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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.
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.
2018 Merrie Monarch Schedule
This year’s Merrie Monarch Festival takes place from April 1 to April 7 with a hoolaula (celebration), invitational arts fair, parade and free midday performances, with the hula competition set for April 5 to April 7.
The Miss Aloha Hula solo competition takes place April 5, followed by the group kahiko and group auana competitions on April 6 and April 7. Ticket requests were accepted beginning Dec. 1 and are already sold out.
- 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.
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.).
Edith Kanaka‘ole Tennis Stadium
350 Kalanikoa Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium
323 Manono Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Photos: Merrie Monarch Festival
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