Hilo, Hawai’i – The Merrie Monarch Festival is considered the largest and most prestigious hula event in the Hawaiian Islands. The objective of the Festival is the perpetuation, preservation, and promotion of the art of hula and the Hawaiian culture. This week-long cultural event is held each spring.
Now in its 56th year, the event kicked off in Hilo on Sunday, April 21 and concludes on Saturday, April 27. The main event are the three nights of dancing — all of it streamed and televised April 25 to 27.
Kudos to the organizers for letting us share our aloha for hula and the Hawaiian culture.
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The Hawaiʻi Island Chamber of Commerce began the festival in 1963, and the private Merrie Monarch Festival community organization took on the responsibilities of running the event five years later.
Top hula hālau from across the state and occasionally a few from the mainland are invited to compete. Kumu hula and their haumana (students) spend many months prepping for the event.
The festival is a domestic non-profit organization registered with the State of Hawaiʻi Department of commerce and Consumer Affairs.
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