Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawai’i. Hosted every year around the Easter holiday, the Merrie Monarch Festival is considered the “olympics” of hula dancing where the world’s best dancers and hula halaus compete in kahiko (ancient hula) and auana (modern hula) as well as the coveted Miss Aloha Hula contest. Accompanying many halaus’ dancers are some of the best island musicians such the Makaha Sons, the Brothers Cazimero, and Natalie Ai, to name just a few. You can watch the festival via livestreaming video at http://www.k5thehometeam.com/category/260043/the-2013-merrie-monarch-festival-on-kfve starting at 6:00 pm Hawaii Standard Time (which is 6 hours behind Eastern Standard Time).
I have a lot of favorite hulas from previous years but here are few of the best, imo.
Halau Hula Olana’s auana performance
Halau Na Mamo O Pu’uanahulu Wahine Kahiko.
Halau Na Kamalei Kahiko. You can’t beat the experience of the older kane of Robert Cazimero’s halau.
Can’t forget the keiki (children)! From Johnny Lum Ho’s Halau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua