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Bright Spot: Iā ‘Oe E Ka Lā Hula Competition

Written by: ShaheeraK

Edited by: SkyeS

 

Congratulations to two of our wonderful hula dancers, Chablis and De’an, who performed at the 37th Annual Iā ʻOe E Ka Lā Hula Competition & Festival which lasted 6 hours in total. These two hula dancers have worked hard to compete in the competition.

 

“I have danced hula for 2 years with Halau Hula O Hokulani. This year I represented my halau at  Iā ʻOe E Ka Lā Hula Competition & Festival,” says Chablis


The Iā ‘Oe E Ka Lā Hula Competition, which takes place November 3-5, in Pleasanton, CA, is the oldest hula festival outside of Hawaii. Solo and group hula competitions from keiki all the way to kupuna, arts and crafts, and delicious food all honor Hawaiian culture and traditions. It all started in the early 70’s when Ehulani Enoka Lum (also known as Auntie Ehu), had a vision to preserve and promote Hawaiian culture in the San Francisco Bay Area for Hawaiians and Hawaiians at heart. Then, she founded the Kumu Hula Association, accomplishing her mission by providing a community for Kumu Hula (hula teachers) and by hosting two of the Bay Area’s most popular and longest-running annual Hawaiian festivals. In the 1980s, she founded the longest-running annual Hawaiian event in the area, the Iā ‘Oe E Ka Lā Hula Competition. Learn more at the history lā 'Oe E Ka Lā Hula Competition & Festival.

 

 

“I felt excited but nervous on the stage in front of the crowd because Keali’i Rachel (one of the judges) was staring and I felt that it was my day to shine and show my kumus and the judges how hard I practiced.”


Chablis and De’an got 3rd place in the group (Halau Hula ‘O Hokulani) division with 544 points. Also Chablis got 2nd place in the solo division with 1,086 points. Chablis danced to the songs Kipahulu and Hanohano o maui.“I felt excited but nervous on the stage in front of the crowd because Keali’i Rachel (one of the judges) was staring and I felt that it was my day to shine and show my kumus and the judges how hard I practiced.” Chablis said. To see one of her performances check it out at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzxYLqVT-po


For more videos of Chablis and De’an and their halau performing Click here.