Feel Good Friday – It’s Merrie Monarch Festival!

by admin on April 5, 2013

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

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Mamaduck43 April 5, 2013 at 9:50 am

I was up all night watching the Miss Aloha Hula competition last night and will take a LONG nap today to watch my favorite part of the Festival, the Kahiko performances tonight… The power of the dance and the chants in the ancient hula can reach your heart and soul… Tomorrow, watch the grace of Auwana dancers, but most of the locals love Saturday night for the quality of the music and the musicians…
This year is the 50th Anniversary of the competition and there has been extra pageantry and the coverage is amazing…..
It was a lot easier watching this when I lived in the Islands, but it is truly worth the loss of sleep, now that I am in Wisconsin….. Aloha, all….

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