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Halau Na Kamalei o Lililehua makes a victorious return

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

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

By Associated Press on 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. READ MORE »

Kahiko competition a night to remember

By Nina Wu / nwu@staradvertiser.com on April 11, 2015
The wahine of Keali'ika'apunihonua Ke'ena A'o Hula, (Kumu Hula Leimomi Ho; Palolo, Oahu) dance during the Kahiko portion of the Merrie Monarch Festival competition. (DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM)
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. READ MORE »

Dancer’s power and fire win Miss Aloha Hula title

By Nina Wu / nwu@staradvertiser.com on April 11, 2015
Jasmine Kaleihiwa Dunlap (Hula Halau ‘O Kamuela), Na Kumu Hula: Kau‘ionalani Kamana‘o & Kunewa Mook. This is the Auana portion of the Miss Aloha Hula competition. (Dennis Oda / doda@staradvertiser.com)
It was her moment. Jasmine Kaleihiwa Dunlap was on fire the second she stepped on stage Thursday night to deliver a chant of praise for Hi‘i­aka, the youngest sister of Pele. Her voice was a force to be reckoned with. READ MORE »

Dunlap crowned Miss Aloha Hula 2015

By Nina Wu / nwu@staradvertiser.com on April 9, 2015
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Jasmine Kaleihiwa Dunlap (Hula Halau ‘O Kamuela), Na Kumu Hula: Kau‘ionalani Kamana‘o & Kunewa Mook.  This is the Auana portion of the Miss Aloha Hula competition.  PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA.  APRIL 9, 2015.
Jasmine Kaleihiwa Dunlap of Hula Halau 'O Kamuela received the highest score from judges on Thursday night, winning the title of Miss Aloha Hula 2015 at the 52nd Merrie Monarch Festival. Dunlap, 23, impressed the judges and audience alike with stirring performances telling the legends of Pele, Hi'iaka and Hopoe. READ MORE »

Navy to join in weekend celebrations

By Star-Advertiser on April 9, 2015
The Navy is coming aboard weekend celebrations at the 52nd annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo. READ MORE »

Daughters continue the legacy of late mom, kumu hula

By Nina Wu / nwu@staradvertiser.com on April 9, 2015
Kumu hula Keola Dalire carried on a tradition begun by her mother Aloha Dalire, taking dancers from her Keolalaulani Halau 'Olapa O Laka right off the airplane from Oahu to visit the smoldering Halemaumau Crater to pay respects to Madame Pele. Dalire, her eyes filled with tears and nearly overcome with emotion, led her halau to the crater lookout Wednesday. (DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM)
HILO » After flying in to Hilo Airport on Wednesday morning, kumu hula Keola Dalire took her halau straight to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Her older sister, Kapua Dalire-Moe, also planned the same journey Thursday morning. READ MORE »

Hilo prepares for Merrie Monarch

By Elizabeth Kieszkowski / ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com on April 7, 2015
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Anticipation is palpable inside the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium and on the streets of Hilo as the Merrie Monarch Festival reaches full momentum. READ MORE »