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51st Annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawaii

Merrie Monarch parade and festival celebrations
Noel Morata Photography

The Merrie Monarch Hula Festival starts again Easter Sunday for the whole week long hula celebration and ending in a grand parade. The 51st annual festival offers so much more than hula competition, it's a week of demonstrations, musical performances, arts and crafts festivals events at local galleries, hotels and cultural landmarks and a parade dedicated exclusively to the hula and hula performers. Whether you are lucky enough to score tickets for the sold out events, there are so many free hula performances and other entertainment happening all week at various venues - just look out for the event calendars and the website link below for updates.

One of the free must- see events is the Wednesday night Ho’olaule’a performance at the Edith Kanakaole stadium. Make sure that you come at least one or two hours early prior to the performance, there is always a very long line of people waiting to secure the best seats or bleachers at the performance on Ho'olaule'a performance day.

For more information about events and activities, visit the official website here

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