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BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM Lianne Ranne Kieselbach, front, and the ladies of 'Ilima Hula Studio rehearse. 'Ilima Hula Studio was one of the original halau to compete at the Merrie Monarch Festival at its start.
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM Kumu hula Manu Boyd, right, rehearses with kumu hula Robert Cazimero and his Halau Na Kamalei. This year's Hoike will pay tribute to musicians like Boyd and Cazimero.
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM The ladies of 'Ilima Hula Studio dance to "Ilima Sweetheart Medley" during rehearsal. The halau will perform for the Hoike, or dance exhibition, before the start of the competition.
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM Kumu hula Robert Cazimero, in orange, leads his Halau Na Kamalei in prayer before rehearsal in Kalihi. The halau was the first male halau to place at the Merrie Monarch Festival in 1976. Dancers past and present will perform at Wednesday's Hoike.