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2018 Hapa Haole Hula Competition

Ke Kukui Foundation

Friday, July 27, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

2018 Hapa Haole Hula Competition

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Ke Kukui Foundation

3 Days of Aloha in the Pacific Northwest

Hapa Haole Hula Competition - July 27, 2018

Welina mai kākou!

Mahalo nui for your interest in participating in Ke Kukui Foundation’s "3 Days of Aloha in the Pacific Northwest:" Hapa Haole Hula Competition to be held at Esther Short Park on Friday, July 27, 2018, 5:00pm (time may be subject to change). 

Hapa Haole Hula Competition 

Classic Hapa Haole Music Lives! Join us for a throwback to this early modern era of hula and music. In keeping with the hapa-haole tradition, all songs within each category must be sung in English and the theme of the performance must be about Hawaii.  The era of music must be from the 1900 to 1959 period when classic Hapa Haole music was at its prime.  Prizes and recognition will be awarded to the winners.  Winning soloists and groups will be showcased at the following day’s Hōike and Hawaiian Festival.

Please note that no song duplication will be allowed. Earliest registration will determine priority in the case of duplicate song entries. Register early for your preferred mele!

The Hapa Haole Hula Competition is a memorable event. For those of you who attend our festival each year, a huge MAHALO for your continued support and participation. We enjoy hosting this event annually and look forward to seeing you at 3 Days of Aloha.




Kinipela Henderson
Chair, Hapa Haole Hula Competition



* * * Registration Instructions * * *



  1. Click on “Participate as an Individual”
  2. Select “Solo Competition” registration
  3. Click on “Register”
  4. In the Registration Section under “Other Information” select the solo category you are entering



All Group entries must be initiated by the Kumu
A separate registration must be completed for each Group entry



Instructions for Kumu Registration:

Please note - you must follow these steps for each group you are entering in the competition. If you are entering more than one Group in the competition, a separate registration must be completed for each Group entry.

  1. Click on “Create a Group”
  2. When prompted for a Team Name, include the name of your halau and the category you are entering (e.g., Kaleinani O Ke Kukui Wahine Group)
  3. After creating your group, click on “Join a Group”
  4. Enter your Group Name and click on “Join”
  5. Select “Group Competition: Kumu” registration
  6. Click on “Register”
  7. In the Registration Section under “Other Information” select the group category you are entering
  8. After completing your Kumu registration for the group, give the Group Name to your dancers so they can register for the competition


Instructions for Dancer Registration:

Please note - If you are participating in more than one Group in the competition, a separate registration must be completed for each Group entry.

  1. Click on “Join a Group”
  2. Enter (or search for) the group name provided by your Kumu and click “Join”
  3. Select “Group Competition: Dancer” registration
  4. Click on “Register”
  5. In the Registration Section under “Other Information” select the group category you are entering

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All songs must be Hapa Haole, i.e. written between 1900 – 1959, sung in the English language and the theme must be about Hawaii. 

No song duplication will be allowed. Earliest post mark will determine priority.
Each contestant must have reached age requirement by the competition date.

  1. TIME LIMIT: All entries subject to 7 minute time limit. The time starts when the dancer steps out on stage or the music/singing begins, whichever occurs first. Respectfully, the time will stop when the dancer leaves the stage or the music/singing stops, whichever is last.
  2. All participants must provide their own musical accompaniment (live music, CD recording or MP3 format)
  3. There will be one winner in each category
  4. Competition will be held on Friday, July 27, 2018 at Esther Short Park. Approximate time: 5:00 PM
  5. Applications are due by the requested deadlines so that the programs can be created
  6. HHHC Committee reserves the right to cancel any category with less than three applicants

All entry fees are non-refundable. If category is canceled the fee will be returned.


  1. Miss Hapa Haole Hula - age requirement: 14 years to 25 years
  2. Mr. Hapa Haole Hula - age requirement: 14 years to 25 years
  3. Ms. Sophisticated Hula - age requirement: 26 years and above
  4. Mr. Sophisticated Hula - age requirement: 26 years and above
  5. Comic/Kolohe Hula - age requirement: 26 years and above, contestant may be either male or female
  6. Contestant does not have to be affiliated or represented by a kumu hula or hālau hula
  7. Contestant is required to submit song selection and lyrics along with their application
  8. Contestants are subject to the general rules of the HHHC Committee


  1. Keiki division (Age 13 and under) - minimum 5 and maximum 20
  2. Wahine division (Age 14 and above) - minimum 5 and maximum 20
  3. Kane division (Age 14 and above) - minimum 3 and maximum 20
  4. Kupuna division (Age 50 and above) – minimum 5 and maximum 20
  5. Combined division (Age 14 and above) - kane 2 and wahine 3 minimum, total maximum of 20 dancers
  6. Each group entry must be represented by a Kumu Hula
  7. Each group entry is required to submit song selection and lyrics along with the application
  8. Contestants are subject to the general rules of the HHHC Committee



Waiver and Release of liability and Assumption of Risk

1. I understand the nature of Ke Kukui Foundation activities. I believe my experience and capabilities qualify me to participate in such activity. I further acknowledge that I am aware the activity may be conducted in facilities open to the public during the activity. I further agree and warrant that if I believe conditions to be unsafe, I will immediately discontinue further participation in the activity.

2. I FULLY UNDERSTAND that: (a) Ke Kukui Foundation activities may involve risks and dangers of serious or. grievous injury, including but not limited to bodily injury or damage to personal property, and/or death; (b) these risks and dangers may be caused by my actions or inactions of others participating in the activity, the condition in which the activity takes place, or THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE "RELEASEES" NAMED BELOW; (c) there may be other risks and social economic losses either known to me or not readily foreseeable at this time; and I FULLY ACCEPT AND ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS AND ALL RESPONISBILITY FOR LOSSES, COSTS AND DAMAGES incurred as a result of my participation in these activities.

3. I HEREBY RELEASE, DISCHARGE, COVENANT NOT TO SUE, AND AGREE TO INDEMNIFY AND SAVE AND HOLD HARMLESS Ke Kukui Foundation and its subsidiaries and partners, their respective administrators, directors, agents, officers, volunteers and employees, other participants, any sponsors, advertisers, and if applicable, owners and lessor of premises on which the activities take place (each considered one of the "Releasees" herein) from all liability , claim demands, losses, on my account caused or alleged to be caused in whole or in part by the negligence of the "Releasee" or otherwise, including negligent rescue operations and further agree that if, despite this release, ,or anyone on my behalf makes a claim against any of the "Releasees" named above, I WILL INDEMNIFY, SAVE AND HOLD HARMLESS EACH OF THE RELEASESS FROM ANY LITIGATION EXPENSES, ATTORNEY FEES, LOSS, LIABILITY, DAMAGE OR ANY COST THAT MAY INCUR AS A RESULT OF ANY SUCH CLAIM.

PARENT/GUARDIAN CONSENT AND RELEASE AGREEMENT (For participants under 18 Years Old only)

I am the parent or guardian of the child participating in the activities of Ke Kukui Foundation. My child is fit for participation in Ke Kukui Foundation activities, and I consent to my child's participation: I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY. In consideration of allowing my child to participate, I consent to it and agree that its TERMS SHALL LIKEWISE BIND ME, MY CHILD, my heirs, legal representative and assignees. I HEREBY RELEASE AND SHALL DEFEND, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS THE RELEASEES FROME EVERY CLAIM AND LIABILITY that I or my child allege against the RELEASEES (including reasonable attorney fees or costs) as a direct or indirect result of injury to me or my child because of my child's participation in the event, WHETHER OR NOT CAUSED BYTHE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others. I PROMISE NOT TO SUE RELEASEES on my behalf or on behalf of my child regarding any claim arising from my child's participation in any Ke Kukui Foundation activities.



I hereby grant to Ke Kukui Foundation and Kaleinani O Ke Kukui (hereinafter referred to as “Organizations”) the right to take, reproduce, use, exhibit, display, broadcast, distribute and create derivative works of such photographs or videotaped images of myself/minor child for use in connection with the planning, promoting, publicizing or explaining of the activities of the Organizations. This grant includes, without limitation, the right to publish such images as the Organizations deem appropriate. These images may appear in any of the wide variety of formats and media available to the Organizations including but not limited to print, broadcast, videotape, CD-ROM and electronic/online media.  All photos taken are without compensation to the participant, and all original formats sanctioned by the Organizations are owned by or released to the Organizations. 


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hapa Haole Music?
Hapa Haole literally means half Caucasian. It refers to the music and times of the 1920’s through 1959’s when Hawai`i was the star of movies by Bing and Bob, Arthur Godfrey and Charlie Chan. “Hawaii Calls” was on the radio.

One of the first documented hapa haole songs was “Eating Of The Poi” written by Alvin Kaleolani Isaacs way back in 1888. It was Hawaiian Hapa Haole, Albert “Sonny” Cunha’s songs “Waikiki Mermaid” composed in 1903, followed by his big hit “Honolulu Tom Boy” in 1905 which penned him as the “Father of Hapa Haole Music”.

In 1915, a troupe of Hawaiian entertainers went to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco and, in the Territory of Hawaii pavilion, the main attraction proved to be a show of Hawaiian music and hula performed by The Royal Hawaiian Quartette, led by George E. K. Awai. The lap steel guitar was a huge hit and from 1915 to 1930, a large number of Hawaiian guitar methods and songs were published by major music publishers. Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood soon took over and rocketed Hapa Haole to the rest of the world.

Why Celebrate Hapa Haole?
There was a dark time in Hawaiian history when the Hawaiian language was not allowed to be spoken. Lyrics in Hawaii were composed only in English and musicians adapted their talents to fit brilliantly. Today’s modern Hawaiiana revival often overlooks this vital segment of Hawaii’s history. These songs and hulas were very much a part of the history, thus they are to be cherished as part of Hawaiian culture. While it is wonderful that the ancient traditions, oli and kahiko dances are honored, these songs too should never be forgotten.

Often asked why a Hawaiian activist like herself embraces Hapa Haole music and hula in addition to the traditional, Kumu Vicky Holt Takamine replied in an interview with The Honolulu Advertiser’s Wayne Harada, “Young people don’t know the (Hapa Haole) music — or know very little about it. I think because of the Hawaiian Renaissance, the movement to uphold kahiko, Hapa Haole has been neglected. My kumu hula, the late Auntie Maiki Aiu Lake, always said to support and know everything.” 

What is Ke Kukui Foundation?
Ke Kukui Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the perpetuation, education and preservation in matters relating to the culture and environment of Hawaii. Ke Kukui Foundation was established in Vancouver, Washington under the aegis of Kaleinani o ke Kukui, a hālau with membership of approximately 80 individuals.

Where should I stay?
Please visit the link below for
lodging arrangements with area hotels. We will add new options as they become available.

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Esther Short Park
415 West 6th Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

Friday, July 27, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

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Ke Kukui Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is: To preserve and share the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander cultures through education in language, literature, music, arts, dance, and cultural practices.

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