2009 Merrie Monarch Ho'olaulea

Hilo, Hawaii




2009 MERRIE MONARCH Music Festival April 12

The Merrie Monarch Ho'olaulea (music festival) was held in Hilo's Civic Auditorium from 10AM to 5PM on Easter day. Seven Halaus (schools) presented hula dances from Kupuna (older people) to Keiki (children) and groups.

Kumu (teacher) Emery Aceret's Halau Nae Pua O Uluhaimalama performed my favorite: "Hilo is my home town" followed by a chant by the Halau.

Merrie Monarch 2009 Hoolaulea Hula

The Kupuna and young women performed a beautiful hula dance.

Keiki solo Merrie Monarch 2009

Here is a great keiki solo hula in a long flowing dress.

Hula at Merrie Monarch 2009

Here is a dance by young girls in green mumus.

Merrie Monarch 2009 Hula

A lovely hula by young women in black mumus. The music is superb; youtube doesn't do it justice.

Hula at Merrie Monarch 2009

And another dance in red mumus.

Merrie Monarch 2009 Hoolaulea Band

Kumu Johnny Lum Ho's Haelau Ka Ua Kani Lehua was very popular and the largest halau. Friends and families cheered as the brightly dressed dancers (mostly in Zig Zane designs) danced hula accompanied by a great band.

Johnny Lum Ho Band Merrie Monarch 2009

Johnny Lum Ho Dancers

The first group of Halau Ka Ua Kani Lehua dancers had shakers and wore green grass skirts.

Next, the Kupuna danced wearing dark purple Zig Zane designed mumus.

A Keiki solo dance of a cowboy was very impressive.

Johnny Lum Ho Hula dancers Merrie Monarch 2009

The dancers wore grass skirts and performed hula with sticks next.

Johnny Lum Ho dancers in Merrie Monarch 2009

The group then danced hula in blue Zig Zane designed dresses.

Johnny Lum Ho Keiki students

The final presentation by Johnny Lum Ho's Halau was by the Keiki.

Johnny Lum Ho and crew

Kumu Lori Lei Shirakawa Halau had young dancers from her Halau.

Stan Kaina Keiki Hula in Hilo

The Keiki were so cute in their blue dresses.

Kapuna Hula in Hilo

The Kupuna hula was very nice.

Stan Kaina Hula dancers

The hula dancers in green mumus were wonderful.

Stan Kaina Hula in Hilo

This is the finale where the hula dancers all sang and then gave away their leis to the crowd.

Merahi Productions Tahitian dancers from Oahu gave an excellent performance.

Toa Here Tahitian dancers

The keiki's Tahitian dancing was great too.

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