I’ve always loved competition. It has the opportunity to teach a person so many things. How to prepare for a season or an event; how to win with grace and lose with pride; how to be a classy fellow competitor; and even how to play to the politics of each sport (and yes, there’s politics in every sport.)
The Merrie Monarch festival in Hilo, Hawaii combines the spirit of competition with the Hawaiian language and culture. The different styles of hula tell stories of war, beauty, and love. It’s stunning and at the same time, a very serious competition.
The teamwork and precision necessary in both appearance and dance is razor sharp and something to behold. In short, it’s one of my favorite competitions of the year.
Pupukahi i holomua
Unite to move forward.