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Veteran performers dominate Merrie Monarch - News

There are 27 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Apr 19, 2009, titled Veteran performers dominate Merrie Monarch - News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Two veteran kumu hula participants of the Merrie Monarch festival came up on top at an especially memorable competition that wrapped up Saturday night at Hilo's Edith Kanakaole Stadium.

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San Francisco, CA

#22 Apr 20, 2009
Even though I agree that every culture is different and that beauty comes from within, I still feel that people should take enough pride in themselves and represent Poly's better. The honors go to the best dancer of course, but that still doesn't change the fact that I rather always watch a slimmer dancer than a fat one... its the truth! I am a hula dancer and if I was at the point of pushing 200 or 300 pounds I would do something about it. People who are overweight and ok with it are only doing damage to theirselves and are also lying to themselves.Its not ok and its not cool to mistake curves with plain old being fat. Its not about body image its about health and taking enough pride in your body and mind to say enough is enough. No wonder people from other cultures think Hawaiians are fat & lazy. Half the time thats all we ever put out there? True Miss aloha is not a pageant, but it still represents us.
Pepe LePeu


#23 Apr 20, 2009
Here in France we would be ashamed if our culture was portrayed by such clearly obese performers. Zut alors mes amis! Have some pride in your appearance. Tres gros those women with spam cans for buttocks. So very...aboriginal. Surely the stage must shake when such weight moves in circles.

Kahului, HI

#25 Apr 20, 2009
Who else here thinks that Hard Truth, Hawaii 5-0, Pepe Lepeu and Emily are REALLY sensitive about the weight issue?

Perhaps a case of me thinks thou dost protest too much?

The more you talk about weight, the more I envision all of you (all of whom are probably just one poster) being morbidly obese.

Be happy with yourself and maybe you can be happy with others around you.

Long Beach, CA

#26 Apr 22, 2009
To afanforlife.....

Like I said its about taking pride in your race and being strong enough to tell the difference between culture and popculture. I made a comment because I was disagreeing with someone else that posted that Miss Aloha looked great no matter how fat she was. Come on now..... good dancers come in all shapes and sizes, but dont lie and say they look great when they dont. I was just being real. You on the other hand must be either overweight or plain ignorant to health issues, because you are defending it.

Kilauea, HI

#27 Apr 23, 2009
mahalo wrote:
Congratulations to Brian Eselu's group for being the overall winners.
I would like to suggest in the future to make the competition fair, that groups of 5 to 8 performers be put in a different category. Sonny's Chings group had about 15 dancers in the men's kahiko.
What am I saying, it is easier to present a 6 men dance than a 15 men dance. With more dancers the degree of error increases.
The female divisions were awesome, but the male. We need to recuit more dancers.
Mahalo to all participants.
I STRONGLY DISAGREE! It is WAY HARDER to present 6 men on CAN'T HIDE ANYTHING, and the amount of ENERGY HAS TO BE BROUGHT UP TO COMPETE WITH BIGGER HALAU. If you ask me the reason why Ke Kai O Kahiki only had 6 dancers would be....THEIR TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY!!!
Over the namunamu


#28 Apr 27, 2009
Hula in CAlifornia wrote:
As usual the politics won over the actual performances.
Here we go again - what politics are you talking about? New judges, yet some of the same halau wins. Perhaps good hula is just good hula. this is not to take away from the tremendous amount of work that each and every halau does to get to the Merrie Monarch or take away from the excellenc of this years performances, but we the audience are for the most part, uneducated in the Hawaiian language, symbolisms, traditions or training in the hula, so while we may find something, esthetically pleasing to watch, or exciting and thrilling to behold, basically a "crowd pleaser" it may not fulfill the traditions or criteria to make it a complete performance. As the judges come from different schools of thought and some of them don't even agree or interact with each other, the thought of them banding together and forming some kind of collusion to determine the outcome of the competiton is ludicrous and comes accross as "sour grapes." Also, some of the winners that continually to do well are not even liked personally by the judges; on this and panels of years past. So bringing this tiresome subject up each and every year is silly!

United States

#29 Apr 28, 2009
As a hawaiian it saddens me that something that I grew up doing because I loved is being looked at in a totally different way!

Hula is of the heart, soul, and yourself. As a participant for 2 different halau it's really not how you look its what you give off that counts. Not being gay or straight fat or skinny. Its really how you tell the story. YES being overweight may not be healthy but to think of the newly crowned Miss Aloha Hula any differently wouldnt be right she earned it fat or not she was the one that told her story with her hands, her hips, her eyes, her smile, her feet, her lips, her grace and to me that's all that matters...

To the guy in Germany... May Ke akua bless you, I think your gonna need it!

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