|2013 Festival Events|
The week-long Merrie Monarch Festival runs from March 31 - April 6, 2013.
9:00 a.m., Sunday, March 31st at the Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium. Free admission to watch performances by our local hālau.
6:00 p.m., Sunday, March 31at the Hilo Armory. A tribute to the pageantry of the festival's early years, with performances dedicated to our ali'i.
Kalākaua Beard Look-Alike Contest
5 p.m., Monday, April 1st at the Mo'oheau Park Bandstand. A lively whisker competition for our men.
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.).
Barbershop Quartet Competition
5 p.m., Tuesday, April 2nd at the Mo'oheau Park Bandstand. A musical a cappella competition.
Arts and Crafts Fair
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 3rd through Friday, April 5th, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 6th, at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.
An annual favorite, this free event features local artists and crafters.
5:45 pm, Wednesday, April 3rd at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium. An exhibition night of hula and music.
Miss Aloha Hula
5:45 pm, Thursday, April 4th 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 5th at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium. Hālau hula perform ancient style dances.
Group Hula ʻAuana & Awards
5:45 pm, Saturday, April 6th 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 6th. 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.).
Edith Kanaka‘ole Tennis Stadium
Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium
Mo‘oheau Park Bandstand (Downtown Hilo, next to the bus
Merrie Monarch Festival Office