Waiākea is proud to be a part of The 60th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival, as it pays tribute to hula icon, Kumu Hula Johnny Lum-Ho, whose vision and vision and hālau pushed the boundaries of hula. We celebrate all things Hawai’i as we enjoy the performances, local food vendors, and support our favorite small businesses!
Starting in 1963, the annual International Merrie Monarch Festival is a week long hula competition and exhibition. Named after King David Kalākaua, who was known as the Merrie Monarch, this festival is a celebration of Hawai'i and its culture.
Ka Ua Kani Lehua
under the direction of Johnny Lum Ho
In this 60th year of the Merrie Monarch Festival, we're celebrating by honoring the late Kumu Hula Johnny Lum Ho of Hula Hālau Ka Ua Kani Lehua through the sharing of his mele, style of dancing, and life story.
Founded in 2022, the hālau (group) is dedicated to perpetuating the legacy of legendary Kumu Hula Johnny Lum Ho. It is a legacy founded on hula, Hawaiian culture, faith and focused on cultivating a new grove of lehua.
Learn more about Merrie Monarch here.