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The men of Kawai`ulaokala, under the direction of kumu hula Keli`iho`omalu Puchalski, dance to “He Mele No Kamapua`a” during the Hula Kahiko competition of the 54th annual Merrie Monarch Festival at Edith Kanaka’ole Stadium in Hilo in April. The 55th annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo will begin accepting mailed-in ticket requests to the hula competition starting today.

The 55th annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo begins accepting mailed-in ticket requests to the hula competition, starting today.

Prices range from $5 for one general admission ticket on Miss Aloha Hula night to $40 for reserved seating all three nights. The requests must be postmarked Dec. 1 or later. Requests postmarked before today’s date will not be accepted.

Payment must be in the form of a cashier’s check or money order in U.S. dollars, along with a self-addressed and stamped envelope. Each person may purchase a maximum of two tickets.

This year’s hula competition takes place from April 5 to 7, 2018, beginning with the Miss Aloha Hula solo competition Thursday evening followed by group kahiko and auana competitions on Friday and Saturday.

For decades, ticket requests were accepted on Dec. 26, the day after Christmas, but the non-profit festival organization moved the date up to Dec. 1 in 2015 to give attendees more time to make travel accommodations.

Ticket requests must be mailed to the festival’s office at 865 Piilani St., Hilo, Hawaii, 96720. Ticket request forms and instructions are available at merriemonarch.com.

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