This weekend was the 46th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival hula competition. To learn more about the Merrie Monarch Festival, click here and check out the post I wrote last year on the Merrie Monarch Festival hula competition.
I was very excited to watch the Merrie Monarch this year because I knew someone who was dancing. Friday night’s Kahiko competition has always been my favorite night of the Merrie Monarch. My friend’s hālau ~ Hālau Na Mamo O Pu’uanahulu ended up placing first in the Wahine Kahiko competition. Even if my friend was not dancing for this hālau, I would still have chosen their performance as my favorite. Below is a photo of her hālau. I was not able to embed the video of their performance and unfortunately none of the links I originally posted in this blog post work anymore.
(photo is from the Honolulu Advertiser of the Hula Kahiko competition~ link no longer works)
Saturday night, her hālau placed second in the Hula ‘Auana competition and her hālau placed first in the Wahine Overall competition. There were so many wonderful performance by both the Wahine (women) and Kane (men). I was thrilled for my friend that her hālau won. I know how hard she practiced all year long.