Kahiko night at Merrie Monarch Festival

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Halau Kala‘akeakauikawekiu, under the direction of kumu hula Kenneth Dean Alohapumehanaokala Victor, performs hula kahiko Friday during the 59th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival hula competition at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Halau Hula Ke ‘Olu Makani O Mauna Loa of Volcano, under the direction of kumu hula Meleana Manuel, performs hula kahiko Friday during the 59th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival hula competition at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo.

On Friday night, 18 hula halau presented 24 performances of hula kahiko, or ancient hula — 17 by wahine groups and seven by kane groups.