‘Hilo is a second home to me’: Overall Merrie Monarch Festival winner has strong ties to the Big Island

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina‘ala of Kalaheo, Kauai, under the kumu hula Leina‘ala Pavao Jardin made a clean sweep at the Merrie Monarch Festival, taking the overall title plus the wahine overall, wahine hula kahiko and wahine hula 'auana categories.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Halau Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi, under the kumu hula Haunani and ‘Iliahi Paredes won the kane overall, kane hula kahiko and kane hula 'auana categories.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Ka La ‘Onohi Mai O Ha‘eha‘e, under kumu hula Tracie and Keawe Lopes took second place overall, second place wahine overall and fourth place wahine hula kahiko.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Halau Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi, under the kumu hula Haunani and ‘Iliahi Paredes won the kane overall, kane hula kahiko and kane hula 'auana categories.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Hula Halau ‘O Kamuela, na kumu hula Kunewa Mook and Kau‘ionalani Kamana‘o won third place overall, third place wahine overall, third place wahine hula kahiko and third place wahine hula 'auana.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Piʻikea Lopes from Ka La ‘Onohi Mai O Ha‘eha‘e with her parents and kumu hula Tracie and Keawe Lopes, are awarded the second place overall title.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Halau Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi, under the kumu hula Haunani and ‘Iliahi Paredes won the kane overall, kane hula kahiko and kane hula 'auana categories.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina‘ala of Kalaheo, Kauai, under the kumu hula Leina‘ala Pavao Jardin made a clean sweep at the Merrie Monarch Festival, taking the overall title plus the wahine overall, wahine hula kahiko and wahine hula 'auana categories.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina‘ala of Kalaheo, Kauai, under the kumu hula Leina‘ala Pavao Jardin react to making a clean sweep and winning the overall title for the 59th Merrie Monarch festival.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina‘ala of Kalaheo, Kauai, under the kumu hula Leina‘ala Pavao Jardin made a clean sweep at the Merrie Monarch Festival, taking the overall title plus the wahine overall, wahine hula kahiko and wahine hula 'auana categories.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Wahine with halau Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi, under the kumu hula Haunani and ‘Iliahi Paredes hold hands while listening to results during the awards ceremony.

  • Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina‘ala of Kalaheo, Kauai, under the kumu hula Leina‘ala Pavao Jardin react to making a clean sweep and winning the overall title for the 59th Merrie Monarch festival. (KELSEY WALLING/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Ka La ‘Onohi Mai O Ha‘eha‘e, under kumu hula Tracie and Keawe Lopes took second place overall, second place wahine overall and second place wahine hula 'auana.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Wahine with halau Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi, under the kumu hula Haunani and ‘Iliahi Paredes cheer for the kane as they win the overall kane title.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina‘ala of Kalaheo, Kauai, under the kumu hula Leina‘ala Pavao Jardin react to making a clean sweep and winning the overall title for the 59th Merrie Monarch festival.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Halau Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi, under the kumu hula Haunani and ‘Iliahi Paredes won the kane overall, kane hula kahiko and kane hula 'auana categories.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Kane with halau Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi, under the kumu hula Haunani and ‘Iliahi Paredes react to winning the kane overall, kane hula kahiko and kane hula 'auana categories.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Kumu hula Leina‘ala Pavao Jardin gives hugs after taking the overall title plus the wahine overall, wahine hula kahiko and wahine hula ‘auana categories.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Ka La ‘Onohi Mai O Ha‘eha‘e, under kumu hula Tracie and Keawe Lopes took second place overall, second place wahine overall and second place wahine hula 'auana.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Kumu hula Haunani and ‘Iliahi Paredes dance with other kumu before the awards ceremony. The Paredes won the kane overall title.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Halau Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi, under kumu hula Haunani and ‘Iliahi Parades won second place wahine hula kahiko.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Hula Halau ‘O Kamuela, na kumu hula Kunewa Mook and Kau‘ionalani Kamana‘o won third place overall, third place wahine overall, third place wahine hula kahiko and third place wahine hula 'auana.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Halau Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi, na kumu hula Haunani and ‘Iliahi Paredes

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Halau Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi, under the kumu hula Haunani and ‘Iliahi Paredes won the kane overall, kane hula kahiko and kane 'auana categories.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina‘ala of Kalaheo, Kauai, under the kumu hula Leina‘ala Pavao Jardin made a clean sweep at the Merrie Monarch Festival, taking the overall title plus the wahine overall, wahine hula kahiko and wahine hula 'auana categories.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Halau Hi‘iakainamakalehua, under kumu hula Robert Ke‘ano Ka‘upu IV and Lono Padilla received second place in kane overall and second place in kane hula kahiko.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Hula Halau ‘O Kamuela, na kumu hula Kunewa Mook and Kau‘ionalani Kamana‘o won third place overall, third place wahine overall, third place wahine hula kahiko and third place wahine hula 'auana.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald A kane with Halau Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi hugs kumu hula ‘Iliahi Paredes after winning the kane overall, kane hula kahiko and kane hula 'auana categories.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Halau Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘iliahi, under kumu hula Haunani and ‘Iliahi Parades won second place wahine hula kahiko.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Halau Kala‘akeakauikawekiu, Kumu hula Kenneth Dean Alohapumehanaokala Victor

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Halau Kala‘akeakauikawekiu, Kumu hula Kenneth Dean Alohapumehanaokala Victor

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Ka La ‘Onohi Mai O Ha‘eha‘e, under kumu hula Tracie and Keawe Lopes took second place overall, second place wahine overall and fourth place wahine hula kahiko.

The overall winner at the 59th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival hula competition is from Kauai, but the halau has roots in Hilo.