The week of Merrie Monarch starts with the free Ho'olaulea (music festival) on Sunday in Hilo's Civic Auditorium. Ho'olaulea is my favorite event of the week. Halau's from around the island bring their keiki and kupuna and musicians and they perform with grace and aloha. The Hula Halua's Keiki-in-training may be performers in Merrie Monarch compeitions of the future and some Kupuna are veterns. The event showcases Hula groups that will never be in the Merrie Monarch competion and Keiki studying the art. It is a wonderful way to experience the Hula Halaus of the Big Island and enjoy their hula and meles.
The 2010 Merrie Monarch Ho'olaulea on April 4 did not disappoint. It was a wonderful event with excellent hula, wonderful music, great food and a happy crowd.
No one is too old for hula. Kupuna performed for the crowd.
The 2010 Merrie Monarch T shirts were a hit.
Halau Hula Ke 'Olu Makani O Mauna Loa gave great performances.
Kumu Emery Aceret showed his Halau Na Pua O Uluhaimalama Kahiko Hula
Great hula duet.
Colorful 'Auana hula by Halau Na Pua O Uluhaimalama.