Hilo was treated to the awesomeness that is Te Waka Huia, five-time champions of the Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival, at the non-competitive Merrie Monarch hōʻike. Wednesday usually features hula and other dances from all over the Pacific. This is the only night that is free to the public, with open seating. Many people will stand in line for hours just to grab a seat to watch the spectacular medley of performances.
Te Waka Huia also graced Hilo with a noon show that provided the community with an opportunity to hear from the dance troupe as they explained the various dances and instruments used by the dancers. The group shared several lovely songs as well as a few boisterous chants known as haka.
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