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VIDEO & PHOTOS: ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center Celebrates Merrie Monarch

April 26, 2019, 9:51 AM HST
* Updated April 26, 5:36 PM
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Performances celebrating the Merrie Monarch Festival will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019, at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center is Hilo.

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Papakolea’s Finest. Courtesy photo

Papakolea’s Finest will perform from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and Hawai‘i’s Music at Its Finest from 1 to 2:20 p.m.

A musical performance by Papakolea’s Finest will honor the lands, history, and families of Papakōlea, Honolulu, Oʻahu. In the late 1800s, many Hawaiians were displaced from their land in rural parts of Oʻahu. Several of those families moved onto public lands above Punchbowl crater looking for a healthy, self-sufficient life. They created the first neighborhood of Papakōlea.

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Through their stories of resilience and perseverance, the Hawaiian identity within this region is strong and vibrant. This special performance will share the rich stories and history of Papakōlea, a Native Hawaiian community that continues to be a source of cultural knowledge and pride.

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The performance will be given by some of Papakōlea’s finest, the Asing ʻOhana—Kamakoa Lindsey-Asing, ʻĀina Asing and Puka Asing. Join them as they share familial stories through mele.

Hawai‘i’s Music at Its Finest. Courtesy photo

Hawai‘i’s Music at Its Finest will offer a musical performance that features some of Hawai‘i’s best musical artists—Kainani Kahaunaele, Kamakoa Lindsey-Asing, Kīhei Nahale-a and Sean Nāleimaile. These artists are Grammy Award winners, Nā Hōkū Hanohano awardees, singers, songwriters, producers, parents, educators, friends and lāhui uplifters. They will share their experiences and their innovative music that builds upon the legacy of Hawaiian musicians of the past and encourages people to rediscover, reconnect and reinstill what Hawaiian music and performers of Hawaiian music represent.

Reserve tickets now by calling (808) 932-8901 or in person at ‘Imiloa’s Guests Services Desk.

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TICKETS

  • Pre-sale tickets: members $10, non-members $12
  • Day of $15

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place.

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