Merrie Monarch Festival
April 21, 2019 - April 27, 2019
This is the premiere cultural event in the Hawaiian Islands. Held each year in Hilo, Hawaii, the Festival honors King Kalakaua, and his contributions to the Hawaiian people. It includes crafts, food, cultural demonstrations, a parade, art exhibits, live music and features three nights of Hula Competition in the Edith Kanakaole Stadium. Halau come from all the islands as well as some from the continental United States. This unusual competition is about sharing and aloha, a feature of Hawaiian cultural values.