Congratulations to Agnes Renee Leihiwahiwaikapolionāmakua Thronas Brown who was crowned Miss Aloha Hula 2023!
Twelve contestants competed for the prestigious title on the opening competition night for the 60th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo on the Big Island.
It is the 3rd consecutive Miss Aloha Hula win for Tracie and Keawe Lopes of Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai O Haʻehaʻe.
Breeze Ann Kalehuaonālani Vidinha Pavao came in second place and Meleāna Kamalani Mirafuentes placed third and won the Hawaiian Language award.
Watch more snippets from the Merrie Monarch Festival here
The Miss Aloha Hula competition began in 1971.
Each hālau may submit one contestant who is 18 to 25 years old and unmarried.
Each contestant performs a hula kahiko and hula 'auana. For kahiko, they must perform an oli, ka'i, mele, and ho'i in the 7 minute time limit.