Teaching hula for 59 years
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During the 44th Annual Queen Lili’uokalani Keiki Hula Competition, the Leleiōhoku Award will proudly be presented to Kumu Hula Edward Collier of award-winning Hālau O Na Pua Kukui. HI Now spoke with the kumu hula about the honor.
Collier has taught the art of hula for 59 years. He studied under the late master Kumu Hula Henry Moikeha Pa. He has served as a judge in numerous hula competitions throughout Hawaii, the mainland U.S. and Japan, including the prestigious Merrie Monarch Hula Festival Competition in Hilo.
In addition to his role as a judge, Collier has often entered his accomplished halau in many competitions. He has been privileged to share the spirit of aloha through his performances and workshops throughout the United States, South Pacific, Japan, and Europe. His enthusiasm for the arts transfers through his enjoyment of teaching, inspiring and motivating all students with hard work and dedication.
The Kalihi-Pālama Culture & Arts Society established this award just last year to recognize the exemplary support provided to keiki hula by a kāne in our community. The award bears the name of Prince William Pitt Kalāho’olewa Leleiōhoku II. At birth, he was hānai by Ruth Keʻelikōlani and later legally adopted by her in 1862 as the heir to her vast land holdings. He was educated at St. Alban’s College, a precursor of the present ʻIolani School, and became an accomplished musical composer. He was brother to Liliʻuokalani and Kalākaua, Hawaii’s last two reigning monarchs, and Princess Likelike.
The 44th Annual Queen Lili’uokalani Keiki Hula Competition will take place on July 25-27 at the Neal S Blaisdell Arena. It will be streamed live on K5.
About Keiki Hula:
On September 11, 1976, the Kalihi-Palama Culture & Arts Society, Inc. organized a festival to honor Hawai’i’s last reigning monarch, Queen Lili’uokalani. The day-long event was held at A’ala Park and featured multi-ethnic dance performances, Hawaiian crafts demonstrations, a pageant of Hawai’i’s mo’i wahine, and the first keiki hula competition.
For more information: keikihula.org