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VIDEO & PHOTOS: Merrie Monarch Festival: April 21, Hoʻolauleʻa

April 20, 2019, 4:04 PM HST
* Updated April 24, 12:21 PM
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Monarch Festival Events, Sunday through Saturday, April 21 to 27, 2019

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The Merrie Monarch Festival is a week-long cultural event held in Hilo, Hawaiʻi, each spring, featuring Hawaiian culture and a premier hula competition.

Festivities include an invitational arts fair, cultural demonstrations, hula performances and a parade that showcases the many cultures of Hawaiʻi (see schedule for Sunday and Monday, April 21 and 22, below).

The highlight of the festival is a world renowned three-day hula competition featuring some of the best hālau hula (hula schools) from Hawaiʻi and the continental United States.

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Through the celebration of the Merrie Monarch Festival, thousands of people at home in the islands and throughout the world learn about the history and culture of Hawaiʻi.

The Merrie Monarch Festival is committed to:

  • Perpetuating the traditional culture of the Hawaiian people
  • Developing and augmenting a living knowledge of Hawaiian arts and crafts through workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions and performances of the highest quality and authenticity
  • Reaching individuals who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in the festival through live broadcasts and social media
  • Enriching the future lives of all of Hawaiʻi’s children

In preparation for the Merrie Monarch Festival, hālau hula in Hawaiʻi and parts of the U.S. hold classes, workshops and seminars throughout the year. Kumu hula (hula teachers) teach their dancers the art of hula, the meaning of Hawaiian chants and songs, the nuances of Hawaiian language, the craft of Hawaiian clothing and implements, and the history of the Hawaiian people. In this way knowledge is gained about the people of old, including our aliʻi (chiefs) and gods.

Through this ongoing learning process, students also gain a knowledge and appreciation of the balance ancient Hawaiian people maintained with our island environment. The messages conveyed in our chants, songs and dances tell of our relationship with nature—the animals, plants, elements, land, sea,and active volcanoes.

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

The festival is a domestic nonprofit organization registered with the State of Hawaiʻi Department of commerce and Consumer Affairs.

Merrie Monarch Festival: Sunday, April 21, Hoʻolauleʻa

Hoʻolauleʻa (celebration)
9 a.m., Sunday, April 21
Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.
Free admission to watch performances by our local hālau.

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