These hula-minded Instagram feeds will cover all the excitement happening in Hilo during the hula community’s favorite time of year. Be sure to follow them this week as they share the fun (both on and off stage) during the 2018 Merrie Monarch Festival.
For stage photos and recap: @merriemonarchfestival
The official Instagram of the Merrie Monarch Festival, this account recaps all of the unforgettable moments of 2017. Wax nostalgic about performances past before another year of brilliant hula is on display this week.
For behind-the-scenes coverage and fashion faves: @milekalincoln
Aloha & good morning from the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium with @MerrieMonarchFestival President Aunty Luana Kawelu! It’s a beautiful day on Hawaiʻi Island and it’s only going to get better with #MerrieMonarch2018 Hōʻike tonight!! We’ve got @HawaiiNewsNow LIVE reports all day from Hilo for #MM2018 ☺️ #MerrieMonarch #MerrieMonarchFestival #MerrieMonarchDasWhy
Though the whirlwind week of competition is focused onstage, the excitement behind the scenes is just as thrilling for hula lovers, like Mileka Lincoln. Follow the Hawaii News Now reporter as she captures the festivities, as well as her favorite fashion looks.
For a musician’s perspective performing in Hilo: @joshtatofimusic
Follow 2018 Grammy-nominated musician Josh Tatofi’s huakai (journey) to Hilo in his third consecutive year. The talent displayed by kumu hula (hula teachers), dancers and musicians during the festival is unlike anything else, and we love seeing the perspective of the talents behind the mic as well.
For festive captures from a Merrie Monarch die-hard: @keepingupwithkuehu
The KWXX radio personality and Hilo native recently coined the phrase “Merrie Monarch Das Why” in a hilarious viral video alongside other notable figures in the cultural community. Known for his enthusiasm for the exciting week, you’ll want to keep up with Kuehu to see exactly how Hilo town transforms during this epic event.
For an insider’s experience from a former Miss Aloha Hula: @mahealani_mika
It’s that time of the year!!!!! Get ready for your feed to be blown up with Merrie Monarch posts! Stay tuned for my Merrie Monarch 2018 travels as I take you on a huaka’i throughout Hilo during Hula’s most celebrated event! I loved my time as a participant in the competition and now I love my time as a spectator, getting to cheer on all the hālau as they put their best foot forward! This is one of my most favorite pictures in 2011 after I stepped down as the reigning Miss Aloha Hula & handed off the title to the beautiful @torihulali Miss Aloha Hula 2011. We celebrated together with Miss Aloha Hula 2009, @henoheak ! #merriemonarch #2018 #merriemonarch2018 #hula #hilo #hawaii #hawaiian #culture #art #dance #missalohahula #aloha #merriemonarchdaswhy
No one understands the energy of the Edith Kanakaole Stadium like its performers, and even fewer know what it takes to stand alone as a soloist. Miss Aloha Hula Mahealani Mika Hirao-Solem earned the coveted title in 2010 and continues to share her passion for hula today with Halau Kilohana in Japan. Experience the festival through the eyes of a former Miss Aloha Hula whose love for hula shines bright.
For insights from a native Hilo family’s hula legacy: @kuhao
The Kanakaole family name is synonymous with hula excellence, and the Zanes will go down in history for the impact they have had as a leading Hawaiian fashion designer of Sig Zane Designs. You won’t want to miss Kuhao Zane’s account as an olapa (dancer) of Halau O Kekuhi, under the direction of his mother, kumu hula Nalani Kanakaole. It is their ohana’s tradition to open the Wednesday night Hoike exhibition, which he documents in heartfelt detail.
For a first-time Merrie Monarch festival-goer experience: @pashyn
Here in Hilo #MerrieMonarch Wendy and I are so stoked because it’s our first ever #merriemonarchfestival How lucky are we to have the bestie @milekalincoln by our side! Be sure to tune in tomorrow morning after 8 AM for her @HawaiiNewsNow FB LIVE with dis #LocalMaddahs K den shoots i going shishi nai nai so tomorrow @meleapana @shannon_scott808 and I can make you all crack up shishi panty for this #MM2018 #MerrieMonarchDasWhy #MaddahAndMaaary #MerrieMonarchKineTings #ManuGirls
Internet sensation and local comedienne Pashyn Santos is taking Hilo by storm for her very first Merrie Monarch experience, and her enthusiasm is contagious. Follow along as she highlights some of her favorite local businesses and showcases a festival-themed scavenger hunt all week long.
For the ultimate Hawaiian art and culture boutique: @hanahouhilo
This hat just got a new groove: We reblocked -or reshaped if you’re new to pāpale lingo- this beauty to be a lower crown sassy number and now she’s the talk of the town! We offer complimentary reblocking in shop for any pāpale purchase, making sure the shape fits the wearers face and attitude! #hatblocking #lauhala #hanahouhilo #hanahouhatwall
Known for its devout love of cultural artistry, Hana Hou is dedicated to showcasing the finest in vintage and modern design throughout Hawaii and Oceania. And not only does it offer a wealth of swoon-worthy products, but there’s also classes on natural fabric dyeing, lauhala weaving and lei making, so your experience is educational and inspirational as well.
9. For a glimpse into the kumu hula experience: @napuamusic
The Nā Lei Loves are holding tight to tradition in the final weekend practice before they hit the #merriemonarch stage. These moments of preparation and oneness with their mele and one another are profound as they ready themselves mentally, physically and emotionally to embody the message and purpose of the haku mele and bring kumu Nāpua’s creative vision to life. This has provided unique challenges and lessons that were important for each to learn, and both kumu and haumāna are so grateful for the wisdom they have imparted. They are ready for Hilo! Photo by @trishbarkerphotography #naleilove #hula #bethevessel #hawaiian #hulaislife #kumuhulalife #hawaiianculture #hawaii #kumu #thehulaworld #kumuhula #mm2018 #ikekupuna #halaunaleikaumakaouka #naleiloves #hulainspiration #ipu #ipuheke
Cultural insights from a kumu hula are truly invaluable, and few share them on social media as well as Mauiʻs Napua Greig. Though she is busily preparing the ladies of Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka for their 15th year of competition, she is still dedicated to documenting her experience and the thoughtful manao (wisdom) she has woven into their group and solo presentations.
10. For cultural insights in olelo Hawaii: @oiwitv
Ma hope o ke 50 a ʻoi makahiki o ka hoʻolauleʻa Mele Manaka, ua ʻike ʻia nō ka puka ʻana o nā hanauna hou o nā ʻohana ma nā hālau, a pēia pū nā hanauna hou o nā hālau kekahi. . ʻO kekahi o ia mau hālau, ʻo ia nō ʻo Hālau Nā Kamalei. - - - After more than 50 years of the Merrie Monarch festival, there are literally generations of families in many hālau, but even hālau themselves have offspring. . One of these long-time Merrie Monarch hālau is Hālau Nā Kamalei. . Watch "He Moʻokūʻauhau Hula" on www.oiwi.tv. By following the link in our profile! #MerrieMonarch
Known for its authentic display of Hawaiiʻs traditions, Oiwi TV is a trusted media source with a uniquely cultural focus. Catch up on videos of hula preparations from years past, as well as its mesmerizing Hawaiian music video series, “Mele Ma Ka Lihiwai.”