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Merrie Monarch Festival Celebrates Art of Hula

The Merrie Monarch Festival, April 8-14, in Hilo, is a premier celebration of the art of hula and Hawaiian culture that honors the legacy of King David Kalakaua, who inspired the perpetuation of Hawaiian traditions, native language and the arts.

This week-long festival, supported by the HTA, will feature a three-day hula competition that has received global recognition for its historic and cultural significance—drawing halau’s from around the state and even a few from the mainland. Other festival events include art exhibits, craft fairs, demonstrations, performances and a grand parade through downtown Hilo.

“Hula is one of Hawaii’s most sacred and historic forms of art, expression and culture, and the Merrie Monarch Festival perpetuates and celebrates this unique tradition,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO, HTA. “Our rich culture helps to make the Hawaiian Islands a one-of-a-kind destination that continues to draw visitors from around the world.”

Each year, the Merrie Monarch Festival educates visitors and residents on the traditions and culture of the Hawaiian people through cultivating a living knowledge of Hawaiian arts and crafts through workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions and authentic performances.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here.


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