This Is Hula

Paying tribute to Pele

By Lynn Cook / Special to the Star-Advertiser on 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 READ MORE »

Saturday into Sunday

By Lynn Cook / Special to the Star-Advertiser on 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 READ MORE »

Flowers and candy

By Lynn Cook / Special to the Star-Advertiser on 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. READ MORE »

A shopper’s paradise

By Lynn Cook / Special to the Star-Advertiser on April 26, 2014
Award-winning singer and steel guitar player Owana Salazar stood with hands full of her Puamana Shells at the Merrie Monarch Hawaiian Arts and Crafts Fair. READ MORE »

‘Who are you wearing?’

By Lynn Cook / Special to the Star-Advertiser on April 25, 2014
The favorite shop for nearly every dancer and hula fan is Sig Zane’s place in Hilo town. Count on new fabric designs, old favorites in aloha shirts, dresses, plus surprises. READ MORE »

It’s showtime for dancers

By Lynn Cook / Special to the Star-Advertiser on April 25, 2014
Thursday is a day that just blends into Friday, as the hula dancers rehearse, then compete in competition. It continued into the wee hours of Friday. READ MORE »

Maoris storm Ho’ike

By Lynn Cook / Special to the Star-Advertiser on April 24, 2014
The Ho’ike night started very early for fans. Tickets were free but everyone wants a front-row seat. First come, first served is the rule. READ MORE »

Cruisin’ in Volcano town

By Lynn Cook / Special to the Star-Advertiser on April 23, 2014
The bakery in Volcano Village is full of homegrown goodies. Bea Arnopole and her husband call the place Rainbow Moon Volcano Coffee House, serving breakfast and lunch. Her shelves were nearly empty Wednesday, April 23. READ MORE »