Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Merrie Monarch Hula Festival - Wednesday, April 27, 2011


MERRIE MONARCH HULA FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: Wednesday, April 27, 2011:


30 Minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast:


SCHEDULE:
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

* Hawaiian Invitational Arts & Crafts Fair:
8:30AM to 5:00PM -
Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium

* Craft Fair
9:00AM to 5:00PM -
Hilo Shopping Center with local crafts and local food

* Merrie Monarch Festival Free Workshops: What is ‘Ūniki? - Hōkūlani Holt has been the Kumu Hula for Pā‘ū O Hi‘iaka on Maui for 35 years now.
10:00-11:30PM
'Imiloa Astronomy Center -

* Hula Free Demonstration : Halau Hula O Kou Lima Nani E -- Kumu Iwalani Kalima -
11:00AM
Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium

* Hula Free Demonstration : Halau Na Lei Hiwahiwa 'O Ku'ualoha -- Kumu Sammye-Anne Young -
12:00 PM
Hawaii Naniloa Volcanoes Resort

* Hula Free Demonstration : Ke Ola O Nae Kuepuna -- Kumu Haunani Medeiros -
1:00PM
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

* Merrie Monarch Festival Free Workshops: From Pā‘ū o Hi‘iaka - Hōkūlani Holt, Lono Padilla, Robert Ka‘upu & ‘Ulalia Woodside - A panel of Kumu Hula will discuss their experiences in ‘ūniki, the traditional form of passage by which a dancer becomes a master of Hula.
1:00-2:30PM
'Imiloa Astronomy Center -

* Native Hawaiian Art Exhibit:
12:00PM to 8:00PM -
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. Our first year to the Ho'ike we got in line at 5PM and were very surprised to find that the line already extended from the Stadium all the way to the Civic Auditorium. We missed the entrance of the Royal Court and the Pule (since they close the gates during that time) and finally got a seat behind the stage which limited our view of the dances. The next year we got in line at 2:30PM with water, food, lawn chairs, crossword puzzles and an umbrella (because it was raining). Being in line for that many hours you become friends with the many visitors and locals with shared enthusiasm for the event and hula. Look at some pictures and movies from previous Ho'ike in 2009 and 2008 to get an idea of what the event is like.

SCHEDULE:
6:00PM - Entrance of Royal Court
6:15PM - National Anthem and Hawai'i Pono'i by Ka Leo Wai, the Waiakea High Hawaiian Ensemble, Kawika Urakami
6:25PM - Pule (prayer) by Kahu Wendell Davis
6:30PM - Halau O Kekuhi - Kumu Naelani Kanaka'ole
7:30PM - Marshallese Iakwe Club - University of Hawaii at Hilo
8:00PM - Merahi O Tapiti -Tiffany Dela Cruz
8:45PM - Te Tu Mataora, Haimona Maruera and Kiritiana Hautapu-Fonotoe from New Zealand

(Get in line early - The best seats go quickly and and no one is allowed to enter during the royal court entrance or Pule from 6:00-6:30PM)

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