One of Hawaii’s most culturally significant events, the annual
Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii, is scheduled for April
5 through 11 this year.
The Aloha State’s premiere hula competition, the weeklong
series of events is dedicated to King David Kalakaua, the “Merrie Monarch” best
remembered for his efforts to restore Hawaiian culture and traditions in the
The festival features free daily hula and musical performances, along with a popular
arts and crafts festival. However, the true Merrie Monarch highlights are
ticketed competitions for Miss Aloha Hula and the group kahiko (ancient) and auana
(modern) hula specialties, danced by hula halau,
or schools, from across the state at Hilo’s Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium.
This year’s Merrie Monarch Festival concludes with a parade
through the town of Hilo on Saturday, April 11 beginning at 10:30 a.m.
for a complete schedule of events.