A very different Merrie Monarch

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The combined kane and wahine performers of Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina‘ala get together before flying off to Hilo Sunday at the Lihu‘e Airport.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kumu hula Leina‘ala Pavao Jardin leads hula halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina‘ala in prayer Sunday before the group leaves to participate in the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival in Hilo, at Lihu‘e Airport.

Members of hula halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Hawai‘i were quickly identified at the Lihu‘e Airport crowd Sunday morning because of the uniform, dark-blue shirts emblazoned with “Merrie Monarch.”

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