The 56th Annual Celebration of Hula
In honor of the original Merrie Monarch, King David Kalakaua, the best halau are invited from across the Hawaiian Islands and the mainland U.S. to compete in the prestigious Merrie Monarch Festival. Dancers fortunate enough to perform at this annual event perpetuates an important cultural tradition in honor of Hawaii's ancestors.
Each year, thousands make the journey to Hilo, Hawaii to witness in person the magnificence of the dance and storytelling of hula. For others who long to be part of the passion and beauty, the festival has been captured on 3 DVDs. The Merrie Monarch Festival is an inspiring display of Hawaiian dance and culture to be thoroughly enjoyed over and over again.
Disc 1: Miss Aloha Hula: Kahiko & Auana
Disc 2: Hula Kahiko (ancient) - Halau
Disc 3: Auana (contemporary) - Halau
Booklet included with photos of the winners in each category, plus a list of each performer, song, halau and kumu in the order it appears on each disc.
9 hours 47 minutes run time