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Around Hilo Town: A Merrie Monarch Blog

By Barbara A. Hastings

Special to The Star-Advertiser

LAST UPDATED: 10:03 p.m. HST, Apr 26, 2011

Monday, April 25

On Merrie Monarch Monday, Hilo appeared to be in a “get ready” mood. There
weren’t any official lime-green Merrie Monarch T-shirts sported around town but
they were for sale here and there. By week’s end, the place will be awash with them.

Airport car rental companies are chock-full, with more than the usual inventory
of large vans. Temporary food vendor shelters were being constructed near the

“But fun things ARE happening,” reports Dawn Pung.

Dropping by Basically Books downtown in late morning, she happened on Maui
kumu hula Makua Napua making music.

Merrie Monarch week seems to be a catalyst for spiffing up. Bayfront is festooned
with new banners, courtesy of DowntownHilo, which promotes our town’s art,
history and culture.

Some shops and eateries are hanging out welcoming banners, like Ken’s Pancake
House’s Merrie Monarch “E Komo Mai.” At Koehnen’s Interiors store, the Merrie
Monarch himself is in the window.

At Puff City, a pastry shop on Kilauea Street, the plan is for another year of hula
dancer cookies. “It’s a fundraiser for Kihei Pua Emergency Shelter in Hilo,” Fran
Morales, Puff City’s owner says. A dollar from each $3 cookie will go to the shelter.
It’s hard to consider buying a cookie when faced with her cream puffs, though.

Ladies of the Zonta Club of Hilo, who are contributing to these posts, report they
are most looking forward to “the crafts fairs, of course,” which opens Wednesday;
the Imiloa Astronomy Center’s Hawaiian entertainment running Tuesday through
Friday, and Wednesday night’s free admission, despite the “humbug” of waiting in
line for tickets.


Compiled by Barbara A. Hastings for the Zonta Club of Hilo, part of Zonta
International, a group of business and professional women who work to advance the
status of women and girls locally and worldwide.

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