38th annual Kupuna Hula Festival canceled

  • Members of Na Kupuna O Kau take third place in the Hui Pu ‘ia division with their dance to Ka‘u Nui at the 36th Annual Kupuna Hula Festival. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today file photo)

The County of Hawaii, Elderly Activities Division’s 38th annual Kupuna Hula Festival scheduled for Sept. 9 and 10 at the Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay has been canceled amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“EAD’s highest priority is the safety and well-being of the kupuna and community,” the county said in a press release. “It is unfortunate to have to cancel this year’s event, but we look forward to the festival in 2021.”

This festival showcases talented hula dancers from not only Hawaii Island and statewide, but also from the mainland as well as internationally. Festival highlights include a craft fair at the hotel grounds and two evenings that featured solo and group competitions with a special Hoolaulea.

For more information, call the Elderly Activities Division at (808) 961-8710.

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