July 24, 2020
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Mahalo nui for your interest in participating in Ke Kukui Foundation’s "4 Days of Aloha!" A special welcome to the Hapa Haole Hula Competition to be held at Esther Short Park during Day 2 of the festival on Friday, July 24, 2020, 5:00pm (time may be subject to change).
Classic Hapa Haole Music Lives! Join us for a throwback to this early modern era of hula and music. In keeping with the hapa-haole tradition, all songs within each category must be sung in English and the theme of the performance must be about Hawai‘i.
Prizes and recognition will be awarded to the winners. Hapa Haole Hula Competition winners will have the option to perform at Day 3 of the festival to showcase their performance after the Ho'ike.
Please note that no song duplication will be allowed. Earliest registration will determine priority in the case of duplicate song entries. Register early for your preferred mele!
The Hapa Haole Hula Competition is a memorable event. For those of you who attend our festival each year, a huge MAHALO for your continued support and participation. We enjoy hosting this event annually and look forward to seeing you at 4 Days of Aloha.
4 Days Of Aloha Committee email@example.com
All songs must be Hapa Haole, sung in the English language and the theme must be about Hawaiʻi.No song duplication will be allowed. Earliest entry date will determine priority.Each contestant must have reached age requirement by the competition date.
SOLO HULA COMPETITION
GROUP HULA COMPETITION
The judges will evaluate competitors based on the following criteria on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest:
What is Hapa Haole Music?Hapa Haole literally means half Caucasian. It refers to the music and times of the 1920’s through 1959’s when Hawaiʻi was the star of movies by Bing and Bob, Arthur Godfrey and Charlie Chan. “Hawaii Calls” was on the radio.
One of the first documented hapa haole songs was “Eating Of The Poi” written by Alvin Kaleolani Isaacs way back in 1888. It was Hawaiian Hapa Haole, Albert “Sonny” Cunha’s songs “Waikiki Mermaid” composed in 1903, followed by his big hit “Honolulu Tom Boy” in 1905 which penned him as the “Father of Hapa Haole Music”.In 1915, a troupe of Hawaiian entertainers went to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco and, in the Territory of Hawaii pavilion, the main attraction proved to be a show of Hawaiian music and hula performed by The Royal Hawaiian Quartette, led by George E. K. Awai. The lap steel guitar was a huge hit and from 1915 to 1930, a large number of Hawaiian guitar methods and songs were published by major music publishers. Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood soon took over and rocketed Hapa Haole to the rest of the world.Why Celebrate Hapa Haole?There was a time in Hawaiian history when the Hawaiian language was not allowed to be spoken. Lyrics in Hawaiʻi were composed only in English and musicians adapted their talents to fit brilliantly. Today’s modern Hawaiiana revival often overlooks this vital segment of Hawaiʻi’s history. These songs and hulas were very much a part of the history, thus they are to be cherished as part of Hawaiian culture. Along with honoring the ancient traditions, these songs too should never be forgotten.
Often asked why a protector of Hawaiian rights like herself embraces Hapa Haole music and hula in addition to the traditional, Kumu Vicky Holt Takamine replied in an interview with The Honolulu Advertiser’s Wayne Harada, “Young people don’t know the (Hapa Haole) music — or know very little about it. I think because of the Hawaiian Renaissance, the movement to uphold kahiko, Hapa Haole has been neglected. My kumu hula, the late Auntie Maiki Aiu Lake, always said to support and know everything.”What is Ke Kukui Foundation?Ke Kukui Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the perpetuation, education and preservation in matters relating to the culture and environment of Hawaiʻi. Ke Kukui Foundation was established in Vancouver, Washington under the aegis of Halau Hula Kaleinani O Ke Kukui.
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Please review the required entry information below.
For group entries, the option to enter additional dancer information will appear after Kumu information has been completed.
Please upload a document providing the following information about your entry song.
SONG INFORMATION: The following information is required for entry.
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