2013

This is Hula: Bidding aloha to Hilo

By Lynn Cook / Special to the Star-Advertiser on April 9, 2013
Kumu Mapuana de Silva dances at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Monday, April 8.
Up early on Monday. Those of us staying in Volcano had a shorter drive to meet the award-winning kumu Mapuana de Silva and Halau Mohala ‘Ilima at the hula pa in Volcanoes National Park. The dance platform, lifted up on a base of stone, faces the crater where a white steam plume seems to welcome the dancers. The carved marker READ MORE »

This is Hula: More Merrie Monarch notes

By Lynn Cook / Special to the Star-Advertiser on April 9, 2013
Hulaholics seem to agree: Sleep is highly overrated. That had to be the trusim in the final hours of the 50th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival. Looking out over the seats and bleacher benches, it appeared that at least two thirds of the 4,200-person audience was still in the stadium well after midnight when the final awards were presented. The exit READ MORE »

Lineage and spirit of Waimapuna helps propel halau

By Nina Wu / nwu@staradvertiser.com on April 8, 2013
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HILO » For kumu hula Chinky Mahoe, taking the overall title at the 50th Merrie Monarch Festival on Saturday night was symbolic. READ MORE »

PICS: Merrie Monarch Festival winners

By Star-Advertiser / features@staradvertiser.com on April 8, 2013
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PICS: Hula Auana

By Star-Advertiser / features@staradvertiser.com on April 7, 2013
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Photos from the Auana (modern) portion of the competition at the 2013 Merrie Monarch Festival READ MORE »

Kawaili‘ula wins overall title at Merrie Monarch

By Nina Wu / nwu@staradvertiser.com on April 7, 2013
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HILO >> It was close, but kumu hula Chinky Mahoe’s Kawaili‘ula, a crowd favorite, took the overall title of the 50th Merrie Monarch Festival late last night. The difference was just three points, with Kumu Mapuana de Silva’s Halau Mohala ‘Ilima next in line for the overall title. Kawaili‘ula of Kailua swept the men’s categories, winning first place in kane READ MORE »

This is Hula: I love a parade!

By Lynn Cook / Special to the Star-Advertiser on April 7, 2013
Give me a marching band, a flat-bed truck turned into a volcano with hula dancing and a pahu riding unit representing every Hawaiian island and it is a happy day! When it is a Hilo day that is clear, but not too hot, and the parade is celebrating the 50th Merrie Monarch Festival, all is perfect. Well, maybe I might READ MORE »

This is Hula: Hats, hula and finding fish

By Lynn Cook / Special to the Star-Advertiser on April 7, 2013
Up in Volcano Village the sun is shining, the birds singing on the day of Kahiko. Down the mountain in Hilo the rain fall ranges from light mist to buckets. Still, halau practice on hotel lawns, getting ready for kahiko night. Inside the hotel lobby a halau visiting from Japan, performs. The dancers are happy to simply be in the READ MORE »