Merrie Monarch 2012

After a year of intense preparation for the annual Merrie Monarch Festival, the competition has come and gone.  I have only been able to watch a few of the terrific performances so far, and am in awe of my east coast friends who sat up pretty much all night, three nights in a row, to watch the performances live (I wussed out, I’m afraid).

I must also admit to being positively thrilled that Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima, with Kumu Hula Māpuana de Silva, did so well this year.  Kumu Māpu has been bringing her halau to Merrie Monarch for over 30 years, and this year they did extraordinarily well in the competition.

The Results

Miss Aloha Hula 2012:  This year’s winner is Rebecca Lilinoekekapahauomaunakea Sterling of Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima.  This young lady began dancing with Kumu Māpu when she was four; 20 years later, she has won this most prestigious prize.

Hula Kahiko:

Wahine:

  1. He Lei ‘Ala No Likelike : Halau O Ke ‘A’ali’i Ku Makani , Kumu Hula Manu Boyd, Kaneohe, Oahu
  2. Hiehie Olomana : Halau Mōhala ‘Ilima, Kumu Hula Māpuana de Silva, Kaohao, Kailua, Oahu
  3. Maika’i Ka ‘Oiwi O Ka’ala : Halau Hula Olana, Na Kumu Hula Olana Ai and Howard Ai, Puuloa, Aiea, Oahu

Kane:

  1. Hanohano Waimea : Halau I Ka Wekiu, Na Kumu Hula Karl Veto Baker & Michael Nalanakilaekolu Casupang, Pauoa, Honolulu, Oahu
  2. Pōhaku o Kaua’i : Halau Hula ‘O Kawaili’ulā , Kumu Hula Chinky Māhoe, Kailua, Oahu
  3. Kakuhihewa : Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La, Kumu Hula Kaleo Trinidad, Kapalama Uka, Honolulu, Oahu

Hula ‘Auana:

Wahine:

  1. Hiehie Kīlaulani : Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima, Kumu Hula Māpuana de Silva, Kaohao, Kailua, Oahu
  2. ‘Iolialoha : Halau I Ka Wekiu, Na Kumu Hula Karl Veto Baker & Michael Nalanakilaekolu Casupang, Pauoa, Honolulu, Oahu
  3. Punalu’u : Ka La Onohi Mai O Kaehae, Na Kumu Hula Tracie Kaonohilani Farias Lopes and Keawe Lopes, Kahauiki, Oahu

Kane:

  1. Pua Lawena : Halau I Ka Wekiu, Na Kumu Hula Karl Veto Baker & Michael Nalanakilaekolu Casupang, Pauoa, Honolulu, Oahu
  2. Ha’uha’u E : Halau Hula O Kawaili’ulā, Kumu Hula Chinky Māhoe, Kailua, Oahu
  3. He Mele Ho’ohanohano Kēia, No Ka Ho’okūkū Hei Pipi : Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La, Kumu Hula Kaleo Trinidad, Kapalama Uka, Honolulu, Oahu

Another wonderful aspect of Merrie Monarch is the gorgeous costuming, whether kahiko or ‘auana.  The dresses for this ‘auana are simply stunning:  None Hula / E Maliu Mai, Halau Kawaili’ulā, Kumu Hula Chinky Māhoe.  As are the dresses in the Miss Aloha Hula 2011 farewell performance by Tori Hulali Canha, with Henohea Kane (2009) and Oralani Koa.

Additional results are here.  Videos are available on youtube and at KFVE, Honolulu.

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