Arguably Hawaii’s most revered cultural celebration, the Merrie Monarch Festival, held each year in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii, is scheduled for March 27 through April 2.

Certainly the Aloha State’s premier hula competition, the weeklong celebration is dedicated to King David Kalakaua, the “Merrie Monarch,” best remembered for his passionate work to restore Hawaiian culture and traditions across the islands in the late 1800s.

Home to free daily hula and musical performances, and a hugely popular arts and crafts festival, the Merrie Monarch’s most sought-after highlights are the ticketed competitions, held at Hilo’s Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium, for Miss Aloha Hula along with the the group kahiko (ancient) and auana (modern) hula specialties, performed by hula halau, or schools, from across the state.

This year’s Merrie Monarch Festival will wrap up once again with a parade through the town of Hilo on Saturday, April 2, beginning at 10:30 a.m. 

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