miss aloha hula 2017

Kelina Kiyoko Keanoilehua Tiffany Eldredge.

Photo By Merrie Monarch Festival

Watch Miss Aloha Hula 2017 Kelina Eldredge's winning performance

Kelina Kiyoko Keanoilehua Tiffany Eldredge is your new 2017 Miss Aloha Hula.

In a close, double tie breaker, the 22-year-old from Ewa Beach, Oahu won the 54th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival with an overall score of 1,499, and a 0.2 lead over second place finisher Julyen Machiko Kaloke Kaluna. This is the second consecutive win for Halau Hiiakainamakalehua and its kumu hula (hula teachers) Lono Padilla and Robert Kaupu IV, following last year's 2016 Miss Aloha Hula winner Kayli Kailani Carr

Competing against nine other women, Eldredge's hula kahiko (ancient hula), "Maewaikalani," meaning "swaying from the heavens," delivered olelo Hawaii in a rapid fire, which may have contributed to her winning a Hawaiian Language Award for the night as well.

The masterful hula auana (modern hula) she performed, "Pua Mohala I Wekiu," was a composition about the bond of brothers, written by the late kumu hula Frank "Palani" Kahala for his younger brother, Kanoeokalani, comparing him to the budding blossom placed in the highest of heavens. 

Watch Kelina Eldredge's captivating performance of her hula auana here: