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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.

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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.

Dancers with Halau Kala’akeakauikawekiu perform during the opening Ho’ike for the 54th annual Merrie Monarch Festival on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Edith Kanaka’ole Stadium in Hilo, Hawaii. (Photo: Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

2019 Merrie Monarch Schedule

The wahine of Halau Mohala Ilima dance during the kahiko portion of the Merrie Monarch Festival competition 2016. (Photo: Dennis Oda / Honolulu Star-Advertiser)


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.

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  • 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.

Halau O Kekuhi performs during the opening Ho’ike for the 54th annual Merrie Monarch Festival on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Edith Kanaka’ole Stadium in Hilo, Hawaii. (Photo: Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

  • 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.

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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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For more information about the Merrie Monarch Festival, visit www.hawaii.com/merrie-monarch.

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Details

Start:
April 21, 2019
End:
April 27, 2019
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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