Dispute leaves DirecTV customers without hula coverage

2018 Miss Aloha Hula Shalia Kapuauʻionalani Kikuyo Kamakaokalani of Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka was bedecked in lei after winning at the 55th Merrie Monarch Festival Thursday evening. (PHOTO BY / CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM)

Kinohi Kealohilani Mirafuentes, of Halau Na Mamo O Pu’uanahulu, performed to “A Ka Luna I Kilauea” during the hula kahiko portion of the Miss Aloha Hula competition at the 55th annual Merrie Monarch Festival on Thursday. TV coverage of the event was unavailable on DirecTV due to a dispute with KFVE. (CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL CRUSSELL/STAR ADVERTISER)

HILO — For thousands of local residents who aren’t among the relative few holding coveted tickets to the Merrie Monarch Festival’s hula competition, the live statewide broadcast by KFVE-TV of the three nights of hula is a must view.