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<p>“My favorite is Johnny Lum Ho’s Halau O Ka Ua Kanilehua. The first time he came out with the halau, there was a storm just as they started, with lightning and thunder.”</p><p style="text-align:right;">Andrew Akau, Waikoloa</p>
<p>“I am looking forward to the 50th Annual, and looking forward to it being the best, the biggest and the brightest show yet.”</p><p>Conrad Chong, Kona</p>
<p>“I like kahiko, absolutely. I’m impressed with the men’s dance and the women are beautiful as well — the precision, the choreography are just amazing. I’m going to Merrie Monarch this time, after two years of waiting.”</p><p style="text-align:right;">Elsie Masumoto, visiting from California</p>
<p>“I like seeing their beautiful outfits, and different dances, the way they move, the flowers … And, people turn out from Japan and all over the world. It’s nice to see the cultures coming together.”</p><p>Gena Arter, Waikoloa</p>
<p>“I love watching it every year, and if there is family in it, it’s even better. I love to see the men and women dancing.”</p><p style="text-align:right;">Katherine Fujioka, Kukuihaele</p>

“My favorite is Johnny Lum Ho’s Halau O Ka Ua Kanilehua. The first time he came out with the halau, there was a storm just as they started, with lightning and thunder.”

Andrew Akau, Waikoloa

“I am looking forward to the 50th Annual, and looking forward to it being the best, the biggest and the brightest show yet.”

Conrad Chong, Kona

“I like kahiko, absolutely. I’m impressed with the men’s dance and the women are beautiful as well — the precision, the choreography are just amazing. I’m going to Merrie Monarch this time, after two years of waiting.”

Elsie Masumoto, visiting from California

“I like seeing their beautiful outfits, and different dances, the way they move, the flowers … And, people turn out from Japan and all over the world. It’s nice to see the cultures coming together.”

Gena Arter, Waikoloa

“I love watching it every year, and if there is family in it, it’s even better. I love to see the men and women dancing.”

Katherine Fujioka, Kukuihaele

By Catherine Tarleton