Above is a video I shot, with a sampling of the evening's traditional dances and a view of the winner of Miss Hula 2009; Cherissa Henoheanäpuaikawaokele Käne who is a student of singer/songwriter Kealii Reichel.
Here we are in the midst of the World Championship of Hula, the Merrie Monarch Festival. It is Hilo's yearly opportunity for the world to visit and for the ancient and revered art of Hula to be showcased in a way that is not done in any other venue.
Last night was the first competition, the Miss Hula competition. Traditional Costume, Dance and Hawaiian language in chants and song are among the judging features for the Kahiko portion of the competition. Then there is a costume change and the Auana segment of the competition, which is more modern and formal begins. Here you can see both dances of each top contestant thanks to our local ABC channel:
Miss Aloha Hula 2009 Results:
· OHA Hawaiian Language Award: Cherissa Henoheanäpuaikawaokele Käne
And so the fun continues. Tomorrow I will be filming the parade, which is supposed to be one of the best parts of the whole festival. We shall see and so shall YOU!
For more history and information on Merrie Monarch, visit my friend Connie's blog post: Coconut Girl's View of Merrie Monarch