50th Merrie Monarch Festival

Hilo Hawaii is HULA Hawaii!

The Merrie Monarch Festival honors King David Kalakaua, Hawaii's last king. King David was born on November 16, 1836 in Puawaina, Oahu. He was elected King of the Hawaiian Islands in 1874.  Hawaiian culture and arts reached new heights during King Kalakaua's reign. The King was extremely talented; he was an inventor, musician and composer.

King Kalakaua is know as the "Merrie Monarch". On January 20, 1891, his reign came to an end. The yearly Merrie Monarch Festival is dedicated to the memory of King David La'amea Kalakaua.

This year is the 50th year celebration of Merrie Monarch Festival that's held in Hilo, Hawaii. Tickets for the 3,000 seats went on sale on December 26, 2012. Ticket envelopes could not be postmarked prior to December 26. Over 20,000 ticket envelopes were received. Fortunately, I was one of the 3,000 to secure a ticket.

Hilo, Hawaii is my hometown. It has the small town feeling, ideal for raising a family. There are two high schools in Hilo, St. Joseph's High School and Hilo High School. Tourism is the primary industry.

It rains almost every day in Hilo. The yearly rainfall this time of year is about 14 inches. The damp humid weather is ideal for orchids; there are orchid farms everywhere. Golf in Hilo is a little difficult in comparison to the lush golf courses on the opposite side of the island.

Merrie MonarchMerrie MonarchMerrie MonarchI love coming home to Hilo. Hope you enjoyed the pictures.

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Comments (4)

Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

So much is changing with Hawaii that it is nice to see them holding on to some traditions. You could be up on one of the Ranches of the Big Island and think you were in Texas. Except that the Hawaiian beach is just below waiting for you. Nice photos; you may have left Hawaii but you didn't leave the sunny climate.

Apr 05, 2013 05:03 AM
Bud & Beth McKinney
RE/MAX UNITED - Cary, NC
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

Wow that's really cool, I didn't know most of this about Hawaii, thank you for sharing.

Apr 05, 2013 05:45 AM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Just curious Leolinda as to why it ended, death or take over. I love the islands but do not know much about them

Apr 05, 2013 06:43 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Leolinda I love it when you share your Hawaiian history!  I've been to Hilo and it's a lovely little town full of charming, friendly folks.  Hope to see you at the meetup next Monday April 8th!!

Apr 05, 2013 10:02 AM