Hula for the ages

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The 54th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival’s group hula kahiko (ancient hula) competition featured 29 performances — wahine and kane — Friday night at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo.

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The 54th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival’s group hula kahiko (ancient hula) competition featured 29 performances — wahine and kane — Friday night at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo.

The evening of hula continued beyond press time for today’s edition.

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In tonight’s final evening of competition, all competing halau will perform hula ‘auana (modern hula) starting at 6 p.m. with the entrance of the Merrie Monarch Royal Court.

Kahiko, ‘auana and overall (combined) scores will be tabulated and winners will be announced following tonight’s performances. Visit www.hawaiitribune-herald.com after tonight’s competition for a list of winners, and see Monday’s print edition for a recap of which halau took home the top prizes.

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