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Merrie Monarch Festival Tickets for 2012 – 2/2/2011

Oops!  I apologize for my oversight and it may be too late for you to acquire tickets to this highly anticipated event.  This year’s tickets went on sale on December 27th and prices range from $5 to $30 per person, depending on the dates and seat location.

For those unfamiliar, the Merrie Monarch Festival is held in honor of King David Kalakaua, aka the Merrie Monarch.  It was during his reign (1874-1891) as the last King of Hawaii, that he made a concerted effort to revive native Hawaiian song and dance, which had been banned by the missionaries.

This world renown competition draws competitors from several countries annually and is recognized for its contribution to culture and arts.  It includes art exhibits, craft fairs, demonstrations, performances, and a parade that emphasizes the cultures of Hawaii.

The festival itself usually begins on Easter Sunday and this year will run from April 24th through the 30th.  The actual hula competitions are held the last three days of the festival.

One last point, whether or not you intend on attending the demonstrations and exhibits or the actual competition, if you plan on being on the Big Island during that time frame, you’ll want to make sure to reserve your room and car well in advance.  Rental cars in particular are very hard to come by during the festival…even if you’re staying in Kona, on the other side of the island.   Consider yourself warned.

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