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Congratulations Tori Hulali Canha - Miss Aloha Hula 2011

Hawaiian Energy Sports congratulates Tori who won the Miss Aloha Hula title at Merrie Monarch last night.

Canha, 21, of Wailuku, teaches hula and Hawaiian studies to elementary students at Kamehameha Schools. She has been dancing hula since the age of three.

Miss Aloha Hula 2011

  1. Tori Hulali Canha
  2. Manalani Mili Hokoana English
  3. Makanani Akiona
  4. Chelsea Kehaulani Tacub
  5. Maria Ka‘iulani Kanehailua

Language Awards

  Puanani Ashley Reis-Moniz

The Miss Aloha Hula competition is one of the competitions held at The Merrie Monarch Festival.  The Merrie Monarch Festival is a domestic non-profit organization registered with the State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. The major purpose of the festival is the perpetuation, preservation and promotion of the art of hula and the Hawaiian culture through education. 

The annual presentation of the Merrie Monarch Festival has led to a renaissance of the Hawaiian culture that is being passed on from generation to generation. The week-long festival includes art exhibits, craft fairs, demonstrations, performances, a parade that emphasizes the cultures of Hawaii, and a three-day hula competition that has received worldwide recognition for its historic and cultural significance.  Thousands of people in Hawaii and throughout the world are learning about the history and culture of Hawaii through this annual festival.

The Merrie Monarch Festival is committed to:

  1. Perpetuating the traditional culture of the Hawaiian people;
  2. Developing and augmenting a living knowledge of Hawaiian arts and crafts through workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions and performances of the highest quality and authenticity;
  3. Reaching those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate; and
  4. Enriching the future lives of all of Hawaii's children.

Proceeds from the Merrie Monarch Festival support educational scholarships, workshops, seminars, symposiums and the continuation of the festival.  The Merrie Monarch Festival is the focal point and catalyst that supports and draws together an extensive network of instructional hula studios, hula masters, instructors, researchers, professors of Hawaiian studies and students of all ages who are committed to the perpetuation and advancement of the Hawaiian history and culture.


*Miss Aloha Hula photo - Star Adviser

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