Decision to cancel Merrie Monarch praised


Merrie Monarch Festival President Luana Kawelu, right, with her late mother, Dorothy "Aunty Dot" Thompson, the hula competition's founding mother.

A Kona kumu hula whose halau was set to compete at the 57th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival said he thinks the cancellation of the festival is “the best decision for our people, our culture and the safety of everybody.”