HILO, Hawaii – Thousands gathered at Hilo’s Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium on Easter Sunday to witness the traditional opening of the Merrie Monarch Festival.
The week-long hula and Hawaiian cultural event always begins with the free Ho’olaule’a. Various halau put on a thrilling exhibition.
Halau Na Pua O Uluhaimalama, a local group under the direction of kumu Emery Aceret, took the stage at 11 a.m.
We also recorded highlights of Johnny Lum Ho’s Halau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua, which followed this one.
The 2017 Merrie Monarch Festival events are being held all over Hilo town this week. Following Wednesday’s free-Ho’ike night at the Edith Kanaka’ole Stadium, three nights of hula competition begin. The festival culminates with the Royal Parade on Saturday, the final day of the competition.
by Big Island Video News
HILO (BIVN) - Halau Na Pua O Uluhaimalama dances during the opening of the world-renown hula festival in Hilo.