UPDATE: Merrie Monarch Festival Tickets On Sale

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UPDATE: March 29, 2017

According to the Merrie Mondarch Festival 2017 Facebook page, tickets for the Kahiko Group Hula competition on Friday, April 21, and the

Group Hula ʻAuana competion on Saturday, April 22 are sold out.

A limited number of Miss Aloha Hula tickets are available for Thursday night, April 20.

For tickets, call the festival office at (808) 935-9168.

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The Merrie Monarch Festival, a celebration of hula and the Hawaiian culture, is scheduled for April 16 through 22, 2017.

The festival is a nonprofit organization that honors the legacy left by King David Kalākaua, who inspired the perpetuation of Hawaiian traditions, native language and arts.


The week-long festival features an internationally acclaimed three-day hula competition, an invitational Hawaiian art fair, craft fairs, demonstrations, hula shows and a grand parade through Hilo town that emphasizes the cultures of Hawai‘i,

The festival is considered the world’s premier forum for people of all ages to display their skills and knowledge of the art of ancient and modern hula.

Through the celebration of the Merrie Monarch Festival, thousands of people in Hawai‘i and throughout the world are learning about the history and culture of Hawai‘i.

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.

Most activities during the festival week are free to the public; however tickets are needed to attend the three-day hula competition.
Proceeds from the Merrie Monarch Festival support educational scholarships, workshops, seminars, symposiums and the continuation of the festival.
To order tickets to attend the Merrie Monarch Festival hula competition, complete and mail the appropriate ticket request form.
  • Each person may purchase a maximum of two tickets. Each ticket (or set of tickets if purchasing Thursday night separately) allows an individual to attend up to three nights of competition.
  • Ticket requests must be mailed in. Requests postmarked prior to Dec. 1, 2016, will not be accepted.
  • Ticket prices vary depending on seating section and the number of days attending the competition.
  • Requests must include: 1) a ticket request form; 2) payment in the form of a cashier’s check or money order, in U.S. dollars; and 3) a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
  • Be aware that the Merrie Monarch Festival does not sell or guarantee blocks of tickets to any tour group or travel agency.


SECTIONS E, F, G, H, I:$40 – 1 ticket (one person to attend all 3 nights)
SECTIONS A, B, C, D, K, L, P, Q, VL, VR: $35 – 1 ticket (one person to attend all 3 nights)
SECTIONS M, N, NR: $30 – 1 ticket ( one person to attend 2 nights – Friday & Saturday)

(floor area around stage)

$20 –  1 ticket (one person to attend 2 nights – Friday & Saturday
$5 – 1 ticket (one person to attend Miss Aloha Hula on Thursday)

About the Merrie Monarch Festival

The Merrie Monarch Festival is a domestic nonprofit organization registered with the State of Hawai‘i Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

Begun in 1963 by the Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce and continued by the private Merrie Monarch Festival community organization, the major purpose of the festival is the perpetuation, preservation, and promotion of the art of hula and the Hawaiian culture through education.

The Merrie Monarch Festival is committed to:

  1. Perpetuating the traditional culture of the Hawaiian people;
  2. Developing and augmenting a living knowledge of Hawaiian arts and crafts through workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions and performances of the highest quality and authenticity;
  3. Reaching those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate;
  4. Enriching the future lives of all of Hawaii’s children.

In preparation for the Merrie Monarch Festival, hula studios and instructors in Hawai‘i and on the U.S. Mainland hold classes, workshops, and seminars throughout the year to teach the art of hula, the meaning of Hawaiian chants and songs, the Hawaiian language, the making of Hawaiian clothing and crafts and the history of the Hawaiian people.

Through this ongoing year-round learning process, students also gain a knowledge and appreciation of the unique harmony and balance the ancient Hawaiian people maintained with their island environment. The chants, songs and dance tell stories of the Hawaiians’ relationship with nature-the birds and fish, trees and flowers, mountains, oceans, rivers, wind, rain and Hawaii’s active volcanoes.

The Merrie Monarch Festival is the focal point and catalyst that supports and draws together an extensive network of instructional hula studios, hula masters, instructors, researchers, professors of Hawaiian studies and students of all ages who are committed to the perpetuation and advancement of the Hawaiian history and culture.

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