Hula on display this weekend

  • Members of Halau Na Pua o Hawaii Nei perform in the Kupuna Group Division at the Iolani Luahine Hula Festival and Educational Challenge Friday at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Joy Keahipuakauikawekiu Mills Ferren of Ka Pa Hula Na Wai Iwi Ola dances in the Makuahine Kahiko Soloist Division.

  • Claudia Brullhardt of Na Wai Puna o Kona dances in the Makuahine Kahiko Soloist Division at the Iolani Luahine Hula Festival and Educational Challenge Friday.

  • Geraldine Kenui Bell of Beamer Solomon Halau o Poohala dances in the Kupuna Solo Division at the Iolani Luahine Hula Festival and Educational Challenge Friday at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Aulani Jeffery of Halau Na Pua o Hawaii Nei dances in the Kupuna Solo Division at the Iolani Luahine Hula Festival and Educational Challenge Friday at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Emiko Kira of Na Wai Iwi Ola-Japan Kyushu dances in the Kupuna Solo Division at the Iolani Luahine Hula Festival and Educational Challenge Friday at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay.

  • Claudia Brullhardt of Na Wai Puna o Kona dances in the Makuahine Auana Soloist Division. (

  • Members of Beamer Solomon Halau o Poohala perform in the Kupuna Group Division at the Iolani Luahine Hula Festival and Educational Challenge Friday at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KEAUHOU — Hula enthusiasts gathered Friday at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa for the ‘Iolani Luahine Hula Festival and Educational Challenge 2018.

The Iolani Luahine Festival was established in 2003 with a vision to perpetuate the hula. It also serves as a way to honor the memory of Iolani Luahine and her contributions to the preservation of hula and Hawaiian culture.

The day included dance and jewelry workshops followed by hula presentations featuring makuahine and kupuna presentations.

The donation-based donation festival continues today at 1 p.m. and will feature the keiki, opio, wahine and kane, with a craft fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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