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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.

  • 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.).



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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Photos: Merrie Monarch Festival


April 1, 2018
April 7, 2018
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Merrie Monarch Festival Office
(808) 935-9168


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