2012 Merrie Monarch overall winner

HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - The world of hula crowned its newest champion Saturday night.

"The overall winner this year with 1,147 points, welcome back to the stage, Karl Vito Baker and Michael Casupang, Halau I Ka Wekiu", said announcer Kimo Kahoano.

Halau I Ka Wekiu, from Pauoa Valley, was the overall winner of the 2012 Merrie Monarch Festival, sweeping all three men's divisions.

It's the second overall title for the halau, it also took overall honors in 2007.

Halau I Ke A'ali'i Ku Makani took top honors in the wahine division.

Competitors are already looking forward to next year, the festival's fiftieth anniversary.

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