World Invitational Hula Festival

Also known as E Ho`i Mai I Ka Piko Hula, the World Invitational Hula Festival was held annually at the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu, Hawai`i. The festival celebrated the culture, art, history, and language of Hawai`i. It offered an opportunity for those who do not live in Hawai`i to take part in a hula competition. Hula groups from all over the world, including the mainland U.S., Guam, Japan, Mexico, and Europe participated in the festival.

In November 2007, the hālau returned for the second time to represent New York at the festival. The event ran from November 8-10 at the Waikiki Shell. Sixteen wahine participated in the Wahine Hālau category, and three kane and three wahine participated in the Combined Hālau category. They shared their hula with hālaus from countries including Japan, Mexico, Columbia, and the Philippines. At the end of the festival, the hālau was proud to take home three awards:

  • EDITH KEKUHI KANAKA‘OLE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – highest achievement in combined language scores
  • ROSE KAPULANI JOSHUA ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS – presented to the Combined Hālau with the highest achievement in traditional and in contemporary hula and language performance.

See below for videos from our performance at the World Invitational Hula Festival competition in Honolulu, HI.