Hula Ho'olauna Aloha Festival

(HawaiiNewsNow) - The annual Hula Ho`olauna Aloha hula festival celebrates Japan's love for the hula in its birthplace, while bridging the two cultures through dance and friendship. This is the 11th anniversary of the Hula Ho`olauna Aloha Festival, which was founded in 2002.

Hula Ho`olauna is a two-day event that starts tomorrow, Saturday July 7th at Ala Moana's Centerstage and finishes on Sunday July 8th at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel's Coconut Grove.

o July 7 Hula Exhibition

- 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at Ala Moana Center

- Japanese and local hâlau will share the art of hula on stage through 46 memorable performances

- Free admission

o July 8 Dance Competition, Hawaiian Craft and Products Sale

- 12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel's Coconut Grove

- Five Hawaii hâlau will take the stage in exhibition from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

- The hula hâlau competition starts at 2:00 p.m. and will include two keiki solo, ten solo Wahine, two group keiki, five group Wahine and eight group Kûpuna performances. The visiting Japanese Hâlau will have the opportunity to compete for the title of "Hula Ho'olauna Aloha 2012."

Each of the hula performances will be judged by several Hawai`i-based kumu hula (Leimomi Ho, Maelia Lobenstein Carter, Colsen Ina Kanei, Meleana Ulrich Manuel, Coline Aiu, Blaine Kamalani Kia and time judge Les Pang. Kumu Kawaikapuokalani Hewett continues to serve as cultural advisor).

- Free admission; however seating at the hula competition on Sunday is limited to participating hâlau friends and family, and local residents of Hawai'i with a valid Hawai'i state ID.

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