A rousing exhibition: Merrie Monarch Festival holds first Ho‘ike since 2019

  • Halau O Kekuhi performs Wednesday night at Edith Kanaka‘ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo. (KELSEY WALLING/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

The Merrie Monarch Festival Ho‘ike, a celebration of hula and folk dance from the Pacific Basin, electrified a crowd of 2,000 Wednesday night at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo.