Thursday, April 10, 2014

Merrie Monarch Hula Festival 2014


Merrie Monarch 2014 - 
The World's largest Hula Festival in Hilo



30 minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast in Hilo the famous annual Merrie Monarch Hula Competition will take place from April 20 - April 27. This year will be the festival's 51th Anniversary. Many dignitaries of the Hula world will attend and many special events will take place commemorating this long history of Hawaiian culture.

It is a magical time, when all of Hilo town is in a festive ambiance celebrating the art of Hula and the Hawaiian Culture. It is a community event with everybody involved from the Keiki (children) to the Kupuna (Elders): Hula performances in parks, public places and all around town, fabulous arts and crafts shows, the smell of fresh flowers everywhere, beautiful leis, everybody out in their finest Aloha wear, cheerful and happy. It is one of the most wonderful times here on the East side of the Island and as a visitor this magic is contagious and carries over to all open to be taken in by it. What makes this event so special is the fact, that it is not put on as a festival for visitors. It is genuine and authentic. It is the perfect time to experience Hawaii, its cultural richness and overabundant beauty. It's also a time to closely experience some of Hawaii's most famous performers, entertainers and musicians: Keali'i Reichel, Robert Kazimero, members of the Beamer family, Sonny Ching, Kekuhi Kanahele & the Kanakaole Ohana, and many other kumu hula and their halau from around the world.

The event starts on Wednesday night (April 23) with the Ho'ike Performance, a free exhibition night of hula, international performers and music. Thursday night (April 24) features the Miss Aloha Hula competition of individual women for the title of Miss Aloha Hula. Contestants perform hula kahiko (ancient hula), hula 'auana (modern hula) and oli (chanting). On Friday night (April 25) groups of women and men perform Hula Kahiko. Saturday (April 26) night, the final evening, presents women and men groups dancing the modern style hula ('auana). At the end of this evening the overall winners of both group hula nights are celebrated.

The week-long event finds its finale in the Saturday parade (April 26th) through downtown Hilo as one of the festival's most entertaining and fun parts for the whole family.

Tickets are mostly pre-sold, but may still be available at the door of the Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium on the evenings of the competition events. More information is also available on the official Merrie Monarch website www.merriemonarch.com.

Activities are available all over Hilo and in the area. Here are some links:

Basically Books in Hilo:
'Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo:
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park:

Merrie Monarch Hula Festival 2014


Merrie Monarch 2014 - 
The World's largest Hula Festival in Hilo



30 minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast in Hilo the famous annual Merrie Monarch Hula Competition will take place from April 20 - April 27. This year will be the festival's 51th Anniversary. Many dignitaries of the Hula world will attend and many special events will take place commemorating this long history of Hawaiian culture.

It is a magical time, when all of Hilo town is in a festive ambiance celebrating the art of Hula and the Hawaiian Culture. It is a community event with everybody involved from the Keiki (children) to the Kupuna (Elders): Hula performances in parks, public places and all around town, fabulous arts and crafts shows, the smell of fresh flowers everywhere, beautiful leis, everybody out in their finest Aloha wear, cheerful and happy. It is one of the most wonderful times here on the East side of the Island and as a visitor this magic is contagious and carries over to all open to be taken in by it. What makes this event so special is the fact, that it is not put on as a festival for visitors. It is genuine and authentic. It is the perfect time to experience Hawaii, its cultural richness and overabundant beauty. It's also a time to closely experience some of Hawaii's most famous performers, entertainers and musicians: Keali'i Reichel, Robert Kazimero, members of the Beamer family, Sonny Ching, Kekuhi Kanahele & the Kanakaole Ohana, and many other kumu hula and their halau from around the world.

The event starts on Wednesday night (April 23) with the Ho'ike Performance, a free exhibition night of hula, international performers and music. Thursday night (April 24) features the Miss Aloha Hula competition of individual women for the title of Miss Aloha Hula. Contestants perform hula kahiko (ancient hula), hula 'auana (modern hula) and oli (chanting). On Friday night (April 25) groups of women and men perform Hula Kahiko. Saturday (April 26) night, the final evening, presents women and men groups dancing the modern style hula ('auana). At the end of this evening the overall winners of both group hula nights are celebrated.

The week-long event finds its finale in the Saturday parade (April 26th) through downtown Hilo as one of the festival's most entertaining and fun parts for the whole family.

Tickets are mostly pre-sold, but may still be available at the door of the Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium on the evenings of the competition events. More information is also available on the official Merrie Monarch website www.merriemonarch.com.

Activities are available all over Hilo and in the area. Here are some links:

Basically Books in Hilo:
'Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo:
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Merrie Monarch 2014 Activities - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park




Merrie Monarch 2014 Activities - 
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


Go Wild for Culture during National Park Week 
at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park


Hawaii National Park, Hawai‘i – The National Park Service, in partnership with the National Park Foundation, will celebrate National Park Week April 19-27 with a free-admission weekend and special events nationwide.

The theme for this year’s National Park Week invites visitors to Go Wild! for history, nature, culture, wildlife, and fun in America’s national parks. At Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, the timing is perfect for visitors to “Go Wild for Culture” while celebrating Hilo’s 51st annual Merrie Monarch Festival, the most revered hula competition in the world.  

Admission to all fee-charging national parks is free from Saturday, April 19 through Sunday, April 20 to kick off National Park Week. Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will offer 12 Hawaiian cultural events planned April 23-25; these events are free but admission fees apply. All programs are part the park’s ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” cultural workshops, and are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association:

Wednesday, April 23

Kalo Demonstration. Join Edna and Sam Baldado as they share the cultural uses of kalo, or taro plant. See how each plant is identified by its leaf, steam, corm, color, and shape. Discover the hundreds of varieties of kalo in Hawaii, and how kalo was used for food, medicine, glue, dyes, and much more.
When: Wed., April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Feather Kāhili Workshop. Helene Hayselden will demonstrate the art of making a feather kāhili, a symbol of royalty. Watch or join in and make your kāhili to take home.
When: Wed., April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Music by Rupert Tripp, Jr. Enjoy the beautiful music and voice of singer, songwriter, and multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award nominee, Rupert Tripp, Jr.
When: Wed., April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Lā‘au Lapa‘au. Ka‘ohu Monfort shares her knowledge and love of the island’s native plants. Learn how her passion for plants and the Hawaiian culture are used to heal and nourish. See and touch a variety of medicinal plants, including kuku‘i, ‘ōlena, ha‘uowī, noni, kī, and guava.
When: Wed., April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Thursday, April 24

Feather Work. Watch Vi Makuakāne demonstrate the intricate art of feather work. Thousands of feathers are sorted, graded, trimmed, and sewn to a base. The result is a beautiful lei hulu, or feather lei.
When: Thurs., April 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Kenneth Makuakāne. This multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer will play original songs from his solo albums and compositions.
When: Thurs., April 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

‘Ohe Kapala. ‘Ohe kapala, or bamboo stamps, are used to create distinct designs for traditional Hawaiian kapa. Join Keiko Mercado as she demonstrates how ‘ohe (bamboo) are carved into beautiful designs and how they are used. There will be samples and a hands-on opportunity to learn this Hawaiian art form.
When: Thurs., April 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Lei Making. Patricia Ka‘ula will demonstrate different styles of lei making: hilo, haku, hili and Ku‘i. Lei is used for everything from blessing crops, adornments for hula dancers, healing and sacred rituals, to show royal status or rank, honor guests, as peace offerings, to celebrating a birth.
When: Thurs., April 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Robert Cazimero Book Signing. Robert Cazimero, a highly regarded and respected kumu hula, will sign the latest edition of Men of Hula, which will be available for sale. This 2011 edition by award-winning author Benton Sen chronicles how the hula teacher and Nā Hālau Kamalei shattered the stereotypical image of hula (girls in grass skirts and coconut bras) by revitalizing the masculine aspects of the ancient dance.
When: Thurs., April 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center

Friday, April 25

Kapa Demonstration. Kapa maker Ku‘uleimomi Makuakāne-Salāve‘a shares the art of kapa making. See how the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree is beaten into cloth.
When: Fri., April 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Ulana Lauhala. Members of ‘Aha Pūhala o Puna perpetuate the ancient art of lauhala weaving. Observe this art form and learn to weave your own lauhala star from the leaves of the hala, or pandanus tree.
When: Fri., April 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Music by Lito Arkangel. Listen to music by Lito Arkangel, one of Hawai‘i Island’s most popular entertainers, as he plays his original compositions and Hawaiian favorites.
When: Fri., April 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

‘Ohe Hanu Iho Demo. Join National Park Service Master Volunteer Ed Shiinoki and Park Ranger Andrea Kaawaloa-Okita and create your own nose flute. Thin-walled Hawaiian bamboo was used to make a three-hole wind instrument called ‘ohe hano ihu or bamboo nose flute. Today, the supply of bamboo is very limited so Asian bamboo is used instead. Andrea and Ed will share the many uses of the bamboo, demonstrate how to make your own ‘ohe hano ihu, and teach you how to play it, too.
When: Fri., April 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

In addition to the cultural programs at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park during National Park Week , there are Stewardship at the Summit volunteer opportunities, Kahuku hikes, and After Dark in the Park programs. Check the park website for a complete schedule.   

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 www.imiloahawaii.org. 

‘Imiloa provides accommodations for accessibility for persons with disabilities.  For accommodations, call (808) 969-9704 or email rching@imiloahawaii.org 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 www.imiloahawaii.org.


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
www.imiloahawaii.org
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Merrie Monarch 2014 Activities - Basically Books in Hilo




Merrie Monarch 2014 Activities - 
Basically Books in Hilo


Aloha,
Please join us for any or all of our 14 free events highlighting the music, art and culture of Hawai‘i as Basically Books celebrates the 51st Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo.

Saturday, April 19th, 1:00pm
Bert Naihe Performs: Bert celebrates his first CD “You’re the One” with a performance on this Saturday before the Merrie Monarch Festival begins. His CD invites the listener to come to Hilo to party and dance the hula.

Monday, April 21st, 11:30am
Helen Wong Smith Lecture: Librarian and archivist Helen Wong Smith will present a talk on 19th century Hawaiian scholars and historians.

Monday, April 21st, 2:00pm
Ben Kaili Performs: Hilo’s own Ben Kaili will perform songs from his New Slack Key Guitar album “Huanani”. 2014 Na Hoku Slack Key Album nomination.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 11:30am
Weldon Kekauoha and Friends: Musician, vocalist, composer, Hoku Award winner and Grammy Nominee Weldon Kekauoha sings hula favorites and contemporary songs.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2:30pm
Kumu Kawika Alfiche and Duncan O’Brien: San Francisco Bay Area Kumu Hula, Kawika Alfiche performs hula songs and Author Duncan O’Brien reads from his book for children of all ages, Matson the Mouse.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 11:30am
Boyd Bond Talks: Kohala resident Boyd Bond, historian and folklorist, will present a talk on the development of Hawaiian Mele from Ancient Chant to modern song.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2:00pm
Volcanoscapes by Mick Kalber: Emmy Award Winning Videographer Mick Kalber shows highlights of the new DVD “Volcanoscapes….Dancing with the Goddess” an odyssey of sight and sound that takes us into the lives of those intimate with Pele, the goddess of Volcanoes.

Thursday, April 24th, 11:30am-12:30pm
Natalie Ai Kamau: Na Hoku award winning vocalist and composer presents her new CD titled “Eia.” An anthology of her first 3 CDs ‘E, ‘I, and ‘A, it shows the listener what is in her heart.  2014 Na Hoku Anthology Album nomination.

Thursday, April 24th, 12:30-1:30 pm
Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazimero: Meet Robert Uluwehi Cazimero and get your signed copy of the revised edition of Men of Hula, a book honoring the Kumu and his men of Halau Na Kamalei. His CD, Hula 2, got a 2014 Na Hoku Hawaiian Music Album nomination.

Friday, April 25th, 9:30am
Rob Iopa Children’s Book: An architect and artist, Rob presents his new children’s book, A’ama Nui, an original tale celebrating Keaukaha’s history and lore. In addition, this fascinating book also explores the creative process of designing and building a home.

Friday, April 25th, 11:30 am
Cyril Pahinui: Cyril Pahinui returns to celebrate his new CD “Kani Pu Kolu”. It honors the past with Hawaiian standards spanning generations of music lovers.  2014 Na Hoku Liner Notes nomination.

Friday, April 25th, 1:30 pm
Sean Na’auao: Sean Na’auao shares music from his new CD, Na’auao, showcasing his vocal style with contemporary and traditional Hawaiian mele. Four 2014 Na Hoku nominations.

Saturday, April 26th, 9:30 am
Waipuna: Featuring 3 Kamehameha School alumna, Matthew Sproat, Kale Hannahs and David Kamakahi, Waipuna will share music in celebration of Hawai’i. 2014 Na Hoku nominations in seven catagories.

Saturday, April 26th, 2:30 pm
Kuana Torres Kahele: Kuana will share music  from his new solo album, Hawai’i  Keawe, celebrating the island of Hawai’i, his home. Kuana has eight 2014 Na Hoku nominations including male vocalist.

You may call ahead to reserve your selection of any of the items featured above.

Mahalo,

Christine Reed
Basically Books
160 Kamehameha Avenue
Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720
808-961-0144
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