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Maui Halau wins Big at 43rd Queen Lili’uokalani Keiki Hula Competition

The 43rd Annual Queen Lili’uokalani Keiki Hula competition concluded Saturday after three exciting nights of Hula. Maui’s Halau Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi walked off with 1st place finishes for their Kaikamahine ‘Auana and Keiki Kane Kahiko performances, as well as taking the Wendell Kalanikapuaenui Silva Overall Perpetual Trophy for their Keiki Kane.

On Thursday night, the 2018 Miss & Master Keiki Hula were crowned after an evening that featured 24 soloists. The title of Master Keiki Hula went to 7-year old Justin Paredes of Maui’s Halau Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi. Paredes’ performance of Henehene Kou ‘Aka adds the third Keiki Hula trophy to their family’s collection. Justin’s sister Faith Paredes won the title of Miss Keiki Hula 2015 and his father Brandon Paredes was Master Keiki Hula in 1987. “It felt like I was doing my best and showing the judges that I am master Keiki Hula,” said Justin Paredes.

The Keiki Kane of Halau Hula ‘O Hokulani scored 2nd place finishes for both their Kahiko and ‘Auana performances.

One of the highlights of the weekend was the inaugural presentation of the Miriam Likelike Kekauluohi Achievement Award to Kumu Hula Olana Ai, the founder of Halau Hula Olana. Ai was joined on stage and in the audience by dozen’s of her former students in a remarkable display of her hula legacy.

“She is so wonderful and to have my name associated with her is anothet thing that I didn’t do for Keiki Hula, Keiki Hula did for me,” said Ai. “My life is so blessed, I have a special life and you saw all the children who grew up and dancing and I remembered every one when I looked right into their faces.”

The entire program will be rebroadcast on KFVE Television on July 28, 2018 at 7pm. The competition is supported by the Hawai’i Tourism Authority, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the State Foundation on Culture & the Arts. For more information, email [email protected] or visit our website at www.keikihula.org.

43RD ANNUAL QUEEN LILI’UOKALANI KEIKI HULA COMPETITION RESULTS:

MISS KEIKI HULA:
4th Runner Up – Hailey Symonds – Halau Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi (Maui)
3rd Runner Up – Meiya-Lynn Ramos – Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina‘ala (Kaua‘i)
2nd Runner Up – Taejah Telles-Kuwahara – Halau Hi‘iakainamakalehua
1st Runner Up – Malie Moe – Halau Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniakea
Miss Keiki Hula – Rachel Kimura – Hula Halau ‘O Kamuela

HULA KAHIKO – KAIKAMAHINE DIVISION
5th Place – Halau Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniakea
4th Place – Halau Kekuaokala’au’ala’iliahi (Maui)
3rd Place – Hula Halau‘O Kamuela
2nd Place – Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina’ala (Kaua‘i)
1st place – Halau Hi’iakainamakelehua
Hoakalei Kamau‘u Hula Kahiko Trophy

HULA ‘AUANA – KAIKAMAHINE DIVISION:
5th Place – Hula Halau ‘O Kamuela
4th Place – Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina‘ala (Kaua‘i)
3rd Place – Halau Hi‘iakainamakalehua
2nd Place – Halau O Na Pua ‘Ala Onaona
1st place – Halau Kekuaokala’au’ala’iliahi (Maui)
Rose Kapulani Joshua Family Hula ‘Auana Perpetual Trophy

KAIKAMAHINE OVERALL WINNER:
Pat Namaka Bacon Overall Perpetual Trophy
Halau Hi’iakainamakelehua

MASTER KEIKI HULA:
4th Runner Up – Enaahi Dalire – Halau‘Olapa O Laka
3rd Runner Up – Zadyn Ka‘aihue – Halau Hula ‘O Napunaheleonapua
2nd Runner Up – Aaron Tomas – Halau Hula ‘O Hokulani (Maui)
1st Runner Up – Nakoa Tutop – Halau Hi‘iakainamakalehua
Master Keiki Hula – Justin Paredes – Halau Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi (Maui)

HULA KAHIKO – KEIKI KANE DIVISION
3rd Place – Keolalaulani Halau ‘Olapa O Laka
2nd Place – Halau Hula ‘O Hokulani (Maui)
1st place – Halau Kekuaokala’au’ala’iliahi (Maui)
Sally Wood Naluai Hula Kahiko Perpetual Trophy

HULA ‘AUANA – KEIKI KANE DIVISION:
3rd Place – Keolalaulani Halau ‘Olapa O Laka
2nd Place – Halau Hula ‘O Hokulani (Maui)
1st place – Halau Kekuaokala’au’ala’iliahi (Maui)
George Lanakilakeikiahiali’i Na’ope Hula ‘Auana Perpetual Trophy

KEIKI KANE OVERALL WINNER:
Wendell Kalanikapuaenui Silva Overall Perpetual Trophy
Halau Kekuaokala’au’ala’iliahi (Maui)

KAWENA‘ULA SCHOLARSHIP: (Hawaiian Language Award)
Temaireraurii Santos – Keolalaulani Halau ‘Olapa O Laka
Sophia Lafferty – Halau‘O Kaululaua’
Meiya-Lynn Bella Ramos – Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina‘ala (Kaua‘i)
Keli‘a Kang – Halau Kamaluokaleihulu

MARY KAWENA PUKUI PERPETUAL TROPHY: (Hawaiian Language Award)
Halau Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi (Maui)

MALIA CRAVER PERPETUAL TROPHY: (Hawaiian Language Award)
Keolalaulani Halau ‘Olapa O Laka

MIRIAM LIKELIKE KEKAULUOHI KEAHELAPALAPA KAPILI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
Olana Ai

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