Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Merrie Monarch 2012 - Events: Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Merrie Monarch 2012 -
Events: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Stay at Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast and visit Hilo and the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, - only 30 minutes away:

  • Hawaiian Invitational Arts & Crafts Fair: 8:30AM to 5:00PM - Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
  • Merrie Monarch Festival Workshop: Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole and Kekuhi Kanahele Musical performance $6 in advance 10:00-11:30PM 'Imiloa Astronomy Center
  • Hula Free Demonstration: 11:00AM Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
  • Hula Free Demonstration: Noon Hawaii Naniloa Volcanoes Resort
  • Hula Free Demonstration: 1:00PM Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
  • Merrie Monarch Festival Workshop: Weldon Kekauoha Musical Performance $6 in advance- 1:00-2:30PM 'Imiloa Astronomy Center
  • Native Hawaiian Art Exhibit: Noon 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 long you become friends with the many visitors and locals with shared enthusiasm for the event and hula. Here are some pictures and movies from previous Ho'ike in 2009 and 2008 to get an idea of what the event is like.
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    SCHEDULE:
    6:00PM - Entrance of Royal Court
    6:15PM - National Anthem and Hawai'i Pono'i
    6:25PM - Pule (prayer)
    6:30PM - 9PM program of exceptional dance
    Halau O Kehuhi from Hilo
    Halau from Japan
    Halua Na Lei O Kaholoku of Kohala
    Rangi Moana dancers from Easter Island
    Tahitian Troupe Nonosina

    (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)
Here is a link to the complete Merrie Monarch Guide - Celebrate Hula - Hawaii Tribune Herald
     

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