Merrie Monarch

Hilo Hawaii Hula Festival

 

 

 

Last Festival: April 24 - 30, 2011

Merrie Monarch Hula Festival is an international Hula competition in Hilo, Hawaii. The festival starts with the Ho'olaule'a on Easter Sunday at the Civic Auditorium and ends with a parade and final evening competition on Saturday. Hula and Hawaiian events are held around Hilo town during the week of the festival to allow visitors and locals to experience the beauty of Hula dance and hear the wonderful Hawaiian melodies and chants. Below was the schedule for 2011 Merrie Monarch events and films and videos of the festival from 2008 to 2011

A schedule for Merrie Monarch in 2012 is here

MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Sunday April 24:

Ho'olaule'a ( Music Festival) at the Hilo Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. The music festival was a celebration of hula and Hawaiian chants performed by local Halau and students. Here are videos and photos of the Easter 2011 Ho'olaule'a event. Here are memories of previous Ho'olaule'a in 2010 and 2009 and 2008

SCHEDULE:
9AM - Ha'akumalae, Kekuhi Keali'ikanaka'oleohaililani and Manaiakalani Kalua
10AM - Halau Hula Ke 'Olu Makani O Mauna Loa -- Kumu Meleana Manuel
11AM - Halau Nae Pua O Uluhaimalama -- Kumu Emery Aceret
Noon- Halau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua -- Kumu Johnny Lum Ho
1PM - Halau Nae Lei Hiwahiwa 'O Ku'ualoha -- Kumu Sammye-Anne Young and Halau Nae Lei Liko O Ola'a, Kumu Kimo Kekua
2PM- Lori Lei's Hula Studio and Wai'ohinu Hula Studio -- Kumu Lori Lei Shirakawa
3PM- Merahi O Tapiti -- Tiffany Dela Cruz

Monday April 25:

  • Hula Free Demonstration :  Halau Keali'i O Nalani -- Kumu Keali'i Ceballos - Noon Hawaii Naniloa Volcanoes Resort Look at some pictures and movies from previous Hula demonstrations in 2009 and 2008 to get an idea of what the event is like.
  • Hula Free Demonstration : Halau Hula 'O Hilo Hanakahi --Pua Crumb -1:00PM Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
  • Native Hawaiian Art Exhibit: Noon to 8:00PM - Merrie Monarch Festival Office

Tuesday April 26:

  • Merrie Monarch Festival Free Workshop: Mōhalu Nāpua Makua - 10:00-11:30AM 'Imiloa Astronomy Center - Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner for “Best Female Vocalist” (2008), Nāpua Makua will perform mele from her newest album, Mōhalu.
  • Hula Free Demonstration : Unukupukupu --Kumu Taupori Tangaro - Noon Hawaii Naniloa Volcanoes Resort
  • Hula Free Demonstration : Halau O Mailelaulani --Kumu Maile Canario - 1:00PM Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
  • Merrie Monarch Festival Free Workshops: ‘A‘a i ka Hula: A Contemporary Drama of the Historical Perspectives of Hula  - 1:00-2:30PM 'Imiloa Astronomy Center - Hula is a Hawaiian language contemporary hula drama that will be presented by the 9th-11th graders of Ke Kula ‘O Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu‘u. A historical journey through the ancient and modern nuances of the art of hula.
  • Native Hawaiian Art Exhibit: Noon to 8:00PM - Merrie Monarch Festival Office

Wednesday April 27

  • Hawaiian Invitational Arts & Crafts Fair: 8:30AM to 5:00PM - Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
  • Craft Fair 9:00AM to 5:00PM - Hilo Shopping Center with local crafts and local food
  • Merrie Monarch Festival Free Workshops: What is ‘Ūniki? - 10:00-11:30PM 'Imiloa Astronomy Center - Hōkūlani Holt has been the Kumu Hula for Pā‘ū O Hi‘iaka on Maui for 35 years now.
  • Hula Free Demonstration : Halau Hula O Kou Lima Nani E -- Kumu Iwalani Kalima - 11:00AM Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
  • Hula Free Demonstration : Halau Na Lei Hiwahiwa 'O Ku'ualoha -- Kumu Sammye-Anne Young - Noon Hawaii Naniloa Volcanoes Resort
  • Hula Free Demonstration : Ke Ola O Nae Kuepuna -- Kumu Haunani Medeiros - 1:00PM Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
  • Merrie Monarch Festival Free Workshops: From Pā‘ū o Hi‘iaka - 1:00-2:30PM 'Imiloa Astronomy Center - Hōkūlani Holt, Lono Padilla, Robert Ka‘upu & ‘Ulalia Woodside - A panel of Kumu Hula will discuss their experiences in ‘ūniki, the traditional form of passage by which a dancer becomes a master of Hula.
  • Native Hawaiian Art Exhibit: Noon to 8:00PM - Merrie Monarch Festival Office
  • Ho'ike Night Free exhibition : Edith Kanaka'ole Multipurpose Stadium
    This evening event was special gift to the residents of Hilo and visitors. It is performed in the same statium as the Merrie Monarch Hula competitions, with the same pagentry, and it is free. So those that are unable to get a ticket to the evening competitions can still get the thrilling experience by attending the Ho'ike. The only catch is that the popularity of the event and the open seating means you need to get in line very early to get a good seat. Our first year to the Ho'ike we got in line at 5PM and were very surprised to find that the line already extended from the Stadium all the way to the Civic Auditorium. We missed the entrance of the Royal Court and the Pule (since they close the gates during that time) and finally got a seat behind the stage which limited our view of the dances. The next year we got in line at 2:30PM with water, food, lawn chairs, crossword puzzles and an umbrella (because it was raining). Being in line for that many hours you become friends with the many visitors and locals with shared enthusiasm for the event and hula. Look at some pictures and movies from previous Ho'ike in 2009 and 2008 to get an idea of what the event is like.
  • SCHEDULE:
    6:00PM - Entrance of Royal Court
    6:15PM - National Anthem and Hawai'i Pono'i by Ka Leo Wai, the Waiakea High Hawaiian Ensemble, Kawika Urakami
    6:25PM - Pule (prayer) by Kahu Wendell Davis
    6:30PM - Halau O Kekuhi - Kumu Naelani Kanaka'ole
    7:30PM - Marshallese Iakwe Club - University of Hawaii at Hilo
    8:00PM - Merahi O Tapiti -Tiffany Dela Cruz
    8:45PM - Te Tu Mataora, Haimona Maruera and Kiritiana Hautapu-Fonotoe from New Zealand

    (Get in line early - The best seats go quickly and and no one is allowed to enter during the royal court entrance or Pule from 6:00-6:30PM)

Thursday April 28

  • Hawaiian Invitational Arts & Crafts Fair: 8:30AM to 5:00PM - Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
  • Craft Fair 9:00AM to 5:00PM - Hilo Shopping Center with local crafts and local food
  • Hula Free Demonstration : Halau Hula Ke 'Olu Makani O Mauna Loa -- Kumu Meleana Manuel, - 11:00AM Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
  • Merrie Monarch Festival Free Workshops Ka Lei Puakenikeni - 10:00-11:30AM 'Imiloa Astronomy Center - Hilo raised Mark Yamanaka soulfully bridges country ballads and Hawaiian falsetto. He will perform songs from his debut solo album.
  • Hula Free Demonstration : Halau O Kawaenanakoa -- Kumu Alberta Nicolas - Noon Naniloa Volcanoes Resort
  • Hula Free Demonstration : Halau O Kou Lima Nani E -- Kumu Iwalani Kalima - 1:00PM Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
  • Merrie Monarch Festival Free Workshops Performance by UNUKUPUKUPU - 1:00-2:30PM 'Imiloa Astronomy Center - Dr. Taupōri Tangarō and Kumu Mānaiakalani Kalua, associated with Hawai‘i Community College, will perform didactic hula.
  • Miss Aloha Hula Competition: 6:00PM to midnight Edith Kanaka'ole Multipurpose Stadium and televised by KITV. Tickets needed.

Friday April 29

  • Hawaiian Invitational Arts & Crafts Fair: 8:30AM to 5:00PM - Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
  • Craft Fair 9:00AM to 5:00PM - Hilo Shopping Center with local crafts and local food
  • Merrie Monarch Festival Free Workshops An Artistic Collaboration: Hula and Kapa: 10:00-11:30AM 'Imiloa Astronomy Center - An artistic collaboration between a hui of contemporary kapa makers and Halau O Kekuhi has resulted in a showcase of Hawaiian kapa in its functional, cultural and traditional use and form.
  • Hula Free Demonstration : Ke Ola O Nae Kupuna -- Kumu Haunani Medeiros - 11:00AM Civic Auditorium
  • Hula Free Demonstration : Halau O Kawaenanakoa -- Kumu Alberta Nicolas - Noon Naniloa Volcanoes Resort
  • Hula Free Demonstration : Halau Ha'a Kea 'O Akalae -- Kumu Paul Neves - 1:00PM Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
  • Merrie Monarch Festival Free Workshops Papa Hula Workshop - 1:00-2:30PM 'Imiloa Astronomy Center - Kumu Hula Nani Lim Yap will lead a workshop on the basic movements of a simple hula.
  • Group Hula Kahiko Competition : 6:00PM Edith Kanaka'ole Multipurpose Stadium and televised by KITV. Tickets needed.

Saturday April 30:

  • Hawaiian Invitational Arts & Crafts Fair: 8:30AM to 5:00PM - Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
  • EGplants Craft Fair on Banyon Drive in the vacant lot next to Reeds Bay 8:30AM-3:00PM
  • Merrie Monarch Royal Parade : starting at 10:30AM in downtown Hilo. Look at some pictures from previous Parades in 2009 and 2008 to get an idea of what it is like.
  • Hula Free Demonstration : Toa Here --Romi Salvador - Noon Civic Auditorium
  • Group Hula 'Auana Competition: 6:00PM Edith Kanaka'ole Multipurpose Stadium and televised on KITV. Tickets needed.

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