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2019 Merrie Monarch Festival
April 21, 2019 - April 27, 2019
The annual Merrie Monarch Festival celebrates Hawaiian culture in a weeklong event on the Big Island, featuring a three-day premier hula competition, demonstrations, performances and exhibits.
This world-renowned festival is recognized for honoring the historical and cultural significance of Hawaiʻi and its people. The driving purpose of the festival is to perpetuate, preserve and promote the art of hula and Hawaiian culture.
2019 Merrie Monarch Schedule
This year’s Merrie Monarch Festival takes place from April 21 to April 27. The highlight of this annual festival is the three-day hula competition, spotlighting the best hālaus (hula schools) from Hawaiʻi and the Mainland. The Merrie Monarch Festival supports and encourages Hawaiian cultural ambassadors to come together and network with others who are dedicated to the perpetuation and advancement of Hawaiian history and culture. From dancers, researchers and academics –- people of all ages unite in their commitment to advancing the art of hula and cultural expression.
- Hoʻolauleʻa (celebration)
9 a.m. Sunday, April 21st
at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
Free admission to watch performances by local hālau.
- Free Mid-day Entertainment
Daily (Monday through Friday) entertainment at the Grand Naniloa Hotel (12 p.m.), and the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel (1 p.m.).
- Merrie Monarch Invitational Hawaiian Arts Fair
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 24th through Friday, April 26th
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 27th at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
An annual favorite, this free event features local artists, crafters, and entertainment.
- Hōʻike Performances
6 p.m., Wednesday, April 24th at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium
An exhibition night of hula and folk dance from around the Pacific. The performances are free to the public, no tickets required.
- Miss Aloha Hula
6 p.m., Thursday, April 25th at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium
Individual competition for the title of Miss Aloha Hula with contestants performing hula kahiko, hula ʻauana and oli (chant).
- Group Hula Kahiko
6 p.m., Friday, April 26th at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium
Hālau hula perform ancient style dances.
- Group Hula ʻAuana & Awards
6 p.m., Saturday, April 27th at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium
Hālau hula perform modern style dances, followed by an awards presentation for all group winners.
- Merrie Monarch Royal Parade
10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 27th through downtown Hilo
One of the festival’s most entertaining and fun events for the entire family, the parade begins and ends at Pauahi St.
Edith Kanaka‘ole Tennis Stadium
350 Kalanikoa Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium
323 Manono Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
For more information about the Merrie Monarch Festival, visit www.hawaii.com/merrie-monarch.
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