HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - In celebration of the 55th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival, the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center is hosting three days of cultural enrichment programming, from Wednesday through Friday.
This series is organized annually at 'Imiloa to complement and honor Merrie Monarch's main purpose: the perpetuation, preservation and promotion of the art of hula and Hawaiian culture through education.
This year's workshops include the art of hula and chant by the Hula Preservation Society and Halau I Ka Leo Ola O Na Mamo, along with live music by Ho'a and the keiki of Project Kuleana and a story-telling session with crew members of Hokule'a's inaugural voyage in 1976 to Tahiti.
All presentations are held at the Moanahoku Room. Tickets available for sale at Imiloa Astronomy Center or by calling 808-932-8901.
On Wednesday morning, Ku'ulei Bezilla spoke with Hawaii News Now Sunrise about the special programs and the added bonus available to those with proof of paid admissions and those who speak 'Olelo Hawai'i.