Shake Your Hips: Hula Competition Returns to Houston

Grab you grass skirts for the 2nd Annual Mana I Ka Hula Traditional Chant and Hula Competition. Hālau Hōʻola Ka Mana O Hawaiʻi of Houston, a traditional hula group that offers classes in town, also hosted last year's competition. This year's contest will be held on Saturday, July 30 at the Stafford Performing Arts Theatre. The event runs from 1 to 6 p.m. and consists of not just hula dancing, but craft tables for related vendors and potential hula workshops for all the hula novices out there.

The focus of the day's events is on various types of time-honored hula dances such as the Wahine and the Kane, in both the group and solo categories. What separates this hula competition from others is the manner in which the dancers will be judged. All dancers must be dressed in traditional garb, which means grass skirts have to actually be grass and leis have to actually be made of flowers. Additionally, the dancers will be judged by the "spirit, authenticity and quality" of their dancing, meaning this isn't your mother's hula competition; it's your great-great grandmother's.

The competition is open for everyone to enjoy. For more information and tickets visit houstonhaulau.org. The Stafford Performing Arts Theatre is located at 10505 Cash Road in Stafford TX.

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