Saturday, April 14, 2007

Hawaiian Hula - Merrie Monarch Festival

We honestly thought that there would be a lot more about the Merrie Monarch Festival in the media. Hawaiian festivals usually garner a lot more attention than the Tahitian Festivals. At least in the US. But it seems that coverage is a little light this year. The coverage of the festival is broadcast on the local station KITV and streamed online as well. But other than that, there really isn't a lot more to read. The official Merrie Monarch Festival website still shows 2006. There's no mention of 2007.

And an unfortunate and sad development today with the announcement of Don Ho's death will surely trump the media coverage that might have picked up the festival otherwise.

At any rate, we'd like to congratulate the 2007 Miss Aloha Hula - Ku'uwehiokala Kaniaupi'o Fairbanks of Ka Pa Hula 'O Kauanoe 'O Wa'ahila. And we're looking forward to seeing more in depth coverage of this years event.

Here's a website we found that had a lot more information than the official site.

Limited coverage can also be found at the local newspapers Honolulu Star Bulletin and Honolulu Advertiser.

1 comment:

Scott said...

Here's an update for the overall results. The event concluded on Saturday evening with some innovative and crowd pleasing events but the winners were mostly veteran groups. Some say that this helps to keep the Hula grounded and remind people of the meanings of the Hula and language. Some wonder why innovation and creativity are not rewarded. There are arguments for both positions.

At any rate here's an article in the Honolulu Star Bulletin that gives a rundown on the results and an overview of the event.

Honolulu Star Bulletin