Location Information

  • Esther Short Park
  • 415 West 6th Street, Vancouver, WA, 98660 US

 General Rules

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.

  1. TIME LIMIT: All entries subject to 7 minute time limit. The time starts when the dancer steps out on stage or the music/singing begins, whichever occurs first. Respectfully, the time will stop when the dancer leaves the stage or the music/singing stops, whichever is last.
  2. All participants must provide their own musical accompaniment (live music, CD recording or MP3 format).
  3. There will be one winner in each category.
  4. Competition will be held on Friday, July 24, 2020 at Esther Short Park. Approximate time: 5:00 PM
  5. Applications are due by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
  6. HHHC Committee reserves the right to cancel any category with less than three applicants.
  7. All entry fees are non-refundable. If category is canceled the fee will be returned.


  1. Miss Hapa Haole Hula - age requirement: 15 years to 29 years
  2. Ms. Sophisticated Hula - age requirement: 30 years and above
  3. Contestant is required to submit song selection and lyrics along with their application
  4. Contestants are subject to the general rules of the HHHC Committee


  1. Keiki division (Age 13 and under) - minimum 5 and maximum 20
  2. Wahine division (Age 14 and above) - minimum 5 and maximum 20
  3. Kupuna division (Age 50 and above) minimum 5 and maximum 20
  4. Each group entry is required to submit song selection and lyrics along with the application
  5. Contestants are subject to the general rules of the HHHC Committee

Judging Criteria

The judges will evaluate competitors based on the following criteria on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest:

  • Creativity
  • Expression
  • Poise
  • Interpretation
  • Technique
  • Hand Gestures
  • Footwork
  • Body Movement
  • Precision
  • Costume
  • Adornments
  • Grooming
  • Overall

Frequently Asked Questions

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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Registration Instructions

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.

  • Song Title - If doing a medley, kaʻi and/or hoʻi, include this information.  Reminder:  Total of 7 minutes will be judged from entrance to exit.         
  • Composer - If more than one song, include the song name.
  • Year song was composed - If more than one song, include the song name when providing the year.        



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