2016 Festival Events

The week-long Merrie Monarch Festival runs March 27 - April 2, 2016

Photo of pau rider on horseback in 2010 parade

Hoʻolauleʻa (celebration)

9:00 a.m., Sunday, March 27th 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 Hilo Naniloa Hotel (12 p.m.), and the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel (1 p.m.).

Merrie Monarch Invitational Hawaiian Arts Fair

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 30th through Friday, April 1st, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 2nd, at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.

An annual favorite, this free event features local artists, crafters, and entertainment.

Hōʻike Performances

6:00 pm, Wednesday, March 30th 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

6:00 pm, Thursday, March 31st 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

6:00 pm, Friday, April 1st at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium. Hālau hula perform ancient style dances.

Group Hula ʻAuana & Awards

6:00 pm, Saturday, April 2nd 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 2nd. 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.).

Event Locations

Edith Kanaka‘ole Tennis Stadium
350 Kalanikoa Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium
323 Manono Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720