World Invitational Hula Festival
Queen Kapiolani Grand Ballroom
November 9th through the 10th
Award Results Here
By MarshaRose Joyner
World Invitational Hula Festival Celebrated Its Twentieth Anniversary
E Ho'i Mai I Ka Piko Hula has grown over the past years in its efforts
to bring a stronger understanding of our unique culture through the art of HULA
to the world. To this end we are well pleased with the fact that our efforts to
educate as well as entertain have been successful in that we have had thousands
of contacts from the world over asking for information, where they can get in
contact with halau in their area and the fact that we include many items of
interest about things Hawaiian that do not necessarily concentrate on HULA. We
publish a program book that is sent to libraries here and abroad and hope to
expand further on this unique publication.
Our participants over the span of years have come from the following
places. Those from Hawai'i have come from Oahu, Maui, Moloka'i, Lana'i,
Kaua'i, and Hawai'i. One of our language judges is from Ni'ihau!
Participants from afar have come from Canada, Mexico, Germany, New
Zealand, American Samoa, Colombia, France, The Phillipines, Spain, Sweden,
Poland, Guam, The Netherlands, Mariana Islands, India, Africa, Okinawa, Korea,
Easter Islandd, Western Samoa, and Iran.
Those representing the USA have come from California, Illinois,
Michigan, New Jersey, Washington DC, Texas, New York, Alaska, Virginia, Rhode
Island, Washington State, Nevada, and Colorado.
We are grateful for their attendance and they are, in turn, grateful for
their splendid experiences here in Hawai'i. We have many workshop offerings as
well that include one hundred and sixteen topics on all things Hawaiian and we
hope to expand this program in the future. Being the most isolated civilization
on the planet, the Hawaiians have a great deal of knowledge regarding all things
pertaining to nature and to survival and have proven themselves by creating a
sustainable culture that stresses the living feeling of ALOHA!
Achievement awards are given in fourteen categories.
The 2011 results can be found here.
Workshops are available and a special Ho'olana Hula Workshop is conducted at the Kamehameha Schools the Sunday before the performances for all judges and participants. Together, the openning ceremonies are created in a spirit of comraderie, cooperation, and fun.
We need to have a festival of the highest quality and are asking for your kokua
(help) in supporting our endeavors.
The World Invitational Hula
E Ho'i Mai I Ka Piko Hula is an ongoing educational celebration of Hawaiian
culture and arts, customs history, language, and relationship to all natural things.
Mahalo for visiting and
Videos of the festival are available
from Playback Memories