The 61st Annual
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The Perpetuation of Hula Kahili and the Hawaiian Culture

Merrie Monarch Festival 2022

The week-long Merrie Monarch Festival runs
APRIL 18th-23rd, 2022

We are pleased to be moving toward our regular presentation of the annual Merrie Monarch Festival for 2022, however, we are not completely back to business as usual. While we are able to welcome some audience members back to Hilo to enjoy spectacular hula live in the Edith Kanaka‘ole Multipurpose Stadium, we have only secured permission to offer a fraction of the tickets we usually sell for the competition.

This past year participating hālau came to Hilo with fewer dancers and kōkua, to adhere to our strict COVID-related health protocols, and this meant that families were unable to accompany the hālau. As we slowly open our doors to audiences, we want to ensure that the hālau and their families are cared for first and will continue our practice of allotting participating hālau a set amount of tickets as in years past. These hālau tickets, along with a reduced number of complimentary tickets for longstanding supporters and sponsors of the Festival, will be the only tickets available. Therefore, we will not be selling tickets to the general public at this time, because we will have reached the seating capacity currently allowed to us.


Your appreciation and love of the hula is profound, and we value your support for the perpetuation of this vital cultural practice. We apologize that we are currently unable to welcome back more of you to experience the Merrie Monarch Festival in person. However, we want to ensure a safe event for our community, kūpuna, participating hālau, staff and volunteers, as well as audience members. We look forward to the time when we can gather more freely, but until then we will proceed with caution, all the while ensuring that we are able to maintain our mission of supporting and promoting hula and Hawaiian culture.


Schedule of Festival Events

April 20th – 23rd, 2022

Merrie Monarch Hawaiian Arts and Crafts Fair
Wed. – Fri 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat. 9:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium & Butler Buildings in Hilo



Friday, April 22nd, 2022

Lei Workshops

1:00pm – 2:30pm – ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

Hālau I Ka Leo O Nā Mamo, Pelehonuamea & Kekoa Harman

11:00 am – Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium

Hālau Na Pua O Uluhaimalama, Emery Aceret

12:00 noon – Grand Naniloa Hotel

Hālau Ha’a Kea o Kinohi, Paul Neves

1:00pm – Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Saturday, April 23nd, 2022

Merrie Monarch Royal Parade
10:30 am — Through downtown Hilo

Ke Ola Pono No Nā Kūpuna, Haunani Medeiros

12:00 noon – Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium

Hula Performances

Hōʻike Performances

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 – 6:00 pm,
Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium

Miss Aloha Hula
Thursday, April 21st, 2022 – 6:00pm
Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium

Individual competition for the title of Miss Aloha Hula with contestants performing hula kahiko, hula ʻauana and oli (chant)

Hula Kahiko
Friday, April 22nd, 2022 – 6:00pm
Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium

Hālau hula perform ancient style dances.

Hula ʻAuana & Awards
Saturday, April 23rd, 2022 6:00pm
Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium

Hālau hula perform modern style dances, followed by an awards presentation for all group winners.

Watch the 59th Annual Merrie Monarch Hula Competition on or by clicking the Merrie Monarch icon on the Hawaii News Now app each night beginning at 6:00pm HST on April 21st, 22nd, & 23rd, 2022



Broadcast Information

2022 Miss Aloha Hula Competition

April 21, 2022 | 6pm HST–12am HST on KFVE
Encore: Friday, April 22, 11am-4pm HST on HFVE

2022 Kahiko Competition

April 22, 2022 | 6pm HST–12am HST on KFVE
Encore: Saturday, April 23, 11am-4pm HST on KFVE

2022 ʻAuana Competition

April 23, 2021 | 6pm HST–1am HST on KFVE
Encore: Sunday: April 23, 11am-6pm HST on KFVE



Channel 6 on Spectrum (Digital Channel 1006)
                        Hawaiian Telcom,
                        Direct TV

Channel 8 on Dish TV

Sponsors and Partners


Festival Sponsors


Production and Website Partners

Broadcast Producers

  • Pilina First, LLP


  • Hawaii News Now – KFVE

Official Photographer

  • Extreme Exposure

Website Design and Management

  • Upspring

Website Content Support

  • Pacific Pro-Tech Services Corp.

Website Archival Images

  • Bishop Museum