Friday, April 22, 2011

Merrie Monarch Hula Festival - Sunday, April 24, 2011


MERRIE MONARCH HULA FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: Sunday April 24, 2011:

30 Minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast:

Free Ho'olaule'a (free Music Festival) at the Hilo Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium

This festival is an all day celebration of hula and Polynesian dance performed by Kupuna and Keiki and others in Hula Halaus and dance groups. The music accompaniment is often performed by the same groups that later accompany their Halau's competitve Hula group in the 'Auana competition. And sometimes the Kumus' dance for the crowd. The event is free and seating is open. Merrie Monarch T-shirts and programs are on sale as well as food and drinks. Look at some pictures and movies from previous Ho'olaulea' in 2010 and 2009 and 2008 to get an idea of what the event is like.

SCHEDULE:
9AM - Ha'akumalae, Kekuhi Keali'ikanaka'oleohaililani and Manaiakalani Kalua
10AM - Halau Hula Ke 'Olu Makani O Mauna Loa -- Kumu Meleana Manuel
11AM - Halau Nae Pua O Uluhaimalama -- Kumu Emery Aceret
Noon- Halau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua -- Kumu Johnny Lum Ho
1PM - Halau Nae Lei Hiwahiwa 'O Ku'ualoha -- Kumu Sammye-Anne Young and Halau Nae Lei Liko O Ola'a, Kumu Kimo Kekua
2PM- Lori Lei's Hula Studio and Wai'ohinu Hula Studio -- Kumu Lori Lei Shirakawa
3PM- Merahi O Tapiti -- Tiffany Dela Cruz

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