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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 keikikāne 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

Trisha Kehaulani Watson-Sproat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson-Sproat

President

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

GUY SIBILLA

Guy Sibilla

Executive Director

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

Sarah Champayn Look

Sarah Champayn Look

Asst to the Executive Director / Grant Writer

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her experience involves assisting staff and faculty at all office management levels. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, resource inquiries, orientations, project proposals and reports, and academic programming. .

Keiki Hula Board Members

Kehaulani Watson-Sproat, J.D., Ph.D.

BOARD MEMBER

Trisha Kehaulani Watson, J.D., Ph.D., was born and raised in Mānoa, Hawaiʻi. She earned a B.A. in Sociology and American Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi in 1999. Her M.A. is from Washington State University in American Studies where she wrote her thesis on environmental justice on Oʻahu’s Leeward Coast. She earned a J.D. and environmental law certificate from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi in 2003 where she focused on non-profit organizations, civil rights and environmental law.

In 2008, she completed her Ph.D. in American Studies. Her dissertation, Hoʻi Hou ia Papahānaumoku: A History of the Ecocolonization of the Puʻuhonua of Waiʻanae, focused Native Hawaiian natural resource management. Her academic areas of interests are law, natural resource management practices, and community development. She is married to five-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning musician, Matt Sproat.



Matt Sproat

BOARD MEMBER

Matt Sproat is a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winning Hawaiian musician, singer, producer, and story-teller. He is a guitarist and singer with the Hawaiian music trio, Waipuna. He is the great-grandnephew of the legendary musician and story-teller Kindy Sproat, who was a 1988 NEA National Heritage Fellow. Sproat was born on the island of O‘ahu and grew up in the North Shore town of Hau‘ula. He is a 1990 graduate of Kamehameha Schools.

In 2008, he and fellow musician Kale Hannahs formed the Hawaiian music group, Waipuna. In 2009, they released their first album, Mana‘o Pili. Two years later, their second album, E Ho‘i Mai was released. It would win three Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards. That same year, David Kamakahi, son of legendary Hawaiian guitarist and musician, Dennis Kamakahi, joined the band. The trio released the extended play ("EP") Nāpili in 2013. This album would win two Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, one for Best EP, and a solo award for Kamakahi, for Best Instrumental Composition of the Year ("Nāpili Bay"). The group's fourth released, E Mau Ke Aloha, followed in 2014. For their 10-year anniversary, the group recorded and released their fifth collaboration, the self-titled album Waipuna. It would win that year's Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for "Best Hawaiian Single" for "He Aloha Waiau". In 2018, Sproat appeared in the Project Kuleana[10] video for the song "Hau‘ula Paka."



Suzanne N.J. 'Susie' Chun Oakland

BOARD MEMBER

Suzanne N.J. 'Susie' Chun Oakland is a former Democratic member of the Hawaii Senate who represented the 13th District from 1996 to 2016. Previously she was a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1990 to 1996 .

Susie Chun Oakland is a proud graduate of McKinley High School and the University of Hawai‘i, double majoring in Communications and Psychology. She has served in the State Legislature for 23 years and currently represents Hawaii's 13th Senatorial District, which includes Liliha, Palama, Iwilei, Nu‘uanu, Pacific Heights, Pauoa, Lower Tantalus, Chinatown, Downtown and part of Kaka‘ako. She has served in the Hawai‘i State Senate since 1996 and as a State Representative from 1990 to 1996.

She is now a program coordinator for Catholic Charities and also serves on several non-profit boards.



Garrett Kam

BOARD MEMBER - Secretary/Treasurer

A proud graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Garrett Kam is also the recipient of The Louise Aoe McGregor Award, that recognizes the Annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest student director who has made the most significant contribution to the class in organizational ability, leadership, assistance to others, and persistence.

Presently serving as the Secretary and Treasure of the Kalihi-Pālama Culture and Arts Society, Garrett is also Communications Director for MANAOLA, a Hawaiian lifestyle brand that creates indigenous artistry empowered by cultural values and ancestral knowledge.



Kaipo Leopoldino

BOARD MEMBER

Kaipo Leopoldino, also known as Konakaipo, is a local entertainer and teacher. Born and raised on Hawaii island, he is a proud graduate of The Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama and Chaminade University of Honolulu. He has been a contracted entertainer with John Entertainment LLC, performing in Seattle, Washington DC, Florida, Australia, and Japan. He is a member of the world-renowned Halau Na Kamalei O Lililehua, under the direction of Kumu Hula Robert Cazimero. He is an independent content creator, social media influencer and a seasoned Master of Ceremonies through his company, Konakaipo creative productions.

“I want to be the best version of myself for anyone who is going to someday walk into my life and need someone to love them beyond reason.” Be it a student, a friend or soulmate...."



Bryan Andaya

BOARD MEMBER

Bryan Andaya was appointed to the Board of Water Supply's (BWS's) Board of Directors in September 2015. Andaya is vice president and chief operating officer of L & L Franchise, Inc. Andaya became Board Chair in September 2016. Andaya was re-appointed to the board in December 2020.

Prior to joining L & L Franchise, Andaya was an attorney specializing in labor and employment law for Honolulu firm Imanaka Kudo & Fujimoto. He also served as a clerk for 3rd Circuit Court Judge Riki May Amano in Hilo, and later for Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Mario Ramil.

A native of Hilo, Andaya earned his undergraduate degree from Portland State University and his Juris Doctor from DePaul University. An active member of the community, Andaya serves on numerous community boards including Goodwill Industries of Hawaii, Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, Hawaii Restaurant Association and the Filipino Community Center. He is also the Oahu field representative for Senator Brian Schatz.



Dominic Inocelda

BOARD MEMBER

Dominic Inocelda was the President, president of the Inter-Agency Council for Immigrant Services (IAC) which was instrumental in the passage of the language access bill. He has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Hawai`i. He was previously employed by the Susannah Wesley Community Center where he has served in various program management and administrative functions since 1982. He has worked with limited and non-English speakers, the elderly, public housing residents, and persons with serious mental illnesses.



Jon Nouchi

BOARD MEMBER

Jon Nouchi has worked in planning efficient and sustainable transportation networks in Hawaiʻi for 20 years. He is currently appointed by Mayor Kirk Caldwell as the Deputy Director of the City and County of Honolulu's Department of Transportation Services, and oversees all modes of public transportation, traffic engineering, traffic signals and technology, and transportation planning. Mr. Nouchi previously served as Deputy Director of Planning and Environment for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and the Director of Planning and Service Development for O‘ahu Transit Services, Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy with a B.S. in Planning and Development in Los Angeles. Mr. Nouchi also has a certificate in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoaʻs Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.