Oahu wahine is Miss Aloha Hula

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Miss Aloha Hula 2019, Taizha Keakealani Hughes-Kaluhiokalani of Hi'ianamakalehua dances her hula kahiko (ancient hula) Thursday night at Edith Kanaka'ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Miss Aloha Hula 2019, Taizha Keakealani Hughes-Kaluhiokalani of Hi'ianamakalehua dances her hula 'auana (modern hula) Thursday night at Edith Kanaka'ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Kumu hula Robert Ke'ano Ka'upu IV of Hi'ianamakalehua gives a congratulatory hug to Miss Aloha Hula 2019, Taizha Keakealani Hughes-Kaluhiokalani, while kumu hula Lono Padilla clasps his hands over his mouth in joy.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Miss Aloha Hula 2019, Taizha Keakealani Hughes-Kaluhiokalani, celebrates news of her victory with kumu hula Ronert Ke'ano Ka'upu IV, who's holding her hand, and Lono Padilla, who's directly behind her.

The Merrie Monarch Festival’s Miss Aloha Hula 2019 is a 23-year-old Oahu woman who’s a trainer at 24 Hour Fitness when she isn’t gracing hula’s biggest stage.