Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Merrie Monarch 2014 Activities - Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo

Merrie Monarch 2014 Activities - 
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center - Cultural Education

Hilo, Hawai‘i - Musical performances, enriching presentations, and talk-story sessions are on tap for ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s Merrie Monarch Cultural Enrichment programs April 23 - 25, 2014.  

‘Imiloa is offering three days of hula-related programs during the upcoming annual Merrie Monarch festival and competition in Hilo, providing visitors to Hawai‘i and its residents with an opportunity to learn more about the history and cultural significance of hula and its practitioners. 
Starting Wednesday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m., “Haku Mele Masters of Our Time.” A panel of celebrated Hawaiian poets, orators and song writers discuss the art of composing in Hawaiian language and provide insight into the practice of documenting our history through poetry, song and performance.  Speakers will include Dr. Larry Kimura, Manu Boyd, Kainani Kahaunaele and Dr. Hiapo Perreira.  Following at 1:00 p.m. will be a musical performance by Manu Boyd. Hawaiian composer, kumu hula and Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winning recording artist, Boyd will perform mele from his latest solo release. 

On Thursday, April 24 at 10:00 a.m., ‘Ōiwi TV will present their new film, “Nā Loea: The Masters.” From award winning producer and director, Na‘alehu Anthony, comes a brand new film promoting and perpetuating ‘ike Hawaiʻi through engaging stories of a select group of masters. This beautifully produced film takes you on a journey of seldom seen stories about one man’s unwavering dedication to the art of canoe building while working on one of Hawai‘i’s most sailed canoes, a skilled Moloka‘i fisherman whose approach is helping manage Hawai‘i’s ecosystems and a traditional Hawaiian kākau (tattoo) artist and his journey of cultural re-discovery.   

Following at 1:00 p.m. will be a musical performance by Hōkū Zuttermeister. Six-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner, Zuttermeister will take the stage and perform timeless Hawaiian music and share fond recollections of his great-grandmother, Hula Master Kau‘i Zuttermeister. 

The week concludes on Friday, April 25 at 10:00 a.m. with “He Inoa No Hi‘iakaikapoliopele.” This special presentation by Dr. Taupouri Tangaro and Kekuhi Kealiikanakaoleohaililani will focus on the sacredness of the Waonahele, or upland forest, and its importance to hula, providing a glimpse into Hawaiian protocol and ceremony rarely performed in public. Following at 1:00 p.m. will be a musical performance by Kuana Torres Kahele.  Brilliant musician, song writer and winner of seven Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, Kahele will perform mele from his greatly anticipated second solo release. 

“Every year visitors who come to Hilo for the Merrie Monarch Festival are fascinated by hula,” said Ka‘iu Kimura, executive director of ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center. “We hope they will come away from their experiences at ‘Imiloa with a deeper appreciation and knowledge of hula’s history, its cultural and traditional significance, and an increased knowledge about hula-related activities.”  
Tickets are $8 per session, $6 for ‘Imiloa members and includes admission to ‘Imiloa’s exhibit hall. Seating is limited. Call (808) 969-9703 or visit the guest service desk at ‘Imiloa to purchase tickets. For a complete schedule of the program times visit us online at 

‘Imiloa provides accommodations for accessibility for persons with disabilities.  For accommodations, call (808) 969-9704 or email 10 business days prior to event. 

To cover our Merrie Monarch events and reserve your press credential, please contact Debi Ueda, Experience Coordinator at (808) 969-9723. 

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is a cultural science center located on the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus. ‘Imiloa is a place of life-long learning where the power of Hawai‘i’s cultural traditions, our legacy of exploration and the wonders of astronomy come together to provide inspiration for generations. The Center’s interactive exhibits, 3D full dome planetarium, native landscape, programs and events engage families, and visitors in the wonders of science and technology found in Hawai‘i. It is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). For more information, visit the website at

For more information contact:
Vincent Recinto
Marketing Coordinator
ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi
University of Hawaiʻi - Hilo
600 ʻImiloa Place, Hilo Hawaiʻi, 96720
Phone:  (808) 969-9714
Fax: (808) 969-9748
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