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44th Annual Queen Liliʻuokalani Keiki Hula Competition

44th Annual Queen Lili'uokalani Keiki Hula Highlights

in 2019, the 44th Annual Queen Liliʻuokalani Keiki Hula Competition brought together 22 hālau from four Hawaiian Islands: Oʻahu, Maui, Kauaʻi, Hawai’i Island as well as Japan! The competition featured 29 Miss and Master Solo competitors and a total of 461 keiki performing in 82 kahiko and ʻauana hula dances. The competition was broadcast LIVE each of the three nights on KFVE, and streamed simultaneously on the internet to an international audience. The annual event saw attendance records shattered over the course of the three-day event which also honored two of Hawai’i’s legendary Kumu Hula with the Kalihi-Pālama Culture & Arts Societyʻs Legacy Awards: Kumu Hula Carolee Nishi received the Likelike Award and Kumu Hula Ed Collier received the Leleiōhoku Award.

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Encircling the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena, the Keiki Hula Vendor Village featured a variety of products from well known clothing designers as well as hand crafted items from local artisans such as Manaola, Ari South, Kini Zamora, Sukimoto Creations, Na Mea Nani, Leialoha's Lane, Living Hula, Na Maka Kahiko, Ciel Blue, Malulani's Originals, Hula Is Life, Sandy’s Lei’s, Norma-Jean Chock, and many others.

Along with host Mileka Lincoln, Manu Boyd and Lacy Deniz, this year’s three night competition was honored to have Master Keiki Hula and Designer Manaola Yap and his mother Kumu hula Nani Lim Yap provide commentary and interviews with many guests such as restaurateur Ed Kenney and even a special visit by Meadow Gold’s Lani Moo.

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During the weeks leading up to the competition, KGMB-TV featured several HINOW segments focused on Keiki Hulaʻs 45-year history: Award-Winning Photographer Shuzo Uemoto was interviewed for his classic black and white portraits of Kumu Hula depicted in Volumes I & II of NĀNĀ I NĀ LOEA HULA (LOOK TO THE HULA RESOURCES); Kumu Hula Carolee Nishi was featured as a YMCA Volunteer Hula teacher for over 50 years who has touched countless young children and promoted Hawaiian culture through dance, language and music; Kumu Hula Manuʻaikohana Boyd was featured as this yearʻs Poet Laureatte who composed an original mele for the Kahiko portion of the competition. These and many other interesting segments heightened community awareness of our event and stressed the important role keiki hula plays in preserving the Hawaiian culture through dance, language and music.

2019 Keiki Hula Photo Highlights

2019 Keiki Hula Winners

The winners of Miss and Master Keiki Hula, the Kahiko and 'Auana Competitions, Best Overall and the Hawaiian Language winners.

2019 Miss Keiki Hula
Kaimana Joe Kaitoku Friez
Hālau Hi’iakaināmakalehua
Kumu hula Robert Keano Ka'upu IV and Lono Padilla

2019 Master Keiki Hula
Zyon Blaze ʻAuikekaiola Telles-Kuwahara
Hālau Hi’iakaināmakalehua
Kumu hula Robert Keano Ka’upu IV and Lono Padilla

Hawaiian Language Award
Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai O Haʻehaʻe
Kumu hula Tracie and Keawe Lopes


Hula Kahiko Keikikane
Hālau Kekuaokalā’au’ala’iliahi
Kumu hula ‘Iliahi and Haunani Paredes

Hula Kahiko Kaikamahine
Hālau Hi’iakaināmakalehua
Kumu hula Robert Keano Ka’upu IV and Lono Padilla

Hula Auana Keikikane
Hālau Kekuaokalā’au’ala’iliahi
Kumu hula ‘Iliahi and Haunani Paredes

Hula Auana Kaikamahine
Hālau Hi’iakaināmakalehua
Kumu hula Robert Keano Ka’upu IV and Lono Padilla

Overall Keikikane
Hālau Kekuaokalā’au’ala’iliahi
Kumu hula ‘Iliahi and Haunani Paredes

OVERALL Kaikamahine
Hālau Hi’iakaināmakalehua
Kumu hula Robert Keano Ka’upu IV and Lono Padilla

Complete 2019 Keiki Hula Competition Results

1ST PLACE - Kaimana Joe Kaitoku Friez Hālau Hi’iakaināmakalehua Kumu hula Robert Keano Ka’upu IV and Lono Padilla

2ND PLACE - Ally Rae-Ann Valencia Hula Hālau ‘o Kamuela Kunewa Mook and Kau’ionālani Kamana’o

3RD PLACE - Jasmine Kimoana Gorman Hālau Kekuaokalā’au’ala’iliahi Kumu hula ‘Iliahi and Haunani Paredes

4TH PLACEe - Chasity ʻAuliʻikolomanu Kukona Pacheco Brehm Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua Kumu hula Kamaka Kukona

5TH PLACE - Cheyla Kaiani Kauʻinoheaokalani DeFries Hālau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leinā’ala Kumu hula Leinā’ala Pavao Jardin

1ST PLACE - Zyon Blaze ʻAuikekaiola Telles-Kuwahara Hālau Hi’iakaināmakalehua Kumu hula Robert Keano Ka’upu IV and Lono Padilla

2ND PLACE - Kaʻikena Surf Keʻaʻaliʻikūmakani Guzman Hālau Kekuaokalā’au’ala’iliahi Kumu hula ‘Iliahi and Haunani Paredes

3RD PLACE - Zadyn Reef Ailanaaukanaiʻi Kaaihue Hālau Hula ‘O Nāpunaheleonāpua Kumu hula Rich Pedrina

4TH PLACE - Kainosuke Ishii Hālau Hula Uʻi Kumu hula Yui Ishii

5TH PLACE - Hezekiah Kohala Fruean Lopes Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai O Haʻehaʻe Kumu hula Tracie and Keawe Lopes

Keikikane

1ST PLACE – Hālau Kekuaokalā’au’ala’iliahi Kumu hula ‘Iliahi and Haunani Paredes

2ND PLACE – Hālau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leinā’ala Kumu hula Leinā’ala Pavao Jardin

3RD PLACE (tie) – Hālau Hula ‘O Nāpunaheleonāpua Kumu hula Rich Pedrina

3RD PLACE (tie) – Hālau Hi’iakaināmakalehua Kumu hula Robert Keano Ka’upu IV and Lono Padilla

4TH PLACE – Hula Hui o Kapunahala Kumu hula Carolee Nishi

Kaikamahine

1ST PLACE – Hālau Hi’iakaināmakalehua Kumu hula Robert Keano Ka’upu IV and Lono Padilla

2ND PLACE – Hula Hālau ‘o Kamuela Kunewa Mook and Kau’ionālani Kamana’o

3RD PLACE – Hālau Kekuaokalā’au’ala’iliahi Kumu hula ‘Iliahi and Haunani Paredes

4TH PLACE – Hālau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leinā’ala Kumu hula Leinā’ala Pavao Jardin

5TH PLACE – Keolalaulani Hālau ‘Olapa o Laka Kumu hula Keolalaulani Dalire

Keikikane

1ST PLACE – Hālau Kekuaokalā’au’ala’iliahi Kumu hula ‘Iliahi and Haunani Paredes

2ND PLACE – Hālau Hi’iakaināmakalehua Kumu hula Robert Keano Ka’upu IV and Lono Padilla

3RD PLACE – Hālau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leinā’ala Kumu hula Leinā’ala Pavao Jardin

4TH PLACE – Hālau Hula ‘O Nāpunaheleonāpua Kumu hula Rich Pedrina

5TH PLACE – Kalokemelemele Hula Studio (JAPAN) Kumu hula Hōkūaulani Nihipali and Sensei Yuko Imai

Kaikamahine

1ST PLACE – Hālau Hi’iakaināmakalehua Kumu hula Robert Keano Ka’upu IV and Lono Padilla

2ND PLACE – Hula Hālau ‘o Kamuela Kunewa Mook and Kau’ionālani Kamana’o

3RD PLACE – Hālau Kekuaokalā’au’ala’iliahi Kumu hula ‘Iliahi and Haunani Paredes

4TH PLACE – Hālau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leinā’ala Kumu hula Leinā’ala Pavao Jardin

5TH PLACE – Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai O Haʻehaʻe Kumu hula Tracie and Keawe Lopes

Keikikane

Hālau Kekuaokalā’au’ala’iliahi Kumu hula ‘Iliahi and Haunani Paredes

Kaikamahine

Hālau Hi’iakaināmakalehua Kumu hula Robert Keano Ka’upu IV and Lono Padilla


Celebrating 45 Years of Making Hula Happen