13 JUL 2018: Hula is a dance of illusions. Behind the grace and the sway there is grit, athleticism, and a knee-breaking, blister-inducing effort to leave everything you have on the dance floor. Every year, the best compete at the Merrie Monarch Festival, the world’s most prestigious hula competition held in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii

This video, which is a couple of years old, shows Kayli Ka’iulani Carr, who in her last year of eligibility for the contest, is trying to win the festival’s solo competition, Miss Aloha Hula and demonstrates the resolve, effort, motivation and determination it takes just to make it to the final.

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