SATURDAY, April 6
KOREA VETERANS IN PARADE
Where: Wailoa Park by Kamehameha statue
When: 8:30 a.m. April 6
Details: Help decorate group’s truck for 10:30 a.m. Merrie Monarch Festival Royal Parade. Wear Class B uniform.
Contact: Bob Karp, 981-2126
MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL ROYAL PARADE
Where: Downtown Hilo
When: 10:30 a.m. April 6
Details:. Parade in honor of 50th annual Merrie Monarch Festival winds through downtown Hilo beginning at the base of Pauahi Street, traveling uphill to Kilauea Avenue, over to and along Keawe Street, down Waianuenue Avenue to Kamehameha Avenue, then back along Kamehameha to the starting point at the bottom of Pauahi Street. There are many fine viewing points all along the parade route.
MERRIE MONARCH INVITATIONAL HAWAIIAN ARTS FAIR
Where: Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, Butler Building
When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 6
Details: Arts and handcrafts, food, cultural demonstrations in kapa, pahu drums, coconut weaving, ipu making, poi pounding and native plants. Free entertainment at 11 a.m. and performances by hula halau. Get official Merrie Monarch T-shirts, programs and posters. Free admission.
HAWAII PLANTATION MUSEUM UKULELE EXHIBIT IN PAPAIKOU
Where: Hawaii Plantation Museum, 27-246 Old Mamalahoa Highway
When: 10 a.m. April 6
Details: In tribute to 50th anniversary Merrie Monarch Festival, special exhibit features instrument made in 1800s by Manuel Nunes, one of the creators of the ukulele. Museum is in 111-year-old S. Yoshiyama Store building. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Special admission prices.
Contact: David, 443-7679
MERRIE MONARCH CRAFT FAIR
Where: Prince Kuhio Plaza
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 6
20TH HAWAII ARTS, CRAFTS & FOOD FESTIVAL
Where: Sangha Hall, Hilo
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 6
Details: More than 100 artisans, crafters, food vendors. Prizes, performances, demos; www.hawaiiartsandcraftsfestival.com.