On the evening of April 6, 2013, Her Royal Highness Princess Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawānanakoa of Hawai’i attended the 2013 Merrie Monarchhula 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.
Well, it’s that time of year again! It’s the 2013 Merrie Monarch Festival a yearly event which “…honors the legacy left by King David Kalākaua, who inspired the perpetuation of our traditions, native language and the arts.” Yay! So, yeah, every year I mention this fantastic event because, well, I can. 🙂 Moreover, it is truly a great event that everyone must see at least once in their lifetime.
With that being said, if you are interested watching the hula competitions via live stream on KFVE 5 please click here. Live streaming of the 50th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival begins at 6PM Hawai’i time. Or, you can watch yesterday’s event, Merrie Monarch Backstage, here. 🙂
Finally, if you are interested in learning more about the Merrie Monarch Festival please click here andhere.
On March 30, 2012, His Majesty King Tupou VI of Tonga announced his heir to the Tongan throne at “…his residence Liukava.” Prince ‘Ulukalala, the king’s eldest son, is now known as His Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala of Tonga.
On April 5, 2012, members of the Tongan royal family ended their ten days of mourning by participating in the traditional hair-cutting ceremony. To read more about today’s event as well as to view photos please click here.
Meanwhile in Hilo, Hawai’i, preparations are underway for the 2012 Merrie Monarch Festival an event which “… honors the legacy left by King David Kalākaua, who inspired the perpetuation of our traditions, native language and the arts…”
Yay! 🙂 As you may or may not know by now, I am a huge supporter as well as fan of this week-long celebration… so yeah, I’m going to promote this amazing festival on my silly little blog. 🙂
Any way, if you are interested watching the hula competitions via live stream on KFVE 5 please click herebeginning on April 12-14 at 6pm Hawai’i time. Or, if you happen to live on the Big Island or will be vacationing there starting April 8 why not check it out? You won’t regret it. For more information about the 2012 Merrie Monarch Festival please visit their official website here.
Sources: Matangi Tonga Online and Merriemonarch.com
On December 18, 2011, the Bishop Museum on the island of O’ahu celebrated the birthday of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, founder of the Kamehameha Schools. During Sunday’s celebrations there were performances from Hâlau Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka Lâ, traditional chants, a presentation from renowned historian, DeSoto Brown, and much more.
According to president and CEO of the Bishop Museum, Blair Collins:
Were it not for the love of Bernice Pauahi Bishop and Charles Reed Bishop for the people of Hawai‘i, and the Hawaiian culture in particular, we would not exist. They feared that the native people and culture of Hawai‘i were disappearing, and the Museum was their effort to protect and preserve this heritage for future generations. It is only fitting, that in honor of Pauahi’s day of birth, we open our doors to our resident and military populations and reflect on her life and legacy.
Today, the Bishop Museum is recognized as the principal museum of the Pacific, housing the world’s largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific artifacts and natural history specimens. More than 340,000 people visit the each year.
To learn more about the Bishop Museum please click here and here. By the way, if you have never been to this amazing museum I highly recommend that you do so if you happen to visit the island of O’ahu.