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Merrie Monarch honors Hokule‘a’s original crew

The Hokule‘a has come full circle, returning to Hilo for the first time since 2014, where the legendary double- hulled canoe set out on its worldwide tour, this time to be honored at the Merrie Monarch Festival. Read more

Merrie Monarch competitors supported by relations present and past

In the more than half century since the annual Merrie Monarch hula competition was launched, a number of kumu hula whose elite dancers have illuminated its stage have died or retired, entrusting the next generation to navigate the future of their halau. Read more

Merrie Monarch goers told of ohia fungus

The state is reminding Merrie Monarch travelers attending the festival in Hilo next week that the transport of ohia lehua, popular in lei and hairpieces, is not allowed from Hawaii island due to a serious plant disease. Read more

Merrie Monarch halau banned from gym stays

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

Husband-wife team guides halau to victory

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

A look at Miss Aloha Hula 2017

While she grew up surrounded by hula, Kelina Kyoko Ke‘ano‘ilehua Tiffany Eldredge learned that taking on the challenge of preparing for a competition would deepen her love for it, spiritually and emotionally. Read more

Eldredge wins Miss Aloha Hula title

In a close, double tiebreaker, Kelina Kyoko Ke‘ano‘ilehua Tiffany Eldredge of Halau Hi‘iakainamakalehua pulled ahead to win the Miss Aloha Hula title on Thursday night. Read more

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