Ayumi Asano, Emmsley Drake Take Top Honors at Kaua`i Polynesian Festival

LIHU`E, Hawai`i, June 4, 2010 – The Kamanawa Foundation’s 9th Annual Kaua`i Polynesian Festival
hosted visitors and kama`aina throughout Memorial Day weekend with a vibrant variety of cultural offerings,
including dance competitions, crafts, food, workshops, and other entertainment at the Vidinha Stadium
soccer field. Ayumi Asano of Kalokemelemele was awarded the 2010 Vahine Polynesia title and Emmsley
Drake of Rohotu was awarded the 2010 Tane Polynesia title. Asano and Drake were the overall winners for
the Tahitian Ori (solo) contest.
The official results for the 2010 Kaua`i Polynesian Festival competitions are as follows:
MAORI ACTION & POI BALLS:
Group:
1st Place: Kia Manava Nui
2nd Place: Te Manawa `O Atooi
Solo:
1st Place: Tia O’Brian
2nd Place: Meigan Barretto
3rd Place: Maddison Lopez
Na Kaikamahine Hula Kahiko solo: Ages 6-12:
1st Place: Tiana Hemakanamakamaeonalani Nihipali
2nd Place: Mahealani Rowland

Na Opio Kaikamahine Hula Kahiko Solo: Ages 13-17:
1st Place: Eolani Mose
Na Wahine Hula Kahiko Solo: Ages 18-54:
1st Place: Katrina Hi`ilani Johnson
2nd Place: Anuenue Mose
GROUP HULA KAHIKO:
Na Kaikamahine:
1st Place: Kalokemelemele
Na Wahine:
1st Place: Kalokemelemele
Na Opio Kaikamahine:
1st Place: Na Hui O Kamakaokalani
OVERALL KAHIKO KAIKAMAHINE POLYNESIA:
Katrina Hi`ilani Johnson
TAHITIAN GROUP OTEA:
Junior Division:
1st Place: Atooi Marama

Senior Division:
1st Place: Otea Atooi
TAHITIAN GROUP OTEA BEST COSTUME:
Otea Atooi
TAHITIAN GROUP APARIMA:
Junior Division:
1st Place: Kalokemelemele
TAHITIAN GROUP APARIMA BEST COSTUME:
Kalokemelemele
TAHITIAN GROUP AHUPUROTU:
Senior Division:
1st Place: Kalokemelemele
2nd Place: Otea Atooi
3rd Place: Atooi Marama
OVERALL TAHITIAN GROUP:
Kalokemelemele
FIREKNIFE COMPETITION:
Junior Division:
1st Place: Hale Motuapuaka
Intermediate Division:
1st Place: James Ahuna
2nd Place: Anson Villatora
3rd Place: Ua Mana Castillo
Senior Division:
1st Place: Richard Siolosega
2nd Place: Julian Maeva
3rd Place: Paul Morimoto
ORI TAHITI WINNERS:
Vahine Ages 4-6:
1st Place: Serena Bryan
Tane Ages 7-9:
1st Place: Oviri Avaeoru
Vahine Ages 7-9:
1st Place: Na Hokulani Santos
2nd Place: Modena Maycong
3rd Place: Adora Kricken
Vahine Ages 10-12:
1st Place: Kao Tomita
2nd Place: Wakana Hirose
3rd Place: Nagisa Takizawa
Senior Division:
Tane Ages 13-17:
1st Place: Emmsley Drake
2nd Place: Kaipolei Awong
3rd Place: Keanu Matias
Vahine Ages 13-17:
1st Place: Tomomi Iguchi
2nd Place: Sandi Nonaka
3rd Place: Cara Mia Kricken
Tane Ages 18-21:
1st Place: Mikaela Oloa
2nd Place: Michael Alan Drake
Vahine Ages 18-21:
1st Place: Ayumi Asano
2nd Place: Lani Costido
3rd Place: Kai`ulani Carr
Vahine Ages 22-25:
1st Place: Roylyn Alisa
2nd Place: Ana Advincula
3rd Place: Pomaika`i Ponimo`i
Tane Ages 26-30:
1st Place: Kamuela Hepa
Vahine Ages 26-30:
1st Place: Yvette Motilla
2nd Place: Kamo`ikalani Sausen
3rd Place: Charito Rivera
Tane Ages 31-39:
1st Place: William Maycong This is the correct category for these two men. There were no winners in
the
the Tane 22-25.
2nd Place: Jacob Punzal
Vahine Ages 31-39:
1st Place: Marie Kricken
Vahine Ages: 40 & Over
1st Place: Louise Susen
Tahitian Couples Competition:
1st Place: Pomaika’i Ponimo’i & Julian Maeva
2nd Place: Kaiulani Carr & Emmsley Drake
OVERALL TANE & VAHINE POLYNESIA
Tane Polynesia: Emmsley Drake
Vahine Polynesia: Ayumi Asano
“I would like to extend a warm mahalo to all of our competitors, craft and food vendors, sponsors,
volunteers, and Kaua`i’s residents and visitors that made our 2010 Kaua`i Polynesian Festival a success,”
said Kaua`i Polynesian Festival Director Kapu Kinimaka-Alquiza.
Sponsors for the event include Aloha Rainbow Screening, B&B Tahitian Pearls, County of Kaua`i, Deli and
Bread Connection, Dollar Rent a Car, Grand Hyatt Resort & Spa, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawai`i Tourism
Authority, Hawai`i Visitors Bureau, Hilo Hattie, Hula Girl Bar and Grill, Kaua`i Marriott Resort & Beach Club,
Malie Foundation, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Sheraton Kaua`i Resort, St. Regis Princeville Resort, The
JK Show, and Wala`au.
Established in 1994, the Kamanawa Foundation is a Kaua`i-based non-profit organization. Its mission is to
preserve, promote and perpetuate the Native Hawaiian culture, including the languages, social values, arts,
crafts and music, primarily through the study of hula. The Kamanawa Foundation hosts three annual
events that highlight hula and Polynesian performing arts including the Kaua`i Polynesian Festival, Holiday
Hula Celebration, and Kaua`i Hula Exhibition.

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