43rd Annual Queen Lili’uokalani Keiki Hula Competition
Thursday, July 19 @ 6:00 - 10:30pm HST
Friday, July 20 @ 6:00 - 10:30pm HST
Saturday, July 21 @ 1:00 - 6:00pm HST
On September 11, 1976, the Kalihi-Palama Culture & Arts Society, Inc. organized a festival to honor Hawai’i’s last reigning monarch, Queen Lili’uokalani. The day-long event was held at A’ala Park and featured multi-ethnic dance performances, Hawaiian crafts demonstrations, a pageant of Hawai’i’s mo’i wahine, and the first keiki hula competition. The competition was created for youngsters 6 to 12 years of age in “hula ‘auana” only and six groups entered the first Queen Lili’uokalani Keiki Hula Competition.
After two years, the competition moved indoors to the Farrington High School auditorium to provide the dancers with a better venue to showcase their talents. Over the next few years, the competition added the soloists and hula kahiko categories, a separate division for the keiki kane, and the Hawaiian language critique.
The Queen Lili’uokalani Keiki Hula Competition is held annually at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena in July.
For the first time ever, the Keiki Hula competition will be broadcasting and streaming LIVE! Please don't forget to tune in to see the love and hard work these keiki have dedicated to hula.