Kayli Ka’iulani Carrs Story    -video published by Great Big Story

What does it take to become a Miss Aloha Hula?

First of all, let’s watch Kayli Kai’ulani Carr, Miss Aloha Hula 2016. Every year na Kumu trains one outstanding young women in Oli, chant and ‘auana to vie for the title of Miss Aloha Hula. At the 53rd Merrie Monarch Festival 12 female soloists representing their halau (hula schools) and competed for that year’s title.

While individuals perform in both hula Kahiko (traditional) and hula ‘auana (modern) where Carr finished with a total score of 1,134 points.  Just 11 more points then that years 1st runner-up Brylyn Noelani Aiwohi of Hālau Ka Lei Mokihana of Kauai.

A Winning Halau

Carr’s halau, Hālau Hiʻiakainamakalehua led by na Kumu hula (hula teachers) Robert Ke‘ano Ka‘upu IV and Lono Padilla are based out of Kalihi, Oahu. This was their first win for the Miss Aloha Hula title for this relatively new halau.

As a result of her oli (chant), “Mele Inoa No Kīhāpiʻilani,” she came out very strong with an amazing performance. But it was her kahiko, “Eō Keōpūolani Kauhiakama,” praising the royal line of Liholiho that kept everyone glued to their television. Her ʻauana, “Ka Makani Kaʻili Aloha” is an early 1900s mele by Matthew H. Kane that depicts the feelings of un-reciprocated love.

For those interested, it takes months of training, commitment, and hard work, sweat and tears to prepare a hula dancer for Miss Aloha Hula. They come from a long line of hula lineage and dedication from their Kumu who got it from their Kumu and so forth. The accomplishment will be well worth all the hard work.

The Making Of A Miss Aloha Hula

What does it take to become a Miss Aloha Hula Photo by  Merrie Monarch Festival

‘Auana “Ka Makani Kaʻili Aloha”

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