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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Over the years, Kawananakoa has used her money to fund protesters fighting a giant telescope on a mountain some Native Hawaiians consider sacred" to challenge a contentious Honolulu rail project" and to support the Merrie Monarch Festival, a prestigious hula competition.
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.
Aside from being the most prestigious ancient and modern hula competition, the Merrie Monarch festival also features hula demonstrations, exhibits, art fairs,musical entertainment, and the Miss Aloha Hula.
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Then, in 1986, the jungle Gift Shop at the Hilo Airport touted "The World Famous Punalu'u Sweetbread" as the locally made product that participants in the Merrie Monarch Festival should tote home as souvenirs of the occasion.
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.
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