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Pacific American-News Journal

`Aukake - August 1996 Volume 2 Issue 8

E Hula Mau '96! The Hula Lives....

Celebrating a Second Year of Music and Dance

It's time to start marking your calendars for the most colorfully spectacular event of the year. The second annual E HULA MAU Hula and Chant Competition is being presented by Na Mamo, The Young Hawaiians of Southern California. This extravaganza will take place from August 30 through September 1, 1996 at the University of California at Irvine's elegant 5,000 seat Bren Events Center. The venue is fully air conditioned and is acoustically treated making it ideally suited for such a prestigious event.

The Labor Day weekend promises to bring an abundance of Hawaiiana to the Southland. E HULA MAU `96 will be featuring fourteen of the most innovative and talented kumu (hula teachers) and their halau (dance schools) from California. The hula competition was a tremendous success for its first presentation in 1995. It is expected to draw a total weekend audience of nearly 20,000 people - the greater majority coming from Southern California. Halau entries from Northern California and the Hawaiian Islands will also bring a large audience of supporters as indicated by the sellout of the Atrium Hotel and the nearly sold out hotels in the area.

Day One: Friday afternoon, August 30, 1996, 3:30 PM, the hula festival begins with a traditional blessing, introductions of the six competition judges followed by male and female solo's and couple's (Hula Palua) competition. The first day of competition will end with an awards presentation ceremony for the solo winners.

Day Two: Saturday, August 31, 1996, begins at 10:00 AM, with a procession of presiding judges. Featured groups will be performing kahiko (ancient) hula and the chant (`Oli). At 6:00 PM all activities will shift to the Ho`olaule`a Celebration at the Atrium Hotel. The evening of live, non-stop fun-filled entertainment will be hosted by the Atrium Hotel. A traditional bar-b-que of “ono”- licious food, at a bargain rate, will be offered by the Atrium.

Day Three: Sunday, 10:00 AM, September 1, 1996, all eyes will be focused on the superb grace and variety in styles of group auana (modern) hula. Entertainment during intermission will feature more local dancers and musicians. The climax of this last day of competition features group and overall award presentations, and an impromptu exhibition by participating kumu hula and judges. A tribute to Kumu Lei Hulu, Aunty Mary Kovich, will be presented by Kumu Clarice Nuhi with one hundred - strong wahines (ladies) from the Southern California region performing.

Throughout the weekend unique talents will be featured - including master artists of Hawaiian art and crafts, lei-makers, tasty Hawaiian delicacies... and to entertain you with your favorite Hawaiian music in the outer lobby/crafts area Los Angeles' own “Aloha Joe” Seiter from Hawaiian Adventure KCLA-99.3FM will be there to take your requests.

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