Kayli Ka’iulani Carr of Halau Hi’iakainamakalehua dazzled the judges Thursday night winning the 53rd Annual Merrie Monarch Festival’s Miss Aloha Hula title
Photo taken by Sam Kapoi
Dancing under the direction of kumu Rob Ke’ano Ka’upu IV and Lono Padilla, Carr’s victory is the first for the Kalihi-Kai, Oahu halau — which only opened its doors in 2008, though both kumu have strong hula roots on both Maui and Hawaii Island.
Carr’s kahiko and ‘auana numbers were inspired and dedicated to the island of Maui, where kumu Padilla was raised — earning her the winning score of 1,134.
Hālau Hi’iakaināmakalehua has classes in kahiko (traditional hula)and ‘auana (contemporary hula). Our mission is to maintain and perpetuate beliefs, cultural practices, philosophies and traditions of the indigenous people of Hawai’i through the Hawaiian art form, hula via ongoing educational programs, classes, workshops, concerts and conferences. For more info visit Hālau Hi’iakaināmakalehua