Merrie Monarch 2014 April 20-26th
I have to say one my FAVORITE events held here on the Big Island is the Merrie Monarch. This year Marks 51 years of this event. Where the most talented come from all over the world! This event started in 1963. The purpose of the festival is the perpetuation, preservation, and promotion of the art of hula and the Hawaiian culture.For those who dont know the chants, songs and dance tell stories of the Hawaii relationship with nature, the birds and fish, trees and flowers, mountains, oceans, rivers, wind, rain and Hawaii’s active volcanoes. EVERY hand movement EVERY body movement EVERY facial expression tell those stories. I am in love with this. I was blessed to have been able to perform in a Christmas Hula a few years ago (it was on my bucket list) and I am telling you it is NOT as easy as it looks! But it IS as beautiful and has enjoyable as it looks. It is one of the largest in the world. And I sincerly can NOT wait til this years events! This is an event that my daughter has yet to experience and I am looking forward to her seeing it. I am hoping to post a blog about it after this yrs event.
Here is some important information that you may want to know so that you can come see for yourself (If you do make sure you let me know and I can meet you and welcome you to Hawaii)
NOTHING SEXIER THEN A MAN IN A LOIN CLOTH TELLING US A STORY!
Price of Tickets:
SECTIONS: “E” “F” “G” “H” “I” “J”
$30.00 – 1 Ticket (one person to attend all 3 nights)
SECTIONS: “A” “B” “C” “D” “K” “L” “P” “Q” “VL” “VR”
$25.00- 1 Ticket (one person to attend all 3 nights)
SECTIONS: “M” “N” “NR”
$20.00- 1 Ticket (one person to attend 2 nights – Friday/Saturday)
$15.00- 1 Ticket (one person to attend 2 nights – Friday/Saturday)
$5.00- 1 Ticket (one person to attend Miss Aloha Hula – Thursday
I live in Puna in the area that this is about! For more information about Pel’e click HERE (This will be another post one day as I am so interested in her story)
How to purchase tickets (Taken straight From the website)
- Dates of competition: April 24-26, 2014
- Each person may purchase a maximum of two tickets. Each ticket (or set of tickets if purchasing Thursday night separately) allows an individual to attend up to three nights of competition.
- Ticket requests must be mailed in. Requests postmarked on December 26, 2013 and later will be accepted. Requests postmarked prior to December 26, 2013 will NOT be accepted, and will be returned to the sender. *Note: If December 26th happens to fall on a Sunday, then we will accept requests postmarked on December 27th and later.
- Ticket prices vary depending on seating section and the number of days attending the competition. Please see the ticket request form for details.
- Requests must include: 1) a ticket request form; 2) payment in the form of a cashier’s check or money order, in U.S. dollars; and 3) a self-addressed stamped envelope.
9:00 a.m., Sunday, April 20th at the Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium. Free admission to watch performances by our local hālau.
Free Mid-day Entertainment
Daily (Monday through Friday) entertainment at the Hawaiʻi Naniloa Volcanoes Resort (12 p.m.), and the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel (1 p.m.).
Arts and Crafts Fair
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 23rd through Friday, April 25th, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 26th, at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.
An annual favorite, this free event features local artists, crafters, and entertainment.
5:45 pm, Wednesday, April 23rd at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium. An exhibition night of hula and folk dance from around the Pacific. The performances are free to the public, no tickets required.
Miss Aloha Hula
5:45 pm, Thursday, April 24th at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium. Individual competition for the title of Miss Aloha Hula with contestants performing hula kahiko, hula ʻauana and oli (chanting).
Group Hula Kahiko
5:45 pm, Friday, April 25th at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium. Hālau hula perform ancient style dances.
Group Hula ʻAuana & Awards
5:45 pm, Saturday, April 26th at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium. Hālau hula perform modern style dances with an awards presentation for all group winners.
Merrie Monarch Royal Parade
10:30 am, Saturday, April 26th. One of the festival’s most entertaining and fun events for the entire family, the parade begins and ends at Pauahi St. and winds through downtown Hilo (Kilauea Ave. – Keawe St. – Waiānuenue Ave. – Kamehameha Ave.).
Some of the Event Locations
Edith Kanaka‘ole Tennis Stadium
350 Kalanikoa Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium
323 Manono Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Merrie Monarch Festival Office
865 Piʻilani St.
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Here is a video of me preforming Hula a few Christmas’s ago I LOVE LOVE doing the Hula!