Dancer from Maui halau earns coveted Miss Aloha Hula title

Looking ahead at Kahiko from the 2018 Merrie Monarch Festival

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - A dancer from a Maui halau earned the coveted Miss Aloha Hula title on Thursday night.

Shalia Kamakaokalani graced the stage at the Edith Kanakaole Stadium, representing Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka under the direction of Kumu Napua Greig.

"I still feel like I'm in a dream, overflowing with so much emotions, so much honor, so much happiness," the 21-year-old said.

The Merrie Monarch Festival continues with the kahiko competition Friday at 6 p.m. and the hula 'auana competition Saturday at 6 p.m. Catch the live broadcasts on KFVE.

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