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May 2006

The 43rd Merrie Monarch Hula Festival

The 43rd Merrie Monarch Hula Festival in Hilo, Hawai`i opens with a rousing performace by Hilo's Hālau O Kekuhi under the direction Kumu Hula Nalani Kanaka`ole and Pualani Kanaka`ole Kanahele. The kumu are daughters of the late Edith Kanaka`ole, Hawaiian culturalist and kumu for whom the festival venue is named.
Click here for a list of all the winners!

Setting the Record Straight at Merrie Monarch

Two Hiloans are credited with the establishment of Hilo’s Merrie Monarch Hula Festival: Kumu Hula George Na`ope and Dorothy “Dottie” Thompson, who has been the festival’s executive director since 1969.

Don't Scalp Those Merrie Monarch Tickets!

For the past 43 years, the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival has been run with lots of aloha – love for hula and Hawaiian culture. Tickets to attend all three nights of competition are a bargain at only $20 to $25.

Torrential Rains Cause Major Problems

Effects of the deluge that devastated Hawai`i in March and April are still being felt around the Islands.

Nā Mana`o Ulu Wale

As a youngster growing up on O`ahu, my dad and I would hike up Waimea Valley to Waihī Falls (also known historically as Waihe`e Falls and by the widespread misnomer Waimea Falls). W-a-y back then there was nothing but a pig trail, widened by local swimmers, going to the falls and the large swimming pool at the foot of the falls.

Baby Lu`au

Last month my son had his 1st birthday, a day he celebrated by loudly proclaiming “Ba ba!” The 1st birthday is an important occasion in Hawaiian culture.

Da Pidgin Connexion

Apreel feefteent us guyz wen hele on down to Willamette University een Salem fo da “Seventeent Annual Lu’au.” Da kalua peeg wuz ono an had lomilomi salmon, haupia, poi, mac salad, teri cheekeen, fresh pineapple ladat.

From the Editor

Aloha from Hilo, where I spent the month of April. It was an unusually wet month all over the island chain, and in Hilo it was cold as well (if you consider early morning temperatures of 60º cold.)

Hawaiian Music in the Pacific Northwest

A few photos!

Kama`aina Profile: Fred Whang

"HE HAWAII AU"......"I AM HAWAIIAN"..... These are words that many of us speak with great emotion and even greater pride! 

Mo`olelo O Na Ali`i

In the mo‘olelo of Pi‘ilani of Maui, we find that he married his cousin Laielohelohe, the daughter of the chiefs Kelea and Kalamakua of O‘ahu.

Music: New Releases

Every month Gregg reviews newly released Hawaiian CDs. Read about your favorite artist or explore the Hawaiian music scene.


IT WAS A TIME FOR THINGS OLD AND NEW ........It was mid-April and it was raining in Seattle (that's the "old" part) but boy-oh-boy the new restaurant on top of Queen Anne hill was absolutely packed as Hawaiian musical star Sean Na`auao and his group flew in from Hawaii to help his friends (restaurant owners Marlene Akana Hall and her husband Tomas) open their "Gordito's on Queen Anne" place!

Foodstuffs: Pūpū Party

My friend Vinnie and I go way back, maybe even before Hilo Intermedite School. 

Offensive Line Coach Brian Derby Brings Football Camp to the Pacific Northwest

For the past 9 years Coach Brian Derby has given young Hawaiian athletes 22 weekends of his life through his Offensive Line Clinics.  A Honolulu firefighter of 17 years and former University of Hawaii Warrior, Brian has a passion to help big men succeed.


Tonight my son scared himself in the bath as his rubber ducky crept up from behind where my daughter was splashing and making waves.

1st Annual Keiki `Ukulele Festival

In October 2006 there will be the 1st Annual Keiki Hula & Keiki `Ukulele Festival.

The Events Calendar

Find out about upcoming events in our events calendar!

Old Hawai`i: Pictures from the Past

Hanapēpē, Kaua`i – 1945
Photo by Walter Steiger


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