Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Merrie Monarch 2012

The Merrie Monarch Hula competition took place last week on the Big Island.  Below are links to videos of my halau's performances (no I was not in it)!  I think the dances are very impressive, it makes me feel lucky to have practiced with such talented girls, especially because when I started, I didn't no anything about hula.  Sadly,  I'm not sure if I can continue dancing because I don't want to overdo myself with grad school starting in a few weeks... plus, I would be missing quite a bit of practices because of our traveling this summer.


The link below is the kahiko (traditional/ancient style) dance.  They are wearing skirts made out of ti leaves.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYXzGb_8C2Q

The next link is the auana (modern) dance.  They are wearing the world famous Niihau-Shell Leis.
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNqcTJ2Q5qY&feature=related

The following link is of a solo done by one of the girls in my halau.  She competed in the "Miss Aloha Hula Competition"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH6YyAlp49g


If anyone has any questions about Merrie Monarch or hula in general, feel free to comment!  Until I came here, I had a completely different idea of what hula dancing was.  I hope you enjoyed the videos!

- Emilie

1 comment:

Tracie said...

It looks like we moved to Hawaii about when you guys did, but we're on Oahu! So interesting how different life is on another island - thanks for sharing :) Do you mind if I put a link to your site from mine for people looking for info on Kauai?

Mahalo,
Tracie
http://alohaperrys.blogspot.com/