On the evening of April 6, 2013, Her Royal Highness Princess Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawānanakoa of Hawai’i attended the 2013 Merrie Monarch hula competition held at the Edith Kanaka‘ole stadium in Hilo, Hawai’i.
During last night’s festivities the lovely princess donated $2,000 to each participating kumu hula, and $25,000 to the Merrie Monarch Festival and its president, Luana Kawelu.
Please click here for more information. Or, you can watch and listen to the announcement here (at the 7:30 mark). Also, if you missed the 2013 Merrie Monarch Festival and would like to watch it please click here. 🙂
And, finally, if you are interested here is the 1989 documentary entitled, Kumu Hula: Keepers of Culture, that you might enjoy.