Wednesday, April 10, 2013

E Hula Mau hula and chant competition in Long Beach Labor Day weekend

 E Hula Mau® (The Hula Lives), the host to Southern California’s only Hula and Chant Competition, returns to the Long Beach Terrace Theater this Labor Day Weekend to celebrate and honor Hawaiian traditions and values. The 19th annual competition is sponsored by Nà Mamo®(The Cherished Offspring), a nonprofit organization committed to preserving key Hawaiian values through social interaction and education.

Since 1995, E Hula Mau® has blended honored traditions with innovative ideas, creating a wonderful Hawaiian experience and feeling of ‘ohana (family) for event participants and spectators.

This year, 14 halau (dance schools) will be competing with approximately 600 dancers from all over California and Nevada. These dedicated halau will share their rendition of the hula (dance), mele (music) and oli (chant) as they compete throughout the weekend.

E Hula Mau® is an event where people will have opportunity to learn and appreciate the understanding of Hawaiian traditions,” saidE Hula Mau® chair Mel Napuunoa. “We want to give people the chance to experience the kinetic poetry of hula and chant right here in Southern California.

Various cultural workshops will be held throughout the weekend in the Hawaiian Cultural Village in front of the Terrace Theater and at The Westin Hotel in Long Beach. This year’s workshops feature the art of lei making, Hawaiian educational lectures, a slack key workshop, hula workshops and many more. All are open on a first-come, first-served basis. Some fees may apply. (Click here for a full list of workshops:

E Hula Mau® will also have a number of creative artisans and crafters demonstrating their talents throughout the weekend, along with a myriad of options for food, outdoor entertainment and informational booth for Hawaiian community organizations– all open for the public to enjoy!


Friday, August 30th

3:30PM – 9:30PM - Competition Opening Ceremonies: Hula Pakahi (Solo Performances) Solo Awards Presentation "Wahine Soloist to be Crowned Miss E Hula Mau"
9:00PM - 12:00AM- Hawaiian Music at The Westin Long Beach Hotel (Host Hotel) Lobby

Saturday, August 31st

8:00AM- Food Court & Lei Making Workshop
9:00AM- Hawaiian Arts & Crafts Fair (Open to the public)
10:00AM- Slack Key Workshop
10:00AM – 5:00PM - Competition: Kahiko (Ancient) Group & Oli (Chant) Performances, Kahiko & Oli Awards Presentation
9:00PM – 12:00AM- Kanikapila Jam at The Westin Long Beach Hotel (free & open to the public)

Sunday, September 1st

8:00AM- Food Court & Hawaiian Workshop
9:00AM- Hawaiian Arts & Crafts Fair & Lei Contest (Open to the public)
10:00AM – 5:30PM- Competition: 'Auana (Contemporary) Group Performances, 'Auana Awards Presentation
9:00PM - 12:00AM- Hawaiian Music at The Westin Long Beach Hotel (Host Hotel) Lobby

Monday, September 2nd
9:00AM- Hula Workshop at The Westin Long Beach Hotel (Salon C & D, 3rd Floor)
1:00PM- Hula Workshop at The Westin Long Beach Hotel (Salon C & D, 3rd Floor)

Special presale pricing is available until May 31st, 2013 through the Long Beach Performing Arts Center and the E Hula Mau® website ( Presale Hula Competition tickets are $22 per day or $60 for weekend ticket packages. Starting June 1st, 2013, tickets will be $25 per day. The cultural village is free to attend and workshops may have an additional fee. To charge by phone, please call TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000 or The Box Office is located at 300 E. Ocean Boulevard, and is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

For more information about E Hula Mau®, please visit

About Nà Mamo®
For the last 19 years, E Hula Mau® has been presented by Nà Mamo®, a nonprofit organization dedicated to Hawaiian cultural preservation, education and community outreach. Nà Mamo®’s mission is to bring people together to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and the “Ohana (Family) Spirit” through social interaction and education, promoting Lokahi (Family Unity), through the teachings of our Kupuna (ancestors). To learn more about Nà Mamo®, feel free to visit the official website at

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