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Hula Halau'O Kamuela from Oahu won the overall title at the 2008 Merrie Monarch Festival held in Hilo, Hawai'i. The overall winner is also invited to perform at Ikaho Spa's annual Hawaiian Festival held in August.
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For the 12th Ikaho Hawaiian Festival held during Aug. 3-6, 2008, Hula Halau'O Kamuela performed every night for an hour as the festival's main event (free admission). 伊香保ハワイアンフェスティバルのメリーモナークショー
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Their first number was hula kahiko (ancient hula). The performance was held from 8:45 pm to 9:45 pm. On the third night (Aug. 5), the show was unfortunately cancelled due to heavy nighttime rains.
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For the three shows they did perform, each show was slightly different. For people who saw all three shows, they got something different from each show.
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Hula kahiko started with a chant. ショーは夜の8:45〜9:45、フラカヒコで始まった。8月5日の第三の夜は雷雨のため中止となった。これらの写真は4日と6日に撮影。毎晩、ちょっと違うショーだった
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They used one 'uli'uli, a feathered gourd rattle.
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The photos on this page were taken on two different nights.
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Many of the girls were still high school students.
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Two of the girls were students at the high school I graduated from in Honolulu.
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One of my favorite shots.
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On the left side of the stage was the Hawaiian flag.
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Backbend was a real crowd pleaser.
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After the backbend.
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Music was provided by Puka on bass, Aaron Sala on keyboard and Kunewa Mook on ukulele.
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More eye candy with colorful, shimmering grass skirts.
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A touch of elegance with this solo number.
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Māhealani Mika Hirao-Solem who later became Miss Aloha Hula at the 2010 Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawai'i.
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Māhealani Mika Hirao-Solem performs at Ikaho, Japan. She later became Miss Aloha Hula 2010. Shadows on her velvety gown look good.
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Her lit arms pierce the dark...
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Kumu hula Kau'i Kamanao in a cheerful duet.
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Hula girl
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Māhealani Mika Hirao-Solem who later became Miss Aloha Hula at the 2010 Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawai'i.
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Māhealani Mika Hirao-Solem
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In the background is the flag of the city of Shibukawa, the sister city of the County of Hawai'i (island of Hawai'i or the Big Island).
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Love
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What would a hula show be without the 'uli'uli gourd rattles?
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Bamboo rattles called pu'ili.
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Kau'i in a duet, paddling in a canoe.
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Kau'i performs a solo number.
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He's a crowd pleaser as well and well-known in Japan. Also a graduate of the same high school as me.
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The surprise on the second night (Aug. 4) was a performance by kumu hula Aloha Dalire.
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Aloha Dalire dancing the hula on stage. 飛び入り参加したアロハ・ダリレもフラを披露。
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This lady has produced five Miss Aloha Hulas, including all three of her daughters and this year's Miss Aloha Hula (Kuhi Suganuma).
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Aloha Dalire performing in the Ikaho Hawaiian Festival.
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The band go over their numbers before going on stage.
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The band.
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The bass player is also a graduate of my high school.
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Kunewa Mook, one of the kumu hulas for Hula Halau 'O Kamuela.
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The crowd watching the show. The front row includes guests from Hawai'i.
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The surprise on the last night was kumu hula Kunewa Mook dancing on stage. 違う夜にクネヴァ・ムークも飛び入り参加
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His slow hula dance drove the ladies wild. You should've heard the screams...
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Kunewa is a very distinguished-looking man, much more so in person than in pictures. He always has a great smile for the camera too.
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The final number.
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They use 'ili'ili stone castanets.
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Backbend sequence by Māhealani Mika Hirao-Solem who later became Miss Aloha Hula at the 2010 Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawai'i.
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On the final night, they gave an encore where Kau'i joined in.
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最後の夜だけアンコールがあった
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For that one magical hour, it felt like we were in Hawai'i.
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A big mahalo to Hula Halau 'O Kamuela for traveling all the way to Ikaho and making us all happy with their hula. I have already given free copies of these photos (and more) to the performers through Kau'i and Kunewa.
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