Merrie Monarch Festivals 2016 Ho'ike night

Merrie Monarch Festivals 2016 Ho’ike night

 

The entire week of Merrie Monarch festivals in Hilo, Hawaii celebrates everything focused on hula dance, art and other creative performances. Many of the Hilo performance venues are free and open to the public except for the competition night events which are always in demand and sold out a year in advance. For those without tickets to the competitions, the free demonstration performance on Wednesday night called the Ho’ike is one of the must see and free spectacular events offered at the festivals. Since it is free, a line starts early in the day and winds around the performance stadium and snakes through the parking lot. But for those who wait patiently it is a performance not to be missed.

 

Edith Kanakaole stadium Merrie Monarch Festivals 2016 Ho'ike night

 

Ho’ike night begins with the royal court arrival

 

Royal court arrival at Merrie Monarch Festivals 2016 Ho'ike night

 

Typically the dance performance celebrates hula but also special performances from traditional dance around the world and this Ho’ike event included quite a variety including: a traditional hula called Kahiko, a dance troup from Taiwan performing their colorful tribal dance, a Tahitian performance group from California, and last an amazing performance of traditional dance from New Zealand.

 

Taiwanese tribal performance at Ho’ike night

Taiwanese tribal performance at Merrie Monarch Festivals 2016 Ho'ike night

 

Hawaiian traditional Kahiko performance at Ho’ike night

 

Hawaiian traditional Kahiko performance at Merrie Monarch Festivals 2016 Ho'ike night

 

 

 

 

New Zealand Haka performance at Merrie Monarch Festivals 2016 Ho'ike night

Here are some of the highlights that I have put together in video of the performance

 

Considering this was shot entirely from my Samsung cell phone and I did a lot of zooming to focus on the performances, it still turned out pretty good don’t you think?  The Merry Monarch festival is one of the biggest events celebrated all week long on the Big Island of Hawaii, this is definitely an event you should do and place on your bucket list of once in a lifetime experiences.

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