The 44th Annual King Kamehameha Hula Competition happens on Saturday, June 17 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena. The event showcases performances by hālau hula from across the state and Japan. The groups will compete in categories including male, female and combined kahiko and ʻauana, as well as a kupuna wāhine ʻauana division and an oli (chanter) category.
The colorful event is steeped and based on the culture of the indigenous Hawaiian people, now embraced by people around the world. Past participants have come from Canada, Japan, Mexico, California, Nevada, Texas and Hawai’i.