For forty-two years, thousands of the best hula halau from all across the Hawaiian islands, mainland, and Japan have been invited to the prestigious Merrie Monarch Festival. Dancers who are fortutnate enough to perform at this annual event perpetuates an important cultural tradition that celebrates and honors their ancestors. Hundreds make the trek to Hilo, Hawaii every year to wintess in person the magnificence of the dance and storytelling. Captured on four DVDs are the exciting performances and stunning pageantry of this year's 43rd Annual Merrie Monarch Festival; the spectacular kahiko (ancient) and superb auana (contemporary) from each halau and the elegant Miss Aloha Hula competition. This is truly an inspiring display of Hawaiian dance and culture to be thoroughly enjoyed over and over again.
Includes the entire Merrie Monarch Festival, interviews, and highlights from the Merrie Monarch Festival's annual parade. (12 hours, 30 minutes)