All posts tagged: Te Waka Huia

A Merrie Hangover

Itʻs been a little less than a week since the close of Merrie Monarch and I can honestly say that itʻs been the most hectic one I’ve ever experienced. The exhaustion, however, was well worth it since with it came so many wonderful moments, especially those spent in the company of my hula family. I miss the surge of energy that comes with Merrie Monarch, but I do appreciate the calm when it’s over. We had several appearances and kuleana (responsibilities) during the week. These pictures were taken from our noon time performance at the Naniloa Hotel last Tuesday. Mahalo to Maria for these beautiful images! Also, if youʻre interested in watching snippets of that performance, mahalo to Joanna Ehu Mazurek for capturing these dances on video with a vintage filter. My hula family and I also spent a little bit of time with our Māori cousins of Te Waka Huia and were glad to have met and know them over the course of the week. Here are a few images from their performance in the Merrie Monarch hōʻike on Wednesday night, again, compliments …

T is for Te Waka Huia

Hilo was treated to the awesomeness that is Te Waka Huia, five-time champions of the Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival, at the non-competitive Merrie Monarch hōʻike. Wednesday usually features hula and other dances from all over the Pacific. This is the only night that is free to the public, with open seating.  Many people will stand in line for hours just to grab a seat to watch the spectacular medley of performances. Te Waka Huia also graced Hilo with a noon show that provided the community with an opportunity to hear from the dance troupe as they explained the various dances and instruments used by the dancers.  The group shared several lovely songs as well as a few boisterous chants known as haka.   April is the start of the A to Z challenge. Check out other blogs participating in this challenge at: