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Halau prepare for 56th Merrie Monarch Festival

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

Kumu Napua Greig savors sweet victory

Kumu hula Napua Greig of Halau Na Lei Kaumaka o Uka of Maui capped 22 years of teaching with a sweet triumph, winning the overall title of the 55th annual Merrie Monarch Festival early Sunday morning at Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium. Read more

Maui halau wins overall title at Merrie Monarch 2018

Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka of Maui, under the direction of kumu Napua Greig, took the overall winner title of the 55th Merrie Monarch Festival early this morning at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium. Read more

Hula kahiko honors Pele, tradition and the papa hehi

The start of the group kahiko competition at the 55th Merrie Monarch Festival on Friday evening coincided with a return of tradewinds as halau brought their best to the stage at Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium. Read more

Miss Aloha Hula’s routine focuses on storytelling

With stellar performances in both the kahiko and auana portions of the competition, she impressed judges and netted the top score of 1,130, winning the title of Miss Aloha Hula on Thursday night. Read more

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

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