The Merrie Monarch Festival began forty-five years ago and is held annually in Hilo starting on Easter Sunday. The Merrie Monarch Festival, which helps to promote the importance of the Hawaiian culture, includes art exhibits, craft fairs, demonstrations, performances, a parade, and a three-day hula competition. Women compete on Thursday night. Both men and women compete on Friday and Saturday nights.
For more information (including tons of info, photos, videos, etc.) check out this link.
Miss Aloha Hula on Thursday
The winner of the 2008 Miss Aloha Hula competition was Kalimakuhilani Suganuma of Keolalaulani Halau ‘Olapa O Laka, a Kaneohe halau. (Photo by DENNIS ODA)
Hula Kahiko on Friday
The kane exude raw energy in their kahiko as shown by Halau Ke Kai O Kahiki.
(Photo by DENNIS ODA)
Hula ‘Auana on Saturday
Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka of Kula, Maui used pinwheel movements in their choreography during the auana competition. (Photo by DENNIS ODA)
For a list of winners, click on this link.
The 46th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival (2009) hula competition is scheduled for next year from April 16-18, 2009. Get your tickets now if you are interested in attending :-)