Hula students impacted by wildfire to perform at Merrie Monarch Ho‘ike

Courtesy of kumu hula Eva Palakiko Fifteen students from the advanced hula classes at Lahainaluna High School will be coming to Hilo to experience the Merrie Monarch Festival for the first time. The students and their chaperones will be staying at the Island of Hawaii YMCA for free from Wednesday to Sunday.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Martha Rodillas, left, and Courtney Moylan have prepared duffle bags full of necessities like towels, pillows and toiletries for Lahainaluna High School hula students staying at the Island of Hawaii YMCA in Hilo during the Merrie Monarch Festival this week.

Fifteen hula students from Maui’s Lahainaluna High School are about to take a trip of a lifetime to experience the 61st annual Merrie Monarch Festival.