Miss Aloha Hula 2022— Piʻikea Lopes has been named the newest Miss Aloha Hula for the year 2022.
Piʻikea Lopes, a dancer from halau Ka Lā ʻOnohi Mai O Haʻehaʻe who was under the direction of her parents and Kumu hula Tracie and Keawe Lopes, scored 1,168 points and also won the Hawaiian language award.
Her hula kahiko, “No Puna Ke Āiwaiwa Hikina” honored her mother’s hula lineage, paying respect to the Puna district on Hawaiʻi Island.
The festival program notes that the composer, Lolokū, “encourages us to continue to cherish and hold fast to those traditional references in our mele and moʻolelo that continue to help us make sense of and navigate our present.”
She performed “Pua Be-Still” for her ʻauana selection, a mele hoʻoheno or “song of deep affection,” that honored her father’s side of the family and the area of Kohala. The song “encourages us always to take time to reflect and cherish the memories of home,” according to the festival program.
Upon recognition, Piʻikea knelt on stage and delivered an oli (chant) paying respect to Puna–the same chant that she delivered in her kahiko, to honor and acknowledge those who came before.
She also was honored with the Festival’s Hawaiian Language award, earning a perfect score of 50 points.
In an interview with Hawaiʻi News Now’s Keahi Tucker, Piʻikea said she was fortunate to receive the distinction.