Merrie Monarch: Crafts, cabins and Ho‘ike

By Elizabeth Kieszkowski / ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com on April 8, 2015


Aloha from Hilo Merrie Monarch blog

A lovely cabin in misty Volcano.

A lovely cabin in misty Volcano.

Aloha from Merrie Monarch and the island of Hawaii! Today is a day for the Merrie Monarch Hawaiian Arts and Crafts Fair at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, hula and Hawaiian music presentations at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the main event: Ho‘ike at Edith Kanakaole Stadium.

Ready and waiting: Edith Kanakaole Stadium has been readied for the hula competition at Merrie Monarch.

Ready and waiting: Edith Kanakaole Stadium has been readied for the hula competition at Merrie Monarch.

The stadium has been readied and the halau have rehearsed. I’m on my way down from Volcano, where I’ve stayed in the lovely historic Hale Ohia Cottages. Hilo, here I come!

A quiet day in Hilo, Tuesday. It won't be like that today!

A quiet day in Hilo, Tuesday. It won’t be like that today!

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Elizabeth Kieszkowski is editor of TGIF, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s weekly arts and entertainment section. Reach her via email at ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com or follow her on Twitter.