Hula Festival in Hawaii
If you are a fan of the ancient Hawaiian art form of hula, then this next week could be the best thing to do in Oahu. The 36th Annual Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition will be held at Honolulu’s Neal Blaisdell Center beginning on Thursday, July 7th and concluding on Saturday, July 9th. Sponsored by the Kalihi-Palama Culture & Arts Society, this hula festival for children was founded in 1976. The first Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition attracted six halau hula (hula schools) and has now grown into a competition between the top 25 halau hula around the state of Hawaii. A community based non-profit, the Kalihi-Palama Culture & Arts Society teaches ethnic dance classes to the youth in the Kalihi-Palama District. The society, started in 1972, is one of the oldest community based non-profits in Hawaii. Aside from teaching dance classes like hula and classical Okinawan dance, the non-profit also teaches classes in traditional arts and crafts. Each class is taught by a master artisan for free, and the after-school program helps over 800 youths each year. Tickets for this year’s festival cost between $10 and $13. The Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition will be the best thing to do in Oahu.