Makahiki Festival & Ke'Alohi Hula Competition


Bring in the Hawaiian New Year at our annual festival of food, games, music, and Ke 'Alohi Hula, Hawai'i’s only co-ed hula competition.  


Various hālau hula will come together to vie for the title of “Ke‘Alohi Hula o Waimea” or “The Brilliant Hula Dancer of Waimea”, more popularly known as Ke‘Alohi.


Waimea Valley is a wahi pana, home to many traditions of the Hawaiian people. Growing sweet potato, breadfruit, and other native foods, as well as celebrating the Makahiki. Ke‘Alohi became a very important part of the restored Makahiki celebration in the valley, as it also gave continuity to traditions of the Hawaiian people through ‘oli, hula, ancient games, crafts, and food.


For the first time ever Waimea Valley will be hosting the Heiva Tu'Aro I Waihi Polynesian Sports Competition starting at 9am on the Main Lawn. Follow the competitors through the Valley as they compete for 1st prize.