Merrie Monarch 2011 on Sunrise

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Reporter Ramsay Wharton will be reporting for our Sunrise and evening news program from the annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo starting Sunday, April 24, through Friday, April 29.

The Merry Monarch Festival is a non-profit organization that honors the legacy left by King David Kalakaua, who inspired the perpetuation of our traditions, native language and the arts.

The week-long festival features an internationally acclaimed hula competition, a crafts fair, an art show, hula shows, and a grand parade through Hilo town.

Begun forty-seven years ago by the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce and continued by the private Merrie Monarch Festival community organization, the major purpose of the festival is the perpetuation, preservation, and promotion of the art of hula and the Hawaiian culture through education. The festival is considered the world's premier forum for people of all ages to display their skills and knowledge of the art of ancient and modern hula.

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