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Halau prepare for 56th Merrie Monarch Festival

  • Video by Cindy Ellen Russell / crussell@staradvertiser.com

    Kumu hula Drake Dudoit Delaforce's Halau Keolakapuokalani will compete at the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival for the first time, bringing his hula journey full circle.

  • Video by Marie Hobro / Special to the Star-Advertiser

    Kumu Shelsea Ai Apana, who took the reins of Halau Hula Olana of Pearl City in 2013, was inspired by the 2018 Kilauea Volcano eruption for her choice of mele this year.

  • MARIE ERIEL HOBRO / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Members of Halau Hula Olana of Pearl City rehearsed Friday for their upcoming performance at the Merrie Monarch Festival. The halau is led by kumu hula Shelsea Ai Apana.

  • MARIE ERIEL HOBRO / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Halau Hula Olana of Pearl City is led by kumu hula Shelsea Ai Apana.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Kumu hula Drake Dudoit Delaforce, center, instructed the men of Halau Keolakapuaokalani during practice April 7 in preparation for the Merrie Monarch Festival hula competiton this week.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The men of Halau Keolakapuokalani practice a routine under the direction of Kumu hula Drake Dudoit Delaforce.

Kumu hula Drake Dudoit Delaforce did not actually aspire to start his own halau. Yet this year, Delaforce’s Halau Keolakapuokalani will compete at the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival for the first time, bringing his hula journey full circle. Read more

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