Contractor and kumu hula lead the Royal Court as Kalakaua, Kapi‘olani

Photo courtesy of Charla and Russell Crabbe Charla and Russell Crabbe pose for a photo together.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Kumu hula Ipolei Lindsey-Asing plays the ipu last month as dancers in her Halau Nawehiokaipoaloha practice in Keaau.

Courtesy of Merrie Monarch Festival Russell Crabbe and Ipolei Lindsey-Asing will be serving as King David Kalakaua and Queen Kapi'olani in the 61st Merrie Monarch Festival this year.

Two Hawaii Island residents have been chosen take on the roles of King David Kalakaua and Queen Kapi‘olani during this week’s Merrie Monarch Festival.