2016 Merrie Monarch Festival Events

The week-long Merrie Monarch Festival runs March 27 – April 2, 2016

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Hoʻolauleʻa (celebration)

9:00 a.m., Sunday, March 27th at the Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium. Free admission to watch performances by our local hālau.

Free Mid-day Entertainment

Daily (Monday through Friday) entertainment at the Hilo Naniloa Hotel (12 p.m.), and the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel (1 p.m.).

Merrie Monarch Invitational Hawaiian Arts Fair

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 30th through Friday, April 1st, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 2nd, at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.

An annual favorite, this free event features local artists, crafters, and entertainment.

Hōʻike Performances

6:00 pm, Wednesday, March 30th at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium. An exhibition night of hula and folk dance from around the Pacific. The performances are free to the public, no tickets required.

Miss Aloha Hula

6:00 pm, Thursday, March 31st at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium. Individual competition for the title of Miss Aloha Hula with contestants performing hula kahiko, hula ʻauana and oli (chanting).

Group Hula Kahiko

6:00 pm, Friday, April 1st at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium. Hālau hula perform ancient style dances.

Group Hula ʻAuana & Awards

6:00 pm, Saturday, April 2nd at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium. Hālau hula perform modern style dances with an awards presentation for all group winners.

Merrie Monarch Royal Parade

10:30 am, Saturday, April 2nd. One of the festival’s most entertaining and fun events for the entire family, the parade begins and ends at Pauahi St. and winds through downtown Hilo (Kilauea Ave. – Keawe St. – Waiānuenue Ave. – Kamehameha Ave.).

Event Locations

Edith Kanaka‘ole Tennis Stadium
350 Kalanikoa Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium
323 Manono Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

All information and more can be found at www.merriemonarch.com

ABTP x Hempcon 2016

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Hempcon is a medical marijuana show catering to those who may benefit from the medical use of marijuana. This will be one of the premiere events of the year with live entertainment and a huge amount of exhibits including medical marijuana dispensaries, collectives, caregivers, evaluation services, legal services, educational institutions, equipment, accessories, and many more. Hempcon will be an educational event with a full weekend of seminars and presentations by industry leaders, advocates, and attorneys. Whether you are a patient or someone who wants to learn more about medical marijuana, there is something for everyone.

Joining the line-up at this years Hempcon will be local brand Aloha By The Pound. Aloha By The Pound is a brand new adventure not only covering the positive effects medicinal marijuana has on the community. As Aloha By The Pound grows, so will the mission and designs. Sticking with their Shakalolo Logo for the time being makes perfect sense, especially for the upcoming Hempcon.


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Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole


Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole

Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole (March 26, 1871 – January 7, 1922) was a prince of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi until it was overthrown by a coalition of American and European businessmen in 1893. He later went on to become a representative in the Territory of Hawaii as delegate to the United States Congress, and as such is the first native Hawaiian and only person ever elected to that body who was born a royal.

Kalanianaʻole was born March 26, 1871 in Kukui‘ula, Kōloa on the island of Kauaʻi. Like many aliʻi (Hawaiian nobility) his genealogy was complex, but he was an heir of Kaumualiʻi, the last ruling chief of Kauaʻi. He was named after his grandfather Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole, a High Chief of Hilo, and his paternal grandfather Jonah Piʻikoi, a High Chief of Kauaʻi. His Hawaiian name Kuhio translated into “Chief who leaned forward as he stood,” and “Kalanianaole” meant “ambitious Chief,” or “Chief who is never satisfied.” Like many Hawaiian nobles in the nineteenth-century he attended the exclusive private Royal School and Punahou School in Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu. In the 1870s, a French school teacher at St. Alban’s College, now ʻIolani School, commented on how young Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole’s eyes twinkled merrily and how he kept a perpetual smile. “He is so cute, just like the pictures of the little cupid”, teacher Pierre Jones said. The nickname, “Prince Cupid”, stuck with Prince Kūhiō for the rest of his life. After completing his basic education he also traveled abroad for further study. He studied for four years at Saint Matthew’s School, a private Episcopal military school in San Mateo, California, and at the Royal Agricultural College in England before graduating from a business school in England. He was described as being an excellent marksman and athlete at sports such as football and bicycling.

Terrorist Bombings Strike Brussels, Belgium

More than 30 people are dead and more than 200 wounded after explosions occurred in Brussels during Tuesday morning rush hour. 2 blasts struck the airport while the 3rd bombing struck at a metro station. 

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks. In a statement, a group that is linked to militant extremists, blames Belgium for participating in the fight against terrorist and later stated that several of their soldiers detonated explosives at the airport and train station. 

It’s sad to hear this kind of tragic news, from half a world away. With Hawaii being the melting pot of ethnicities, it is very common for someone to relate to these events that are happening around the world. Hawaii, having a variety of ethnicities also makes us stronger. Being a small island chain, we can only depend on each other and ourselves. Tragic events like these will only make us stronger in unity. 

Below is a link to get the full recap of the attack.

2nd Annual ’16 Bacardi Iron MC Battle 


Tonight it is going down @ The Republik. Starting 9pm, the last top 4 finalist will be competing for $1g and to become the champ of the 2nd Annual Bacardi Iron MC Battle. 

It started off with 16 artists from across the state and island who came to test there skills in an all out MC battle. Challenges from “dissing yourself”, “blindfold rapping”, or even an original 16 bar verse. Artist were challenged to their peak on Republik’s stage these past couple rounds and now we are down to the final 4. The final contestants that will be competing are: Island Heir, Rukka, JShiu, and Koins from the @brokemokes.

We wish all the contestants good luck tonight! We know all will bring their A game so we just can’t wait  for what these MC’s got in store for us tonight.

Starts at 9pm. Come out, show some aloha, and support your local artists!

Rainbow Warriors – March Madness

The University of Hawaii’s historic run into the NCAA tournament has come to an end in Spokane, Washington.

Two days after winning their first NCAA tournament game in school history, the Rainbow Warriors fell to the University of Maryland 73-60 on Sunday. Watch the clip below to hear some great words from the coaches and players.

We are proud of both the Warriors & Wahine basketball teams. You have all worked hard for these achievements and moments. Mahalo for representing Hawai’i and continue to workl towards your dreams and goals! Always have aloha and continue to defend Hawai’i.