KaHulaHou ENewsletter - August 17 2010

KaHulaHou: Pride On the Line - October 2, 2010 at the San Mateo County Event Center
   KaHulaHou E-Newsletter   |   August 2010 : Volume 1
What is KaHulaHou?
KaHulaHou founder and kumu hula Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu shares a new vision of hula competition

KaHulaHou is a new, thrilling form of Hawaiian entertainment: a battle-style competitive hula challenge, where the audience serves as the judge and chooses their favorite team as the champion.

There are dozens of hula competitions worldwide every year. All of them are modeled after one very special hula festival, the prestigious Merrie Monarch. In this format, a panel of judges selects the winner based on technical factors such as hand gestures, foot movements, attire, and leis. These hula mechanics are undeniably important and should be taught in every halau; however, by stressing them so highly, these hula competitions often undervalue creativity and the art of engaging an audience with an entertaining performance. While creativity is a criteria in most competitions, the kumu hula's artistic expression is limited to the rearrangement of movements and gestures that the judges have ruled acceptable. Moreover, the enforced standard competitive performance format of oli, ka'i (entrance), main selection, and ho'i (exit) offers little variety to hold the interest of the audience.

KaHulaHou was created as an alternative to these highly standardized hula competitions. In the KaHulaHou arena, kumu hula and hula choreographers have a chance to hone their skills, presenting original and exciting performances that are not restricted to any one format. KaHulaHou is proud to enforce only two rules on its contenders: "Keep it Hawaiian," and "Keep it Entertaining!"


Hula Goes Extreme at KaHulaHou 2010!
The testosterone will be raging October 2 at the San Mateo County Events Center

The challenge has been issued and accepted! Four teams of men eager for an all-out hula battle are heading to the KaHulaHou arena. Watch and cheer as they put their pride on the line to entertain you.

In the KaHulaHou Battle Division, each competing team will face every other team at least once in an individual round. Using skill and wits, each team will select and present a hula performance from their repertoire that they believe has the greatest possibility of defeating their opponent. An ancient dance, with heart-pounding percussion and warrior-style movements, may be set against a quick-paced and playful contemporary hula performance. You, the audience, will first select the winner of each bout, and then your applause will determine the overall winner of the KaHulaHou 2010 Battle Division.

This will be followed by the ultimate hula throwdown, as the KaHulaHou Battle Division winners go on to challenge the defending champions from KaHulaHou 2008 for the "Lanakila Award." The winners of this championship round will be awarded the KaHulaHou Championship Belt and the Grand Championship Title.

Come take part in this electrifying hula event! Get your tickets today for KaHulaHou 2010, and be ready to make your voices heard!


KaHulaHou 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
5:00pm - 10:00pm
San Mateo County Event Center, San Mateo, CA
Tickets: $15-$50
Limited ringside seats still available!

Get Your Heart Pumping!
The official KaHulaHou 2010 trailer is now online! Enjoy a sneak peek at the action.

Want to See More?
Visit KaHulaHou.com to see biographies and photos of this year's competitors, plus more details about the event and photos from KaHulaHou 2008.

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Academy of Hawaiian Arts
Halau Hula O Walea


The public is hereby notified that with immediate effect and until 10PM on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2010 the defending KaHulaHou Champions, The Men of the Academy of Hawaiian Arts, under the leadership of Kumu Hula Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu, have challenged the following teams to put their pride on the line in a KaHulaHou battle.

arrow The Men of Manawaiopuna
Federal Way, Washington
Kumu Hula Kamaile Hamada
arrow The Men of Halau Hula 'O Walea
Markham, Ontario, Canada
Kumu Hula Joy Walea Corpuz
arrow The Men of Halau o Lilinoe
Carson, California
Kumu Hula Sissy Kaio
arrow The Men of Kaleo o Nalani
San Diego, California
Kumu Hula Siaosi Veimau

Issued in the Public Interest by KaHulaHou
"Pride on the Line"

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