A week from now, the "Merrie Monarch Festival" from Hilowill kick off right here on KFVE with every minute coming to you live on TV andon-line. With a few pre-"Festival" specials this week and next, you ought to beprimed and ready for the annual treat that is this amazing cultural event. We celebrateyear #54 of this historic event, with hula now celebrated worldwide and withgreat anticipation every year. It has been estimated that there are now morethan two-million hula dancers in Japan alone, and people in over 100 countriesworldwide will stream online at least a portion of the festivities from Hilonext weekend.
It is with great pride and reverence that KFVE acts as theconduit to share this terrific and meaningful event with Hawaii and the rest ofthe world. Hula is a beautiful, meaningful art form that is meant to be shared,and it is vital for our keiki to understand and embrace the great traditions representedby the "Merrie Monarch Festival" to help ensure the health and growth of hulaand our native culture forever.
With great care and attention to detail and lineage doeseach halau present its offerings- the costumes finely tuned to match the meaningbehind the ole and mele, the unamplified audio of the dancers and chantersonstage riveting the hushed crowd, the phenomenal musicians behind the dancers onFriday and Saturday- a veritable who's who of top Hawaiian musical talent. Soget ready to be transfixed and transported next week as the "Merrie MonarchFestival" celebrates its 54th year of providing stunning moves,vibrant storylines, and quality cultural performances. Think about it.