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Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka Wins Overall 2018 Merrie Monarch Title

April 8, 2018, 6:08 AM HST (Updated April 11, 2018, 11:30 AM)
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The 2018 Merrie Monarch hula competition’s Group Hula ʻAuana and awards ceremony were held on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at 6 p.m. in the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium in Hilo on Hawai‘i Island, where hālau hula performed modern style dances.

Twenty-four hālau competed over the course of three days in traditional and modern hula performances.

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Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka performs Nā Mele Kaulana No Maui. PC: Merrie Monarch Festival

Maui’s Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka, under the direction of Kumu Nāpua Greig, won the overall title at the 55th annual competition. The women took the overall festival title, overall wahine title, first place in the wahine ʻauana division and second place in the wahine kahiko division.

The night before, Shalia Kapuau‘ionalani Kikuyo Kamakaokalani of Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka took the title of Miss Aloha Hula 2018.

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The winning hālau from Waiohui, Maui, took the stage on kahiko night with Ke Ahi A Lonomakua, derived from the love story of Pelehonuamea and the pig god Kamapuaʻa. Their modern hula celebrated the island home of Maui with Nā Mele Kaulana No Maui.

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    The awards for all group winners were as follows:

    Wahine Kahiko

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    1st Place
    Hālau: Hi‘iakainamakalehua
    Kumu: Robert Ke‘ano Ka‘upu IV & Lono Padilla
    Score: 600 points

    2nd Place
    Hālau: Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka
    Kumu: Napua Greg
    Score: 596 points

    3rd Place
    Hālau: Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina’ala
    Kumu: Leina‘ala Pavao Jardin
    Score: 592 points

    4th Place
    Hālau: Mohala ‘Ilima
    Kumu: Mapuana de Silva
    Score: 583 points

    5th Place
    Hālau: Hula Halau ‘O Kamuela
    Kumu: Ka‘’ionalani Kamana‘o & Kunewa Mook
    Score: 582 points

    Kane Kahiko

    1st Place
    Hālau: Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La
    Kumu: Kaleo Trinidad
    Score: 594 points

    2nd Place
    Hālau: Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi
    Kumu: Haunani & ‘Iliahi Paredes
    Score: 590 points

    3rd Place
    Hālau: Na Mamo O Pu‘uanahulu
    Kumu: William Kahakuleilehua Haunu’u “Sonny” Ching & Lopaka Igarta-De Vera
    Score: 586 points

    4th Place
    Hālau: I Ka Wekiu
    Kumu: Karl Veto Baker & Michael Lanakila Casupang
    Score: 585 points

    Wahine ‘Auana

    1st Place
    Hālau: Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka
    Kumu: Napua Greg
    Score: 604 points

    2nd Place
    Hālau: Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina‘ala
    Kumu: Leina‘ala Pavao Jardin
    Score: 596 points

    3rd Place
    Hālau: Hula Halau ‘O Kamuela
    Kumu: Kau‘ionalani Kamana‘o & Kunewa Mook
    Score: 593 points

    4th Place
    Hālau: O Ka Hanu Lehua
    Kumu: Kamaka Kukona
    Score: 589 points

    5th Place
    Hālau: I Ka Wekiu
    Kumu: Karl Veto Baker & Michael Lanakila Casupang
    Score: 586 points

    Kane ‘Auana

    1st Place
    Hālau: Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La
    Kumu: Kaleo Trinidad
    Score: 604 points

    2nd Place
    Hālau: Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi
    Kumu: Haunani & ‘Iliahi Paredes
    Score: 584 points

    3rd Place
    Hālau: Na Mamo O Pu‘uanahulu
    Kumu: William Kahakuleilehua Haunu‘u “Sonny” Ching & Lopaka Igarta-De Vera
    Score: 583 points

    4th Place
    Hālau: I Ka Wekiu
    Kumu: Karl Veto Baker & Michael Lanakila Casupang
    Score: 582 points

    Wahine Overall

    1st Place
    Hālau: Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka
    Kumu: Napua Greg
    Score: 1,200 points

    2nd Place
    Hālau: Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina’ala
    Kumu: Leina‘ala Pavao Jardin
    Score: 1,188 points

    3rd Place
    Hālau: Hula Halau ‘O Kamuela
    Kumu: Kau‘ionalani Kamana’o & Kunewa Mook
    Score: 1,175 points
    Tie Breaker: 1,633

    3rd Place
    Halau: Hi‘iakainamakalehua
    Kumu: Robert Ke‘ano Ka‘upu IV & Lono Padilla
    Score: 1,175 points
    Tie Breaker: 1,633

    Kane Overall

    1st Place
    Hālau: Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La
    Kumu: Kaleo Trinidad
    Score: 1,198 points

    2nd Place
    Hālau: Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi
    Kumu: Haunani & ‘Iliahi Paredes
    Score: 1,174 points

    3rd Place
    Hālau: Na Mamo O Pu‘uanahulu
    Kumu: William Kahakuleilehua Haunu‘u “Sonny” Ching & Lopaka Igarta-De Vera
    Score: 1,169 points

    Overall Winner

    1st Place –
    Halau: Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka
    Kumu: Napua Greg
    Score: 1,200 points

    2nd Place
    Hālau: Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La
    Kumu: Kaleo Trinidad
    Score: 1,198 points

    3rd Place
    Hālau: Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina‘ala
    Kumu: Leina’ala Pavao Jardin
    Score: 1,188 points

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