Merrie Monarch Festival

Aloha, and welcome to the Tribune-Herald's Merrie Monarch Festival site.

This page — which will be updated regularly with stories and photos — celebrates the 51th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival.

Founded by Hawaii County in 1964, and saved from oblivion by Dottie Thompson in 1968, the festival is a weeklong celebration of hula and Hawaiian culture. It's also the biggest event of the year in Hilo, attracting visitors from around the world.

The festival culminates in the prestigious three-day hula competition, when more than two dozen elite halau, or hula schools, take the stage and unveil what they hope will be winning performances.

On Thursday night, 13 women will compete for the soloist title of Miss Aloha Hula.

Friday is the group hula kahiko competition, and Saturday is the night of hula 'auana and the presentation of awards.

Read the Tribune-Herald and check this site daily for updates, photos and results.

A royal honor

At first glance, this year’s Merrie Monarch Festival king and queen might look a little young for the part.

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