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Halau Na Kamalei wins overall title at Merrie Monarch

By Nina Wu / nwu@staradvertiser.com on 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. READ MORE »

Dancing with fame

By Nanette Naioma Napoleon / Special to the Star-Advertiser on April 2, 2015
Alice Kealoha Holt was named “Queen of Hula” in 1938 after winning the Inter-Island Hula Contest. (COURTESY CURNAN FAMILY)
Before there was the Merrie Monarch Festival, before there was Miss Aloha Hula, there was "Queen of Hula" Alice Kealoha Pauole Holt, winner of the first — and only — Inter-Island Hula Contest in 1938. READ MORE »

Honolulu troupe wins overall title at Merrie Monarch

By Nina Wu / nwu@staradvertiser.com on 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. READ MORE »