10th Annual Hula Ho'olauna Aloha bridges two cultures through Dance & Friendship

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Hula Ho'olauna is turning 10 this year, continuing to unite Hawaii and Japan through a celebration and exhibition of dance.  Taking place on July 9 and 10, 2011, the 10th Annual Hula Ho'olauna Aloha Festival will feature a dance exhibition by Japanese and local hâlau at Ala Moana Center's Centerstage, followed the next day by a dance competition among visiting Japanese hâlau and a Hawaiian craft and products sale at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel's Coconut Grove.

Hula Ho'olauna Aloha will kick off on Saturday, July 9, with a hula exhibition at Ala Moana's Centerstage. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Japanese and local hâlau will share the art of hula on stage through more than 40 memorable performances.

The celebration will continue at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel's Coconut Grove on Sunday, July 10, from noon to 6:45 p.m., with a Hula Hâlau competition, hula demonstration and Hawaiian Craft Sale. Five Hawaii hâlau will take the stage in exhibition from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.  The hula hâlau competition will commence at 2:30 p.m. and will include two keiki, seven solo, five wahine and nine Kûpuna performances. The visiting Japanese Hâlau will have the opportunity to compete for the title of "Hula Ho'olauna Aloha 2011."

Each of the hula performances will be judged by several kumu hula in Hawai'i: Kealoha Kalama, Ed Collier, Blaine Kamalani Kia, Maelia Lobenstein Carter, Colsen Ina Kanei, Meleana Manuel, and time judge Les Pang. Kumu Kawaikapuokalani Hewett will continue to serve as cultural advisor.

The public is invited to attend both events free of charge; however, seating at the hula competition is limited to participating hâlau friends and family, and local residents of Hawai'i with a valid Hawai'i state ID. No outside coolers.

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