The 49th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival, 2012 Product Description:
Experience the artistry and traditions of the 2012 Merrie Monarch Festival with this commemorative DVD set. From powerful hula kahiko to mesmerizing hula `auana, this collection captures the beauty of the world’s premier hula competition on four DVDs.
• 60 hula kahiko and `auana performances by 23 hālau.
• 24 performances by 12 Miss Aloha Hula contestants.
• Behind-the-scenes extras and interviews.
• Commentary on each hula performance.
• Bonus footage of other people, places, and festivities in Hilo.
The Merrie Monarch Festival honors King David Kalākaua, the “Merrie Monarch”, and his key role in reviving hula in the nineteenth century. Crowds from across the world gather in Hilo, Hawai`i at this annual event showcasing hula at its finest.
The Merrie Monarch Festival is a celebration of Hawaiian traditions still vibrant in our modern world – timeless connections to our lands, gods, and ancestors; poetic expressions of all that we cherish.