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52nd Annual Merrie Monarch Festival Events

The week-long Merrie Monarch Festival runs April 5-11, 2015 and the Festival Events include:

Beautiful Hula Dancers at the annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo

Beautiful hula dancers at the annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo

Hoʻolauleʻa (celebration)
Date: Sunday, April 5th
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Place: Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium
Cost: Free admission to watch performances by our local hālau

Free Mid-day Entertainment
Date: Monday, April 6 through Friday, April 10 (Daily entertainment)
Place: Hilo Naniloa Hotel (12 p.m.), and the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel (1 p.m.)
Cost: Free

Merrie Monarch Invitational Hawaiian Arts Fair – An annual favorite, this free event features local artists, crafters, and entertainment.
Date: Wednesday, April 8th through Saturday, April 11th
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Wednesday – Friday) and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Saturday)
Place: Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
Cost: Free

Hōʻike Performances – An exhibition night of hula and folk dance from around the Pacific. The performances are free to the public, no tickets required.
Date: Wednesday, April 8th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium
Cost: Free

Hawaii Arts, Crafts, and Food Festival
Date: Thursday, April 9th through Saturday, April 11th
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Place: Sangha Hall

Miss Aloha Hula – Individual competition for the title of Miss Aloha Hula with contestants performing hula kahiko, hula ʻauana and oli (chanting).
Date: Thursday, April 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium.

Group Hula Kahiko – Hālau hula perform ancient style dances
Date: Friday, April 10th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium

Group Hula ʻAuana & Awards – Hālau hula perform modern style dances with an awards presentation for all group winners.
Date: Saturday, April 11th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium

Merrie Monarch Royal Parade – One of the festival’s most entertaining and fun events for the entire family.
Date: Saturday, April 11th
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Place: The parade begins and ends at Pauahi St. and winds through downtown Hilo (Kilauea Ave. – Keawe St. – Waiānuenue Ave. – Kamehameha Ave.)

Event Locations

Edith Kanaka‘ole Tennis Stadium
350 Kalanikoa Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium
323 Manono Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Sangha Hall Kilauea Avenue
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Hawaii Arts, Crafts and Food Festival during Merrie Monarch Festival

Hawaii Arts, Crafts, and Food Festival during Merrie Monarch Festival

Happy Hula-ing!

Warm Aloha~
Brooke

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