This past week and for the 49th year our sleepy little coastal town of Hilo hosts the annual Merrie Monarch Festival and Hula Competitions with tradition, pomp and lots of hula. The Merrie Monarch Festival is committed to the perpetuation, preservation, and promotion of the art of hula and the Hawaiian culture through education.
Hilo dresses in it's best aloha wear to welcome visitors from all of the islands, the mainland and the world during this week of festivities. Stores dress their windows in traditional Hawaiiana; impromptu and scheduled hula demontrations sprout up in different venues; craft and art fairs can be found scattered around town; flowers and greeney can be seen everywhere; three full nights of hula dancing end up with the winners announced on Saturday night...and then of course...rain or shine...there is the Merrie Monarch parade!
Our friends at Local Hawai'i Realty provide a tent and seats right on the parade route and host a well anticipated food and beverage potluck for friends.
For some reason, and I'm not sure what happened, unbeknowned to me, my camera started acting up midway through the parade and I ended up having to delete 159 photos frpm the digital card due to a horrible bluish tint, so I don't have as many as I would have liked to share.
The different branches of the military were well represented as well as veterans from our foreing wars...unfortunately, many photos of the veteran groups participating were part of the ones I had to get rid of...
Floral arrangement on the back of a convertible.
I'm so sorry I couldn't share more photos of bands and floats! I need to check and see what the problem was with the camera!
...........but if you visit Hilo during Merrie Monarch next year, you can see and experience not only the parade, but the whole exhuberant town of Hilo during Merrie Monarch week for yourself!