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the 46th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival

This weekend was the 46th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival hula competition. To learn more about the Merrie Monarch Festival, click here and check out the post I wrote last year on the Merrie Monarch Festival hula competition.

I was very excited to watch the Merrie Monarch this year because I knew someone who was dancing. Friday night's Kahiko competition has always been my favorite night of the Merrie Monarch. My friend's halau ended up placing first in the Wahine Kahiko competition. Even if my friend was not dancing for Hālau Na Mamo O Pu'uanahulu, I would still have chosen their performance as my favorite.

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(photo is from the Honolulu Advertiser and is linked to the photos of the Hula Kahiko competition)

I am not able to embed the video of their performance. This link will take you to the video. If you don't have time to watch the entire performance, skip to 2:52 where you will catch a little of the chanting, see Jami in the middle, and then see (in my opinion) the best part of their performance.

There were so many wonderful performance by both the Wahine (women) and Kane (men). Here is a link to the second place Wahine Kahiko performance (another one of my favorite performances) and here is a link to the first place Kane Kahiko performance.

Saturday night, Hālau Na Mamo O Pu'uanahulu placed second in the Hula 'Auana competition. Hālau Na Mamo O Pu'uanahulu also placed first in the Wahine Overall competition. I was thrilled for my friend.

This link will take you to the list of awards for all of the competitions as well as links to more videos and slideshows of all of the events. Scroll down towards the bottom for the list of winners. There is an error with the year listed for the overall winner and 2nd place overall winner. It should say 2009 and not 2008.

Comments (9)

dana:

girasoli, you are so fortunate. You live in one incredibly special place, and you travel to another. The video of the performance is wonderful.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Girasoli, congrats to your friend on winning the Wahini Kahiko competition. I watched the video from the 2:52 mark and can see why they won. They were very good. Their timing together is so perfect. Loved what they wore too!

Thanks for sharing this beautiful and traditional hula competition in Hawaii.

sandrac:

Lovely -- hula dancing is so beautiful!

So graceful, so beautiful, so harmonious -- they make it look so easy. Thanks for the link - I've watched snippets for the last four years. Truly remarkable the dedication and heartwarming to know that part of Hawaiian culture is kept so vibrantly alive. I always marvel at the flowers and dress . menehune

menehune:

PS; Thanks for showing the kane :-) Menehune

The performance was beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

sheri:

Girasoli, thanks for sharing that link. The performance was wonderful! How lucky you are to have been able to attend!

Glad you all enjoyed it. We are lucky that the entire event is shown on TV here every year.

Eden:

I remember watching the competitions on TV when visiting the islands during my Easter breaks... used to do that a lot... maybe its time to make it a habit again... :)

You are lucky to be there.

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