Miss Aloha Hula Merrie Monarch Competition Asialynn Genoa Kalihilihiʻulaonālehuaʻohōpoe Yap

Asialynn Genoa Kalihilihiʻulaonālehuaʻohōpoe Yap at Merrie M

The oli (chant) Asia uses with her hula kahiko performance is "Aia O 'Awini Pali Ali'i Hula'ana".

Asialynn Genoa Kalihilihiʻulaonālehuaʻohōpoe Yap at Merrie M

The mele (music) Asialynn danced to in her hula 'auana performance is "Mi Nei"

Asialynn Genoa Kalihilihiʻulaonālehuaʻohōpoe Yap at Merrie M
Asialynn Genoa Kalihilihiʻulaonālehuaʻohōpoe Yap at Merrie M
Asialynn Genoa Kalihilihiʻulaonālehuaʻohōpoe Yap at Merrie M
Asialynn Genoa Kalihilihiʻulaonālehuaʻohōpoe Yap at Merrie M

Hālau Manaoloa

Asialynn Genoa Kalihilihiʻulaonālehuaʻohōpoe Yap of Hālau Manaola under the direction of her mother, Kumu Hula Nani Lim-Yap, and choreography by her brother, Carrington Manaola Yap, competed in the Merrie Monarch Miss Aloha Hula.

Asialynn Genoa Kalihilihiʻulaonālehuaʻohōpoe Yap at Merrie M
Asialynn Genoa Kalihilihiʻulaonālehuaʻohōpoe Yap at Merrie M

“Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best- Theodore Isaac Rubin”

From the young woman who took fourth place at the 55th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival-

“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to have been able to represent my culture, my kūpuna, my hālau and my ‘Ohana. I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for the endless love and support throughout this amazing journey. I couldn’t ask for a better team of people to stand behind me because without each and every one of you I wouldn’t be who I am today. This experience has been humbling, deep, grateful and accomplishing. I would also like to recognize my fellow contestants as you understand all the time and dedication. We all danced our hearts out there and we all captured the people’s hearts and that is winning itself. We told our stories and gave it our best that we could for the love of our culture and for the love of hula. To my Mom and brother (@designermanaola) thank you for allowing me to be the vessel of your creativity. For fulfilling me with the ‘Ike of our kupuna and guiding me always. I love you both with all of my wailua. The love we share is greater than anything in this world and what sustains me everyday.” -Aisa Yap

Asialynn Genoa Kalihilihiʻulaonālehuaʻohōpoe Yap at Merrie M

Celebration of Hawaiian Culture: Merrie Monarch Hula Festival

Dancer: Asialynn Genoa Kalihilihiʻulaonālehuaʻohōpoe Yap

Kumu Hula: Nani Lim-Yap

Choreographer: Carrington Manaola Yap

Photographer: Ranae Keane-Bamsey

Venue: University of Hawaii Hilo

Makeup: Alan Cool & Team

Hair Artist: Minerva Tabucbuc & Team

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