Featured Articles

2018 Merrie Monarch Readies Stage, Parking

March 30, 2018, 9:30 AM HST
* Updated March 31, 8:39 PM
A
A
A

The dancers have practiced long and hard, the stage is set and the parking lot has been striped for the 2018 Merrie Monarch Festival, which begins on Sunday, April 1, with a Ho‘olaule‘a at the Hilo Civic Auditorium.

The Merrie Monarch is often called the “Superbowl of Hula” and parking at the event has always been challenging.

According to Merrie Monarch President Luana Kawelu, “The police have towed cars in the past and we don’t want that to happen again.”

Hawai‘i county just striped the newly paved parking lot; festival attendees need to be parked in the stalls or risk being towed.

ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW AD

ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW AD

According to Kawelu, the stage gets set up on the first Monday of March—this year, March 5, when a crew of about eight spent the week at Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium preparing the stage and arranging the seats.

This year, the county has taken away some booth space inside the civic that is normally used for the arts and crafts venue. These booths will now be set up outside, taking away valuable parkings space, according to Kawelu.

Where the Merrie Monarch Festival Royal Court will sit.

ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW AD

For more information on the Merrie Monarch, click here.

Comments

This comments section is a public community forum for the purpose of free expression. Although Big Island Now encourages respectful communication only, some content may be considered offensive. Please view at your own discretion. View Comments

Newsletters

Get a quick summary of what’s happening on the Big Island with our daily & weekly email of news highlights.