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Winners announced for the 8th Annual Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival

<p>Hula Studio Malulani dance at the Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival on Saturday evening. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)</p>

Hula Studio Malulani dance at the Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival on Saturday evening. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)

<p>The Beamer-Solomon Halau O Poohala dance as part of Wahine Auwana Night during the Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)</p>

The Beamer-Solomon Halau O Poohala dance as part of Wahine Auwana Night during the Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)

<p>Hula Studio Malulani dance at the Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival on Saturday evening, Nov. 9. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)</p>

Hula Studio Malulani dance at the Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival on Saturday evening, Nov. 9. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)

<p>Soloist Heidi Lee Halani Hart with Halau Hula O Kawaimaluhia, competes in the Makua Wahine Solo portion of the Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)</p>

Soloist Heidi Lee Halani Hart with Halau Hula O Kawaimaluhia, competes in the Makua Wahine Solo portion of the Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)

Winners of the 8th Annual Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival were announced Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Awards were presented for Makua Solo (women age 36-54), Wahine Solo (age 13 to 45) and Wahine Group divisions. Wahine Groups performed the ancient Hula Kahiko on Thursday, and modern Hula Auwana on Saturday, and scores were combined to determine overall winners. Kupuna Group and Solo winners (age 46 or older) were announced on Friday.

The top-scoring Wahine Group, with 1,177 points, was Halau Pukamaikala, Kumu Hula Yukiko Toyama, from Japan. In second place was Waimea’s own Beamer Solomon Halau O Poohala, Kumu Hula Hulali Solomon Covington, who placed in every category of the festival.

Altogether, 19 halau from Hawaii and Japan competed in the three-day event, which also featured Hawaiian cultural workshops and extensive Made-in-Hawaii Market Place.

WINNERS of the 2013 Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival:

Kupuna Wahine Group Division:

First place: Halau Hula O Ka Moku Opio O Ka Lani, Kumu Hula Kosuke Watanabe

Second place: Beamer Solomon Halau O Poohala, Kumu Hula Hulali Solomon Covington

Third place: Hula Studio Na Lei Hoku, Kumu Hula Mineko Ichihara

Kupuna Wahine Solo Division:

First place: Beamer Solomon Halau O Poohala, Kumu Hula Hulali Solomon Covington, soloist Maile Ann Daniels Zsupnik

Second place: Hula Halau O Kawananakoa, Kumu Hula Alberta K. Nicolas, soloist Lee Ann Lindsey

Third place: Halau Hula O Kawaimaluhia, Kumu Hula John Keoni Jenny, soloist Wilma Place

Makua Solo Division:

First Place: 552 points, Beamer-Solomon Halau O Poohala, Kumu Hula Hulali Solomon Covington, soloist Nohea Lee

Second Place: 551 points, Halau Kalihilihilehua O Hopoe Kuikanani, Kumu Hula Kaui Dalire, soloist Momoko Sato

Third place: 541 points, Na Lei Aloha Kau I Ka Wekiu, Kumu Hula Takako Kagami, soloist Michiko Hiramatsu

Wahine Solo, Miss Hula Pakahi Division:

First Place: 1,105 points, Halau Kalihilihilehua O Hopoe Kuikanani, Kumu Hula Kaui Dalire, soloist Sonny-Jean Preston

Second Place: 1,100 points, Beamer-Solomon Halau O Poohala, Kumu Hula Hulali Solomon Covington, soloist Lipoa Richards

Third Place, 1,092 points, Halau Hula O Kiiwailehua, Kumu Hula Kirumi Kikuchi, soloist Kinuyo Mimura

Wahine Group Division:

First Place: 1,177 points, Halau Pukamaikala, Kumu Hula Yukiko Toyama

Second Place: Beamer-Solomon Halau O Poohala, Kumu Hula Hulali Solomon Covington

Third Place: Hui Hula Naleikalakupua, Kumu Hula Yukiko Hanayama

The Moku O Keawe International Festival is sponsored by the Moku O Keawe Foundation, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing, enriching and educating the practice and development of hula and its associated arts. For more information, visit www.MOKIF.com.