Dancers compete at kupuna hula festival

Two groups of Maui senior citizens from Kaunoa Senior Services’ hula classes competed in the 31st annual Hawai’i Kupuna Hula Festival in Kailua-Kona in September.

Events were hosted at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keahou Bay.

Kumu hula Carolee “Aunty Doll” Aricayos’ halau Ka Pa Hula O Maui, placed third in the kane group competition, dancing to the mele “Iniki Mali’e.”

Kumu hula Lucky Cabral’s Na Hula Kupuna O Kaunoa placed third in the wahine group competition, dancing to the mele” Kahalaopuna.”

Estra Kaeo Luna-Schwartz of Haiku danced to the mele “Ka Makani Ka’ili Aloha” and placed first in the tutu wahine division. Alyka Nakoa-Clark of Wailuku danced to the mele “Haleakala Hula,” placing second in the tutu kane category. Both dancers practice with Na Hula Kupuna O Kaunoa.

Kaunoa Senior Services is a division of the County of Maui’s Department of Housing and Human Concerns.

Volunteer opportunities, classes and activities are open to anyone 55 and older. For more information, call the Kaunoa offices at 270-7308 or 661-9432.