HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Merrie Monarch Festival is an annual tradition that honors the legacy left by King David Kalaukaua. While hula is the star of the show, events leading up to the competition bring in lots of tourists and locals alike to Hilo.
Ramsay Wharton reports live from Naniloa Volcanoes Resort in Hilo.
Part 1: Brudda Walter Aipulani
Part 2: Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi
Part 3: Ken Fujiyama, Chairman/CEO, Naniloa Volcanoes Resort
Part 4: Kumu Hula Johnny Lum Ho, 2001 Miss Aloha Hula Natasha Oda and Na Hoku nominee Mark Yamanaka
Live coverage of the Merrie Monarch Festival begins Thursday night on K5.