Yesterday was Ho'ike (display) night at the 2011 Merrie Monarch Hula Festival here in Hilo. While the competition held over the next few nights is strictly hula, the ho'ike featured dances from four different cultures across the Pacific. The night started off with Hilo's own Halau O Kekuhi, performing kahiko (ancient) hula. For their opening number, they actually wore clothes of traditional kapa barkcloth! Students in the Marshallese Iakwe Club at UH-Hilo performed some Marshallese dances. I think "Iakwe" is the Marshallese word for "Aloha." Merahi o Tapiti performed a bunch of Tahitian dances. Te Tu Mataora, a Maori group from New Zealand, ended the show.