Kumu Hula Kapu Kinimaka Alquiza and Halau

On Sunday, December 9, it’s Kumu Hula Kapu Kinimaka Alquiza’s 30th Annual “Holiday Hula Celebration.” Photo by Anne E. O’Malley

Holiday Hula

by Anne E. O’Malley

Dec. 16 Leilani Rivera Low Steps Up

Seeing hula performed any time of year is inspiring. During the holidays, there’s an added festive dash, with holiday colors and motifs visible everywhere, Hawaiian and Christmas songs and hula and special guest performers who wow audiences. Always arrive early to get a good seat.

Kane holiday hula

On Sunday, December 9, it’s Kumu Hula Kapu Kinimaka Alquiza’s 30th Annual “Holiday Hula Celebration.” Last year, keiki kane from her halau whupped ’em kealoha! Photo by Anne E. O’Malley

The first of three specials this season is the 30th Annual Holiday Hula Celebration, offering hula by Na Hula o Kaohikukapulani, sponsored by the Kamanawa Foundation and under the direction of Kumu Kapu Kinimaka Alquiza. Over 100 dancers ranging in age from three years to adult will perform Hawaiian songs and holiday tunes. Cultural specialist Kale Kaui will be the emcee.  It will take place on Sunday Dec. 9 in the Grand Hyatt Kaua`i Ballroom. Doors open at 5 p.m.; program begins at 6 pm. Tickets are $14/advance; $20/door and proceeds support the dancers to enter an upcoming competition. For more information, call 808-335-6466.