How To Watch
The Merrie Monarch Festival

Aloha, and welcome to the most prestigious hula festival in the world, the Merrie Monarch Festival. Held in Hilo, Hawaiʻi, it is a celebration of Hawaiian culture and arts that draws spectators and participants from all across the globe. Are you ready to experience the enchanting performances from the comfort of your own home? Read on to find out how!

Merrie Monarch Festival

Background of the
Merrie Monarch Festival

The roots of the Merrie Monarch Festival were formed at a time when Hawaiʻi Island was in need of an economic resurgence. What began as a modest endeavor in 1964 has now blossomed into a week-long cultural festival that pays homage to King Kalākaua. He is known as the “Merrie Monarch” and was passionate about preserving and promoting the culture of Hawaii.

For over fifty years, the festival has honored his legacy. It has grown into an event featuring the Miss Aloha Hula competition and hālau (schools) from all across the state performing traditional kahiko (ancient hula) and modern ʻauana (contemporary hula). There is also an invitational Hawaiian arts fair and various hōʻike performances.

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Merrie Monarch Festival

Ways to Watch the
Merrie Monarch Festival

There’s no need to worry if you’re miles away or prefer the comfort of your home for the festival viewing. Here is how you can still catch every graceful motion and heartfelt performance live:

Streaming Online

  • KFVE Website: The festival will stream live from KFVE’s official website. Make sure that you have a stable internet connection for seamless viewing.

Television Options

  • Spectrum Customers: Tune in to channel 1006/06.
  • Hawaiian Tel or DirecTV Customers: Find the festival airing on channel 1006/06.
  • Dish Network Subscribers: You can watch on channel 8.

Broadcasting Schedule:

  • Miss Aloha Hula Competition: Thursday, April 4, at 6 p.m. HST
  • Hula Kahiko Competition: Friday, April 5, at 6 p.m. HST
  • Hula ʻAuana Competition: Saturday, April 6, at 6 p.m. HST
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Merrie Monarch Festival

Cultural Significance of
the Merrie Monarch Festival

The festival is more than just a celebration. It is a vital forum for Hawaiian storytelling and identity, as it brings attention and economic benefits to the Hawaiian Islands. From its start in a struggling economy to becoming an essential part of Hawaiʻi’s tourism and cultural preservation efforts, the Merrie Monarch Festival underscores the resilience and vibrance of Hawaiian traditions.


Tips for Enjoying the
Merrie Monarch Festival

To appreciate what you’re watching fully, you might want first to familiarize yourself with the different categories of competition. Miss Aloha Hula aims to showcase the grace of solo dancers. Hula Kahiko honors the powerful stories of ancient Hawaiʻi, and Hula ʻAuana presents more contemporary interpretations with a focus on storytelling.

An understanding of the themes and the dedication that goes into every chant and routine is sure to help enhance your viewing experience. Whether you are there in person or watching from home, you will feel the passion and reverence for the rich heritage embodied in every movement.

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Merrie Monarch Festival


Our hope for you to experience the 61st Merrie Monarch Festival is more than just an invitation to view breathtaking performances. It’s a call for you to witness the heart and soul of Hawaii. From the fine movements of the dancers’ hands to the rhythm of the pahu drum, prepare to be enthralled by a cultural event like no other.

Join in on the celebration and watch the festival live on KFVE’s website. Bring the spirit of aloha into your home and be part of a tradition that continues to inspire and enlighten as it bridges the past with the present.

Mahalo for reading, and enjoy the show!

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