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Husband-wife team guides halau to victory

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Halau Hula Ka Lehua Tuahine, under the direction of Kumu Ka‘ilihiwa Vaughan-Darval, danced to “Hanohano Halei‘wa” during the hula ‘auana competition of the 54th annual Merrie Monarch Festival on Saturday at Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium in Hilo. At right, kumu Tracie, left, and Keawe Lopes of Ka La ‘Onohi Mai o Ha‘eha‘e hug a halau member after winning in the overall category on the final night.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Kumus Tracie, left, and Keawe Lopes of Ka La `Onohi Mai O Ha`eha`e hug their halau members after winning overall during the final night of the 54th annual Merrie Monarch Festival on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Edith Kanaka’ole Stadium in Hilo, Hawaii.

A steadfast commitment and continuing love for hula paid off for Ka La ‘Onohi Mai o Ha‘eha‘e, which took the overall winner title of the 54th Merrie Monarch Festival early Sunday. Read more

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