PEARL CITY, Oahu - The high school and intermediate wahine dancers of Seabury Hall captured first place in their divisions at the Malia Craver Hula Kahiko Competition held at Pearl City High School on May 12.
Kamehameha Schools Maui, which also entered the competition with 11 public and private schools across the state, won the Lokomaika'iokalani Snakenberg Hawaiian Language Award.
The hula competition was founded by Craver and Earl Kawai in 1978 when they recognized a need for an amateur hula kahiko to give students experience, because they couldn't compete at the level of expertise needed for the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo. After the passing of Craver in 2009, the annual hula kahiko competition was renamed in her honor.
The Seabury Hall high school group performs at the Malia Craver Hula Kahiko Competition at Pearl City High School on Oahu earlier this month. The girls took first place in the high school wahine division.
Schools throughout the state compete annually in the kahiko, and this year Seabury Hall, Kamehameha Schools Maui and King Intermediate entered the middle school division and Seabury Hall, Kailua, Mililani and Roosevelt high schools, Halau Ku Mana Public Charter School, Kamehameha Schools Kapalama and Punahou, Iolani and St. Louis schools competed in the high school division.
The Seabury halau were led by the school's Hawaiian Studies teacher and kumu hula, Napua Makua.
The Seabury Hall Middle School dancers were Hiwa Greig, Leslie Kimura, Brittany Lundberg, Kaya Givensel, Komela Dudoit and Kyleigh Manuel-Sagon.
The Seabury Hall Upper School dancers were Taylor Hori, Megan Kirton, Lyssa Nishikawa, Kaulu Lu'uwai, Lia Matsunaga, Reggie Tirona, Julia Crespo, Christie Kimura, Rachel Lopez, Mapuana Andrade, Elle Bega, Piikea Lono and Alexis Smith.