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Maui halau receive special recognitions

Dancers with Halau Hula Kauluokala perform last week in the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The halau led by kumu hula Uluwehi Guerrero received the Leianaikaroselaniomaui Award as recognition for the halau exhibiting overall excellence in hula. MARSHA AGUON photo

Dancers with Halau Hula Kauluokala perform last week in the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The halau led by kumu hula Uluwehi Guerrero received the Leianaikaroselaniomaui Award as recognition for the halau exhibiting overall excellence in hula. MARSHA AGUON photo

The Maui News

Two Maui halau received special recognition last week during the 12th annual Ku Mai Ka Hula Competition held Friday and Saturday in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater.

The Leianaikaroselaniomaui Award honoring the halau exhibiting overall excellence in hula went to Halau Hula Kauluokala of Kahului led by kumu hula Uluwehi Guerrero; and the Maui Nui Award recognizing the halau that participated fully in all aspects of the competition and tried to be involved in as many divisions as possible went to Halau o Ka Hanu Lehua of Wailuku led by kumu hula Kamaka Kukona.

Other special awards and the winning halau were:

• The Palikumaikalewalani Oli Award, recognizing the halau exhibiting excellence in oli, to Ka Pa Hula o Kauanoe of Wa’ahila of Kaimuki, Oahu, led by kumu hula Maelia Lobenstein Carter.

• The ‘Olelo Makuahine Award, recognizing the halau exhibiting excellence in Hawaiian language use, to Halau Hula Na Mamo o Kaleinani of Shibuya, Japan, led by kumu hula Seiko Kaleinanikau-ikawekiu Okamoto.

And awards by division went to:

• Ms. Hula Maui, first place, Wailohia Sula of Halau o Ka Hanu Lehua, led by Kukona; second place, Tyra Mauka’a Fonseca of Ka Pa Hula o Kauanoe of Wa’ahila, led by Carter.

• Mr. Hula Maui, first place, Dustin Pomaika’i Kaleiopu of Halonaikeohokapalai, led by kumu hula Pomaika’i Krueger of Haleiwa, Oahu; second place, Edward Kalanikini Maxwell Juan of Pukalani Hula Hale, led by kumu hula Hi’ilei Maxwell-Juan of Pukalani.

• Group Kahiko Wahine, first place, Halau Hula Na Mamo o Kaleinani, led by Okamoto; second place, Nani Ola Hawaiian Dance Company, led by kumu Hula Kanani Pharr-Cadaoas of Las Vegas.

• Group Kahiko Kane, first place, Halau o Ka Hanu Lehua, led by Kukona.

• Group ‘Auana Wahine, first place, Halau Hula Na Mamo o Kaleinani, led by Okamoto; second place, Halau Na Lei Kaumaka o Uka, led by kumu hula Napua Greig-Nakasone of Kula.

• Group ‘Auana Kane, first place, Halau o Ka Hanu Lehua, led by Kukona.

• Kupuna, first place, Halau Hula Kauluokala of Kahului and led by Guerrero; second place, Halau Hula Na Mamo o Kaleinani, led by Okamoto.

Competition judges were Iwalani Kalima, Shane Kamakaokalani Herrod, Ulalia Woodside and Keali’i Reichel.

The hula competition was presented by the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in association with Kauahea Inc., a nonprofit founded by Hokulani Holt to support Hawaiian arts and culture.

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