Words and translation will be provided to each hālau once application is received and accepted. It is the responsibility of the Kumu Hula to haku the melody and the hula for the competition.
All Hula ‘Auana songs shall be “hapa haole” with predominantly English lyrics. Songs originally written in Hawaiian may not be translated into English to accommodate this category. This yearʻs theme for ʻauana: Hapa Haole songs written between 1939 – 1959. Does not have to be by a Hawai’i-born composer, but use songs that bring dignity to the Hawaiian culture, not diminish it.
These are the dancer that will represent our Hālau for the 19th Celebration of Hula O Nā Keiki will be held November 13-15, 2009 at Kaanapali Beach Hotel.
The Soloist are:
Janie Sadorra-Ramelb, Keiki Wahine Soloist
Hula Pālua Participants must be (1) male and (1) female in the same division. No division crossovers will be allowed. Songs will be in the Hawaiian language and shall be an ʻauana song. This year‟s theme for pālua: Hawaiian songs written between 1939 – 1959
Children from ages 5 years old to 17 years old will steal your heart and shutter your camera as you watch them compete in their categories for the coveted awards and titles. Besides each contestant going through a somewhat nerve-wracking interview in front of a panel of judges before the competition they are also required to memorize a chant in the native Hawaiian language. Later that evening they will perform one of their the kahiko (traditional) or auana (modern) style hula.
The next night is their last chance to prove to themselves, their halau (hula school) and especially their kumu (teacher) that they have mastered the hula. Unless of course, they are also entered in the Palua (couple) Division when we get see them dance one more time in tandem! It's a weekend of "oohs" and "ahs" of colorful costumes, sassy attitudes, and of course, expertise of traditional hula!
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