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  • Sabine Maeva Andreser of Halau Kalaakeakauikawekiu dances to Keokea Paka in the Tutu Wahine category of the Kupuna Hula Competition Wednesday at the Sheraton Konac Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Right: Michael Scott Carius of Na Kupuna O Kau dances to “Ke Ala A Ka Jeep” in the Tutu Kane category of the Kupuna Hula Competition Wednesday at the Sheraton Konac Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay.

  • Left: Sabine Maeva Andreser of Halau Kalaakeakauikawekiu dances to “Keokea Paka” in the Tutu Wahine category of the Kupuna Hula Competition Wednesday.

KAILUA-KONA — The 36th annual Kupuna Hula Festival kicked off Wednesday with 24 halau from Hawaii, Canada, the mainland and Japan taking the stage at Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay.