $25 (plus applicable fees).

For tickets for both events visit the MACC Box Office | call 242-SHOW (7469) OR visit The MACC Box Office is open Tue-Sat, 10-6 for window & phone sales. Online sales available anytime.

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