After marching in 52 Merrie Monarch Festival Royal Parades, Wendell Ka‘ahukane Leite will sit this one out — waving to the crowd in a convertible while his longtime cohorts entertain the assembled throngs lining Hilo’s downtown streets.
If hula had a Mount Rushmore, George Na‘ope’s likeness would almost certainly be memorialized in stone.
The three nights of competition hula during the Merrie Monarch Festival is Hilo’s hottest ticket of the year, but some of the festival’s finest entertainment is free of charge.
Hula is much more than a dance. King David Kalakaua, the Merrie Monarch, called it “the language of the heart, and therefore, the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.”
The mo‘i wahine of this year’s Merrie Monarch Festival, Lokelani Kipilii, thinks her selection and that of her real-life husband, Eli, to represent King Kalakaua and Queen Kapi‘olani in this year’s festival is part of a plan for their lives
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the public throughout 2017.
Jo Loa and Lori Veincent model this year’s official Merrie Monarch Festival T-shirt and tote bag designs Wednesday outside the Merrie Monarch office in Hilo. Adult and youth T-shirts, long- sleeve T-shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, crested sweatshirts and tote bags
Here are the final results for the 2016 Merrie Monarch Festival group hula competition, with kumu hula and point totals.
Thousands flocked Wednesday night to the Edith Kanaka‘ole Multi-Purpose Stadium for the Merrie Monarch Festival Ho‘ike, a free exhibition of hula and cultural dance from across the Pacific Basin.