The Kalihi-Pālama Culture & Arts Society proudly presents the 42nd Annual Queen Lili’uokalani Keiki Hula Competition. This competition was established in 1976 to provide a venue for children ages 5-12 to showcase their achievements in ancient and modern hula. Four hundred youngsters will represent twenty-two hālau from O’ahu, Maui, Kaua’i, Hawai‘i Island, and Japan.
Over its history, thousands of keiki have participated in this prestigious event. Former Miss Keiki Hula winners include Kumu Hula and 1995 Miss Aloha Hula Kailihiwa Vaughan, 2015 Miss Aloha Hula Jasmin Dunlap, and Kumu Hula and 1999 Miss Aloha Hula Keola Dalire, who brings her hālau to this year’s competition backed by Grammy winner Kalani Pe‘a. Former Master Keiki Hula winners include Kumu Hula Brandon Paredes and Kau‘i Kamana‘o, both of whom bring their hālau regularly to the competition. Former Master Keiki Hula winners also include fashion designers Manaola Yap (Manaola Hawai‘i) and Chaz Kamau‘u (Hula Tease).
Thursday – Saturday, July 20-22, 2017
The schedule of the competition is as follows:
Thursday, July 20, 6:00 p.m. Miss & Master Keiki Hula competition
Friday, July 21, 6:00 p.m. Group-Hula Kahiko competition
Saturday, July 22, 1:00 p.m. Group-Hula ‘Auana competition
Reserved seats are $14.50 for adults and $12.50 for children 4-12 yrs. Tickets are on sale now at the Blaisdell Center box office, by calling Ticketmaster or via the internet.