Press Release: Hula Goes Extreme at KaHulaHou 2010!

Testosterone will be raging at innovative men’s hula competition in San Mateo

August 24, 2010, San Mateo, CA — On Saturday, October 2, 2010, KaHulaHou, a battle-style competitive hula challenge, will be presented at the San Mateo County Events Center in San Mateo, CA.

KaHulaHou, a men’s hula competition which premiered in 2008, is returning for a second round of no-holds-barred hula. In this event, entertainment and showmanship are the focus, and winning teams are selected by the audience using a noise meter to gauge applause and cheers. Only two rules are enforced upon the competitors: “Keep it Hawaiian,” and “Keep it Entertaining.”

The structure of the event is unique in the world of hula competition: one by one, each of the four competing teams will challenge another in dance “bouts,” with the winners of each bout continuing to compete until only one group remains. KaHulaHou contestants are not restricted on the format of hula they present: competitors can choose to perform classic dances (accompanied by traditional percussion instruments and chanting) or contemporary hula (accompanied by Western instruments and melodic singing). Unlike other hula competitions, in which panels of experts serve as judges of technical categories, KaHulaHou performances are judged exclusively by the audience, based primarily on their entertainment quality.

In another twist on the traditional hula competition, KaHulaHou features only male dancers. The contestants for the KaHulaHou 2010 Battle Division are:

  • The Men of Manawaiopuna from Federal Way, WA, under the direction of Kumu Hula Kamaile Hamada
  • The Men of Hālau Hula ‘O Walea from Markham, Ontario, Canada, under the direction of Kumu Hula Joy Walea Emalani Corpuz
  • The Men of Kaleo‘onalani from San Diego, CA, under the direction of Kumu Hula Siaosi and Ida Veimau
  • The Men of the Academy of Hawaiian Arts from Oakland, CA, under the direction of Kumu Hula Mark Keali‘i Ho‘omalu

Battle Division winners will challenge the defending champions from KaHulaHou 2008 – the Men of the Academy of Hawaiian Arts from Oakland, CA, under the direction of Kumu Hula Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu. Winners of this championship round will be awarded the KaHulaHou Championship Belt and the title of Grand Champions.

Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. General admission tickets are $50, $35, $25 and $15, based on arena seating. Gold Seat ($50) package benefits include premier seating, a $5 KaHulaHou T-shirt discount coupon, a food and beverage coupon, an event program and commemorative KaHulaHou thunder sticks.

Tickets available online at, or call 510-595-3970. For questions e-mail

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