Hilo's excitement for upcoming Merrie Monarch captured in new viral video

Hilo's excitement for upcoming Merrie Monarch captured in new viral video

HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hilo is just a few days away from hosting the world's most prestigious hula competition, the Merrie Monarch Festival.

To capture the town's excitement, Hilo residents Ku'ehu Mauga, Leah Masoe and other well-known island figures came together to make a Hawaiian-style viral video.

The comedic video features Mauga alongside friends that include Miss Aloha Hula 2016 Kayli Ka'iulani Carr, musicians, hula dancers and Hilo town treasure, Aunty Irene Midel.

They show island-kine things Hilo residents are all too familiar with when Merrie Monarch comes to town.

Things like stocking up on aloha shirts, listening to island music, waiting in long lines to get in to the Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium, and even the Hilo rain.

In just hours, the video exploded on social media, easily gathering over 26,000 views and over a thousand shares on Facebook.

"There is truly no place like Hilo. The Merrie Monarch Festival is a prime example of how special Hilo is not only to it's people, but to the world," KWXX radio personality Ku'ehu Mauga said.

[Watch the full video by clicking here]

Mauga says his love for Hilo and the Hawaiian culture inspired the video.

"I believe that in life, we rise by lifting others. My goal has always been to serve as a positive role model for the next generation. It warms my heart to hear that the videos bring other happiness. In a wounded world, we all deserve to be happy," Mauga said.

This isn't the first time Mauga and his friends have made viral-worthy videos.

Last year, they made a similar Merrie Monarch piece with a nod to Hawaii News Now's own Keahi Tucker.

In December, their 12 Days of Christmas Hilo style got over 45,000 views.

Mauga says he'll keep making island-style videos with friends and family.

Merrie Monarch coverage begins Thursday, April 5 with the Miss Aloha Hula competition.

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