Merrie Monarch Festival
Hula Competition
The premier hula competition held annually in Hilo, Hawaii
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E Komo Mai (Welcome)!

The Merrie Monarch Festival is a week-long cultural event held annually in Hilo on the island of Hawaii (also known as the "Big Island"). Festivities start on Easter Sunday and culminate with the hula competition events at Edith Kanakaʻole Tennis Stadium — Miss Aloha Hula on Thursday, Hula Kahiko on Friday, and Hula ʻAuana on Saturday.

The 57th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival (2020) hula competition that was previously scheduled from April 16-18, 2020 has been cancelled due to the threat posed by the ongoing Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The 2020 Merrie Monarch Festival cancellation notice was posted on Facebook and Instagram on Thursday, March 12, 2020.


Uncle George Naʻope
“Hawai'i's Golden Treasure”

Uncle George Naʻope, cofounder of the Merrie Monarch Festival, has gone up to the heavens ... rest in peace.

Photo of Karen Sabog and Uncle George Karen Sabog and Uncle George Naʻope
(March 1996 Hula Mae'ole Seminar in New Jersey)


This Web site is brought to you with the spirit of aloha!


2013 Merrie Monarch Festival DVD Merrie Monarch Festival memorabilia