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.
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.