Merrie Monarch Festival Events
Merrie Monarch Festival Events. Part of the park’s mission is to perpetuate Hawaiian culture, and what celebrates the culture more than the annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo?
During Merrie Monarch Week, the park will offer six ‘Ike Hana No‘eau (“Experience the Skillful Work) programs for everyone to experience and connect with Hawaiian practices.
Come learn about ‘ulana niu (weaving coconut leaves); nā lei (lei making) with Patty Kaula and Lehua Hauanio; play kōnane (a Hawaiian game that resembles checkers) with park rangers, and learn about nā pa‘ahana hula – the tools, altar and plants that symbolize hula – with Amy Ka‘awaloa. Musicians Rupert Tripp, Jr. and Ti Kawhi Chun and
Pōki‘i Seto will share their melodies.
When: Tues. April 23 and Wed., April 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai