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2020 Merrie Monarch Festival Canceled
April 12, 2020 - April 19, 2020
UPDATE, MARCH 13, 2020: The 2020 Merrie Monarch Festival has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns.
“This was such a hard decision to make, but we could not risk the health and wellbeing of our community, halau participants, vendors and the thousands of people who attend Merrie Monarch every year,” Merrie Monarch Festivals President Luana Kawelu said in a news release.
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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.
2020 Merrie Monarch Schedule
The Merrie Monarch Festival is a weeklong event, and the 2020 festivities run from Sunday, April 12 through Saturday, April 18. 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 12
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 15 through Friday, April 17
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 18 at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
An annual favorite, this free event features local artists, crafters, and entertainment.
- Miss Aloha Hula
Thursday, April 16 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 17 at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium
Hālau hula perform ancient style dances.
- Group Hula ʻAuana & Awards
6 p.m., Saturday, April 18 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 18 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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