Merrie Monarch wraps tonight with hula ‘auana, awards ceremony

Beamer-Solomon Halau O Po‘ohala performs on Friday night at the Merrie Monarch festival. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)

HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Halau Hula ‘O Kahikilaulani
HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Halau Kala‘akeakauikawekiu

HILO — The 56th annual Merrie Monarch Festival’s group hula kahiko (ancient hula) competition featured 29 performances — 19 wahine and 10 kane — Friday night at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo.