Next to hula, big draw of Merrie Monarch is Hawaiian arts fair

Sunrise On The Road: 2018 Merrie Monarch Festival - Merrie Monarch Craft Fair

HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Merrie Monarch Hawaiian Arts Fair is one of the biggest draws of the Merrie Monarch Festival week in Hilo.

The highly-anticipated event runs from Wednesday through Saturday at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium and Butler Building behind where the Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium where the hula competition takes place.

The invitational fair features more than 200 vendors with booths offering everything from the latest in Polynesian fashion, koa woodwork, feather and fresh lei, Hawaiian instruments and much more.

For the last 17 years, Nelson Makua has served as the Merrie Monarch Hawaiian arts fair director.

On Wednesday morning, he spoke about how the fair has become one of the largest attractions of the Merrie Monarch Festival and the changes now in place for certain booth locations as a result of new fire code regulation enforcement.

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