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Hawaiian News: Economy Impact

Ken Fujiyama Ken Fujiyama
Sig Zane Sig Zane
Debbie Ching Kaiawa Debbie Ching Kaiawa
Hina Knebuhl Hina Knebuhl

HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Merrie Monarch Festival continues to accomplish its original mission of reviving Hiloʻs economy. Amy Kalili ran around Hilo last week talking to business owners about this annual financial boost.

We fill every room up that's available. So for us it's a phenomenal input – for all of Hilo, not just for us.

Ken Fujiyama

CEO, Naniloa Volcanoes Resort

He pômaikaʻi no ko Hilo a pau.

A i kçia makahiki, ʻo ia hôkele kaulana o Hilo kahi i hoʻolele ʻîwâ ʻia ai ke kûkala nûhou kakahiaka o Sunrise ma Hawaiʻi News Now.

This year, this Banyan-Drive hotel was also home to the live, morning broadcast of Sunrise on HawaiʻiNewsNow.

The day after Merrie Monarch we'll already have people wanting commitments from us to reserve for the following year.

(ken)

E hoʻomaka koke ana ka poʻe e hoʻopaʻa lumi no kçia makahiki aʻe.

ʻAʻole hoʻi ʻo nâ hôkele wale nô nâ pâʻoihana e pâ ana i kçia pule koʻikoʻi o kçlâ me kçia makahiki.

Hotels aren't the only businesses that feel the annual boost.

Paʻapû maoli nô kona hale kûʻai ma Hilo kaona i ka wâ Mele Manaka.

Sig's downtown Hilo store is always jam packed during Merrie Monarch.

There's couple spikes in our year and Christmas is one of course but Merrie Monarch is the best.

Sig Zane

Owner, Sig Zane Designs

ʻO ka wâ Kalikimaka kekahi wâ paʻahana akâ, ʻo ka wâ Mele Manaka ka ʻoi.

Pâ ana nâ hale ʻaina kekahi i kçia wâ hoʻomâhuahua ʻekonomia.

Popular local eateries also enjoy spikes in revenue.

They come for ʻono food and also the fact that we are open 24 hours, 7 days a week and we have local dishes that you can bring twenty people and everybody will find something they like on the menu.

Debbie Ching Maiava

Owner, Ken's Pancake House

Hemo he 24 hola o ka lâ, ʻehiku lâ o ka pule a loaʻa nâ ʻano meaʻai like ʻole.

ʻO ko nâ mokupuni ma waho o Hawaiʻi-mokupuni kekahi e komo ana i kçia kalewa ʻana ma kçia wâ.

Even outer-island businesses set up shot in Hilo during Merrie Monarch.

Wehe ʻia aʻe nei ka puka i nehinei, no laila ua ʻano nui ka poʻe i kipa mai.

Hina Knebuhl

Co-owner, Kealopiko

We had a lot of customers in just two days.

ʻOiai ʻaʻole i hiki ke komo i nâ fea hana noʻeau, ua ʻimi alu like ko Kealopiko me kekahi mau pâʻoihana a hoʻolimalima ʻia he hale kûʻai no ka pule.

After not being able to get in as craft fair vendors, Keolapiko joined with others to lease a vacant shop in downtown Hilo.

No nâ pâʻoihana e ʻae komo ʻia, he pôʻaiapili maikaʻi nâ fea hana noʻeau no ke kûʻai aku.

For those who are able to get in, Merrie Monarch craft fairs are a great venue.

ʻAʻohe hale kûʻai paʻa mau o Wahine Toa, no laila, he pôʻaiapili maikaʻi kçia no ka kûʻai ʻana aku.

Wahine Toa doesn't have a store front so the fair is a great opportunity for retail.

We see a tremendous economic benefit from the craft fairs to our small businesses and restaurants. We see our hotels full and our rent-a-cars all out.

Billy Kenoi

Mayor, Hawaiʻi County

Paʻahana nâ pâʻoihana, hale ʻaina, hôkele, a me nâ hui hoʻolimalima kaʻa.

ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.

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