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All Japan Hula Championships

Posted on 12.10.16 under Halau Napualikolokelani, hokulani holt, hula, Junko Wong

Junko’s halau, Hālau Nāpualikolokelani, danced two dances before the competition started. It was a “practice” for their upcoming competition in Ho’onanea Hula Competition and KuMaiKa Hula in 2017.


The judges from left: Kehaulani Kekua from Kauaʻi, Chinky Mahoe from O’ahu, Hōkūlani Holt from Maui. Hōkūlani Holt also served as Executive Director for this competition.




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The competition was held at the Komazawa Olympic Gymnasium in Setagaya, Tokyo.

recording Ke Aloha/Nani

Posted on 02.25.16 under Ahumanu, hula, Napualikolokelani

There will be three soloists from Napualikolokelani entering Ho’onanea Hula Competition in Tokyo.

Ahumanu laid down tracks for one of the songs for the soloists at Anekona Studio.

The band rehearses harmonies. Junko is a quiet photobomb.

Bassist, Joni

Reiko sings low harmonies


Polishing harmonies.

Haruno takes 2nd place at Hula O Na Keiki!

Posted on 11.21.15 under Hālau Kekuaokalāʻauʻalaʻiliahi, Halau Napualikolokelani, Haunani Paredes, hula, Kyleigh Marie Hokuao Manual-Sagon, Nā Kumu ʻIliahi

Haruno Terayama of Napualiko Lokelani, under the direction of Junko Wong, took 2nd place in hula, oli (Hawaiian chant) and best auana costume and adornments and a $500 scholarship at the Hula O Na Keiki held at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel (the most Hawaiian of all hotels) on November 14.

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The drive from Wailuku to the west side is scenic and pleasant — when it’s not rush hour. There’s only one road until you reach the Lahaina Bypass.

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Surprisingly, it’s still not that widely used, but you can be sure that will change.

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There was a rainbow when I got to the Kaanapali Beach Hotel on Friday afternoon after picking up leis at Hawaiian Air Cargo. The Napualiko team was already there, having spent the night in preparation for day one which started with Haruno’s interview with the judges.

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Haruno danced a great kahiko — I thought it was the best, but I’m no judge.

The overall winner was a Maui girl, Kyleigh Marie Hokuao Manual-Sagon from Hālau Kekuaokalāʻauʻalaʻiliahi, under the direction of Nā Kumu ʻIliahi & Haunani Paredes.


The beautiful Haunani Paredes chanting.

Day two is Auana, the modern hula with live music. Ahumanu is led by Liz Morales on guitar.


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Haruno in her auana dress, based on a dress in a 1939 issue of Vogue.

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The competition team.

Haruno accepts her awards. It was a great night for her. Hālau Kekuaokalāʻauʻalaʻiliahi is one of the best and hottest halaus in Hawaii, now. Their dancers have won all of the major competitions. Finishing 2nd to them is a great honor!

Haruno willl be competing at Hula O Na Keiki

Posted on 11.09.15 under Halau Napualikolokelani, Haruno Terayama, hula, Junko Wong

At the Kaanapali Beach hotel, from Nov 13 -15.

Still a few days away…

Haruno facetimes and takes selfies at Narita Airport.


Boarding HA364 in Honolulu, headed for OGG. (Kahului)

haruno_nite rehearsal

Practice, practice, practice…

Preparation for Hula o na Keiki

Posted on 10.16.15 under Halau Napualikolokelani, hula

We were in search of the red clay, alaea, to dye cloth. It took us to Awalau Farms in Haiku. They have an annual Halloweenish event, so we were greeted with these signs.
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It’s the Haunted Haiku Hike. With an exclamation mark.

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This is the yurt where the dried alaea is weighed and bagged.

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Alaea is pretty expensive because it is used as a clay mask beauty treatment in spas in the Wailea resorts. We were told we could dig for free, but we also bought some out of courtesy.


“Her hands were red. But not with blood. With alaea…

Alaea fabric

The final product.

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