Mother & Daughter First Place Hula Competition Winners

KAUA`I MOKIHANA FESTIVAL Press Release 9/30/2013

Mother and Daughter Are First Place Hula Competition Winners
at Kaua’i Mokihana Festival

Two generations of hula grace and skill were recognized when mother and daughter received separate first place awards at the Kaua’i Mokihana Festival hula competition Saturday, Sept. 28. Kupuna Mokihana Hula award winner Maryanne Dearmore won the Kupuna Mokihana Hula first place and her daughter, Marie Dearmore, received the first place Miss Mokihana Hula.

Maryanne Dearmore

Maryanne Dearmore, dancing hula to “Wai’akeakua” won her the award of 2013 Kupuna Mokihana Hula in the Kaua’i Mokihana Festival hula competition. Her daughter who also competed, Marie Dearmore was awarded the title 2013 Miss Kaua’i Mokihana Hula. (Photos by Joe Olivas)

Miss Mokihana Hula 2013, Marie Dearmore

2013 Miss Mokihana Hula, Marie Dearmore, performs “Mele O Ke Ke’ana Kalaunu” in the three-day Kaua’i Mokihana Festival hula competition. Her mother also competed in the hula competition and won first place in a separate kupuna category.













“This is the first time in the 29-year history of this hula competition that first place solo award winners were from the same family,” said Nathan Kalama, Kaua’i Mokihana Festival founder. “To see Hawaiian cultural traditions pass down through generations is a key objective of this festival and of the Mālie Foundation.” Mālie Foundation coordinates the annual week-long annual contemporary Hawaiian cultural festival that includes workshop presentations, music concerts and competitions.

Both dancers were from Hālau Hi’iakaināmakalehua of O’ahu, which racked up first place awards in many categories, including Group Kahiko Wahine, Group Kahiko Kane, Solo ‘Auana Wahine, Solo ‘Auana Kane, Group ‘Auana Wahine, and Group ‘Auana Kane. In both Kahiko and ‘Auana Solo Opio Kane, Elijah Makana Pakele of the same hālau won first place.

Hālau from Maui, O’ahu and Kaua’i participated in the three-day hula competition held at the Kaua’i Beach Resort Jasmine Ballroom. Complete results can be found on