41st Annual Merrie Monarch Festival
Hula Competition
Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium
April 15-17, 2004
Hilo, Hawaii
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2004 Miss Aloha Hula Natasha Mahealani Akau
Image Credit: Deborah Booker, Honolulu Advertiser

Congratulations to 2004 Miss Aloha Hula Natasha Mahealani Akau of Halau Na Mamo O Pu'uanahulu and Overall Winner Na Lei O Kaholoku (Wahine)!

Related news stories on the 2004 Merrie Monarch Festival

  • May 11, 2003
    Take a week to fully experience Merrie Monarch (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • December 26, 2003
    Merrie Monarch now taking ticket orders (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • March 17, 2004
    Merrie Monarch Hula Festival Approaches (Source: TheHawaiiChannel.com)
  • April 9, 2004
    Maile lei scarce as spring rituals approach (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • April 11, 2004
    Merrie Monarch: Two hula festivals in one location (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • April 11, 2004
    This year's Hilo hula spectacular will feature plenty that's new (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • April 11, 2004
    Merrie Monarch participating halau [and Miss Aloha Hula candidates] (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • April 13, 2004
    Hawaiian songbook demystifies mele (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • April 13, 2004
    Merrie Monarch Diary - Day One: Hilo ka piko hula (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • April 13, 2004
    Merrie Monarch Festival: In the eyes of the judges (Source: Starbulletin.com)
  • April 13, 2004
    Ticket Price Increase Doesn't Slow Down Merrie Monarch Sales; Rhode Island Club Fire Prompts Safety Crackdown (Source: TheHawaiiChannel.com)
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  • April 14, 2004
    Merrie Monarch Diary - Day Two, morning: Going off on a food tangent (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • April 14, 2004
    Sisters return as kumu hula to Hilo roots (Source: MauiNews.com)
  • April 14, 2004
    Merrie Monarch Diary - Day Two, evening: Crowd goes wild over Ho'ike (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • April 15, 2004
    Ho'ike kicks off festival (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • April 15, 2004
    Getting there is half the dance (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • April 15, 2004
    Merrie Monarch Hula Festival Begins (Source: TheHawaiiChannel.com)
  • April 15, 2004
    Island Images: In Touch with the 'Aina and Paying Their Respects (Source: Starbulletin.com)
  • April 15, 2004
    Daisy Makes Merrie: "Aloha Ambassador" Daisy Smith, 93, is small in stature, but her personality makes her larger than life (Source: Starbulletin.com)
  • April 15, 2004
    41st annual Merrie Monarch Festival [Competitors for Miss Aloha Hula, and Hula Kahiko and 'Auana] (Source: Starbulletin.com)
  • April 15, 2004
    Miss Aloha Hula opens Merrie Monarch competition (Source: KPUA.net)
  • April 15, 2004
    Merrie Monarch Diary - Day Three: Scenes from the rehearsal (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • April 15, 2004
    Akau Wins 2004 Miss Aloha Hula Title; Halau Na Mamo O Pu'uanahulu Enjoys Another Winner (Source: TheHawaiiChannel.com)
  • April 16, 2004
    Miss Aloha Hula competition results (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • April 16, 2004
    Shining solos: 11 dancers take to the stage in the Miss Aloha Hula contest (Source: Starbulletin.com)
  • April 16, 2004
    Miss Aloha Hula comes from Sonny Ching's halau (Source: Starbulletin.com)
  • April 16, 2004
    Miss Aloha Hula photo gallery (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • April 16, 2004
    Merrie Monarch Diary - Day Four: Spotting trends at Miss Aloha Hula (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • April 16, 2004
    Miss Aloha Hula 2004 'was already a winner' (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • April 16, 2004
    [Front page photo] Miss Aloha Hula 2004 Miss Aloha Hula 2004 Natasha Mahealani Akau, Halau Na Mamo O Pu'uanahulu from Honolulu (Source: Hawaii Tribune-Herald)
  • April 16, 2004
    Dancer with Honolulu halau is Miss Aloha Hula 2004 (Source: Hawaii Tribune-Herald)
  • April 16, 2004
    Mauians vie for Miss Aloha Hula title at Merrie Monarch Festival (Source: MauiNews.com)
  • April 16, 2004
    Merrie Monarch Ends Tonight With Auana (Source: TheHawaiiChannel.com)
  • April 16, 2004
    Akau wins Miss Aloha Hula (Source: KPUA.net)
  • April 16, 2004
    Merrie Monarch Hula Festival Ends Saturday Night (Source: TheHawaiiChannel.com)
  • April 17, 2004
    Hawaii hula fest attracts legions of Japanese fans (Source: USATODAY.com)
  • April 17, 2004
    Visitors catch Merrie Monarch rehearsals; Tickets sold out months ago for the actual competitions (Source: Starbulletin.com)
  • April 17, 2004
    Merrie Monarch Diary - Day Five: The party's almost over (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • April 18, 2004
    Big Island Halau Captures Overall Hula Titles (Source: TheHawaiiChannel.com)
  • April 18, 2003
    Merrie Monarch Upset (Source: khnl.com)
  • April 18, 2004
    Kohala halau wins at Merrie Monarch [and the complete list of Merrie Monarch Festival hula contest winners for 2004] (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • April 18, 2004
    Island Images: Maori Monarch Festival [Merrie Monarch Festival Parade] (Source: Starbulletin.com)
  • April 18, 2004
    Hula Piko: For 50 years a store in Moiliili has helped nurture "all things hula" to people worldwide (Source: Starbulletin.com)
  • April 18, 2004
    A New Reign: Na Lei O Kaholoku takes the overall honors, breaking another halau's 5-year dynasty (Source: Starbulletin.com)
  • April 18, 2004
    Lingle takes time out for festival; The governor honors director "Auntie Dottie" for her efforts (Source: Starbulletin.com)
  • April 18, 2004
    [Front page photo] Overall winner was Halau Na Lei O Kaholoku, kumu hula Nani Lim Yap and Leialoha Amina, from Kohala (Source: Hawaii Tribune-Herald)
  • April 18, 2004
    Judges pick Big Island halau as best overall (Source: Hawaii Tribune-Herald)
  • April 18, 2004
    Na Lei O Kaholoku wins hula competition (Source: KPUA.net)
  • April 18, 2004
    Lingle attends Merrie Monarch; first governor in 41 years (Source: KPUA.net)
  • April 19, 2004
    Merrie Monarch Diary - Day Six: 'Walk in, hula out' (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • April 19, 2004
    Kohala halau triumphant in return to Merrie Monarch (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • April 19, 2004
    Merrie Monarch photo gallery (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • April 19, 2004
    Complete festival results (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • April 19, 2004
    Traditional values; Change comes slowly to Hilo’s Merrie Monarch Festival -- but ticket prices will go up next year [and festival results] (Source: Starbulletin.com)
  • April 19, 2004
    Japanese flock to Merrie Monarch fest; Hula boasts more than 100 schools in Japan, where the industry makes millions (Source: Starbulletin.com)
  • April 19, 2004
    [Front page photo] The wahine of Halau Hula 'O Moana from Kaunakakai, Molokai, make their way off the Merrie Monarch Festival stage Saturday night after their 'auana performance (Source: Hawaii Tribune-Herald)
  • April 19, 2004
    Maui County halau don't place at Merrie Monarch but draw notice (Source: MauiNews.com)
  • April 21, 2004
    Merrie Monarch photo gallery (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)
  • December 26, 2004
    Unseen moments from 2004 -- So much fun, I'd go anyway (Source: HonoluluAdvertiser.com)