The 55th Annual
The Perpetuation of Hula Kahili and the Hawaiian Culture

Art of Hula:

Language

of the Heart

"Hula is the Language of the Heart. Therefore the Heartbeat of the Hawaiian People." — Kalākaua Rex

Merrie Monarch

Welina Mai Kākou

Welcome, and thank you for sharing your aloha for hula and the Hawaiian culture.

• Learn about the Festival •
The Merrie Monarch Festival is a non-profit organization that honors the legacy of King David Kalākaua, who inspired the perpetuation of our traditions, native language and arts.

Our week-long festival features an internationally acclaimed hula competition, an invitational Hawaiian arts fair, hula shows, and a grand parade through Hilo town.
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Featured Story

Ka Hoʻoilina o Kaʻahumanu

This yearʻs Kamehameha High School Merrie Monarch student video production walks us through the significant events in Queen Kaʻahumanuʻs life. The story takes us to a period in Hawaiian History where major social and political changes occurred. During this time two historical events transpired that defined Queen Kaʻahumanuʻs life.

Featured Story

Ka Hoʻoilina o Kaʻahumanu

This yearʻs Kamehameha High School Merrie Monarch student video production walks us through the significant events in Queen Kaʻahumanuʻs life. The story takes us to a period in Hawaiian History where major social and political changes occurred. During this time two historical events transpired that defined Queen Kaʻahumanuʻs life.

Kahili

Merrie Monarch Festival 2018

Participating Hālau Hula

Hālau Hula Olana Nā Kumu Hula Howard & Olana Ai Shelsea Ai Apana Hālau I Ka Wēkiu Nā Kumu Hula Karl Veto Baker Michael Casupang Hālau Kealiʻi O Nālani Kumu Hula Kealiʻi Ceballos Hālau Nā Mamo O Puʻuanahulu Nā Kumu Hula Lōpaka Igarta-De Vera William Kahakuleilehua Haunuʻu "Sonny" Ching Hālau Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniākea Kumu Hula Kapua Dalire-Moe Hālau Mōhala ʻIlima Kumu Hula Mapuana de Silva Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka Kumu Hula Nāpua Greig Keʻala ʻO Kamailelauliʻiliʻi Kumu Hula H. Kamaile Hamada Hālau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leināʻala Kumu Hula Leināʻala Pavao Jardin Hula Hālau O Kou Lima Nani E Kumu Hula Iwalani Kalima Hula Hālau ʻO Kamuela Nā Kumu Hula Kunewa Mook Kauʻionālani Kamanaʻo Hālau Hiʻiakaināmakalehua Nā Kumu Hula Robert Keʻano Kaʻupu IV Lono Padilla
Hālau O Ka Hanu Lehua Kumu Hula Kamaka Kukona Hālau Manaola Kumu Hula Nani Lim Yap Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai O Haʻehaʻe Nā Kumu Hula Tracie & Keawe Lopes Hālau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua Kumu Hula Johnny Lum Ho Kawailiʻulā Kumu Hula Chinky Māhoe Hālau Kekuaokalāʻauʻalaʻiliahi Nā Kumu Hula Haunani & ʻIliahi Paredes Hālau Hula ʻO Nāpunaheleonāpua Kumu Hula Rich Pedrina Ke Kai O Kahiki Kumu Hula Laʻakea Perry Kawaiʻulaokalā Kumu Hula Keliʻihoʻomalu Puchalski Hālau Hula O Kauhionāmauna Kumu Hula Theresa Kauhionāmauna Ramento Tehiva Kaleo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka Lā Kumu Hula Kaleo Trinidad Hālau Hula Ka Lehua Tuahine Kumu Hula Kaʻilihiwa Vaughan-Darval
Shenaniah Kuʻuleiʻawapuhimelemelenaanuhea Romias Nā Kumu Hula Karl Veto Baker Michael Casupang Kinohi Kealohilani Mirafuentes Nā Kumu Hula William Kahakuleilehua Haunuʻu "Sonny" Ching Lōpaka Igarta-De Vera Shayla Makanoe Mie Thompson Kumu Hula Kapua Dalire-Moe Shalia Kapuauʻionālani Kikuyo Kamakaokalani Kumu Hula Nāpua Greig Joelle Nohealani Kalima Kumu Hula Iwalani Kalima Paoakalani Ashley Montgomery Nā Kumu Hula Kauʻionālani Kamanaʻo Kunewa Mook
Nicole Mailenani Yuen Nā Kumu Hula Robert Keʻano Kaʻupu IV Lono Padilla Asialynn Genoa Kalihilihiʻulaonālehuaʻohōpoe Yap Kumu Hula Nani Lim Yap Ecstasy Jetta Laverne Kamakalikolehua Ligon Nā Kumu Hula Tracie & Keawe Lopes Alana Maureen Kaʻanoʻanookalani Paiva Kumu Hula Johnny Lum Ho Maile Yurika Garrett Kumu Hula Chinky Māhoe Meagan Puanani Guerrero Nā Kumu Hula ʻIliahi & Haunani Paredes

The Celebration56th

The week-long Merrie Monarch Festival runs

APRIL 21-27 2019

Ticket Information

To order tickets for the Merrie Monarch Festival hula competition please complete and mail in the ticket request form.

Award Recipients

2018 Miss Aloha Hula

Shalia Kapuau‘ionālani Kikuyo Kamakaokalani— Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O UkaKumu Hula Nāpua Greig Miss Aloha Hula 2018
Ecstasy Jetta Laverne Kamakalikolehua Ligon— Ka Lā ‘Ōnohi Mai O Ha‘eha‘eNā Kumu Hula Tracie & Keawe Lopes 2nd Place

 

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2018 Kahiko

Hālau HiʻiakaināmakalehuaNā Kumu Hula Robert Keʻano Kaʻupu IV & Lono PadillaHula Kahiko Winner — Wahine
Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka LāKumu Hula Kaleo TrinidadHula Kahiko Winner — Kāne

 

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2018 ʻAuana

Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O UkaKumu Hula Nāpua GreigHula ʻAuana Winner — Wahine
Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka LāKumu Hula Kaleo TrinidadHula ʻAuana Winner — Kāne

 

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2017 Miss Aloha Hula

Kelina Kiyoko Keʻanoʻilehua Tiffany Eldredge— Hālau HiʻiakaināmakalehuaNā Kumu Hula Robert Keʻano Kaʻupu IV & Lono Padilla Miss Aloha Hula 2017
Juleyn Machiko Kaloke Kaluna— Hula Hālau ʻO KamuelaNā Kumu Hula Kunewa Mook & Kauʻionālani Kamanaʻo 2nd Place

 

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2017 Kahiko

Hālau HiʻiakaināmakalehuaNā Kumu Hula Robert Keʻano Kaʻupu IV & Lono Padilla Hula Kahiko Winner — Wahine
KawailiʻulāKumu Hula Chinky Māhoe Hula Kahiko Winner — Kāne

 

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2017 ʻAuana

Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai O HaʻehaʻeNā Kumu Hula Tracie & Keawe Lopes Hula ʻAuana Winner — Wahine
Hālau I Ka WēkiuNā Kumu Hula Karl Veto Baker & Michael Casupang Hula ʻAuana Winner — Kāne

 

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2016 Miss Aloha Hula

Kayli Kaʻiulani Carr— Hālau HiʻiakaināmakalehuaNā Kumu Hula Robert Keʻano Kaʻupu IV & Lono Padilla Miss Aloha Hula 2016
Brylyn Noelani ʻAiwohi— Hālau Ka Lei Mokihana o LeināʻalaKumu Hula Leināʻala Pavao Jardin 2nd Place

 

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2016 Kahiko

Hālau O Ka Ua KanilehuaKumu Hula Johnny Lum Ho Hula Kahiko Winner — Wahine
Hālau Hula ʻO KahikilaulaniKumu Hula Nāhōkūokalani Gaspang Hula Kahiko Winner — Kāne

 

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2016 ʻAuana

Hālau O Ka Ua KanilehuaKumu Hula Johnny Lum Ho Hula ʻAuana Winner — Wahine
Hālau Nā Mamo O PuʻuanahuluNā Kumu Hula William Kahakuleilehua Haunuʻu “Sonny” Ching & Lōpaka Igarta-De Vera Hula ʻAuana Winner — Kāne

 

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2015 Miss Aloha Hula

Jasmine Kaleihiwa Dunlap— Hula Hālau ʻO KamuelaNā Kumu Hula Kunewa Mook & Kauʻionalani Kamanaʻo Miss Aloha Hula 2015
Abby Claire Haliʻahauola Resulta— Hālau HiʻiakainamakalehuaNā Kumu Hula Robert Keʻano Kaʻupu IV & Lono Padilla 2nd Place

 

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2015 Kahiko

Hula Hālau ʻO KamuelaNā Kumu Hula Kunewa Mook & Kauʻionālani Kamanaʻo Hula Kahiko Winner — Wahine
Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka LāKumu Hula Kaleo Trinidad Hula Kahiko Winner — Kāne

 

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2015 ʻAuana

Hālau Hula Ka Lehua TuahineKumu Hula Kaʻilihiwa Vaughan-Darval Hula ʻAuana Winner — Wahine
Hālau Nā Kamalei O LīlīlehuaKumu Hula Robert Uluwehionāpuaikawēkiuokalani Cazimero Hula ʻAuana Winner — Kāne

 

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2014 Miss Aloha Hula

Keʻalohilani Tara Eliga Serrao— Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai O HaʻehaʻeNā Kumu Hula Tracie & Keawe Lopes Miss Aloha Hula 2014
Kilioulaninuiamamaohoʻopiʻiwahinekapualokeokalaniakea Lai— Keolalaulani Hālau ʻŌlapa O LakaKumu Hula Aloha Dalire 2nd Place

 

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2014 Kahiko

Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai O HaʻehaʻeNā Kumu Hula Tracie & Keawe Lopes Hula Kahiko Winner — Wahine
Kawaili‘ulāKumu Hula Chinky Māhoe Hula Kahiko Winner — Kāne

 

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2014 ʻAuana

Hula Hālau ʻO KamuelaNā Kumu Hula Kunewa Mook & Kauʻionālani Kamanaʻo Hula ʻAuana Winner — Wahine
Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka LāKumu Hula Kaleo Trinidad Hula ʻAuana Winner — Kāne

 

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2013 Miss Aloha Hula

Manalani Mili Hokoana English— Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O UkaNā Kumu Hula Nāpua Greig & Kahulu Maluo Miss Aloha Hula 2013
Sloane Makana West— Hālau Kekuaokalā‘au‘ala‘iliahiNā Kumu Hula ‘Iliahi & Haunani Paredes 2nd Place

 

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2013 Kahiko

Hālau Mōhala ʻIlimaKumu Hula Māpuana de Silva Hula Kahiko Winner — Wahine
KawailiʻulāKumu Hula Chinky Māhoe Hula Kahiko Winner — Kāne

 

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2013 ʻAuana

Keolalaulani Hālau ʻŌlapa O LakaKumu Hula Aloha Dalire Hula ʻAuana Winner — Wahine
KawailiʻulāKumu Hula Chinky Māhoe Hula ʻAuana Winner — Kāne

 

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Sponsors and Partners

 

Co-Sponsor

Television and Distribution Partners

Production Partners

 

Broadcast and video production

  • Kalama Productions
  • Hawaii News Now

Archival Images

  • Bishop Museum

Website Media and Content Design

  • Upspring

Sound Design and Post Production

  • DJ Pratt
  • Blue Planet Sound

Official Photographer

  • Extreme Exposure

Web Streaming of Live Programming

  • KFVE Merrie Monarch web pages
  • 865 Piʻilani Street Hilo, HI 96720
  • (808) 935-9168