Merrie Monach Festival 2018


Merrie Monarch Festival begins 1-7 April 2018!

Merrie Monarch Festival: Celebrate the 55th Anniversary for the Merrie Monarch Festival, the international hula competition of the world. When I returned home to the Hawaiian Islands in 2010, I planned on being at the Edith Kanakaole Multipurpose Stadium at Hilo, Hawaii island for that golden week. However, as life goes, I found myself in Switzerland watching the livestream on KFVE. Because of the 12-hour time difference, I watched the group hula kahiko performances early on Saturday morning, which normally begins airing on Friday night. Staying connected to the Hawaiian Islands is a matter of choice, just as having any wonderful experience repeated with frequent visits.

After the Prince Lot Hula Festival ended, I shamelessly asked Kimo Kahoano to pose with me.My first exposure to hula was after my family relocated to Waianae, Oahu, where I attended Maili Elementary School. Throughout the Hawaiian Islands, the Public education system instructs students in arts of hula by a kumu hula (source of knowledge for hula) to prepare for May Day, which has been repackaged as Lei Day at the Hawaiian Islands. Having spent my early elementary school years at San Rafael, California doing a sloppy May Day (add to check list: What is May Day?) dance, I developed a perspective and an appreciation for learning hula.

Because I was given exact movements for hands and footwork, I was able to practice to my heart’s content within the privacy of my backyard. I do not remember the hula I learned for grades, 4-6, but my third grade hula remains in my bones, or at least the loi cultivating, poi scooping and eating parts. Thus, my favorite hula is from the pre-missionary contact–kahiko or traditional hula.

After Captain James Cook’s crew landed on Hawaiian islands, the missionaries were not far behind. The missionaries being devout Christians abolished hula performances throughout the Hawaiian Kingdom, call the traditional performances an „abomination.“ Not until King David Kalakaua’s time, the penultimate reigning Merrie Monarch, was hula revived to perpetuate Hawaiian culture. Mahalo nui to the Merrie Monarch!

UPDATE: Hula of the Merrie Monarch Festival is the highest level of performance that the competition is considered the „Olympics“ for Hawaiians and Hawaiians-at-heart. Watch the livestream (Hawaiian Standard Time).

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 6pm (HST): Miss Aloha Hula

Friday, 6 April 2018, 6pm: Group Hula Kahiko

Saturday, 7 April 2018, 6pm: Group Hula ‚Auna & Awards

For updates, check the Merrie Monarch Festival’s official website.

Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park


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When I was a sixth grader at Ma’ili Elementary School on O’ahu Island of Hawai’i, the entire sixth grade class visited Hawai’i Island for a weekend. This was one of the many historical sites we visited. Today, I learned that Pu’uhonua was built before 1550 CE. After Kamehameha the Great’s death in 1819 CE, Pu’uhonua was no longer a place of refuge. This collection of Pu’uhonua O Honaunau links was inspired by Murray Foote’s photograph post, which I reblogged below.

Visitor Center

Park Hours: 7:00-20:00 daily. Fourth-graders receive free national park access via ‚Every Kid in a Park‘ initiative, which ends 31. August 2016. The Kona Historical Society offers an oral history of Pu’uhonua O Honaunau. The site is located on the Kona Coast of Hawai’i Island. Facilities include: museum, picnic area, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant restrooms with showers, self-guided tour/trail and a Visitor Center. Area activities include fishing, Freedive Paradise (three-day competition each August), hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming and wildlife viewing. Big Island News reports the park as the place to „Experience Old Hawai’i.“

National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS), under the U.S. Department of the Interior, manages Pu’uhonua O Honaunau as a sacred site. Thus, restrictions are imposed: NO beach chairs; beach umbrellas; commercial filming; coolers; mats; nudity; pets; picnicking; recreational activities like football tossing, frisbee throwing, etc.; smoking; towels; weddings or wedding photos. NPS also collaborates with other organizations to make the park accessible online. This link shows the thoroughness from an earlier time in the NPS 1990 brochure. This is a 1999 NPS link marks the site’s first online presence. The Hawai’ian National Park Language Correction Act of 2000 changed the 1955 named site from City of Refuge National Historical Park to observe the Hawai’ian spelling. NSP hosts their annual Hawai’ian Cultural Festival during the last weekend of June (50th Anniversary in 2011 and reported by National Parks Traveler), which Hawai’i Magazine wrote about in 2013–contacts and activities for 2015.

Rendering of Pu'uhonua O Honuanua National Historical Park.

Rendering of Pu’uhonua O Honuanua National Historical Park.

Geology and Boundaries

The NPS’s park geology noted Mauna Loa volcano created the land where the park is located. The National Parks Conservation Association states the acreage is 419.8. Hale-o Keawe Archeological Report is a historical review and analysis for archeological significance. WorldCat offers the findings to archaeological excavations, which were completed in 1987. The cost estimate for park expansion led to the Pu’uhonua O Honaunau Addition Act of 2002, which expanded the boundaries of the park. Accuracy Assessment Points were conducted in 2011 to outline the park boundary.

Ornithology

The non-native birds account for 83% of the birds detected on the site, according to Scholar Space. Of this finding, sadly, only two native birds were spotted. The Internet Bird Collection contains two images of the black-crowned night-heron.

News and Support

On Friday 23. January 2015, a weak 3.8M quake shook Hawai’i Island. However, Big Island Video News reported that Pu’uhonua O Honaunau experienced severe wave damage. Inspite the damage, entrance fees, reported June 2015, will not increase even though doing so would increase local jobs–the last fee increase happened in 1997. Here is an opportunity to support the restoration efforts, a collaboration between Hawai’i Forest Institute and NPS.

Visitors‘ Experience

The University of Hawai’i Hilo listed inherent risks while visiting Pu’uhonua. Several blogs document visitors‘ experiences and capture their images: Dream Chaser, Pointurier offers a slideshow of the park. Lava, living inspired in Hawai’i, includes oils in plein air style paintings completed on location. Kona Hiking Club, „to bravely go where we have gone before…,“ is an all-volunteer organization that completed a 4.5 mile (7.24 km) hike of the Ala Kahakai Trail in 2008. German website: Angie’s Dreams about Pu’uhonua O Hanuanua.

2015 Miss Aloha Hula of Merrie Monarch Festival


2015 Miss Aloha Hula of Merrie Monarch Festival! Wonderfully light footed hula dancers competing for Miss Aloha Hula title in solo performances this morning. I was up a little before 6:00 AM (UTC+01:00), so my set up was half hazard with sprawling wires leading from the workroom to the bedroom. I sat up half asleep at the edge of the bed near the doorway wondering, „Why don’t things work?“

Miss Aloha Hula took place Thursday 18:00, 9 April 2015 at the Edith Kanaka’ole Stadium in Hilo, Hawai’i. The hula competition has contestants performing hula in kahiko (traditional) and ‚auana (modern), as well as oli (chanting). The following audio recordings are of the Miss Aloha Hula contestants‘ oli. Order of appearance and 2015 Merrie Monarch Festival lineup with the final five counting down to 2015 Miss Aloha Hula of the Merrie Monarch Festival.

Miss Aloha Hula 2015 Contestant: Larriley Rawlins

Larriley Rawlins

Larriley Kehaulani Kaleonahe Kehahuna Rawlins (partial oli)

Kelsey Galago

Kelsey Galago

Kelsey Marie Ku’ulei Miliama Haina Galago

Tiana Soares

Tiana Soares

Tiana Kehaulani Arrocena Soares

Elizabeth Armstrong

Elizabeth Armstrong

Elizabeth Pualani Armstrong

Tiffany DeSilva

Tiffany DeSilva

Tiffany Kulani DeSilva

Tifeni Gene Ann Kanoe Elvenia’s oli was lost during the interrupted stream, sadly.

Alyssa Marie Ku’ulaniopu’u Mitsuko Akiyama

2015 Miss Aloha Hula of Merrie Monarch Festival Countdown:

‘Anela Tanigawa

‘Anela Tanigawa

‚Anela U’ilani Ruth Rusano Tanigawa (4th Runner Up)

Jayna Shaffer

Jayna Shaffer

I didn’t capture Jayna Marie Kau’iokalanimalie Shaffer’s oli (3rd Runner Up with 1074 points). Corrections are welcome in comments below.

Noelani Dudoit

Noelani Dudoit

Noelani Dudoit (2nd Runner Up with 1080 points)

With a delayed setup, I missed recording Miss Resulta's oli, who took 1st Runner Up for Miss Aloha Hula title (1085 points)

Abby Resulta

Abby Claire Hali’ahauola Resulta (1st Runner Up with 1085 points): I missed recording Miss Resulta’s oli, but I got one photo of her while my camera turned on in black and white mode–some things are not meant to be captured.

Jasmine Dunlap

Jasmine Dunlap

Ho’omaika’i ‚ana 2015 Miss Aloha Hula Jasmine Kaleihiwa Dunlap! Kimo Kahoano announces Kumu Kau’ionalani Kamana’o and Kunewa Mook of Hula Halau ‚O Kamuela, as Miss Dunlap performs „He Kau No Hi’iakaikapoliopele.“ Miss Dunlap scored 1113 points!

2015 Merrie Monarch Festival Results with Support for Mauna a Wakea


2015 Merrie Monarch Festival Results with Support for Mauna a Wakea: Being away from the land my great grandparents made their home, I cannot help but feel disconnected most of the time. The Merrie Monarch Festival always reconnects me to Hawai’i, and my time dancing hula in San Francisco was the closest to actually being home and surrounded with my hula sisters. Some of those furthest away are learning about the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea’s summit, which Support for Mauna a Wakea delays commencement.

Published on Apr 11, 2015: Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka at Mauna Kea performing Manono [originally performed during Kahiko night at 2015 Merrie Monarch Festival] amid Demonstration Against TMT. Uploaded by Maui Now on Youtube: Maui Now is the online news and information hub that’s all about Maui, Hawaii. With videos, news, sports and community content, Maui Now provides you with a quick way to find out what’s happening on Maui. With no 100% local news on TV, MauiNow.com provides the answers our community needs.

From the TMT headquarters in Pasadena, California. He nani nō! Mana wahine...eō!!

Posted on We Are Mauna Kea’s Facebook page by Lori Halemano.

From the TMT headquarters in Pasadena, California. He nani nō! Mana wahine…eō!!

Published on Apr 7, 2015: Aunty Pua Case explains Kapu Aloha at the TMT shutdown on Mauna Kea. The proposed thirty meter telescope would be built on top of sacred burial grounds in a conservation district and violates eight conservation laws and desecration law HRS711-1107. The case is in appeals as of April 7th when this video was made on the twelfth day of #TMTshutdown prevention of TMT construction. The mountain contains Hawaii island’s main aquifer and is their primary source of fresh drinking water. Native species found only there are at risk as well as fresh water due to construction of the 18 story telescope. There are already 13 telescopes on the mountain and 9 of them do not work. Hazardous chemical leaks, mercury spills and sewage seepage have been problems with the other telescopes and 8 acres on some of the last undeveloped slope of the mountain is way, way, way too much. We are not opposed to the TMT, we are opposed to the location. Aloha nui. Uploaded by Protect Mauna Kea on Youtube.
Posted to We Are Mauna Kea's Facebook page by Hood's Martial Arts Academy.

Posted to We Are Mauna Kea’s Facebook page by Hood’s Martial Arts Academy.

Published on Apr 10, 2015: Kamana`opono Crabbe [Ka Pouhana (Chief Executive Officer) at Office of Hawaiian Affairs] speaks to those gathered at UH Manoa for the ahu dedication. Uploaded by Nanci Munroe on Youtube.

When: 4/15/15 (3:30-6:30 PM) Where: Kukaniloko (Wahiawa Birthing Stones) Hele mai

Posted to We Are Mauna Kea’s Facebook page by Travis Maxwell.

After searching the social media posts for a variety of photos, I wondered about what headlines come out during 2010 to inform the people of Hawai’i about TMT’s construction. As I relocated to O’ahu in June 2010, I was unaware of Hawai’i politics.

Republican Governor Linda Lingle accepted TMT’s final environmental impact statement (Read 1110-page statement.), on 9. May 2010, and signed with TMT to construct on Big Island’s Mauna Kea.

Posted by Iwalani Lehua Mae Nawahine.

Posted on We Are Mauna Kea’s Facebook page by Iwalani Lehua Mae Nawahine.

On The Maui News, former Hawaii Governor Lingle Praises Citizens for Toughing It Out on News Flash 29. May 2010:

In addition, I recently approved the final EIS for the $1 billion TMT Thirty-Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea, which is widely supported by the Big Island community because of the economic benefits the project offers and the potential to spur career and education opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Mahalo and aloha!

Governor Linda Lingle

Posted to We Are Mauna Kea's Facebook page by Christine Gora.

Posted to We Are Mauna Kea’s Facebook page by Christine Gora.

Did you know, reported on Big Island Video News on 16. June 2010, that the Cerro Armazones in Chile was also competing for the final TMT build site? On 28. June 2010, University of Hawai’i Board of Regents approved TMT project on Mauna Kea. Eytaka Ciencia, La Ciencia de Forma Sencilla announced TMT’s construction on Mauna Kea, Hawaii on 30. June 2010.

On 15. September 2010, Associated Press via Nancy Cook Lauer’s blog All Hawaii News announced the endangered palila songbird, found only on slopes of Mauna Kea volcano, faces extinction. All Hawaii News covers government and political news from all the Hawaiian Islands.

Posted on Stand for Mauna a Wakea's Facebook page by Ryan Motoyama.

Posted on Stand for Mauna a Wakea’s Facebook page by Ryan Motoyama.

October 2010, Shara Enay of Hawaii Business reported in an article entitled, „3 Ways to Revitalize Hawai’i Economy„:

Hawaii Island is also home to the Thirty-Meter Telescope, which Sen. Fukunaga says is the result of remarkable community collaboration. “People from ag, tech, education, tourism and every other sector imaginable came together to bring the TMT to the Big Island and the whole state will reap the benefits of that collaboration,” she says.

In spite the major TMT developments on Mauna Kea, the headlines and news coverage was minimized and hidden within other island news. TMT’s history project is posted on their website.

Civic Beat posted on their Facebook page: Women from Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka o Uka under the direction of Kumu Hula Napua Greig from Maui, dance and chant at the Mauna Kea visitor’s center.

Gérard K on Mauna Kea.

This blog started out as „2015 Kahiko Hula Merrie Monarch Festival“, then became „2015 Kahiko Hula Merrie Monarch Festival or We are Mauna Kea.“ Scratching the surface of headline news (since so little was reported about TMT and its construction on Mauna Kea during the process), and I updated to the current title: 2015 Merrie Monarch Festival Results with Support for Mauna a Wakea. Pushing STEM may be to keep pace with the rest of the world; however, what good is keeping up in a rat-race when the community water supply is ruined and undrinkable? If I could go back in time, I would study politics and law in Hawai’i.

The Chicago Sun Times, reported by Tina Sfondeles on 22. January 2015, former Hawai’i State Governor Linda Lingle was offered Chief Operating Officer of Chicago to Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration. The Windy City has not changed much from the roaring 1920’s.

2015 Merrie Monarch Festival results

Women’s Kahiko Hula

5th Place: Hālau Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniākea, Kumu Hula Kapua Dalire-Moe

4th Place: Hālau Nā Mamo O Puʻuanahulu, Nā Kumu Hula William Kahakuleilehua „Sonny“ Ching & Lōpaka Igarta-De Vera

3rd Place: Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai O Haʻehaʻe, Nā Kumu Hula Tracie & Keawe Lopes

2nd Place: Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka, Kumu Hula Nāpua Greig

1st Place: Hula Hālau ʻO Kamuela, Nā Kumu Hula Kauʻionālani Kamanaʻo & Kunewa Mook

Men’s Kahiko Hula

5th Place: Hālau Nā Mamo O Puʻuanahulu, Nā Kumu Hula William Kahakuleilehua „Sonny“ Ching & Lōpaka Igarta-De Vera

4th Place: Kawailiʻulā, Kumu Hula Chinky Māhoe

3rd Place: Hālau Hula ʻO Kahikilaulani, Kumu Hula Nāhōkūokalani Gaspang

2nd Place: Nā Kamalei, Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazimero

1st Place: Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka Lā, Kumu Hula Kaleo Trinidad

Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka Lā- He Inoa No Keōpūolani. Posted on Merrie Monarch Festival's Facebook page.

Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka Lā- He Inoa No Keōpūolani. Posted on Merrie Monarch Festival’s Facebook page.

Wahine’s ‚Auana Hula

5th Place: Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai O Haʻehaʻe, Nā Kumu Hula Tracie & Keawe Lopes

4th Place: Hula Hālau ʻO Kamuela, Nā Kumu Hula Kauʻionālani Kamanaʻo & Kunewa Mook

3rd Place: Hālau Nā Mamo O Puʻuanahulu, Nā Kumu Hula William Kahakuleilehua „Sonny“ Ching & Lōpaka Igarta-De Vera

2nd Place: Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka, Kumu Hula Nāpua Greig

1st Place: Hālau Hula Ka Lehua Tuahine, Kumu Hula Kaʻilihiwa Vaughan-Darval

Hālau Hula Ka Lehua Tuahine. Photographer ?

Kane’s ‚Auana Hula

4th Place: Hālau Nā Mamo O Puʻuanahulu, Nā Kumu Hula William Kahakuleilehua „Sonny“ Ching & Lōpaka Igarta-De Vera

3rd Place: Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka Lā, Kumu Hula Kaleo Trinidad

2nd Place: Hālau Hula ʻO Kahikilaulani, Kumu Hula Nāhōkūokalani Gaspang

1st Place: Nā Kamalei, Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazimero

Na Kamalei. Photo credit by Deniis Oda. APRIL 10, 2015.

Na Kamalei. Photo credit by Deniis Oda. 10. April 2015.

Wahine Overall

3rd Place: Hālau Hula Ka Lehua Tuahine, Kumu Hula Kaʻilihiwa Vaughan-Darval

2nd Place: Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka, Kumu Hula Nāpua Greig

1st Place: Hula Hālau ʻO Kamuela, Nā Kumu Hula Kauʻionālani Kamanaʻo & Kunewa Mook

Hula Hālau ‘O Kamuela- Kiʻekiʻe Kīlauea Me Maunaloa. Posted on Merrie Monarch Festival's Facebook page.

Hula Hālau ‘O Kamuela- Kiʻekiʻe Kīlauea Me Maunaloa. Posted on Merrie Monarch Festival’s Facebook page.

Kane Overall

3rd Place: Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka Lā, Kumu Hula Kaleo Trinidad

2nd Place: Hālau Hula ʻO Kahikilaulani, Kumu Hula Nāhōkūokalani Gaspang

1st Place: Nā Kamalei, Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazimero

Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehionāpuaikawēkiu-okalani Cazimero. Photo posted on Merrie Monarch Festival.

Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehionāpuaikawēkiu-okalani Cazimero. Photo posted on Merrie Monarch Festival’s Facebook page.

Overall Merrie Monarch Festival Winner: Nā Kamalei, Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazimero

Ho’omaika’i ‚ana to all Kumu Hula for creating innovative hula choreography! Mahalo to all hula dancers for beautiful and light-on-the-feet footwork! Mahalo nui to Kfve.com for live streaming the Merrie Monarch Festival! Mahalo nui loa to Pele and Mauna Kea for uniting the people of Hawai’i, Hawaiians and Hawai’i-at-heart!