Quantcast
  

Monday, November 24, 2014         

OUR VIEW


TO ACCESS SUBSCRIBER CONTENT:
Current Print Subscribers
ACTIVATE account
- OR -
LOGIN or SUBSCRIBE
for full digital access

Hula fest tells Hawaii's story


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 04, 2013

~~<p>It's ironic that when the first Merrie Monarch Festival convened in 1964, it was designed as an attraction for tourists to help Hilo recover economically from the devastating tsunami of 1960 (there had been another scare that year, but the really bad one happened four years earlier).</p>
<p>The town still has that lovely bay seemingly shaped expressly to funnel tsunami waves inland, but it's been spared that kind of wave in the intervening years. In its place, the festival in honor of King David Kalakaua has been a lure to a tidal wave of visitors. Most are hula aficionados, or they are by the time they leave.</p>
~~

It's ironic that when the first Merrie Monarch Festival convened in 1964, it was designed as an attraction for tourists to help Hilo recover economically from the devastating tsunami of 1960 (there had been another scare that year, but the really bad one happened four years earlier).

The town still has that lovely bay seemingly shaped expressly to funnel tsunami waves inland, but it's been spared that kind of wave in the intervening years. In its place, the festival in honor of King David Kalakaua has been a lure to a tidal wave of visitors. Most are hula aficionados, or they are by the time they leave. Login for more...



Login or sign up below for the complete story

Print Subscribers
ACTIVATION
Current print subscribers, activate your premium content account for unlimited online access & commenting
New Subscribers
Find subscription offers in your area and choose the package that suits your reading preferences.

14-DAY PASS
14 day premium online access and commenting ability on StarAdvertiser.com