HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - As years go by and Merrie Monarch progresses, Hawaiian language proficiency has once again become an important hula skill. And this year's Miss Aloha Hula contestants exemplified this change. Amy Kalili has more.
It is a vital role as a dancer to understand what the poetry is about. When you dance it, you can feel it.
Miss Aloha Hula Contestant 2010, Hâlau Keʻalaokalamaile
Mea nui ka ʻapo i ka manaʻo o ke mele a oli i ola ia manaʻo ma o kona hula ʻia.
Ua eo iâ Oralani ka mea hanohano no ka ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi iâ ia e kû ʻelele ana no kâna Hâlau ʻo Keʻalaokamaile.
Oralani won the ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi award representing her Hâlau, Keʻalaokamaile.
In our hâlau, Hawaiian language is a very big part of dancing. If you don't take Hawaiian language, then you don't dance.
Ma kçia hâlau, mea nui ka ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi. Inâ ʻaʻole aʻo i ka ʻôlelo, ʻaʻole hula.
Ua hôʻoia ʻia nô kçia ʻimi ikaika ʻana o ka hâlau i ka ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi, ʻoiai ua eo ka hanohano ʻôlelo iâ Oralani i kçia makahiki a pçia pû iâ Henohea Kâne i kçlâ makahiki aku nei a kekahi kûlana hou aku.
This emphasis on language won them Ora's award this year and last year as well along with the overall Miss Hula title.
Ua nui ‘ino ka hana, pa'ahana, akâ, i ko'u mana'o ua hau'oli nô hoʻi kçia makahiki noʻu no ka mea he kûlana hoʻohiwahiwa.
Cherissa Henohea Kâne
2009 Miss Aloha Hula, Hâlau Keʻalaokamaile
It's been a busy, yet enjoyable year carrying the Miss Hula title.
ʻIke a mahalo ʻo Kalena Silva, he mea ʻike ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi a he luna loiloi Mele Manaka, i ka holomua nui o kçia mau kaikamahine hula i wali ka ʻôlelo iâ lâkou.
Kalena Silva, a scholar of Hawaiian language and Merrie Monarch judge, appreciates the accomplishments of those fluent speakers like Henohea.
Inâ ʻaʻole ʻike ke kaikamahine hula i ka manaʻo o ka ʻôlelo o ke mele, ʻaʻole e like ana ka hiki iâ ia ke hôʻike aku i ia mau manaʻo ma kâna lawena, ke kuhi lima, ke au wâwae, ka ʻoni ʻana o ke kino,
Luna Hoʻokele, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikôlani
If the dancer doesn't understand the language, they can't express the meaning of the dance in their movements.
Hoʻoikaika ana nâ kânaka a pau o nâ ʻano pae mâkau ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi like ʻole.
Everyone at all levels of fluency are putting in more effort.
I dont ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi which is why it was extra hard for me, it was more homework for me. I really wanted to make sure that I did all my homework and I did it the best that I possibly could.
Mâhealani Mika Hirao-Solem
2010 Miss Aloha Hula, Hula Hâlau ʻO Kamuela
ʻAʻole wau ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi no laila ʻoi aku ka nui o ka hoʻomâkaukau ʻana.
Ua hua mai nô kçia hoʻoikaika ʻana ona ma ke eo ʻana o ke kûlana Miss Hula iâ ia.
Mika's hard work paid off as she took the Miss Aloha Hula 2010 title for her hâlau.
I feel just honored. I've been dancing my whole life so to be able to share my love for that is what makes me the happiest and made my kumu proud and my family proud.
Aloha au i ka hula a he pômaikaʻi ka hiki ke hôʻike aku i kçlâ i haʻaheo kaʻu kumu a me koʻu ʻohana.
ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha
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