Greetings to all! Did you get to see this years Merrie Monarch 2012? No? Well, let me share some great videos I liked. Check out this first one from Halau Hula O Kamuela:
Not only did this award winning halau use the Kala'au, but they used the not seen often Papa hehi. This halau is very competitive, always performing last in the competition because that is how the halau's are lined up. The later the halau performs, according to the competition standards, the better they are. At least that's what I think. As great the performance was, it didn't even place this year! What?! Using a hula implement as they did should have placed this halau even if it was 5th place!
This next halau is a personal favorite of mine, The Academy of Hawaiian Arts:
The following 2 halau's are 1st and 2nd place winners in Women's Kahiko.
Halau O Ke 'A'ali'i Ku Makani with Kumu Manu Boyd:
I love this Kumu who is also the lead singer for Ho'okena. I wonder how many halau Ho'okena sang for this year, since I saw him a few times at the mike working hard for everyone..now that's aloha.... Did he deserve a first place win? I think for his traditional style and knowledge of hula yes he did. I'm just not sure it was his dancers' best performance at Merrie Monarch. I still admire this Kumu very much. He was the best on the mic when he mc'd for the competition. No dead air and lots of mana'o.
Halau Mohala 'Ilima:Big winners this year along with their solo performance, Kumu Mapuana De Silva and Halau Mohala 'Ilima are regulars at Merrie Monarch with their recognizable unique style and a sure crowd pleaser. No doubt traditon at its finest. I think this year's judges were good, and reminded us that at this competition tradition is the word and 'getting back to basics' was the theme. I only wish they would open a new category for "best new artistic achievement award", then I know my favorite halau would win! What do you think?
Check out more great hula videos at youtube.com ...and don't be afraid to comment below! A hui hou!