Merrie Monarch 2019 wraps up

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Halau Hula 'O Kahikilaulani performs hula 'auana at the 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival Saturday night at Edith Kanaka'ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Kumu hula Nahokuokalani Gaspang of Halau Hula 'O Kahikilaulani thanks the judges after winning first place in the Kane 'Auana division at the 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival Saturday at Edith Kanaka'ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Halau Kekuaokala'au'ala'iliahi performs hula 'auana at the 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival Saturday night at Edith Kanaka'ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Haunani Paredes, front left, co-kumu hula of Halau Kekuaokala'au'ala'iliahi, is overcome with joy when the Maui halau is announced as the third-place overall halau at the 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival Saturday night at Edith Kanaka'ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Hula Halau 'O Kamuela performs hula kahiko at the 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival Friday night at Edith Kanaka'ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo.
  • Hula Halau ‘O Kamuela celebrates Saturday at Edith Kanaka’ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo as the overall winner of the 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Kumu hula Kaui'onalani Kamana'o and members of Hula Halau 'O Kamuela celebrate as they are announced as the overall winner of the 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival Saturday at Edith Kanaka'ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Kumu hula Kaui'onalani Kamana'o and members of Hula Halau 'O Kamuela celebrate as they're announced as overall winner of the 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival Saturday at Edith Kanaka'ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La performs hula 'auana at the 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival Saturday night at Edith Kanaka'ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La performs hula 'auana at the 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival Saturday night at Edith Kanaka'ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La performs hula kahiko at the 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival Friday night at Edith Kanaka'ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La performs hula kahiko at the 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival Friday night at Edith Kanaka'ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo.
  • The Merrie Monarch Festival king and queen, Jason Chai Wilson and Sharnell Wilson, lead the Royal Court procession out of Edith Kanaka’ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo at the conclusion of the awards ceremony early Sunday morning. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)

HILO — Women dancers asserted themselves in a big way at the 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival Hula Competition, which wrapped up Saturday night at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo.