Merrie Monarch Festival


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Merrie Monarch Festival

March-April; week after Easter
The Merrie Monarch Festival is a week of festivities in Hilo honoring Hawaii's King David Kalakaua (1836-1891), who reigned from 1874 to 1891, and gave the United States exclusive rights to maintain a naval station at Pearl Harbor. The week's events, starting on Easter, close with the world's largest hula competition on the last three nights. The top hula schools ( hula halau ) compete in ancient and modern hula.
CONTACTS:
Big Island Visitors Bureau
250 Keawe St.
Hilo, HI 96720
808-961-5797; fax: 808-961-2126
www.merriemonarchlive.com
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The troupe has, in fact, been similarly greeted ever since its first appearance, in 1994, at the Merrie Monarch Festival, a three-day Varna-like competition held in the 7,000-seat Edith Kanaka'ole stadium in Hilo and televised throughout the state.
A number of special events -- including the traditional hula performances at the Merrie Monarch Festival in March, the Big Island Wilderness Run in July, and the Hawaii County Fair in September -- also attract residents as well as visitors.
com invites holiday makers to join the fun at the 51st Annual Merrie Monarch Festival - a celebration of the great hula tradition - to be held on April 20 to 26, 2014, in the fine community of Hilo located in the South Hilo District, Big Island, Hawaii.
Acknowledging Hilo's role in the history of hula and site of the renowned Hilo Merrie Monarch Festival, the restaurant features an extensive display of wall hangings depicting hula dancers and other representations of Hawaiiana.
An international level festival takes place every spring in Hilo on the island of Hawaii at The Merrie Monarch Festival.
The hula troupe, under the direction of award-winning hula master Sonny Ching, won top honors at this year's Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawaii, and went on to present a critically acclaimed three-hour performance at New York's Carnegie Hall.