By Diane Ako
Mark your calendar for the annual Malia Craver Hula Kahiko Competition. Ticket sales are available for the Saturday, May 17 event at Kekūhaupiʻo Gymnasium at the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama campus. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. This year, Kamehameha Schools Hawaiian Ensemble (KHE) is hosting the event with proceeds benefiting Kalihi-Palama Culture & Arts Society (KPCA).
Participating in the Middle School competition will be Cathedral Catholic Academy, Kamehameha Middle School Kapālama, Kamehameha Middle School Keaʻau, Kamehameha School Maui, Ka Waihona ʻo Ka Naʻauao, Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻopuʻu LPCS, Mililani Middle School, and Saint Louis School. Participating in the High School competition will be Hilo High School, Kamehameha Hawaiian Ensemble, Kamehameha Schools Maui, Lahainaluna High School, Punahou School, Saint Louis School, and St. Joseph Jr. Sr. High School. There will be three categories: Kane (men), Wāhine (women) and Hui ʻIa (both men and women). Dancers will be judged based on chanting style, interpretation of the dances and cultural appropriateness of costumes and adornments.
Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults. To purchase tickets and for more information call the Kalihi-Palama Culture & Arts Society office at (808) 521-6905 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.