Rules of Engagement

  1. Keep it Hawaiian
    • Hula is a highly revered Hawaiian legacy that has and will continue to change and evolve. KaHulaHou encourages innovation and creativity, but keeping it Hawaiian is an important part of this event. Performances you present must remain identifiable as hula.
  2. Keep it entertaining
    • Your ability to capture the audience's attention ultimately determines the outcome of your performance. Caution is advised; Hip-hop, rock, country, blues, etc.; along with the modern dances that accompany these genres of music are not Hawaiian. They may be entertaining, but use of these styles conflicts with the first Rule of Engagement. If audience members or other competitors contest your performance as not Hawaiian, and KaHulaHou officials concur, you may be asked to present an alternative selection, or your opponent may win the round by default.
  3. The 30 Second Rule
    • There is no time limit on your actual performance, but introductory remarks (i.e. introducing your team or halau, your dancers’ names, the title and meaning of your mele, etc.) should be kept to a minimum.
  4. Competing teams must consist of a maximum of 10 dancers.
    • Each team must consist of up to ten dancers.
  5. Competitive integrity & good sportsmanship
    • Competitive integrity and good sportsmanship are key components. Recognizing the credibility of your opponents performance is honorable and admirable, and does credit to yourself and your team.
  6. Additional considerations for competitors
    • There are no restrictions on what form of hula you can use for your performances. Strategy is necessary in determining what style of hula and/or mele is most advantageous for each round.
    • As the competition features four participating teams, there will be a total of 14 performances (unless a tiebreaker in necessary). Each team is advised to have at least 4 hula performances prepared, with backups ready in the event of a tie. However, there is no rule forbidding repeated use of the same hula performance.
    • You are not required to oli, ka’i or ho’i, unless you find it in your favor to do so.
    • There is no criteria to judge foot movements, hand gestures and the like. Technical skill and creative interpretation are left to your discretion and judgement as kumu hula and/or choreographer.
    • Your attire is entirely up to your own choosing: halau uniforms, aloha attire, pareau, hula attire are all acceptable. KaHulaHou suggests that in selecting your attire, you take into consideration who you are, and what you represent. Of equal importance is remembering who we are as a culture and people.