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Merrie Monarch halau banned from gym stays


    Kelina Eldredge of Halau Hi‘iakainamakalehua, with kumu Robert Ke‘ano Ka‘upu IV, left, and kumu Lono Padilla, won the 2017 Miss Aloha Hula title at this year’s Merrie Monarch Festival. Above left is Miss Aloha Hula 2016 Kayli Kaiulani Carr. The halau is among those seeking accommodations for next year’s event.

Several hula halau are scrambling to find alternate accommodations for Hilo’s Merrie Monarch Festival, now that Hawaii County has ruled out overnight stays in county-owned gyms, citing fire code violations. The decision turns a practice common for decades on its heels. Read more

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