Thursday, April 12, 2007

Real Hula Starting Today

Most people in the world make fun of hula, but in Hawaii and other parts of the world, it is still taken seriously. If you want to see real hula, check out the upcoming Merrie Monarch Festival.

It starts Thursday and ends Sunday, in Hilo on the Big Island. Groups from all over the Pacific - including, usually, Japan - will compete in various categories, from group dances to traditional dances in traditional costumes to single-woman dances "Miss Aloha." "Merrie Monarch" refers to King Kalakaua, who, in the 19th century, tried to re-institute or reserve some Hawaiian customs that had been forgotten or were the the process of dying, from hula to slack key guitar.


You can follow the festival online at:

http://www.thehawaiichannel.com/merriemonarch/index.html (live online-broadcast from 6 pm pacific time each night - that's 4 in the morning German time!)

and on

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/specials/merriemonarch07/

(photos courtesy of Honolulu Star-Bulletin)

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