12th Annual Hula Ho’olauna Aloha Festival THIS weekend!

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Saturday, July 6th, 2013 at Kāhala Mall
10 AM — 6 PM
approximately 45 Hula Performances
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Sunday, July 7, 2013 at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel Coconut Grove
12 PM- 6:45 PM
Hula Halau Competition & Hula Demonstration & Hawaiian Craft Sale

This weekend, Japan and Hawaii unite in celebration of hula. This exceptional two-day event honors hula’s traditional customs and vibrant culture. The event features a dance exhibition by Japanese and local halau at Kāhala Mall, as well as a dance competition among visiting Japanese halau and a Hawaiian craft sale at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Coconut Grove.

Kumu Manu Boyd, a multi-Nā Hōku Hanohano award winner, will make a special appearance around 12:45 p.m. Boyd is a poet, singer, songwriter and formerly a member of the popular Hawaiian musical group Ho’okena.The celebration will continue at the The Royal Hawaiian Hotel’s Coconut Grove, Sunday, July 7, from noon-6:45 p.m., featuring a hula hālau competition, hula demonstration and Hawaiian craft and products sale.The Japanese hula hālau competition will start at 2:30 p.m. and will include three solo keiki, 10 solo wahine, one group keiki, two group wahine and four group kūpuna performances, as they compete for the title, “Hula Ho’olauna Aloha 2013.”Performances will be judged by many of Hawai’i’s top kumu hula, including Leimomi Ho, Maelia Loebenstein Carter, Colsen Ina Kanei, Ed Collier, Coline Aiu, Meleana Ulrich Manuel, Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and Les Pang.The public is invited to attend both events free of charge; however, seating at the hula competition is limited to friends and family of participating hālau, and those with a Hawai’i state ID or military ID.Created in 2002, the festival celebrates Japan’s love for the hula in its birthplace, while bridging the two cultures through dance and friendship.More than 500 dancers, family, friends and hula enthusiasts are expected to attend. See you there!