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‘Merrie Monarch’ a major cultural event

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, April 6, 2010) - A group of performers from the Conservatorium of Music left our shores last week bound for the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hawai΄i.

The group Kabu Ni Vanua, the performance component of the school, won the Dance Fiji competition held during the Hibiscus Festival last year.

The school is based at Waimanu Road in Suva.

Led by Master Lai Veikoso, the group will also perform at the Shanghai Expo and the group will be in China for the entire month of May.

The group was chosen by managers from the Merrie Monarch festival while performing in Pago Pago during the South Pacific Arts Festival in 2008.

The Merrie Monarch Festival is a domestic non-profit organization registered with the State of Hawai΄i Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

Begun 47 years ago by the Hawai΄i Island Chamber of Commerce and continued by the private Merrie Monarch Festival community organization, the major purpose of the festival is the perpetuation, preservation, and promotion of the art of hula and the Hawai΄ian culture through education.

The festival is considered the world’s premier forum for people of all ages to display their skills and knowledge of the art of ancient and modern hula.

Through the celebration of the Merrie Monarch Festival, thousands of people in Hawai΄i and throughout the world are learning about the history and culture of Hawai΄i

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