This past weekend the halau performed in the Kumukahi Hula Festival at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas. Hosted by Hula Halau O Lilinoe a me Na Pua Me Kealoha, this festival brought together a diverse mix of halau both young and old. The reactionaries (title of the festival judges) were just as diverse being from several of the Hawaiian islands as well as from Torrance, CA. Not only were the reactionaries diverse, but they are also very well known and respected kumu hula (hula masters) in their own right.
Pushing themselves beyond Kumu Sam’s wildest imaginations, the haumana of Halau Hula O Noelani showed that all the hard work over the past year paid off. Our wahine soloist, Cori Makalapua Takahata represented the halau beautifully with her grace and perfection of her hula. The kane took home the award for both Kane Kahiko and Auana, the wahine received the award for Wahine Kahiko (an important award for the halau), and overall the entire halau received the “Spirit of Kumukahi” award. While these awards are a huge honor for the halau, the most important part was the bonding that occurred amonst all who went.
We now gear ourselves up for E Hula Mau which commences in just a couple short weeks. In this competition, we give our kane a rest and take our kaikamahine (young girls) to represent the halau. Until then, malama pono!