The Annual Merrie Monarch Festival
Dates TBD, 2020
The most prestigious hula contests in the world, the week-long Merrie Monarch Festival takes place annually in Hilo during the week after Easter. It honors King David Kalākaua, who was called the “Merrie Monarch” for his patronage of the arts and is credited with restoring many Hawaiian cultural traditions during his reign, including the hula. Many hālau hula (schools), including some from the U.S. mainland and internationally, attend the festival each year to participate in exhibitions and competitions.
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