2012 Merrie Monarch Schedule

Hilo Hawaii Hula Festival

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April 8 - 14, 2012

The 2012 Merrie Monarch Hula Festival week started with the Ho'olaule'a Sunday at the Civic Auditorium and ended on Saturday with a parade through Hilo town. You can see what the 2012 schedule was below and follow links to videos and photos of the festival over the years.

Next year is is the 50th Annual celebration of the Merrie Monarch festival and here is the
2013 Merrie Monarch Preliminary Schedule

MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Sunday April 8:

The annual Ho'olaule'a ( Music Festival) took place at the Hilo Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.
Ho'olaule'a 2012 videos of the event are here

Monday April 9:

  • Hula Free Demonstration: Keolalaulani Halau 'Olapa O Laka - Kumu Aloha Dalire - Noon Hawaii Naniloa Volcanoes Resort
  • Hula Free Demonstration: Halau Hula O Hilo Hanakahi - Kumu Pua Crumb - 1:00PM Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
  • Native Hawaiian Art Exhibit: 10AM to 6:00PM - Merrie Monarch Festival Office

Tuesday April 10:

  • Merrie Monarch Festival Workshop: Nā Haumāna O Ke Kula ‘O Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu‘u Hawaiian Medium Education School mele, hula $6 in advance - 10:00-11:30AM 'Imiloa Astronomy Center
  • 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 Workshop: - Nā Haumāna O Ke Kula ‘O Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu‘u Hawaiian Medium Education School Panel Discussion $6 in advance - 12:30-2:30PM 'Imiloa Astronomy Center
  • Native Hawaiian Art Exhibit: 10AM to 6:00PM - Merrie Monarch Festival Office

Wednesday April 11

  • Hawaiian Invitational Arts & Crafts Fair: 8:30AM to 5:00PM - Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
  • Merrie Monarch Festival Workshop: Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole and Kekuhi Kanahele Musical performance $6 in advance 10:00-11:30PM 'Imiloa Astronomy Center
  • Hula Free Demonstration: Halau O Kawananakoa - Kumu Alberta Nicolas - 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: Halau Ke Ola O Na Kupuna - Kumu Haunani Medeiros - 1:00PM Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
  • Merrie Monarch Festival Workshop: Weldon Kekauoha Musical Performance $6 in advance- 1:00-2:30PM 'Imiloa Astronomy Center
  • Native Hawaiian Art Exhibit: 10AM to 6PM - Merrie Monarch Festival Office
  • Ho'ike Night Free exhibition : Edith Kanaka'ole Multipurpose Stadium
    This evening event is 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. Here are some pictures and movies from previous Ho'ike in 2009 and 2008 to get an idea of what the event was like.
  • SCHEDULE:
    6:00PM - Entrance of Royal Court
    6:15PM - National Anthem and Hawai'i Pono'i by Puna Men's Choir
    6:25PM - Pule (prayer) by Kahu Wendell Davis
    6:30PM - Halau O Kehuhi - Kumu Nalani Kanaka'ole - from Hilo
    7:00PM - Halau Hula O Lima Nani - Kumu Kei Inoue - from Japan
    7:30PM - Halua Na Lei O Kaholoku - Kumu Leialoha Amina and Kumu Nani Lim Yap - from Kohala
    8:00PM - Rangi Moana dancers - Marcos Haumoana Rapu - Easter Island
    8:30PM - Tahitian Troupe Nonosina - Tiana and Mevina Liufau

Thursday April 12

  • Hawaiian Invitational Arts and Crafts Fair: 8:30AM to 5:00PM - Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
  • Hula Free Demonstration: - Hui Pulelehua - Kumu Maile Loo, Iwalani Kalima and Kaponoai Molitau - 11:00AM Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
  • Merrie Monarch Festival Workshop- Adrienne Kaeppler Lecture $6 in advance 10:00-11:30AM 'Imiloa Astronomy Center
  • Hula Free Demonstration: Halau Ke 'Olu Makani O Mauna Loa - Kumu Meleana Manuel - Noon Naniloa Volcanoes Resort
  • Hula Free Demonstration: Halau Hula O Kou Lima Nani E - Kumu Iwalani Kalima - 1:00PM Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
  • Merrie Monarch Festival Workshop - Kainani Kahaunaele musical performance -$6 in advance 1:00-2:30PM 'Imiloa Astronomy Center
  • Native Hawaiian Art Exhibit: 10AM to 6PM - Merrie Monarch Festival Office
  • Miss Aloha Hula Competition: 6PM to midnight (Hawaii Standard Time) in the Edith Kanaka'ole Multipurpose Stadium - Tickets needed to attend. KFVE televised the event.

Friday April 13

  • Hawaiian Invitational Arts & Crafts Fair: 8:30AM to 5:00PM - Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
  • Merrie Monarch Festival Workshop Kanaka‘ole 'Ohana Panel discussion $6 in advance 10:00-11:30AM 'Imiloa Astronomy Center
  • Navy Greeting: Toa Here - Romi Salvador - 11:00AM Kuhio Wharf
  • Hula Free Demonstration: Ke Ola O Na Kupuna - Kumu Haunani Mederios - 11:00AM Civic Auditorium
  • Hula Free Demonstration : Halau O Kawananakoa - Kumu Albert Nicolas Noon Naniloa Volcanoes Resort
  • Hula Free Demonstration : Halau Ha'a Kea 'O Akala - Kumu Paul Neves 1:00PM Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
  • Merrie Monarch Festival Workshop - The Hula Preservation Society in Collaboration with Hakipu‘u Learning Center Hula and workshop $6 in advance 1:00-3:00PM 'Imiloa Astronomy Center
  • Native Hawaiian Art Exhibit: 10AM to 6PM - Merrie Monarch Festival Office
  • Group Hula Kahiko Competition : starting at 6PM (Hawaii Standard Time) in the Edith Kanaka'ole Multipurpose Stadium - Tickets needed to attend. KFVE televised the event.

Saturday April 14:

  • Hawaiian Invitational Arts & Crafts Fair: 8:30AM to 5:00PM - Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
  • Merrie Monarch Royal Parade : starting at 10:30AM in downtown Hilo Here are some pictures from previous Parades in 2009 and 2008 to get an idea of what it was like.
  • Hula Free Demonstration : Halau O Mailelaulani - Kumu Maile Canario Noon Civic Auditorium
  • Native Hawaiian Art Exhibit: 10AM to 6PM - Merrie Monarch Festival Office
  • Group Hula 'Auana Competition: started at 6PM (Hawaii Standard Time) in the Edith Kanaka'ole Multipurpose Stadium - Tickets needed to attend. KFVE televised the event.

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