Hula in Hawaii

Hula in Hawaii is cultural heritage and is a Polynesian dance form. When accompanied by Hawaiian chanting, it is so captivating and beautiful to watch. They call it the language of the heart. Ancient Hawaiian’s used hula and chant to tell stories and to pass down histories and genealogies. Banned by the missionaries until King David Kalākaua revived it in the 1870s, hula evolved with western instrument and musical tastes throughout the 20th century. Today’s hula festivals and competitions usually feature both ‘auana (contemporary) and kahiko (traditional) styles.

Below are the amazing festivals of Hula in Hawai’i .

Merrie Monarch festival

Apri l-7 Hawaiian island

Preparations for the Merrie Monarch festival can begin as much as a year in advanced. Every spring the best hālau in the state are invited to participate in a week long celebration. It is considered the Olympics of hula. Open to the public .There is also a Merrie Monarch Royal parade and a Hawiian arts and crafts fair.

Prince Lot Hula festival

Iolani Palace on Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, Oahu

The prince Lot Hula festival is said to be the islands largest non competative hula festival.We are very pleased to continue our partnership with the Moanalua Gardens Foundation to once again host the Prince Lot Hula Festival on the grounds of Iolani Palace,” said Kippen de Alba Chu, Executive Director of Museum Operations for Iolani Palace.

“Hula has always been an integral part of many Palace celebrations and the festival will carry on this time-honored legacy.” Around 20 hālau state wide are invited to the program. There are also cultural demonstrations by Hawiian practitioners of arts, like carving fish hooks lei making and a Hawiian themed craft fair that displays everything from fine art to Hula instruments.

Ku Mai Ka Hula

September 7-8 Maui

The only adult hula competition on Maui. In addition to male and female group competitors the festival also has a competition for kūpuna (senior dancers). This competition also features local crafters which are onsite through out the weekend to sell their work. There will also be workshops that focus on hula and Hawiian culture.

Hula in Hawaii and other Hula festivals across the islands and beyond

Odaiba Hawaii Festival

28th Apr–6th May, 2018 Venus fort Japan

Taking place during Golden Week, the Odaiba Hawaii Festival will feature Hawaiian music performances by national and international artists, a Polynesian show, Hula & Tahitian dance shows, and Hawaiian market where you can pick up goods and snack and enjoy tasty Hawaiian food.

Ka Hula Piko

May 31st -June 2nd Moloka’i

Ka Hula Piko began in 1991, and was founded by Kumu Hula John Kaimikaua, Halau Hula O Kukunaokala and the Moloka’i Community. The Festival is unique and celebrates the many oral traditions of early Moloka’i that tell of the island as being the birthplace of the hula. Each year, a cultural theme is chosen from certain aspects of ancient Moloka’i tradition.

Three days of festivities are culminated by a grand Ho’olaule’a (celebration) with music groups from throughout Hawai’i, Hula, Food and Craft Booths. The food and craft people are made of vendors who live on the island of Moloka’i adding to the festivities a unique Moloka’i homegrown Hawaiian atmosphere.

King Kamehameha Hula Competition

June 9th, Oahu

The 45th Annual King Kamehameha Hula Competition this event showcases performances by hālau hula from across the state and Japan. The groups will compete in categories including male, female and combined kahiko and ʻauana, as well as a kupuna wāhine ʻauana division and an oli (chanter) category.

The colorful event is steeped and based on the culture of the indigenous Hawaiian people, now embraced by people around the world. Past participants have come from Canada, Japan, Mexico, California, Nevada, Texas and Hawai’i.

The 43st Annual Queen Lili’uokalani Keiki Hula Competition

July 19th-21st, Oahu

Entering into it’s 43rd year, the Kalihi-Palama Culture & Arts Society, Inc. is proud to present their Annual Queen Lili’uokalani Keiki Hula Competition at the Neal S Blaisdell Arena. Featuring dances ages 6-12.

Kauaʻi Mokihana Festival – Hawaiian Church Service

September 23-29, Kauai

A week-long celebration of Hawaiian culture, including educational lectures and music and hula, lei making competitions on the island of Kauaʻi.


October 13th, Kauai

Enjoy the beauty of Koke‘e, as the mountain forests echo with the sounds of Hawaiian music and chants, during Eo e Emalani i Alaka‘i. A free annual day of history and hula, Eo e Emalani brings together Kaua`i residents and visitors to celebrate Hawai‘iʻs beloved Queen Emma and recalls her journey to the Koke`e uplands and Kilohana vist in 1871.

Ia ‘Oe E Ka La Hula Festival

November 2-4, California

The Iā ʻOe E Ka Lā Hula Competition & Festival is the oldest hula festival held outside of the State of Hawai’i. The competition and festival celebrates Hawaiian culture and traditions through solo and group hula competitions, arts and crafts, and food, which is vital to sharing the traditions, values and art of the Hawaiian culture with the world.

Hula O Nā Keiki

November 9-10

Some two-dozen students, representing eight halau from Maui, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i Island and Japan, will compete at this year’s event, part of a larger weekend of cultural reenactments, craft demonstrations, Hawaiian games and entertainment that invite the public to participate in celebrating the season of Makahiki.

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Hula in Hawaii

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