Music and Hula Fans Flock to Merrie Monarch’s Free Mid-Day EntertainmentApril 19, 2017, 10:49 AM HST (Updated March 29, 2018, 11:00 AM)
Those who enjoy the dancing and drama of Hilo’s Merrie Monarch Festival competitions will be delighted with this year’s lineup of hālau. But it’s not just about the competition—there are many free hula shows and concerts throughout Hilo Town all week long through Friday, April 21.
The Merrie Monarch Festival Mid-day Entertainment, hosted by KAPA Radio’s Alakai Paleka, draws large crowds of hula and Hawaiian music fans each day.
The mid-day hula shows at the Grand Naniloa Hotel and Hilo Hawaiian Hotel host an impressive lineup, featuring a who’s who in the Hawaiian music scene along with many well-known hālau.
The Grand Naniloa Hotel is located at 93 Banyan Drive. Hilo Hawaiian Hotel is located at 71 Banyan Drive.
Daily (Monday through Friday)
Free Mid-day Entertainment
Entertainment at the Hilo Naniloa Hotel at noon
Entertainment at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, April 19, through Friday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Merrie Monarch Invitational Hawaiian Arts Fair
An annual favorite, this free event features local artists, crafters, and entertainment.
Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
Wednesday, April 19, 6 p.m.
An exhibition night of hula and folk dance from around the Pacific. The performances are free to the public, no tickets required.
Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium
ABOUT THE MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL
The Merrie Monarch Festival, a week-long cultural event that takes place annually in Hilo, honors King David Kalākaua—the “Merrie Monarch”—for his patronage of the arts. He is credited with restoring many Hawaiian cultural traditions during his reign, including the hula. Many hālau hula (schools) from the U.S. mainland and other countries attend the festival each year to participate in exhibitions and competitions.
The festival has received worldwide attention and is considered the most prestigious of all hula contests.
For more information, go online.