2014 MERRIE MONARCH Music Festival April 20
The Merrie Monarch Ho'olaule'a (music festival) was held in Hilo's Civic Auditorium on Easter day. Below are some highlights of the event. Unfortunately, the movies are not very good - a combination of light issues that confused the camera and poor zooming skills. Sorry and Gomen nasai.
The event began with the entrance of Hawaii Community College and Hawaii Island charter school performers. Presentations were made by Ha'akumalae Protocols Program, Hawaii Community College, and Hawaii Island Public Charter Schools under the direction of Kumus Kekuhi Kealii'kanaka'oleohaililani, Dr. Taupouri Tangaro, and Manaiakalani Kalua.
Te Waka Huia
Te Waka Huia
Hula Halau Ke 'Olu Makani O Mauna Loa
Under the direction of Kumu Meleana Manuel, dancers from Halau Ke Olu Makani O Mauna Loa performed.
Halau Ke 'Olu Makani O Mauna Loa welcomed dancers from Japan.
Dancers waiting to perform
Halau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua
Kumu Johnny Lum Ho brought hundreds of dancers from Japan who performed for the packed auditorium. His local Hilo Halau keiki and kupuna also performed.
Dancers from Japan and local Hilo halau
Maui Hula by dancers from Japan and local Hilo halau
Unfortuanately, the lighting in the auditorium was terrible.
Tahitian Dancers from Nagoya Japan portraying a rooster fight
Dancers from Nagoya Japan with Plumerias
Yuki Ada from Japan Solo Hula performance
Hula performance by women in red dresses
Hula performance by boys