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Maui Halau Wins Overall Title at The 2018 Merrie Monarch Festival

The 2018 Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo ended on Saturday night, crowning Maui halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka as its champion.

The Valley Isle was well represented in the rankings with Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka, under the direction of Kumu Napua Greig, also claiming the title in the Wahine `Auana and second place in the Wahine Kahiko contests.

Maui halau Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La took first place in the Kane Overall division, as well as the Kane Auana and Kahiko divisions.

The festival kicked off with Maui in the spotlight as Shalia Kamakaokalani of Na Lei Laumaka O Uka won the Miss Aloha Hula 2018 title on Thursday.

Full standings are below:

Overall Winner:

1st: Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka- Kumu Napua Greig
2nd: Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La – Kumu Kaleo Trinidad
3rd: Ka Lei Mokihana O Leinaʻala – Kumu Leinaʻala Pavao Jardin

Kahiko: Wahine

1st: Hiʻiakainamakalehua – Kumu Robert Keʻano Kaʻupu IV and Lono Padilla
2nd: Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka – Kumu Napua Greig
3rd: Ka Lei Mokihana O Leinaʻala – Kumu Leinaʻala Pavao Jardin
4th: Mohala ʻIlima – Kumu Mapuana de Silva
5th: Hula Halau ʻO Kamuela – Kumu Kunewa Mook and Kauʻionalani Kamanaʻo

Auana: Wahine

1st: Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka – Kumu Napua Greig
2nd: Ka Lei Mokihana O Leinaʻala – Kumu Leinaʻala Pavao Jardin
3rd: Hula Halau ʻO Kamuela – Kumu Kunewa Mook and Kauʻionalani Kamanaʻo
4th: O Ka Hanu Lehua – Kumu Kamaka Kukona
5th: I Ka Wekiu – Kumu Karl Veto Baker and Michael Casupang

Overall: Wahine

1st: Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka – Kumu Napua Greig
2nd: Ka Lei Mokihana O Leinaʻala – Kumu Leinaʻala Pavao Jardin
3rd: (Tie) Hula Halau ʻO Kamuela – Kumu Kunewa Mook and Kauʻionalani Kamanaʻo
3rd: (Tie) Hiʻiakainamakalehua – Kumu Robert Keʻano Kaʻupu IV and Lono Padilla

Kahiko: Kane
1st: Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La – Kumu Kaleo Trinidad
2nd: Kekuaokalaʻauʻalaʻiliahi – Kumu Haunani and ʻIliahi Paredes
3rd: Na Mamo O Puʻuanahulu – Kumu Lopaka Igarta-De Vera and William Kahakuleilehua Haunuʻu “Sonny” Ching
4th: I Ka Wekiu – Kumu Karl Veto Baker and Michael Casupang

`Auana: Kane
1st: Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La – Kumu Kaleo Trinidad
2nd: Kekuaokalaʻauʻalaʻiliahi – Kumu Haunani and ʻIliahi Paredes
3rd: Na Mamo O Puʻuanahulu – Kumu Lopaka Igarta-De Vera and William Kahakuleilehua Haunuʻu “Sonny” Ching
4th: I Ka Wekiu – Kumu Karl Veto Baker and Michael Casupang

Overall: Kane
1st: Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La – Kumu Kaleo Trinidad
2nd: Kekuaokalaʻauʻalaʻiliahi – Kumu Haunani and ʻIliahi Paredes
3rd: Na Mamo O Puʻuanahulu – Kumu Lopaka Igarta-De Vera and William Kahakuleilehua Haunuʻu “Sonny” Ching

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