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The Annual Queen Lili‘uokalani Keiki Hula Competition | Neal S. Blaisdell Center

2024 Queen Lili‘uokalani Keiki Hula Competition July 25, 26 & 27, 2024

The Kalihi-Pālama Culture & Arts Society is proud to present the 2024 Queen Lili‘uokalani Keiki Hula Competition on July 25, 26 & 27, 2024 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center. The public is invited to attend as more than 500 young hula dancers compete in the world’s longest-running keiki hula event. The dancers, ages 6 to 12, represent 20 hula hālau from O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i, and Hawaiʻi Island. The three-day schedule is as follows:

Thursday, July 25, 2024 Solo Hula Competition & Award Presentation
Friday, July 26, 2024 Hula Kahiko (Traditional Hula) Competition
Saturday, July 27, 2024 Hula ʻAuana (Contemporary Hula) Competition & Awards Presentation

Soloists will vie for the titles of Miss Keiki Hula and Master Keiki Hula on the first night of competition, followed by the award presentation. The Kahiko (traditional hula) group competition for kaikamāhine (girls) and keikikāne (boys) will take place on the second night. And the ʻAuana (contemporary hula) group competition for kaikamāhine and keikikāne will take place on the third day, followed by the award presentation.

The public is also invited to visit the Exhibition Hall which will be home to a variety of fun Keiki Hula Festival activities: Pop-Up Mākeke will showcase local artisans and crafts; the Hawaiʻi State Archives will place on display treasures of Hawaiʻi’s royal family as well as other historic memorabilia; a Hōʻike Stage will present hula and Hawaiian music throughout the day, and the Paikini Plaza will feature many of Hawaiʻi’s renowned clothing designers. Come and celebrate authentic Hawaiian culture with us!.

Our Mission

The Board of Directors of KPCAS is dedicated to its original mission statement:

Since its Petition for Charter of Incorporation filed on January 5, 1972 the Kalihi-Pālama Culture & Arts Society, Inc. (KPCAS) has been and remains committed to “providing education, training, services and facilities to the public in furtherance of the maintenance, support, preservation, encouragement and publicity of culture and arts, particularly but not restricted to the culture and arts of ancient Hawaiʻi ...” regardless of age, race, denomination or orientation.

The inspiration for such a grand mission was expressed in 1972 by its two founders, the legendary Kumu Hula George Lanakilakekiahialiʻi Naʻope (National Heritage Fellow NEA) and Kahu Wendell Silva. KPCAS was created with a singular goal in mind: to perpetuate authentic Hawaiian culture by teaching children the art of hula. These children aged 5 – 12 would also learn the Hawaiian language and the cultural underpinnings of the songs they dance. The KPCAS is approaching five decades of public service and proudly claims that it is one of the few culture-based organizations that can prove by the present generation of Kumu Hula today, that it has accomplished its mission of perpetuating authentic Hawaiian culture in one generation.

These are a just a few of our keiki hula dancers who are perpetuating their knowledge as the next generation of Kumu Hula:

Kumu Hula Keolalaulani Dalire (Miss Keiki Hula 1990 & Miss Aloha Hula 1999)
Kumu Hula Kauʻionālani Kamanaʻo (1st Master Keiki Hula Award Recipient 1983)
Kumu Hula ʻIliahi Paredes (Master Keiki Hula Award Recipient 1987)
Kumu Hula Kailihiwa Vaughn (Miss Keiki Hula 1985 & Miss Aloha Hula 1995)
Kumu Hula Pelehonuamea Suganuma-Harmon (Miss Keiki Hula 1993)


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