Mele and lei with Kuana Torres Kahele

The Palace Theater announces the return of Kuana Torres Kahele in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday. In addition to the performance, Kahele will teach an 11 a.m. “Make Lei” workshop that same day.

Dressed up for Merrie Monarch

Daisy Kamohai and Lori Veincent model the 2018 Merrie Monarch Festival shirts while displaying a tote bag and poster Wednesday afternoon at the Merrie Monarch Festival Office in Hilo. The merchandise is available at the office, 865 Piilani St. in Hilo. Shirts range in price from $13 for a youth T-shirt to $43 for an embroidered crested sweatshirt. Tote bags are $18, and posters are $5. The Merrie Monarch Festival kicks off Sunday, April 1.

Community steps up for Merrie Monarch

The Merrie Monarch Festival is close to finding solutions for housing hula halau displaced after Mayor Harry Kim informed the festival the troupes would no longer be allowed to sleep in county gyms.

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Merrie Monarch draws Airbnb travelers islandwide

KAILUA-KONA — Big Island visitors traveling via the popular home sharing website Airbnb this past week for the 54th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival were expected to generate $5.2 million in economic activity through guest spending and host earnings, according to

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Hula for the ages

The 54th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival’s group hula kahiko (ancient hula) competition featured 29 performances — wahine and kane — Friday night at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo.

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Miss Aloha Hula 2017 is hula sister of last year’s winner

Moments after her hula sister, Kayli Ka‘iulani Carr of Halau Hi‘iakainamakalehua performed her final dance as Miss Aloha Hula 2016, Kelina Kiyoko Ke‘ano‘ilehua Tiffany Eldredge of the same Kalihi Kai, Oahu, halau was announced the 2017 winner of hula’s most