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9th Annual Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival results

MEDIA RELEASE

Winners of the 9th Annual Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival were announced recently to an enthusiastic audience at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Pakahi (solo) Awards were presented for Wahine (age 13 to 45), as well as and Wahine Halau divisions. Wahine Halau and Pakahi performed the ancient Hula Kahiko and modern Hula Auwana, and scores were combined to determine overall winners.

Makua (women age 36-54) competed as soloists in Auwana only.

Kupuna Group and Solo winners (age 46 or older) were announced following the Kupuna competition.

The top-scoring Wahine Halau was Halau Hiiakainamakalehua, Na Kumu Hula Robert Kaupu and Lono Padilla.

From the same halau, Caitlin Kaopuiki was named Miss Hula Pakahi, and Pristina Louis took the Makua solo honor.

Altogether, 15 halau from Hawaii and Japan competed in the three-day event, which also featured Hawaiian cultural workshops and and extensive Made-in-Hawaii Market Place.

WINNERS of the 2014 Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival:

Kupuna Wahine Pakahi Waikoloa:

1st Place
Hula Studio Malulani, Sayuri Ito Sensei
Kupuna Wahine: Setsuko Fukushima
Mele: “Mahina O Hoku”

2nd Place
Kuu Pua Lehua Nani, Keiko Ito Sensei
Kupuna Wahine: Sanami Hayashi
Mele: “Ka Nohona Pilikai”

3rd Place
Hula Studio Na Lei O Hoku, Mineko Ichihara Sensei
Kupuna Wahine: Toshiko Toshi
Mele: “Lei Ana O Manoa”

Kupuna Wahine Halau:

1st Place
Halau Hula O Kawaimaluhia, Kumu Hula Keoni Jenny
Mele: “Kapiolani Paka”

2nd Place
Ke Ala O Ke Ao Cultural Arts Studio, Na Kumu Hula Kahikina Ah Sing and Kalani Ah Sing
Mele: “Kauionalani”

3rd Place
Halau Hula O Makalapua, Mutsuko Fujimaki Sensei
Mele: “Lei Koele”

Makua Pakahi Waikoloa:

1st Place
Halau Hiiakainamakalehua, Nā Kumu Hula Robert Kaupu and Lono Padilla
Prestina Louis

2nd Place
Halau O Kawaimaluhia, Kumu Hula Keoni Jenny
Heidi Hart

3rd Place
Halau O Makalapua, Mutsuko Fujimaki Sensei
Yukari Takahashi

Wahine Solo, Miss Hula Pakahi Waikoloa:

1st Place
Halau Hiiakainamakalehua, Nā Kumu Hula Robert Kaupu and Lono Padilla
Caitlin Kaopuiki

2nd Place
Halau O Ka Hanu Lehua, Kumu Hula Kamaka Kukona
Aleahnani Makuakane

3rd Place
Halau Pukamaikala, Yukiko Toyama Sensei
Fumi Hirakata

Wahine Halau:

1st Place
Halau Hiiakainamakalehua, Na Kumu Hula Robert Kaupu and Lono Padilla

2nd Place
Halau O Ka Hanu Lehua, Kumu Hula Kamaka Kukona

3rd Place
Ke Ala O Ke Ao Cultural Arts Studio, Nā Kumu Hula Kahikina Ah Sing and Kalani Ah Sing

The Moku O Keawe International Festival is sponsored by the Moku O Keawe Foundation, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing, enriching and educating the practice and development of hula and its associated arts.

Sponsors included Waikoloa Beach Resort, Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waimea Music Center, Sig Zane Designs, Na Makua Designs, Traditions Hawaii, Big Island Candies, Sushi Shiono, Waiola and KAPA Radio.

— Find out more:
www.MOKIF.com

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