(Ms. Hula Maui 2010, Ashley Tamanaha. Photo By: Richard Marks Photo)
During its fifth annual installment held on September 11, 2010,the Ku Mai Ka Hula International Hula Competition awarded Halau I Ka Wekiu — under the direction of Kumu Hula Karl Veto Baker and Michael Lanakila Casupang — with the Leianaikaroselaniomaui Award for excellence in dancing. Additionally, the halau awarded the Maui Nui Award for the highest number of total points was Lahaina’s Halau I Kona Maui Lima, under the direction of Kumu Hula Ualani Smith.
Solo competition included naming Mr. and Ms. Maui Hula 2010 (pictured), with Kaimana Domingo of Halau I Ka Wekiu and Ashley Leonahenahe Tamanaha of Halau Hi‘iakaināmakalehua winning, respectively.
Judging the competition were Kumu Hula Leiana Long Woodside and La‘akapu Lenchanko of O‘ahu along with Tangaro from Hilo, Hawai‘i Island. Additional results include:
GROUP KAHIKO (Wahine): First – Halau I Ka Wekiu / Second – Halau Hi’iakainamakalehua / Third – Halau Nawaipunalei
GROUP KAHIKO (Kane): First – I Kona Maui Lima
GROUP ‘AUANA (Wahine): First – Halau Hi’iakainamakalehua / Second – Halau Nawaipunalei / Third – Halau Hula O Na Lehua O Laka
GROUP ‘AUANA (Kane): First – I Kona Mau Lima
MR. HULA MAUI: First – Kaimana Domingo, Halau I Ka Wekiu / Second – Johah Souza, I Kona Mau Lima
MS. HULA MAUI: First – Ashley Tamanaha, Halau Hi’iakainamakalehua / Second – Sarah Correia, Halau O Ka Hanu Lehua
Event organizers would like to thank this year’s sponsors: National Endowment for the Arts, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, County of Maui Office of Economic Development, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kauahea, Inc., Maui Babe Browning Lotion as well as Mistress of Ceremonies Kumu Hula Luana Kawa‘a. Next year’s Kū Mai Ka Hula International Hula Competition will once again host hālau from throughout our islands, Japan and other international locales where hula is treasured. For more information about the competition, contact Hōkūlani Holt at the MACC, 808-243-4269 or hokulani@mauiarts.
(Mr. Hula Maui 2010, Kaimana Domingo. Photo By: Richard Marks Photo)