Hilo Celebrates Merrie Monarch Festival’s 50th Year

April 4, 2013||Big Island Communities: Events, Big Island: History and Culture

Once a year in Hilo, the start of the Merrie Monarch Festival brings the local community and visitors from around the world together for a cherished Island tradition--h??ike, an exhibition of hula and music. This year, the Festival Committee coordinated a special ho'ike to honor the 50th year celebration of the Merrie Monarch Festival, which began in 1963. The week long festival normally runs from Sunday...

March 6, 2013||Big Island Communities: Events, Big Island: History and Culture

OPEN HOUSE: Experience the Luxury of Condo Living at Kaulana at Kona in Keauhou Resort 

OPEN HOUSE: Noon to 4 PM, Wednesday, March 6 MLS 258939 -- Offered at $535,000 -- Kaulana at Kona Unit A-207 -- Map & Directions View MLS 258939 property details, additional photos and map Kaulana at Kona in Keauhou Resort Kaulana is a luxurious residential alternative in Kona. If you are looking for a property that has it all, Kaulana at Kona offers spaciousness, a contemporary feel, proximity to all the attractions and amenities of the Kona Coast and, of course, great views. Talk about easy tropical living! In addition to the ideal location, Kaulana residents also enjoy the advantages of condominium home ownership. Owning a unit at Kaulana means you get to enjoy the slower pace of the islands or an active lifestyle without the worries of maintenance "honey-do" lists you normally have when owning a single family home. Of course there will always be beach towels to wash and dry, but Kaulana condominiums... Read More 

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May 27, 2011||Big Island: History and Culture

Sharing the Legacy of Hula: From the Big Island of Hawaii to New York City! 

A Six-Generation Hawaiian Hula Legacy to Take Center Stage at New York City's Peter Norton Symphony Space - June 3, 2011 A story until now untold about six generations of Hawaiian women, masters of hula, who propelled preservation of Hawaiian arts into the 21st century will be shared by the Beamer-Solomon Halau O Po'ohala (hula school) from Waimea, Island of Hawaii, at New York City's Peter Norton Symphony Space on Broadway at 8 p.m., Friday, June 3, 2011. Called "Eia Ka Hula: Behold The Hula," this performance will bring to life the Beamer-Solomon family's 150-year cultural legacy through hula, ancient chants, significant moments in Hawaiian history and family stories. The Beamer-Solomon hula drama of kahiko (ancient) and auwana (contemporary) dances will be directed by the current halau Hula Loea (dance master) with commentary by her sister, Malama Solomon, Ph.D., who serves as the halau Kakau 'Olelo (Hawaiian historian). Tickets... Read More 

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April 7, 2010||Big Island: History and Culture

Merrie Monarch Week in Hilo 

I look forward to the Merrie Monarch Festival every year. The week is full of activities around town. The streets and retail shops seem to be busy and we have new, albeit temporary, venues offering Hawaiian food. You see more lau lau and small tubs of poi in the stores and the Big Island air is just filled with the aloha spirit. Crafts booths are in the hotel lobbies, the Butler Building, the Civic Auditorium, Sangha Hall, Prince Kuhio Plaza and the Hilo Shopping Center. Throughout every day of the week, there are brief exhibitions of hula from various halau along Banyan Drive and hotel occupancy is high. You have to plan ahead if you want to visit Hilo this time of year--there are no last-minute rental cars available during Merrie Monarch. Each year, I look forward to having the "Hawaiian plate" at my favorite place between HPM and Carpet Isle. I run into so many friends there. This vendor has been coming to the same location every year for as long as... Read More 

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