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Big Island Performing Arts

Merrie Monarch Festival

  • 350 Kalanikoa St. Map It
  • Hilo
  • Festivals
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 01/06/2014

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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.

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Performing Art Information


Edith Kanakaole Multi-Purpose Stadium, 350 Kalanikoa St., Hilo, Hawaii, 96720, United States

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Updated 01/06/2014


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