Celebrating 45 years of Keiki Hula
This year, HI Now is celebrating 45 years of Keiki Hula with an exclusive look at the Queen Liliʻuokalani Keiki Hula Hōʻike. The 4-day TV event is coming to K5, airing every night at 7 p.m. from July 29 – August 1. HI Now host Kainoa Carlson is with the show’s Executive Director Guy Sibilla to get the inside scoop on what audiences can expect.
Due to COVID-19, Sibilla explains that the folks behind Keiki Hula had to pivot since the annual event is normally held at the Blaisdell.
“We had to come up with an idea of how we could present our keiki, our kumu hula, and our cultural events without having everyone together,” Sibilla says. “So we came up with the idea of if they can’t come to us, we’ll go to them. So we took a film crew out to all the islands and recorded the kids live and the kumu in their interviews.”
Since Keiki Hula is not a competition this, there really were no rules. Instead, you can expect a portrait of a number of halau in their own words.
“Sometimes the kumu would get very creative, and they would have the boys and the girls dance together — because in our competition you can’t do it. We have the girls competition and the boys competition,” Sibilla says. “But some of them danced together for the first time and it was beautiful to see.”
Sibilla says it was important to continue the Keiki Hula tradition this year in order to set the example for the keiki.
“So many events were cancelled this year,” Sibilla says. “If everyone cancels and something difficult happens in your life, then they think they can just quit. And I said no, we have to come up with a solution. And I think we cracked the code.”
Remember, you can watch the Queen Liliʻuokalani Keiki Hula Hōʻike from July 29 – August 1 every night at 7 p.m. on K5.
For more information: keikihula.org