Traveling to Merrie Monarch from neighboring island? What to know

The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation alerts travelers of busy times at airports as thousands will go to the Big Island for the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, April 12-15.

Creator of double-gourd drums for ancient hula at Merrie Monarch’s craft fair

Using ipu grown at his farm, Kalim Smith builds ipu heke, a double-gourd drum, and ipu heke ‘ole, a single gourd drum, which are used in ancient hula.

Merrie Monarch travelers again reminded of ʻōhiʻa quarantine

Anyone who violates the quarantine rule may be charged with a misdemeanor and fined not less than $100 with a maximum fine of $10,000.

Festival named after the ‘Merrie Monarch’ who brought hula back to Hawaiʻi

Although the initial motivation for the Merrie Monarch Festival was to boost the economy of Hawaiʻi island through tourism, this event has come to serve a far greater purpose, which is perpetuating Hawaiian culture.

Merrie Monarch Week: The ‘unofficial’ events

The action isn’t just at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Multi-Purpose Stadium and Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium during Merrie Monarch Week on the Big Island. There are several other venues throughout Hilo and East Hawai‘i that will feature hula, music, arts and crafts, Hawaiian cultural events and other entertainment.

What you need to know about the 60th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival

Get ready, world. The Merrie Monarch Festival returns next week with full regalia for the first time since 2019, and there’s just two days left until the celebration of hula and everything Hawaiian gets underway.

Reminder: Tickets for 60th Annual Merrie Monarch Hōʻike go on sale Sunday

Tickets for the non-competitive hula exhibition scheduled for Wednesday night, April 12, will be available in person from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until they are sold out, at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium box office in Hilo.

60th Annual Merrie Monarch Hōʻike tickets go on sale later this month

Hōʻike night of the 60th annual festival that showcases Hawaiian culture and hula is April 12 at Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium in Hilo.

Merrie Monarch Festival celebrating 60 years of Hula and Hawaiian culture

The Merrie Monarch Festival will be back to its full glory in April 2023, celebrating its 60th anniversary of showcasing hula and Hawaiian culture — and the world can’t wait.

10 Soloists Vie for Top Title of Miss Aloha Hula

The Merrie Monarch hula competition kicked off Thursday night with Miss Aloha Hula at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium in Hilo.

Merrie Monarch Arts and Crafts Fair Welcomes In-Person Vendors, Shoppers After 2-Year Hiatus

Smiles. Laughter. Hugs. ‘Ohana. Aloha. Even a few tears — of joy. And that was all before walking in.

Hōʻike Night Returns to Stage as Merrie Monarch Festival is Now Underway

A limited live audience returned to the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium Wednesday for the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival’s Hōʻike night.

Road Closures for Merrie Monarch Festival Begin at Noon

Periodic road closures for the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo are slated to start today at noon.

Traffic Change in Effect on Kalanikoa Street in Hilo During Merrie Monarch

Big Island police are informing the public of a change in traffic pattern for a street in Hilo during the upcoming Merrie Monarch Festival.

Official Merrie Monarch Arts & Crafts Fair Returns

An event in conjunction with the Merrie Monarch Festival that showcases and supports Hawai‘i artisans and creators while celebrating hula and Hawaiian culture returns this year and is welcoming everyone back in person.

Cultural Performances, Art Return to Hilo Hawaiian During Merrie Monarch Week

With the return of the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, other events that coincide with the event throughout the community also are coming back, including at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

Your Guide to Merrie Monarch Festival 2022

Merrie Monarch Festival moves forward with its regular presentation and 59th anniversary – after a cancellation in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and no live audience in 2021. Some live audience will be allowed this year and only a fraction of tickets were sold to the public.

Beloved Big Island Kumu Hula Johnny Lum Ho Dies

A Honolulu news outlet reported shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday, April 3, that a beloved kumu hula from the Big Island has died.

Hōʻike Night Tickets Sell Out Within Hours

Merrie Monarch Festival’s Hōʻike Night is sold out.

Tickets For Merrie Monarch Hōʻike Go on Sale This Week

The 2022 Merrie Monarch Festival is welcoming the public back this year for its Wednesday night Hōʻike — but not for free.
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