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.
I love coming home to Hilo. Hope you enjoyed the pictures.