Honolulu troupe wins overall title at Merrie Monarch

By Nina Wu / nwu@staradvertiser.com | April 27, 2014
The auana performance for Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La on Saturday night at the Merrie Monarch Festival. (Photo by: Dennis Oda / doda@staradvertiser.com)

The kane of Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La, under the direction of kumu hula Kaleo Trinidad, took the title of overall winner Saturday night at the 51st Merrie Monarch Festival.

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Kahiko night pays homage to the past

By Nina Wu / nwu@staradvertiser.com | April 26, 2014

Hula kahiko reached into the past while demonstrating creative variations of tradition at the 51st Merrie Monarch Festival Friday night.

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New Miss Aloha Hula radiated joy, gratitude in winning performance

By Nina Wu / nwu@staradvertiser.com | April 25, 2014

Ke‘alohilani Tara Eliga Serrao’s smile during the auana portion of the competition said it all: She completely and wholly loves hula.

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Miss Aloha Hula crowned at Merrie Monarch Festival

By Nina Wu / nwu@staradvertiser.com | April 25, 2014

Ke’alohilani Tara Eliga Serrao of Halau Ka La ‘Onohi Mai O Ha’eha’e of Oahu won the title of Miss Aloha Hula 2014 on Thursday night at the 51st annual Merrie Monarch Festival.

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Paying tribute to Pele

By Lynn Cook / Special to the Star-Advertiser | April 28, 2014

Each hula halau has a different volcano practice, visiting on different days. Some head up the mountain the minute they arrive on Hawaii island, others bring their lei to gift Pele on Sunday or Monday. Others come early to pick lei greens, but only with permission from the property owner and Pele. Many halau members told tales of the rain

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Saturday into Sunday

By Lynn Cook / Special to the Star-Advertiser | April 27, 2014

Long beyond the “Aloha, see you next year” on the television coverage watched around the state and the world, the celebration continued long into the night at the 51st Merrie Monarch Festival. It seemed that everyone was having a photo taken with everyone else. Much like the “how do they do that?” TV show, a quick peek into Hawaii News

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Flowers and candy

By Lynn Cook / Special to the Star-Advertiser | April 26, 2014

You simply don’t expect a stunning floral display in a candy store. Lance Duyao, marketing guru of Big Island Candies, is forever inspired by hula, hence the floor-to-ceiling Merrie Monarch color-themed display.

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Paying tribute to Pele

By Lynn Cook / Special to the Star-Advertiser | April 28, 2014

Each hula halau has a different volcano practice, visiting on different days. Some head up the mountain the minute they arrive on Hawaii island, others bring their lei to gift Pele on Sunday or Monday. Others come early to pick lei greens, but only with permission from the property owner and Pele. Many halau members told tales of the rain

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