Mark Ho'omalu, shut out again. For a fact, his men are the best kahiko you will ever witness, but Merrie Monarch and its judges are biased against him. I think it is time to change all the judges, not have the same ones over and over every year. It would only be fair and right. And, get an accounting firm to tally the votes, this way it is legal.
I'm not a hula expert, but I was there, and believe me, the judging leaves much to be desired. Mark Hoomalu's halau did an outstanding performance. His kane kahiko style of dancing is "unique", "refreshing" and "innovative". These words may not be in the judges score cards. It's not enough to be a crowd pleaser, it's all about long established techniques that the hula is known for. One mis-step and you're out. Mark is a non-conformist, and that's what I like about him. The judges probably dinged Mark for wearing sun glasses and hitting the top of his ipu heke. He's still number one in my book.
This is the way I saw it, O'Brian Eselu and Chinky Mahoe in the number one and two positions. Mark Ho'omalu in third place. Sonny Ching (simple dancing, playing it safe) in fourth position.