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2018 Merrie Monarch Festival

April 1, 2018 - April 7, 2018

The week-long Merrie Monarch Festival runs April 1 – April 7, 2018

The annual presentation of the Merrie Monarch Festival has led to a renaissance of the Hawaiian culture that is being passed on from generation to generation. The week-long festival includes art exhibits, craft fairs, demonstrations, performances, a parade that emphasizes the cultures of Hawaii, and a three-day hula competition that has received worldwide recognition for its historic and cultural significance.

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Through the celebration of the Merrie Monarch Festival, thousands of people in Hawaii and throughout the world are learning about the history and culture of Hawaii.

  • Hoʻolauleʻa (celebration)
    9:00 a.m., Sunday, April 1st at the Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium. Free admission to watch performances by our local hālau.
  • Free Mid-day Entertainment
    Daily (Monday through Friday) entertainment at the Hilo Naniloa Hotel (12 p.m.), and the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel (1 p.m.).
  • Merrie Monarch Invitational Hawaiian Arts Fair
    9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 4th through Friday, April 6th, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 7nd, at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.

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An annual favorite, this free event features local artists, crafters, and entertainment.

  • Hōʻike Performances
    6:00 pm, Wednesday, April 4th 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
    6:00 pm, Thursday, April 5th at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium. Individual competition for the title of Miss Aloha Hula with contestants performing hula kahiko, hula ʻauana and oli (chanting).
  • Group Hula Kahiko
    6:00 pm, Friday, April 6th at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium. Hālau hula perform ancient style dances.
  • Group Hula ʻAuana & Awards
    6:00 pm, Saturday, April 7th at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium. Hālau hula perform modern style dances with an awards presentation for all group winners.
  • Merrie Monarch Royal Parade
    10:30 am, Saturday, April 7th. One of the festival’s most entertaining and fun events for the entire family, the parade begins and ends at Pauahi St. and winds through downtown Hilo (Kilauea Ave. – Keawe St. – Waiānuenue Ave. – Kamehameha Ave.).

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Event Locations

Edith Kanaka‘ole Tennis Stadium
350 Kalanikoa Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium
323 Manono Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

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Details

Start:
April 1, 2018
End:
April 7, 2018
Event Category:
Event Tags:
merrie monarch, festival, music, dance
Website:
http://www.merriemonarch.com/the-festival

Organizer

Merrie Monarch Festival Office
Phone:
(808) 935-9168
Website:
http://www.merriemonarch.com/

Venue

Edith Kanaka‘ole Tennis Stadium
350 Kalanikoa Street
Hilo, HI 96720 United States
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