HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - The home town hâlau that opened another amazing hôʻike last night has a long heritage and continues to be one of Hilo's favorites. Amy Kalili caught up with one of the kumu of this hâlau and some others who were in attendance last night.
E ko Hawaiʻi, aloha kakahiaka kâkou. This is Hiloʻs pride and joy, the exhibition night of the festival, also known as the "free" night.
Hôʻea wau ma aneʻi ma ka 6:30 o ke kakahiaka..
I arrived at 6:30am.
He maʻamau nô kçia laina lôʻihi no nâ kânaka hele pinepine i kçia pô hôʻike o ka Mele Manaka.
For those familiar with Hôʻike night, this never-ending line is a common sight.
A i kçlâ makahiki aku nei ua hele mai wau ma ka hola 10a a aia wau ma ka palena o kçlâ hale kaupolena, a nui ka ua. No laila noʻonoʻo wau hôʻea wau ma mua o kçlâ i hiki ai iaʻu ke noho ma lalo o ka hale kaupolena.
Last year, I came at 10 a.m. and ended up outside the tent in the rain. So I figured I come earlier to be covered.
Ua hôʻea mai nâ hoa ʻohana a hoaaloha e like me Kalani no ka nânâ i kâ lâkou mau hâlau punahele.
Kalani and friends arrived early to ensure a good seat to watch their favorite hâlau.
Hula ana kaʻu kaikamahine me ka Hâlau o Kekuhi.
My daughter dances for Hâlau o Kekuhi.
ʻO ia kekahi o kâ Hilo mau hâlau aloha nui ʻia e alakaʻi ʻia nei e nâ kaikamahine o ia kumu hula nui o ke kaulana ʻo Edith Kanakaʻole, ka mea nona ka inoa o kçia hale nei.
One of Hiloʻs favorite hâlau led by the daughters of hula master Edith Kanakaʻole, the stadium's namesake.
We've been doing it consecutively for about the last twenty years or so it has really driven the growth as far as hula is concerned.
Kumu Hula, Hâlau O Kekuhi
He 20 nô paha makahiki kçia a nui ka ulu o ka hula ma ia wâ.
ʻOiai ʻaʻole lâkou komo i ka hoʻokûkû Mele Manaka, he pôʻaiapili kçia hanana Poʻakolu e hôʻike aku ai i ka mâkaukau o nâ mea hula.
The hâlau doesn't compete in Merrie Monarch but gets stage time every year.
I like for the students who come up you know like the keiki to come up and have that kind of experience.
He kûpono kçia no nâ haumâna hou a keiki i loaʻa ia ʻano wâ ma ka ʻâwai penei.
He wâ hôʻike ia no nâ hâlau no Hawaiʻi a pçia pû nâ hâlau kauʻâina kekahi.
Not only is this an opportunity for local hâlau, but for international hâlau as well.
It's just so overhwleming that my students are on the stage with me. It's been my biggest dream.
Iʻm just so excited.
Seiko Kaleinani Okamoto
Kumu Hula, Hâlau o Nâ Mamo Kaleinani
Nui koʻu pîhoihoi i ke kau ʻâwai me kaʻu mau haumâna.
Ua eo i kâ Seiko hâlau ka lanakila ma ka hoʻokûkû kohu Mele Manaka ma Iâpana, ʻo ka Ikaho Hawaiian Festival nô hoʻi.
Seiko's hâlau won Japan's equivalent of the Merrie Monarch, the Ikaho Hawaiian Festival.
It's really different from all other stages. I mean all other stages are nice too, but Merrie Monarch is something very, very special. Special atmosphere everything.
He ʻokoʻa nô. He pae ʻokoʻa a he pôʻaiapili hula lua ʻole.
Special indeed. Hôʻike night is really an opportunity for everyone to partake in the Merrie Monarch experience no only because it's open to everyone, but because of the diverse groups and energy in the air.
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