I should have flagged this several days ago, but the Merrie Monarch Festival is taking place now in Hilo (the merrie monarch is King David Kalakaua, who reigned 1874-1891). If you get a chance (and it fits your time zone) you can check out streaming video of the competition.
The old Hollywood style of hula--the swaying girl in the grass skirt--is long gone.
This is where hula and mele are today.
Here is where you can find the streaming video on KITV4. KITV broadcasts the competition live three nights running (Thurs, Fri, Sat from 6 pm HT until it's over each night, about midnight).