The mother of all Hawaii festivals, the Merrie Monarch celebrates all things hula and completely overtakes Hilo for one fantastic week a year. The highly popular event honors the legacy of King David Kalakaua, the man responsible for reviving fading Hawaiian cultural traditions such as hula. The festival is staged at the spacious Edith Kanakaole Multi-Purpose Stadium during the first week following Easter Sunday. Hula halau (studios) worldwide come to compete in
kahiko (ancient) and auana (modern) dance styles. You must reserve accommodations up to a year in advance. Ticket requests must be mailed after December 26 of the preceding year.