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Keiki Hula

Celebrating 45 Years of Making Hula Happen

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The competition was created for keiki who were 6 to 12 years of age in “hula ‘auana” only. (That first year only six groups entered the competition.) After two years, the competition moved indoors to the Farrington High School auditorium to provide the dancers with a better venue to showcase their talents. Over the next few years, the competition added the soloists and hula kahiko categories. Then a separate division for the keiki kāne and the Hawaiian language critique were added.  

Now entering it's 45th year, the Queen Liliʻuokalani Keiki Hula Competition has most recently been held annually at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in the month of July and is broadcast Live on KFVE and live streamed over the internet. Participating hālau come from across the Hawaiian Islands and Japan to compete for prestigious trophies and awards. The 2019 competition hosted 22 hālau with 28 Miss and Master competitors and 461 keiki who performed 82 kahiko and 'auana dances over the three-night competition.

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KPC&A offers diverse programs offering a variety of community-based projects: (1) KPC&A provides affordable and accessible ethnic dance classes at various facilities located within and beyond the Kalihi-Pālama district; KPC&A reaches over 800 youth annually by providing free after-school activities; KPC&A sponsors its major cultural event: The Queen Liliʻuokalani Keiki Hula Competition; and KPC&A envisioned a historical project which resulted in two books entitled Nānā I Nā Loea (“Look to the Hula Resources”, Volumes I & II) which documented 135 hula resources who recounted their hula lineage for posterity.

KPC&A receives funding from various state agencies and private businesses such as the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate, and other generous benefactors.   

Donations are considered tax deductible.

For more information, call (808) 521-6905 or email info@keikihula.org

Keiki Hula Team

Gilbert Hughes

Trisha Kehaulani Watson-Sproat

President

Trisha Kehaulani Watson-Sproat, with multiple degrees from the University of Hawaii and Washington State Universtiy in American Studies and Law serves as the Kalihi-Palama Culture & Arts Society President

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Guy Sibilla

Executive Director

Guy Sibilla, a world re-nowned travel author is serving as the current Executive Director for the Kalihi-Palama Culture & Arts Society.

Gilbert Hughes

James Kimo Garrett

Graphic Designer / Photographer

James Kimo Garrett is providing Keiki Hula and the Kalihi-Palama Culture & Arts Society with graphic design and photography services.

Celebrating 45 Years of Making Hula Happen