2013 Merrie Monarch Schedule

Hilo Hawaii Hula Festival

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March 31 - April 6, 2013 - 50th Annual Merrie Monarch!!

The 2013 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 through Hilo town 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 is a preliminary schedule for 2013 Merrie Monarch events.

If you are driving over Saddle Road to Hilo, here is an update of the road.

MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Sunday March 31:

Ho'olaule'a (Music Festival) at the Hilo Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. The music festival is a celebration of hula and Hawaaian chants performed by local Halaus and students. See videos from the event on Easter Day 2013.

Monday April 1:

  • Hula Free Demonstration:Halau Na Pua O Uluhaimalama, Emery Aceret — 10AM Mooheau Park Bandstand
  • Hula Free Demonstration: Halau O Mailelaulani, Maile Canario - Noon Hawaii Naniloa Volcanoes Resort
  • Hula Free Demonstration: Halau Hula O Hilo Hanakahi, Pua Crumb - 1PM Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
  • Native Hawaiian Art Exhibit: 10AM to 6PM - Merrie Monarch Festival Office
  • Kalakaua Beard Look-Alike Contest & Barbershop Quartet Competition — 5PM Mooheau Park Bandstand

Tuesday April 2:

  • Merrie Monarch Festival Workshops: 'Imiloa Astronomy Center
  • Hula Free Demonstration: Unukupukupu, Dr. Taupori Tangaro, Manaiakalani Kalua & Pele Kaio - Noon Hawaii Naniloa Volcanoes Resort
  • Hula Free Demonstration: Keolalaulani Halau Olapa O Laka (Japan), Aloha Dalire - 1PM Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
  • Native Hawaiian Art Exhibit: 10AM to 6PM - Merrie Monarch Festival Office

Wednesday April 3:

  • Hawaiian Invitational Arts & Crafts Fair: 8:30AM to 5PM - Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
  • Merrie Monarch Festival Workshops: 'Imiloa Astronomy Center - $6 for tickets in advance (seats are limited) for sessions at 10AM and 1PM
  • Hula Free Demonstration: Hula Halau Ke Olu Makani O Mauna Loa, Meleana Manuel - 11AM Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
  • Hula Free Demonstration: Halau Na Lei Hiwahiwa O Kuualoha, Sammye-Anne Young - Noon Hawaii Naniloa Volcanoes Resort
  • Hula Free Demonstration: Ke Ola O Na Kupuna, Haunani Medeiros - 1PM Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
  • Native Hawaiian Art Exhibit: 10AM to 6PM - Merrie Monarch Festival Office
  • Ho'ike Night Exhibition : Edith Kanaka'ole Multipurpose Stadium
    For the first time, the Ho'ike has a $5 charge for admission that was required to be paid in January by mail. The Merrie Monarch Festival Committee invited special guests for the Ho'ike for the 50th Celebration and they decided that ticket mail-in was the fairest way to mete out the precious seats rather than the previous payment which required waiting in line for five hours or more.
    Happily, the General Manager of KFVE, John Fink, said the station is planning on televising an edited version of the Wednesday night events (hula and song) from 8-10PM on Wednesday.

Thursday April 4:

  • Hawaiian Invitational Arts and Crafts Fair: 8:30AM to 5:00PM - Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
  • Native Hawaiian Art Exhibit: 10AM to 6PM - Merrie Monarch Festival Office
  • Hula Free Demonstration: Halau O Kawananakoa, Alberta Nicolas - 11AM Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
  • Merrie Monarch Festival Workshops- 'Imiloa Astronomy Center - $6 for tickets in advance (seats are limited) for sessions at 10AM and 1PM
  • Hula Free Demonstration: Hula Halau Ke Olu Makani O Mauna Loa, Meleana Manuel - Noon Naniloa Volcanoes Resort
  • Hula Free Demonstration: Halau Hulo O Kou Lima Nani E, Iwalani Kalima - 1PM Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
  • Miss Aloha Hula Competition: 6:00PM to midnight Edith Kanaka'ole Multipurpose Stadium - tickets needed. Televised and live stream over the internet by KFVE.

Friday April 5:

  • Hawaiian Invitational Arts & Crafts Fair: 8:30AM to 5PM - Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
  • Native Hawaiian Art Exhibit: 10AM to 6PM - Merrie Monarch Festival Office
  • Merrie Monarch Festival Workshops 'Imiloa Astronomy Center - $6 for tickets in advance (seats are limited) for sessions at 10AM and 1PM
  • Hula Free Demonstration: Halau Hula O Kou Lima Nani E, Iwalani Kalima - 11AM Civic Auditorium
  • Hula Free Demonstration : Halau O Kawananakoa, Alberta Nicolas - Noon Naniloa Volcanoes Resort
  • Hula Free Demonstration : Halau Haa Kea O Akala, Paul Neves - 1PM Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
  • Group Hula Kahiko Competition : 6PM Edith Kanaka'ole Multipurpose Stadium - tickets needed. Televised and live stream over the internet by KFVE.

Saturday April 6:

  • Hawaiian Invitational Arts & Crafts Fair: 8:30AM to 5PM - Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
  • Native Hawaiian Art Exhibit: 10AM to 6PM - Merrie Monarch Festival Office
  • 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 is like.
  • Hula Free Demonstration : Halau O Mailelaulani, Maile Canario - Noon Civic Auditorium
  • Group Hula 'Auana Competition: 6PM Edith Kanaka'ole Multipurpose Stadium - tickets needed. Televised and live stream over the internet by KFVE.

HAWAIIAN WORDS FOR HULA SURVIVAL

If you are new to Hula, you need some Hawaiian language to help understand and appreciate hula and the cultural aspects of the dance. Here is a list of words used commonly during the Merrie Monarch festival.

Aloha - is used to say hello and goodbye and desribes a kind of love or respect for something or someone.
'Auana - Modern Hawaiian style
Halau - With regard to hula, this means a Hula group or school usually under the direction of Kumu. It also means long house for canoes.
Haole - used to refer to white people
Hapa - means half and is used to describe people's race (Hapa Hawaiian), food, music or anything else that is influenced by ethnicity
Hapa Haole Songs - Hawaiian songs in English
Ho'i - Exit which is often accompanied by song or chant
Ho'opa'a - Chanters
Heiau - Hawaiian platform Temple. Heiau can be visited in National and State parks around Hawaii island
Hula Kahiko - Hula composed prior to 1893 and does not include modern musical instruments. Types of Hula Kahiko include ‘āla’apapa, ha’a, ‘olapa, and others. Hula is performed with chants accompanied by sticks and gourd drums and performed in malo, or loincloth, and pā’ū, or wrapped skirt, and clothing made of grass and flowers.
Hula 'Auana - Modern style Hula accompanied with songs in Hawaiian and modern musical instruments and performed in colorful dresses (mumus) and patterened shirts
Huli - The movement of turning - in a canoe it means to flip over.
Ipuheke - Gourd instrument without a top used as a drum during Kahiko Hula
Kahiko - Ancient Hawaiian style
Ka'i - Entrance which is often accompanied by song or chant
Kane - Man and Men
Keiki - Child or Children
Kumu - Teacher that has mastery of Hula or some Hawaiian art form
Kupea - Anklets worn by male dancers
Kupuna - Elderly person or people
Mele - Hawaiian song and poetic language
Merrie Monarch - The Merrie Monarch refers to  King David Kalākaua who reigned over the Kingdom of Hawaii from 1874 until his death in 1891. He was a patron of the arts and is given credit for revitalizing Hula in Hawaii.
'Olapa - Dancers
Oli - Chant
Pau - Finished, no more: "Food all Pau"
Pahu - Drum
Pule - Prayer given in Hawaiian at the begining of most events
'Uli'uli - Gourd instrument filled with seeds and topped with colorful flowers used by dancers in hula
Wahine - Woman and Women

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