Merrie Monarch

The distinguished annual Hawaiian hula competition known as the Merrie Monarch Festival started today! The competition is held in the beautiful town of Hilo on the Big Island. Its fun to watch the the performances on TV, especially to see the elaborate and colorful costumes. I particularly love to see the elaborate floral hairpieces worn by the wahine during the hula ʻauana or “modern” dance and the skimpy malo worn by the kāne (men)! While hula ʻauana is undeniably beautiful, I find hula kahiko, or “ancient” dance more exciting to watch with its heavy ipu riffs. The competition runs for 3 days with winners being announced on Saturday. The festival kicks off with the Miss Aloha Hula competition tonight. Female contestants dance individually and do both hula ʻauana and hula kahiko complete with chanting. With her exotic features and tan skin tone, I thought my JAMIEshow Ginny worked well as a dolly stand-in for a Miss Aloha Hula contestant. Her bustier and underskirt are by Boxpleat, while her laua’e and maile lei are handmade by yours truly.

You can watch the 2014 Merrie Monarch Festival too, including a live stream of the competition through April 26 online on K5!

 

Kuhi no ka lima, hele no ka maka.

Custom JAMIEshow Ginny with Glass Eyes
Happy Earth Day!