In less than a week, the highly anticipated 51st Annual Merrie Monarch Festival, held April 20-26, 2014, will be in full swing. Year after year, thousands of people from all over the world flock to Hilo, Hawaii for the week-long celebration famous for what is considered to be the world’s most prestigious hula competition.
In addition to an amazing showcase of hula, Hilo is abuzz with amazing festivities including exhibitions, musical entertainment, arts and crafts fairs, and parades, providing residents and visitors an opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of Hawaii. Here is just a sampling of the fun (and often free!) events that you can find around Hilo:
2014 Merrie Monarch Festival Events
Sunday, April 20, 9:00 a.m.
Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium
Free admission to watch performances by local halau (hula schools)
Free Mid-day Entertainment
Daily (Monday through Friday) entertainment
Hawaii Naniloa Volcanoes Resort, 12:00 p.m.
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, 1:00 p.m.
Merrie Monarch Invitational Hawaiian Arts Fair
Wednesday, April 23 through Friday, April 25, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 26, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
An annual favorite, this free event features local artists, crafters, and entertainment.
For more information about other culture enrichment workshops, click here.
For those who aren’t able to attend the festivities or watch the competition on TV—good news! The Merrie Monarch Festival can also be viewed LIVE over the Internet through streaming video on K5 The Home Team.
The broadcast schedule is as follows:
- Miss Aloha Hula: Thursday, April 24th from 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight (HST time)
- Hula Kahiko (ancient): Friday, April 25th from 6:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. (HST time)
- Hula Auana (modern) and Awards: Saturday, April 26th from 6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. (HST time)
For more information on the Merrie Monarch Festival and other events around Hilo, click here.
-by So Much More Hawaii Staff