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.

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