Halau Ha’a Kea o Mokihana at Hula Competition

This post may contain affiliate links provided for your convenience. We earn commissions if you shop through the links on this page. I am also an Amazon Associate and earn from qualifying purchases Read my full disclosure policy.

Sharing is caring!

a collage of images of Halau Ha'a Kea o Mokihana at Hula Competition.


Pin It

For those of you who have been following along here at Organized 31 since last year, you know that my oldest daughter just attended a hula competition in Florida.  Before I share the good news (I’m a proud mama) with you and lots of beautiful pictures, let me share a little background information.

Both of my daughters have danced hula with Halau Ha’a Kea o Mokihana.  The halau is led and taught by Kumu Paul D. Neves and his daughter Kumu Akala Neves.The halau (school) has classes in Hilo, Hawai’i, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Mexico, and Japan.  If you are located in those areas and interested in learning to dance hula, you can learn more about hula classes {here}.  The dancers learn both kahiko (ancient) hula and ‘auana (modern) hula.  


The competition our halau attended is called Ho’ike Hawai’i Hula Competition {here}.  There were other hula halaus from all over the country and the world there to share their dance and love of hula.  It was a beautiful and exciting weekend.


The halau worked hard raising the funds for costumes, expenses and travel to competition.  The dancers practiced for almost a year in preparation for competition.

And… it was so worth it!


The halau competed in:

‘Opio (youth) Kahiko (ancient) Hula
‘Opio (youth) ‘Auana (modern) Hula
Makua (adult) ‘Auana (modern) Hula
Kapuna (elder) ‘Auana (modern) Hula
Keiki (child) Solo
 ‘Opio (teen) Solo
 Makua (adult) Kahiko (ancient) Solo
Makua (adult) ‘Auana (modern) Solo
 Kapuma (elder) Solo
 ‘Opio (youth) Oli (chant) Solo

My daughter and her hula sisters competed and won 1st Place in ‘Opio (youth) Kahiko (ancient) Hula.



My daughter and her hula sisters also won 1st Place in ‘Opio (youth) ‘Auana (modern) Hula.




Halau Ha’a Kea o Mokihana won:
Best Overall Costumes
 6 – 1st Place awards
2 – 2nd Place awards
1 – 3rd Place award



It goes without saying that we are proud of our halau and all the hard work they put into preparing for competition. And we were impressed with the performances of all the halaus that participated.

Similar Posts


  1. Congrats to your daughter and her hula team! I’ve never been to a hula competition..I bet it was fun!

    1. Thank you. If you ever get a chance, so watch a hula competition. It was so exciting, beautiful, inspirational, fun and exciting (did I say exciting twice?) šŸ˜‰

  2. Congrats! I spent 3 months in Hawaii in college and really enjoyed watching the hula dancers. The dances are beautiful and so is the music that accompanies them. I know you are so proud! šŸ™‚

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *