Hoʻomaikaʻi to Rosemary Kaʻimilei Keamoai-Strickland who won the coveted title of Miss Aloha Hula at the 2021 Merrie Monarch Festival last month.
Keamoai-Strickland dances with hula hālau Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai O Haʻehaʻe under nā Kumu Hula Keawe and Tracie Lopes. Her hula kahiko was Hanohano ʻO Lehua which commemorated Queen Kapiʻolani’s visit to Kauaʻi and Niʻihau to promote her Hoʻoulu Lāhui campaign to increase the Hawaiian nation. Her hula ʻauana was Hanohano Hapuuhale, a mele inoa composed by Kumu Keawe in honor of ʻAnakē Lolena Nicholas, a Niʻihau native and renowned ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi advocate.
In second place was Ashley Kilioulaninuiamamao-hoʻopiʻiwahinekapulokeokalaniākeaLai who dances with Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniākea, under the direction of Kumu Hula Kapua Dalire-Moe.
Rounding out the Miss Aloha Hula competition was Makaʻala Kahikinaokalālani Victoria Perry who took third place. Perry was also this year’s winner of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ Hawaiian Language Award. She dances with Ke Kai O Kahiki, under the direction of Kumu Hula Laʻakea Perry.