Halau wins overall by single point

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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARBULLETIN.COM It was an emotional moment for Hula Halau 'O Kamuela last night as they were announced the winners of the 2008 Merrie Monarch Festival.

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waimeamom

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Apr 6, 2008
 
Did anyone else watching on TV think the sound quality was horrible? The piano sounded like it was playing the wrong music, and overpowered everyone else. I could barely hear the other musicians.
I've seen much better filming in past years as well. The scrapbook/crafty layouts took over the bulk of the screen, with tiny areas of actual filming.
Very disappointing - and a disservice to the wonderful halau, their kumu, and all the wonderfully talented musicians.
Brown Man

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Apr 6, 2008
 
Same winners every year.
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Apr 6, 2008
 
waimeamom wrote:
Did anyone else watching on TV think the sound quality was horrible? The piano sounded like it was playing the wrong music, and overpowered everyone else. I could barely hear the other musicians.
I've seen much better filming in past years as well. The scrapbook/crafty layouts took over the bulk of the screen, with tiny areas of actual filming.
Very disappointing - and a disservice to the wonderful halau, their kumu, and all the wonderfully talented musicians.
I agree the sound quality sucked. It was a disservice to what Hawai'i has to offer and yes there has been better scrapbook layouts. I'd like to add one more thing and that would be if these Halaus are to continue to have to use real flowers,etc. then shouldn't the scrapbook layout do as much? Thats the difference with going out and having some pride in what one does. I must say that the overall filming was in my judgment anyway of very poor quality. There has to be some sort of outsourcing or something if this continues it does no service to Hawai'i and that if in fact we have to do with that we can do without.
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Apr 6, 2008
 
Brown Man wrote:
Same winners every year.
Yep !!! If I was a judge Mark Keliihoomalu would have probably been one of those on top for being creative. Perhaps its time to change the judges since it's beginning to look as though some of these judges are beholding to others for whatever reason.
Mark was creative and stuck with much of the original intent of the dance. There were some who I dare say that were trying to create the Hollywood scenario. Could we give credit where credit is due next year and stop transitioning whats cultural into Hollywood ?
what the

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Apr 6, 2008
 
I agree with these comments (same winners every year). Unfortunately, some people on the board took it as "slamming the contestants" (the other message board was about the miss aloha hula contestants). I do believe that it is highly political. That being said, Kamuela was outstanding as usual, and although they win all the time, they are an example of the deserving halau.

But the soloists on Thursday night - yikes, some of those girls should NOT have placed. And I attribute their placing not by their dancing, but of who they know (as in the judges), who their kumu is, who they are associated with, etc.

I understand that Hula is suppossed to be traditional, but when are the "others" (those outside of the favored realm) going to be rewarded for their hardwork, beautiful dancing, and creativity?

Judges - you guys suck (sometimes). Some Halau were deserving (definitely!), and others were not (horrible dancers is what I would call them).

That being said, congratulations to all dancers on a job well done! Way to go!
Lahaina

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Apr 6, 2008
 
My favorite is Mark Keliihoomalu with his stye of choreographed with up beat tempo, but the judges didn't get it. Hope next year we see new judges.
Kelii - San Jose CA

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#7
Apr 6, 2008
 
Although I spent the entire viewing of the 45th Merry Monarch Festivities from San Jose, California through Live Stream, which was extremely poor this year, I was not the least disappointed in the showmanship and presentation of the hula from the dancers. What little I got to see of the hula and hear from the musicians was fabulous. Thank you KITV for sharing our culture with the World, and to the halaus and organizers Mahalo!!
Nancy

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#8
Apr 6, 2008
 
The aloha hula should have gone to the Klein girl that danced in red not the one that won. She didn't come close to the Klein performance.
KauaiGirl

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Apr 6, 2008
 
Anonymous wrote:
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Yep !!! If I was a judge Mark Keliihoomalu would have probably been one of those on top for being creative. Perhaps its time to change the judges since it's beginning to look as though some of these judges are beholding to others for whatever reason.
Mark was creative and stuck with much of the original intent of the dance. There were some who I dare say that were trying to create the Hollywood scenario. Could we give credit where credit is due next year and stop transitioning whats cultural into Hollywood ?
yeah he's good but did anyone get a chance to see his kane auana performance in 2006? same shirt same song ... sad
Violet Kaneaiakala

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Apr 6, 2008
 
Can you explain to me, how did Kamuela's Halau win the overall award with 1205 points, whereby I total Sonny Ching's Halau total 1192 for the Wahine overall and 1204 for the Kane overall, which total 2396. Even with the 3rd place finish for the Miss Aloha Hula, which total less than 1130 points, which was awarded to the winner, fall short of the needed points for the overall award.
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Apr 6, 2008
 
Violet Kaneaiakala wrote:
Can you explain to me, how did Kamuela's Halau win the overall award with 1205 points, whereby I total Sonny Ching's Halau total 1192 for the Wahine overall and 1204 for the Kane overall, which total 2396. Even with the 3rd place finish for the Miss Aloha Hula, which total less than 1130 points, which was awarded to the winner, fall short of the needed points for the overall award.
How does Kamuela win every year when this halau only enters the Wahine categories with two performances? While other halau work twice as hard to enter both Kane and Wahine categories and four performances with greater total scores.
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Apr 6, 2008
 
Brown Man wrote:
Same winners every year.
I thought the Top 3 and 5 Halaus in both the Kane and Wahine divisions were the best and deserving of their ranking.Some of them were very close the the winners were a notch above the rest. I got no qualms about the judging.
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Apr 6, 2008
 
Violet Kaneaiakala wrote:
Can you explain to me, how did Kamuela's Halau win the overall award with 1205 points, whereby I total Sonny Ching's Halau total 1192 for the Wahine overall and 1204 for the Kane overall, which total 2396. Even with the 3rd place finish for the Miss Aloha Hula, which total less than 1130 points, which was awarded to the winner, fall short of the needed points for the overall award.
How many Halaus had a Kane and Wahine entry? These would be the automatic winners even before the Merrie Monarch started!
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Apr 6, 2008
 
Everyone speaks as though they are masters...Masters of Hula...Masters of TV Productions...The winners are deserving...
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Apr 6, 2008
 
Violet Kaneaiakala wrote:
Can you explain to me, how did Kamuela's Halau win the overall award with 1205 points, whereby I total Sonny Ching's Halau total 1192 for the Wahine overall and 1204 for the Kane overall, which total 2396. Even with the 3rd place finish for the Miss Aloha Hula, which total less than 1130 points, which was awarded to the winner, fall short of the needed points for the overall award.
they only COMBINE the auana and kahiko for either WAHINE OR KANE not both together
ndomer54

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#16
Apr 6, 2008
 
Dennis Oda:
How did you arrive at Halau O Kamuela winning by a single point???
1,205 v 1192 is NOT a single point. Suggest you revise your headline. Aloha!
Dick Murata
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#17
Apr 7, 2008
 
I think Chinky Mahoe's kane should have placed higher in both auana and kahiko...
what a travesty

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#18
Apr 7, 2008
 
Ra Ra wrote:
I think Chinky Mahoe's kane should have placed higher in both auana and kahiko...
Ke Kai O Kahiki should have placed higher than second. Chinky deserved better than third. No comment for the first place Halau.
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#19
Apr 7, 2008
 
I just wanted to add that on the Hawaii Channel's online account of the winners they mentioned that for the first time ever a non island halau placed, being Halau Keali'i O Nalani (kumu hula Keali'i Ceballos). This is incorrect. Kumu Hula Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu and the Academy of Hawaiian Arts were the first to place as a non island halau last year in the Kane competition. After a standing ovation you would think the judges would have placed them again this year but hula politics.. i guess
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Apr 7, 2008
 
ndomer54 wrote:
Dennis Oda:
How did you arrive at Halau O Kamuela winning by a single point???
1,205 v 1192 is NOT a single point. Suggest you revise your headline. Aloha!
Dick Murata
Halau Na Mamo O Pu'uanahulu Kane got 1204.

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