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Merrie Monarch Hilo Hawaii 2013

By day, Hilo Civic Auditorium buzzed with shoppers, hula dancers, singers and performers. Food and floral aromas permeated throughout the auditorium. People stopped and watched the unending Hawaiian entertainment. Among the few keiki kanie's (young men) dancing and performing hula for over a hundred people in the Hilo Civic Auditorium. They were between 8 and 10 years of age. It was their first attempt to dance hula for a commanding public. Onlookers watched, smiled, clapped and gave them the traditional Hawaiian Hanahou! They tried. The public loved their attempt. The keiki's loved the encouragement, reminiscent of a dry sponge in water. Their parents stood by watching, and clapping with an aire of accomplishment. It was another positive aspect of learning to dance hula at a young age. Hula dancers maintain confidence nature throughout life. We've made the mistakes, practiced and refined the dance. Our adult life dance is tranquil.

 

30 hula groups from all over the world danced hula this week at the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival in Hilo. The dancers were phoenominal, chanting, dancing with smiles  beaming confidence and love. 

"Hula is language of heart. Therefore hula is the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people."

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