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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Eric Tanouye and his son Jon Tanouye, surrounded by anthuriums at their Green Point Nurseries, volunteer to decorate the Edith Kanaka‘ole Multi-Purpose Stadium every year for the Merrie Monarch Festival. Floral arrangements flank the entrance where the halau enter the stage.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Halau Na Mamo O Pu‘uanahulu, led by kumu Lopaka Igarta-De Vera and William Kahakuleilehua Haunu‘u “Sonny” Ching, visited the Kilauea Lookout in Volcanoes National Park on Wednesday to pay their respects to the land ahead of the Merrie Monarch Festival hula competition. They chanted and danced as smoke rose from Halemaumau crater at the rim of Kilauea Lookout, then gathered their lei in a pile and pushed it over the edge to return them to the land.