Moments after her hula sister, Kayli Ka‘iulani Carr of Halau Hi‘iakainamakalehua performed her final dance as Miss Aloha Hula 2016, Kelina Kiyoko Ke‘ano‘ilehua Tiffany Eldredge of the same Kalihi Kai, Oahu, halau was announced the 2017 winner of hula’s most
Thousands descended Wednesday upon the Edith Kanaka‘ole Multi-Purpose Stadium for the Merrie Monarch Festival Ho‘ike, a free exhibition of hula and cultural dance from around the Pacific Basin.
Arelative few are fortunate enough to snag coveted stadium seats to witness in person the Merrie Monarch Festival’s three-night hula competition at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Multi-Purpose Stadium.
After marching in 52 Merrie Monarch Festival Royal Parades, Wendell Ka‘ahukane Leite will sit this one out — waving to the crowd in a convertible while his longtime cohorts entertain the assembled throngs lining Hilo’s downtown streets.
If hula had a Mount Rushmore, George Na‘ope’s likeness would almost certainly be memorialized in stone.
The three nights of competition hula during the Merrie Monarch Festival is Hilo’s hottest ticket of the year, but some of the festival’s finest entertainment is free of charge.