Hawaii's keiki (children) enter this world on the beat of the ipu drum and the sweet chords of the ukulele. By the time they can walk, many are already training with aunties, uncles and tutu to become graceful and powerful hula dancers - talented boys and girls preserving an ancient cultural lineage.
Now in its 29th year, The Queen Lili'uokalani Keiki Hula Competition draws the most talented of these young dancers for a three-day expression of Hawaiian dance and chant. Representing twenty-four halau (schools) from all over the islands and as far away as Japan, these children will awe you with their heart-stopping kahiko (ancient hula) and the fluid movements of contemporary auana hula.
Join them in this inspiring collection of featured performances from the 2004 Keiki Hula Competition, as our island keiki share their captivating gift of aloha with you. (90 minutes)