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Weekly Small Pleasures (#9)

Merrie Monarch

Hilo comes alive during Merrie Monarch week and this year was no different. I went to the free hōʻike night on Wednesday to watch Hālau o Kekuhi, as well as other indigenous dance from Taiwan, Tahiti, and New Zealand. I also watched TV coverage of the competition on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.

Over the course of the week, I had 3 performances and walked in the parade on Saturday. Below are a few photos, most taken by Maria, from my week. It felt amazing to be dancing again and to be immersed in hula for 7 straight days.

Sunday, March 27: Kīpaepae Welina (Welcoming Ceremony)


Tuesday, March 29: UNU Noontime Performance at the Naniloa Hotel


photo credit: Piilani Kali



Thursday, March 31: UNU at ʻImiloa Astronomy Center


Saturday, April 2: Merrie Monarch Parade

Here are other people’s weeks:

A New Life Wandering | Weekly Small Pleasures #82

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    • Thank you! It was a lovely week and I’m actually sad that it’s come to an end.

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