Overall win at 60th Annual Merrie Monarch a ‘great birthday present’ to kumu

Hula kumu Tracie Lopes, right, reacts to winning the overall winning title in the 60th Merrie Monarch Festival with fellow kumu and husband, Keawe Lopes, after the competition Saturday at Edith Kanaka‘ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo. Their halau, Ka La 'Onohi Mai O Ha'eha'e, took home Miss Aloha Hula, overall wahine and the overall title. (KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald)

For Tracie Lopes — half of the husband-and-wife kumu team of hula halau Ka La ‘Onohi Mai O Ha‘eha‘e — being overall champions of the 60th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival’s hula competition is a “great birthday present.”