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This year’s Merrie Monarch Festival dominated by themes of continuity, rebirth

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    Above, Hula Halau ‘o Kamuela, of Kalihi and Waimanalo, under the direction of kumu Kau‘ionalani Kamana‘o and kumu Kunewa Mook, won first place overall. The women also took the top spot in the wahine overall and kahiko divisions.

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    Dancers with Ka Leo o Laka i ka Hikina o ka La, of Honolulu, under the direction of kumu Kaleo Trinidad, captured the kane overall and kahiko awards. The men performed their hula kahiko Friday at Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium in Hilo.

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    Trinidad was embraced Saturday by kumu hula Haunani Paredes after the halau took first place in the kane overall division.

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    The men of Halau Hula ‘o Kahikilaulani, of Hilo, under the direction of kumu Nahokuokalani Gaspang, performed “Ka Uwila Makeneki” on Saturday during the hula ‘auana competition in the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival at Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium in Hilo.

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    The women of Halau Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi, of Wailuku, under the direction of kumu Haunani Paredes and kumu ‘Iliahi Paredes, performed “Huelo” for their ‘auana number Saturday.

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    Kumu hula Kau‘ionalani Kamana‘o accepted the award for first place in the wahine kahiko division.

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    The women of Hula Halau ‘o Kamuela, of Kalihi and Waimanalo embraced Saturday after claiming first place in the wahine kahiko category.

Continuity, regeneration and rebirth. These were the post-Kilauea eruption themes running through many of the mele chosen for the 56th Merrie Monarch Festival. Read more

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