Photos: 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival kicks off

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald
    Merahi performs at the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival Sunday during the Ho‘olaule‘a at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.
  • Merahi performs at the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival Sunday during the Ho‘olaule‘a at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo. (Photos by HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald
    Lori Lei’s Hula Studio and Wai‘ohinu Hula Studio perform at the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival Sunday during the Ho‘olaule‘a at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald
    Lori Lei’s Hula Studio and Wai‘ohinu Hula Studio perform at the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival Sunday during the Ho‘olaule‘a at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.
  • Above: Lori Lei’s Hula Studio and Wai‘ohinu Hula Studio perform. Below, Hula Halau Ke ‘Olu Makani O Mauna Loa keiki perform.

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald
    Halau O Kekuki Keiki kicks off the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival with their performance Sunday during the Ho‘olaule‘a at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Hula Halau Ke ‘Olu Makani O Mauna Loa keiki perform Sunday during the 2019 Merrie Monarch Ho‘olaule‘a.

  • Hula Halau Ke ‘Olu Makani O Mauna Loa performs Sunday.

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald
    Hula Halau Ke ‘Olu Makani O Mauna Loa performs Sunday during the 2019 Merrie Monarch Ho‘olaule‘a.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald
    Halau Na Pua O Uluhaimalama performs at the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival Sunday during the Ho‘olaule‘a at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.
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    A dancer with Halau Na Pua O Uluhaimalama performs at the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival Sunday during the Ho‘olaule‘a at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald
    Halau Na Pua O Uluhaimalama performs at the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival Sunday during the Ho‘olaulea at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald
    Halau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua performs at the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival Sunday during the Ho‘olaule‘a at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald
    Halau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua performs at the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival Sunday during the Ho‘olaulea at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald
    Halau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua performs at the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival Sunday during the Ho‘olaule‘a at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald
    Halau E Hulali Mai I Ka La performs at the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival Sunday during the Ho‘olaule‘a at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald
    Halau E Hulali Mai I Ka La performs at the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival Sunday during the Ho‘olaule‘a at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald
    Halau E Hulali Mai I Ka La performs at the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival Sunday during the Ho‘olaule‘a at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.
  • Halau E Hulali Mai I Ka La performs at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald
    Halau E Hulali Mai I Ka La performs at the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival Sunday during the Ho‘olaule‘a at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Na Lei Liko O ‘Ola‘a performs at the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival Sunday during the Ho‘olaule‘a at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald
    Na Lei Liko O ‘Ola‘a performs at the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival Sunday during the Ho‘olaule‘a at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald
    Na Lei Liko O ‘Ola‘a performs at the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival Sunday during the Ho‘olaule‘a at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.
  • Above: Lori Lei’s Hula Studio and Wai‘ohinu Hula Studio perform. Below, Hula Halau Ke ‘Olu Makani O Mauna Loa keiki perform.

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald
    Lori Lei’s Hula Studio and Wai‘ohinu Hula Studio perform at the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival Sunday during the Ho‘olaule‘a at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald
    Lori Lei’s Hula Studio and Wai‘ohinu Hula Studio perform at the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival Sunday during the Ho‘olaule‘a at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.
  • Merahi performs at the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival Sunday during the Ho‘olaule‘a at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo. (Photos by HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald
    Merahi performs at the 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival Sunday during the Ho‘olaule‘a at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.

The Merrie Monarch festival kicked off Sunday.

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