Backstage at the 34th Merrie Monarch Festival  copy 2
Broadcast master with commercial black of Backstage at the Merrie Monarch Festival. Paula Akana presents a behind-the-scenes look at several hula hālau as they prepare for the 34th annual Merrie Monarch Festival. The 1997 program begins with interviews of Kumu Nani Lim Yap of Nā Lei o Kaholokū and her dancers, Lorna Lim and Kaʻea Lyons, as they create their dyes from kukui and ʻalaea. Kumu Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu of Nā Mele Hula ʻOhana in Oakland talks about teaching his students abroad. Kumu Michael Canopin of Hālau Kealakapawa carries the traditions of the works from his own kumu. The final segment follows Kumu Moana Dudoit and Kumu Raquel Dudoit and their dancers of Moana's Hula Hālau to Kalaupapa as they honor the community of former Hansen Disease patients who live there. Kalaupapa resident Kuʻulei Bell comments on the significance of the mele, "Kalawao Nā Ke Akua."
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