HILO, Hawaii – The 2017 Merrie Monarch Festival, Hawaii’s biggest hula showcase, kicked off with its traditional Ho’olaule’a on Easter Sunday.
The free exhibition of hula began at 9 a.m, and lasted until early evening.
Big Island Video News caught a glimpse of Halau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua under the direction of Johnny Lum Ho. The halau is known packing the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditiorium to rafters with hula fans and aficionados, and Sunday was no different.
Halau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua will not be competing in this year’s competition, according to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald. Sunday was the chance to watch Johnny Lum Ho’s dancers in action.
We will have more from the 2017 Merrie Monarch Festival through-out the week. Events are being held all over Hilo town, and following the free-Ho’ike night at the Edith Kanaka’ole Stadium, three nights of competition begin. The festival culminates with the Royal Parade on Saturday, the final day of competition.
by Big Island Video News
HILO (BIVN) - Johnny Lum Ho's hula Halau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua was a Ho'olaule'a highlight on Easter Sunday at the Civic Auditorium.