Lim-Ryder, Maria earn keiki hula competition titles

The overall wahine award winner in the Hula O Na Keiki 2017 was Brianna Wehileimamoleihiwahiwaonaaliiokohala Lim-Ryder, 14, of Halau Kawehileimamoikawekiuokohala. The event was held Friday and Saturday at the Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel. Photo courtesy of Zane Mathias and the Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel

The overall wahine award winner in the Hula O Na Keiki 2017 was Brianna Wehileimamoleihiwahiwaonaaliiokohala Lim-Ryder, 14, of Halau Kawehileimamoikawekiuokohala. The event was held Friday and Saturday at the Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel. Photo courtesy of Zane Mathias and the Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel

The Maui News

Brianna Wehileimamoleihiwahiwaonaaliiokohala Lim-Ryder captured the overall wahine award and Hokani K. Maria, the overall kane award at the 27th Hula O Na Keiki Competition held Friday and Saturday at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel.

Lim-Ryder, 15, and Maria, 14, both dance for kumu Lorna Kapualiko Lim and Halau KawehileimamoikawekiuoKohala. They also won the $1,000 Akoni Akana Scholarships, donated by hotel General Manager Mike White and his wife, Whitney, to an opio kane and opio wahine dancer who intend to further their education in Hawaiian culture through college, halau, mentorship programs or fine arts.

The Akoni Akana Perpetual Award, presented to the kumu who best demonstrates the value of pookela in preparing for the competition, was awarded to Kehaulani Kekua of Halau Palaihiwa O Kaipuwai.

Dancers from six halau competed in the only children’s solo event on Maui. Children ages 5 to 17 entered as soloists or palua (boy-and-girl pairs) and performed kahiko (ancient) and auana (modern) hula that reflect both traditional and personal interpretations of competition songs. This year, each dancer could choose ancient Hawaiian chants for the kahiko performance. For auana, dancers had to choose a love song or one honoring places in Hawaii, composed from 1970 to the present.

Dancers were judged on their style of chanting, interpretation of the dances and cultural appropriateness of costumes and adornments, according to a news release.

Contestants also were scored through individual interviews with judges who observed their take on dance, costume selection, including adornments, and the proper use of the Hawaiian language. Contestants competed in their respective categories for awards, titles and the chance to win nearly $13,000 in cash and prizes.

The judges were Hokulani Holt, Shane Kamakaokalani Herrod, Kaponoai Molitau, Ulalia Woodside, Puamohala Kaholokula and Joy Haunani Paredes.

To complement the children’s hula competition, weekend festivities at the hotel included a Hawaiian festival of arts and crafts, cultural and hula workshops and entertainment. There were pahu making and drumming basics by Pono Murray and a hula implements workshop by Na Kani O Hula.

The winners and their kumu and halau follow:

• Opio Kane Hula — Hokani K. Maria, Lorna Kapualiko Lim, Kawehileimamoikawekiuokohala.

• Opio Wahine Hula — Brianna Wehileimamoleihiwahiwaonaaliiokohala Lim-Ryder, Lorna Kapualiko Lim, Kawehileimamoikawekiuokohala, first; Aliana Anuhea Ho, Kehaulani Kekua, Palaihiwa O Kaipuwai, second.

• Keiki Kane Hula — Makanahiwahiwapomaikaienalani Thomas-Kaholoaa, Lorna Kapualiko Lim, Kawehileimamoikawekiuokohala.

• Keiki Wahine Hula — Chasity Auliikolomanu Broclic Kukona-Pacheco Brehm, Kamaka Kukona, O Ka Hanu Lehua, first; Emalia Pomaialoha KeleihanupikakeiaPa’oahulaleakalaninuiakea Dalire, Keolalaulani Dalire, Keolalaulani Halau Olapa O Laka, second; Alyssa-Lauren Kahikoleiiopuakauikawekiuonalani Lim-Ryder, Lorna Kapualiko Lim, Kawehileimamoikawekiuokohala, third.

• The Music Award — Kawehileimamoikawekiuokohala for “No Kohala Ka Makani Apaapaa.”

• Opio Wahine Oli — Brianna Wehileimamoleihiwahiwaonaaliiokohala Lim-Ryder, Lorna Kapualiko Lim, Kawehileimamoikawekiuokohala, first; Aliana Anuhea Ho, Kehaulani Kekua, Palaihiwa O Kaipuwai, second.

• Opio Kane Oli — Hokani K. Maria, Lorno Kapualiko Lim, Kawehileimamoikawekiuokohala.

• Keiki Wahine Oli — Chasity Auliikolomanu Broclic Kukona-Pacheco Brehm, Kamaka Kukona, O Ka Hanu Lehua, first; Alyssa-Lauren Kahikoleiiopuakauikawekiuonalani Lim-Ryder, Lorna Kapualiko Lim, Kawehileimamoikawekiuokohala, second; Kaleomakamaeokealoha Knight, Kealii Ceballos, Hula Kealii O Nalani, third.

• Keiki Kane Oli — Makanahiwahiwapomaikaienalani Thomas-Kaholoaa, Lorna Kapualiko Lim, Kawehileimamoikawekiuokohala.

• Palua Award — Hokani K. Maria and Brianna Wehileimamoleihiwahiwaonaaliiokohala Lim-Ryder, Lorna Kapualiko Lim, Kawehileimamoikawekiuokohala.

• Costume & Adornment Awards/Keiki Kahiko — Chasity Auliikolomanu Broclic Kukona-Pacheco Brehm, Kamaka Kukona, O Ka Hanu Lehua

• Costume & Adornment Awards/Opio Kahiko — Aliana Anuhea Ho, Kehaulani Kekua, Palaihiwa O Kaipuwai.

• Costume & Adornment Awards/Keiki Auana — Chasity Auliikolomanu Broclic Kukona-Pacheco Brehm, Kamaka Kukona, O Ka Hanu Lehua.

• Costume & Adornment Awards/Opio Auana — Hokani K. Maria, Lorna Kapualiko Lim, Kawehileimamoikawekiuokohala.

• Palua Costume & Adornment Awards — Hokani K. Maria and Brianna Wehileimamoleihiwahiwaonaaliiokohala Lim-Ryder, Lorna Kapualiko Lim, Kawehileimamoikawekiuokohala

• Keiki Interview — Alyssa-Lauren Kahikoleiiopuakauikawekiuonalani Lim-Ryder, Lorna Kapualiko Lim, Kawehileimamoikawekiuokohala.

• Opio Interview — Brianna Wehileimamoleihiwahiwaonaaliiokohala Lim-Ryder, Lorna Kapualiko Lim, Kawehileimamoikawekiuokohala.

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