This year marks Halau Hula Lani Ola’s debut in the Merrie Monarch Festival, but kumu hula Puanani Jung’s roots go back to the prestigious hula competition’s beginning and further — back to King David Kalakaua, the Merrie Monarch himself.
At first glance, this year’s Merrie Monarch Festival king and queen might look a little young for the part.
Nowhere else will you see so many of the state’s treasured Hawaiian artisans gathered in one place at one time than at the Merrie Monarch Invitational Hawaiian Arts Fair.
While nothing can quite compare to the experience of attending the shows in person, most Hawaii residents will take in the competitions at this year’s Merrie Monarch Festival through their TV sets.
To become Miss Aloha Hula requires dedication few possess.
A popular Hilo hula halau drew a near-capacity crowd to the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium on Easter.
Last year’s Merrie Monarch Festival golden anniversary jubilee was a celebration that would have met with the hearty approval of King David Kalakaua, the festival’s namesake.
SUNDAY, APRIL 20
By JOHN BURNETT and TOM CALLIS