International Hula Dance competition held in Miyako Island
May 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
International Hula Dance competition Kagimana hula Miyakojima 2014 was held at Mateada Civic Theater and other venues in Miyako City from May 16 to 18.
The contenders performed gracefully, dancing to Hawaiian music and captivating the audience.
About 160 people from 23 Japanese groups took part in the competition held on May 18. They competed in four divisions: Wahine (Women from the age of 14-44 years old), Kupuna (Women from the age of 45 years and older), Kane (Men), Keiki (children from ages 3-13 years old).Okinawan Hula dance group Kailua Hula Studio won Wahine. A representative of the group Taiki Nakamoto said, “I think that we could convey our dedication to dancing. We would like to win both Wahine and Kane next year.”
Hau’olis Masako Aketa Hula Studio from Okayama Prefecture won Kupuna and Mahalo Hula Studio of Okinawa won Kane.
The organizers held an exhibition and Hula Picnic, and stencil art class, at special stage in Toriba district of Hirara, Miyakojima City on May 17.
Many citizens took part in the event, enjoying the folk dance style of Hula.
(English translation by T&CT)
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