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Celebrating the Rich Cultural Heritage at the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawaiʻi

Immerse yourself in the vibrant traditions, native language, and arts of Hawaiʻi at the Merrie Monarch Festival, a cherished annual event held in Hilo. This nonprofit organization pays tribute to the revered King David Kalākaua, whose vision has inspired the perpetuation of Hawaiian customs. With its internationally acclaimed hula competition, invitational Hawaiian arts craft fair, captivating hula shows, and a grand parade through Hilo town, the festival offers a remarkable celebration of Hawaiian culture.

During the week-long festivities, the dedicated staff members from HNC | DAWSON had the pleasure of attending and immersing themselves in the various aspects of the festival. The craft fairs, hula competitions, and grand parade captivated their senses and allowed them to fully appreciate the beauty and significance of Hawaiian traditions.

In a testament to the partnership between DAWSON and the Native Hawaiian community, the festival’s live broadcast featured three video spots highlighting the work of DAWSON. These captivating vignettes were filmed at Papahana Kuaola, an esteemed Native Hawaiian community partner, further emphasizing DAWSON’s commitment to honoring and preserving the rich cultural heritage of Hawaiʻi.

To gain a deeper understanding of the profound connection between DAWSON and the Merrie Monarch Festival, we invite you to watch the inspiring vignettes. Filmed amidst the stunning backdrop of Papahana Kuaola, these videos beautifully capture the essence of the Merrie Monarch Festival and the invaluable contributions of the Hawaiian Native Corporation | DAWSON. Click the buttons below to embark on a visual journey that celebrates the spirit of Hawaiian culture.

The Merrie Monarch Festival serves as a beacon for the preservation and promotion of Hawaiian customs, language, and arts. Through its internationally acclaimed hula competition, invitational craft fair, captivating hula shows, and grand parade, the festival offers an unparalleled experience that showcases the beauty and significance of Hawaiʻi’s cultural heritage. The participation of HNC | DAWSON and their presence in the festival’s video spots at Papahana Kuaola further solidifies their dedication to preserving the legacy of King David Kalākaua and the traditions he so ardently championed. As we honor the past and celebrate the present, the Merrie Monarch Festival continues to shine as a testament to the enduring spirit of Hawaiʻi’s rich cultural legacy.

Merrie Monarch Festival