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April 25, 2019, 7:28 AM HST
* Updated April 25, 2:22 PM
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Merrie Monarch Festival: Thursday, April 25, 2019
Free Entertainment, Art Fair, Miss Aloha Hula

The Merrie Monarch Festival continues with a week-long schedule of cultural events and activities through Saturday, April 27.

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Merrie Monarch Invitational Hawaiian Arts Fair
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, April 24 through 26
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 27
Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
An annual favorite, this free event features local artists, crafters and entertainment.

Grand Naniloa Events
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Marketplace at Grand Naniloa
Noon to 1 p.m., Hula by the Sea, Grand Naniloa
1 to 2 p.m., Marketplace Fashion Show, Grand Naniloa
9 p.m to pau, Hawai‘i’s FInest Mahalo Bash Concert (doors open at 8 p.m. for this 21-and-over event)

Hawaiian Lecture & Performance
10 a.m & 1 p.m.
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

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Free Midday Entertainment Daily (Monday through Friday)
11 a.m., Entertainment at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium: Ke Ola Pono Nā Kūpuna, Haunani Medeiros
Noon, Entertainment at the Grand Naniloa Hotel: Hālau Nā Pua O Uluhaimalama, Emery Aceret
1 p.m., Entertainment at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel: Hula Hālau ‘O Kawananakoa, Alberta Nicolas

Miss Aloha Hula
6 p.m., Thursday, April 25
Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium
Individual competition for the title of Miss Aloha Hula with contestants performing hula kahiko, hula ʻauana and oli (chant).

Miss Aloha Hula Contestants

Breann Kamakaokalalani Sachiko Brewer
Olana and Howard Ai & Shelsea Ai Apana

Shirell Ku‘upuamakamae Holokai Paro
William Kahakuleilehua Haunuʻu “Sonny” Ching & Lōpaka Igarta-De Vera

Krisella Leilani Gabriele
Hulali Solomon Covington

Tasha Kauluwehiokalani Ah Quin-Soren
Kapua Dalire-Moe

Kiana Kaheanani Costa
Nāhōkūokalani Gaspang

Kealohilani Gardner
Leimomi Ho

Alyssa Ayumi Kaʻimilani Dolbeare
Kauʻionālani Kamanaʻo & Kunewa Mook

Taizha Keakealani Hughes-Kaluhiokalani
Robert Kaʻupu & Lono Padilla

Kalena Kawohikūkapulani Young Hoʻopiʻi
Kamaka Kukona

Lindsey Kahiehielauna‘ole Miwa Ching
Tracie & Keawe Lopes

Maile Yurika Garrett
Chinky Māhoe

Kaʻimilani Marie Corpuz
Iliahi & Haunani Paredes

Mami Kapiʻinaakalā Ogiwara
Ka‘ilihiwa Vaughan-Darval

  • Judges
    Maelia Loebenstein Carter
  • Vicky Holt Takamine
  • Nālani Kanaka‘ole Zane
  • Noenoelani Zuttermeister Lewis
  • Nani Lim Yap
  • Etua Lopes
  • Keali‘i Reichel

TOMORROW

Merrie Monarch Invitational Hawaiian Arts Fair: LAST DAY
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, April 24 through 26
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 27
Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
An annual favorite, this free event features local artists, crafters and entertainment.

Hawaiian Lecture & Performance
10  a.m & 1 p.m.
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

Grand Naniloa Events
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Marketplace at Grand Naniloa
Noon to 1 p.m., Hula by the Sea, Grand Naniloa
1 to 2 p.m., Marketplace Fashion Show, Grand Naniloa
7 to 11 p.m., Kalea Phillips ‘E Mama’ CD Release Concert & Benefit for Uncle Willie K (who has cancer)

Free Midday Entertainment Daily (Monday through Friday)
11 a.m., Entertainment at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium: Hālau I Ka Leo Ola O Nā Mamo, Pelehonuamea & Kekoa Harman
Noon, Entertainment at the Grand Naniloa Hotel: Hula Hālau Ke ‘Olu Makani O Mauna Loa, Meleana Manuel
1 p.m., Entertainment at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel: Hālau Ha‘a Kea O Kinohi, Paul Neves

Group Hula Kahiko
6 p.m., Friday, April 26
Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium
Hālau hula perform ancient style dances.

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