It’s time to catch up on what’s been happening on my hula journey. The big event of the summer was Ho‛ike Hawai‛i in Orlando. It was the 15th annual event and certainly the biggest one I’ve attended in 5 years. There were numerous halau from many different places, including Hawai’i, Nevada, Virginia, California, Georgia, Florida, Canada, and Japan.
Because of the large number of halau this year, the Hawaiian segment of the competion was spread over two days with both group and solo competitions. ‛Auana was held on Saturday, and kahiko was moved to Sunday morning, followed by Tahitian, Maori, Samoan, and Tongan competitions and exhibitions.
Our halau did well: we took a 3rd place in wahine kahiko, a 2nd place in kupuna (gracious ladies) kahiko, a 3rd place in kupuna ‛auana, and 3rd place (ages 11-16) in solo ‛auana and solo kahiko. While we are all very proud of our results, we were especially excited for our young lady who placed third in two categories in her very first competition!
Saturday night was The Makaha Sons concert, a bittersweet time for all of us. More to come on that very special evening.
So now we will begin competition mode in the next few weeks. We were definitely challenged by the caliber of the 2012 competition (it’s always excellent but this year seemed to be exceptionally so) and we are ready to take on the challenge as we know several groups who attended last year will be returning in July 2013. This year’s theme is the Island of Maui.