Merrie Monarch Festival, Hilo, Hawai’i
Much of the festival consist of free, non–competition events at several venues around Hilo town. These include dance performances by local and international halau, as well several different arts and craft fairs.
Wednesday Ho’ike Night free exhibition is very popular, as well as the Merrie Monarch Parade that takes place on Saturday morning, the festivals last day.
Without question, the hula competition portion of the festival is most exciting. Thursday individual competition winner is awarded the title of Miss Aloha Hula. Both kāne & wāhine (male & female) from halau worldwide compete in two categories. Friday, hula Kahiko (ancient) and Saturday, hula ʻauana (modern).