The 56th 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

The Kumulipo

A creation chant delivered in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) that spans for 2,102 lines. Much like our moʻokuauhau (genealogy), we recite it through oral tradition. This animation, created by a group of seniors from Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Campus, is an interpretation of the first 28 lines of the first era of the Kumulipo. This sacred chant is significant because it tells the beginnings of the world and the life that resides in it through the eyes of our kūpuna (ancestors). The Kumulipo is what connects kānaka to the ʻāina; it confirms that the land we live on and the creatures that surround us are our ʻohana and that we should treat them as such. Animation has been chosen as the medium to best illustrate what has only been put into words. Through this modern depiction of the Kumulipo, we hope to educate the community on the origin of the world we’ve come to know.

Featured Story

The Kumulipo

A creation chant delivered in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) that spans for 2,102 lines. Much like our moʻokuauhau (genealogy), we recite it through oral tradition. This animation, created by a group of seniors from Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Campus, is an interpretation of the first 28 lines of the first era of the Kumulipo. This sacred chant is significant because it tells the beginnings of the world and the life that resides in it through the eyes of our kūpuna (ancestors). The Kumulipo is what connects kānaka to the ʻāina; it confirms that the land we live on and the creatures that surround us are our ʻohana and that we should treat them as such. Animation has been chosen as the medium to best illustrate what has only been put into words. Through this modern depiction of the Kumulipo, we hope to educate the community on the origin of the world we’ve come to know.

Kahili

Merrie Monarch Festival 2019

Participating Hālau Hula

Hālau Hula OlanaNā Kumu HulaHoward & Olana AiShelsea Ai Apana

Hālau I Ka WēkiuNā Kumu HulaKarl Veto BakerMichael Casupang

Hālau Nā Mamo O PuʻuanahuluNā Kumu HulaLōpaka Igarta-De VeraWilliam Kahakuleilehua Haunuʻu "Sonny" Ching

Beamer-Solomon Hālau O PoʻohalaKumu HulaHulali Solomon Covington

Keolalaulani Hālau ʻŌlapa O LakaKumu HulaKeolalaulani Dalire

Hālau Ka Liko Pua O KalaniākeaKumu HulaKapua Dalire-Moe

Hālau KeolakapuokalaniKumu HulaDrake Keolakapu Dudoit Delaforcé

Hālau Mōhala ʻIlimaKumu HulaMapuana de Silva

Hālau Hula ʻO KahikilaulaniKumu HulaNāhōkūokalani Gaspang

Kealiʻikaʻapunihonua Keʻena Aʻo HulaKumu HulaLeimomi Ho

Hālau Ka Lei Mokihana O LeināʻalaKumu HulaLeināʻala Pavao Jardin

Hālau ʻO LilinoeNā Kumu HulaSissy & Lilinoe Kaio

Hula Hālau ʻO KamuelaNā Kumu HulaKunewa MookKauʻionālani Kamanaʻo

Hālau HiʻiakaināmakalehuaNā Kumu HulaRobert Keʻano Kaʻupu IVLono Padilla

Hālau O Ka Hanu LehuaKumu HulaKamaka Kukona

Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai O HaʻehaʻeNā Kumu HulaTracie & Keawe Lopes

KawailiʻulāKumu HulaChinky Māhoe

Hālau KekuaokalāʻauʻalaʻiliahiNā Kumu HulaHaunani & ʻIliahi Paredes

Ke Kai O KahikiKumu HulaLaʻakea Perry

KawaiʻulaokalāKumu HulaKeliʻihoʻomalu Puchalski

Kaleo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka LāKumu HulaKaleo Trinidad

Hālau Hula Ka Lehua TuahineKumu HulaKaʻilihiwa Vaughan-Darval

Hālau KalaʻakeakauikawēkiuKumu HulaKenneth “Aloha” Victor

Breann Kamakaokalalani Sachiko Brewer Nā Kumu Hula Howard & Olana Ai Shelsea Ai Apana

Shirell Kuʻupuamakamae Holokai Paro Nā Kumu Hula William Kahakuleilehua Haunuʻu "Sonny" Ching Lōpaka Igarta-De Vera

Krisella Leilani Gabriele Kumu Hula Hulali Solomon Covington

Tasha Kauluwehiokalani Ah Quin-Soren Kumu Hula Kapua Dalire-Moe

Kiana Kaheanani Costa Kumu Hula Nāhōkūokalani Gaspang

Kealohilani Gardner Kumu Hula Leimomi Ho

Alyssa Ayumi Kaʻimilani Dolbeare Nā Kumu Hula Kauʻionālani Kamanaʻo Kunewa Mook

Taizha Keakealani Hughes-Kaluhiokalani Nā Kumu Hula Robert Keʻano Kaʻupu IV Lono Padilla

Kalena Kawohikūkapulani Young Hoʻopiʻi Kumu Hula Kamaka Kukona

Lindsey Kahiehielaunaʻole Miwa Ching Nā Kumu Hula Tracie & Keawe Lopes

Maile Yurika Garrett Kumu Hula Chinky Māhoe

Kaʻimilani Marie Corpuz Nā Kumu Hula ʻIliahi & Haunani Paredes

Mami Kapiʻinaakalā Ogiwara Kumu Hula Kaʻilihiwa Vaughan-Darval

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

2019 Miss Aloha Hula

Taizha Keakealani Hughes-Kaluhiokalani— Hālau HiʻiakaināmakalehuaNā Kumu Robert Keʻano Kaʻupu IV & Lono Padilla Miss Aloha Hula 2019
Lindsey Kahiehielaunaʻole Miwa Ching— Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai O HaʻehaʻeNā Kumu Hula Tracie & Keawe Lopes 2nd Place

 

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2019 Kahiko

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

 

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2019 ʻAuana

Hālau KekuaokalāʻauʻalaʻiliahiNā Kumu Hula Haunani & ʻIliahi ParedesHula ʻAuana Winner — Wahine
Hālau Hula ʻO KahikilaulaniKumu Hula Nāhōkūokalani GaspangHula ʻAuana Winner — Kāne

 

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2018 Miss Aloha Hula

Shalia Kapuauʻionālani Kikuyo Kamakaokalani— Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O UkaKumu Hula Nāpua Greig Miss Aloha Hula 2018
Ecstasy Jetta Laverne Kamakalikolehua Ligon— Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai O HaʻehaʻeNā 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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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

  • Hawaii News Now
  • 865 Piʻilani Street Hilo, HI 96720
  • (808) 935-9168