2011 Merrie Monarch Ho'olaulea

Hilo, Hawaii

 

 

 

The week of 2011 Merrie Monarch started with the free Ho'olaule'a (music festival) on Sunday in Hilo's Civic Auditorium. Hula Halau's from around the island performed their dances with grace and aloha. It is a wonderful way to experience the Hula Halaus of the Big Island and enjoy their hula and meles.

The event started with Hawaiian chants by students of Ha'akumalae, Kekuhi Keali'ikanaka'oleohaililani and Manaiakalani Kalua.

Merrie Monarch Hawaiian chanters

Hawaii chants

Hawaiian chants

Hawaiian string chant
The Halau Hula Ke 'Olu Makani O Mauna Loa dancers being trained by Kumu Meleana Manuel performed next.

Kumu Manuel Halau

Kumu Manuel halau
Kumu Emery Aceret and his Halau Nae Pua O Uluhaimalama performed.

Kumu Aceret

Kumu Aceret Halau

Kumu Aceret Halau
Kumu Johnny Lum Ho and dancers from his Halau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua gave fantastic performances.

Kumu Johnny Lum Ho

Kumu Johnny Lum Ho Halau

Keiki

Tutus dressed to enjoy the event.

Tutus at Merrie Monarch

There are many more videos of the event on the hiloliving youtube channel.

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