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.
The Kupuna and young women performed a beautiful hula dance.
Here is a great keiki solo hula in a long flowing dress.
Here is a dance by young girls in green mumus.
A lovely hula by young women in black mumus. The music is superb; youtube doesn't do it justice.
And another dance in red mumus.
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.
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.
The dancers wore grass skirts and performed hula with sticks next.
The group then danced hula in blue Zig Zane designed dresses.
The final presentation by Johnny Lum Ho's Halau was by the Keiki.
Kumu Lori Lei Shirakawa Halau had young dancers from her Halau.
The Keiki were so cute in their blue dresses.
The Kupuna hula was very nice.
The hula dancers in green mumus were wonderful.
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.