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2017 Merrie Monarch Festival Miss Aloha Hula Kelina Eldredge KSK’12 of Hālau Hiʻiakaināmakalehua will take the stage for the final time this week. Four KS alumni from KS Hawaiʻi, KS Kapālama and KS Maui will be among those vying for her title on Thursday, April 5.
Na pua a Pauahi to bring hula to a worldwide audience at the 2018 Merrie Monarch Festival

“Hula is the language of the heart, therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian People.” This declaration by King David Kalākaua is celebrated by the annual Merrie Monarch Festival, which honors the king for his role in the revival of hula.

This “language of the heart” was once banned at Kamehameha Schools. Today, the heartbeat of hula beats strongly in the hearts of Pauahi’s children.

The week-long Merrie Monarch Festival features an internationally acclaimed hula competition showcasing kahiko (ancient) and ʻauana (modern) hula. The festivities also include a Miss Aloha Hula competition, Hawaiian arts fair, hula shows, and a grand parade through Hilo town.

The following KS alumni will share their passion for hula, Hawaiian language and culture at the festival’s hula competition which begins on Thursday, April 5. Mahalo to each of them for bringing honor to the legacy of our founder Ke Aliʻi Bernice Pauahi Bishop.

KUMU HULA

Kapua Dalire-Moe KSK’90
Hālau Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniākea

Nāpua Nakasone Greig KSK’92
Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka

H. Kamaile Hamada KSK’82
Ke‘ala ‘O Kamailelauli‘ili‘i

Kamaka Kukona KSK’96
Hālau O Ka Hanu Lehua

Tracie Lopes KSK’89
Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai O Haʻehaʻe

ʻIliahi Paredes KSK’92
Hālau Kekuaokalaʻauʻalaʻiliahi

Kaleo Trinidad KSK’93
Kaleo O Laka I Ka Kikina O Ka Lā

Kaʻilihiwa Vaughan-Darval KSK’93
Hālau Hula Ka Lehua Tuahine

Karl Veto Baker KSK’76
Hālau I Ka Wēkiu

MISS ALOHA HULA

The 2017 Miss Aloha Hula Kelina Eldredge KSK’12 of Hālau Hiʻiakaināmakalehua will take the stage for the final time this week. Among those vying for her title are:

Shayla Makanoe Mie Thompson KSK’10
Hālau Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniākea
Kumu Hula Kapua Dalire-Moe KSK’90

Shalia Kapuau‘ionālani Kikuyo Kamakaokalani KSM’14
Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka
Nāpua Greig-Nakasone KSK’92

Paoakalani Ashley Midro Montgomery KSK’11
Hula Hālau ‘O Kamuela
Nā Kumu Hula Kau‘onālani Kamana‘o & Kunewa Mook

Alana Maureen Ka‘ano‘anookalani Paiva KSH’15
Hālau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua
Kumu Hula Jonny Lum Ho

For details on the event, visit the Merrie Monarch Festival website. Learn more about King David Kalākaua in the I Mua Newsroom story, “Celebrating the life of the Merrie Monarch,” by KS’ Hoʻokahua Cultural Vibrancy Group.

Mahalo to KS Advancement Communications Specialist Ben Balberdi for helping to gather and verify the information for this story. If we missed anyone, please email us at ksonline@ksbe.edu.

This year's Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi campus video production for the 2018 Merrie Monarch festival is "Ka Hoʻoilina o Kaʻahumanu" which shares the significant moments in Queen Kaʻahumanu's life. The teacher-planned, student-led production incorporates in a new filming technique each year while connecting haumāna involved in the production to their culture through the use of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, moʻolelo and hula. Itʻs an exciting, dynamic, interdisciplinary learning opportunity giving students an opportunity to own and develop a production that will be shown during one of the most significant events on their moku.

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