Halau Na Kamalei wins overall title at Merrie Monarch

By Nina Wu / nwu@staradvertiser.com | April 12, 2015
The kane from Na Kamalei (Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazimero; Honolulu, Oahu) dance during the auana portion of the Merrie Monarch Festival competition. (Dennis Oda / doda@staradvertiser.com)

Halau Na Kamalei O Lililehua under the direction of kumu hula Robert Cazimero claimed the title of overall winner at the 52nd Merrie Monarch Festival on Saturday night, with the highest combined score of 1,210 points.

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Halau Na Kamalei o Lililehua makes a victorious return

By Nina Wu / nwu@staradvertiser.com | April 13, 2015

Kumu Robert Cazimero’s Halau Na Kamalei o Lililehua made a triumphant return to the 52nd Merrie Monarch Festival, winning the overall title Saturday night 10 years after the Hono­lulu troupe last competed and won.

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Navy destroyer can’t enter Hilo harbor for Merrie Monarch visit

By Associated Press | April 11, 2015

A Pearl Harbor-based destroyer was waiting off the coast of the Big Island in hopes of visiting Hilo for the Merrie Monarch Festival. The USS Chung-Hoon was expected to arrive Friday.

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Kahiko competition a night to remember

By Nina Wu / nwu@staradvertiser.com | April 11, 2015

If there was only one word to describe the group kahiko competition at the 52nd Merrie Monarch Festival on Friday night, it would be impressive.

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Merrie Monarch Blogs

Aloha, Hilo: People, places and (beautiful) things

By Elizabeth Kieszkowski / ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com | April 11, 2015

Seeking out lucky finds and smiling faces in Hilo during Merrie Monarch.

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Merrie Monarch: Faces of the fest

By Elizabeth Kieszkowski / ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com | April 11, 2015

Merrie Monarch attracts Hawaiian culture enthusiasts from across the islands and beyond.

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This is Hula: A Tribute to Aunty Nona Beamer

By Elizabeth Kieszkowski / ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com | April 10, 2015

The Hula Preservation Society remembered Aunty Nona Beamer at the University of Hawaii-Hilo’s Imiloa Astronomy Center during Merrie Monarch with story, song and hula.

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Aloha, Hilo: People, places and (beautiful) things

By Elizabeth Kieszkowski / ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com | April 11, 2015

Seeking out lucky finds and smiling faces in Hilo during Merrie Monarch.

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