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Ticket requests for Merrie Monarch competition accepted by mail, starting Monday

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / April 6, 2018
                                The women of Halau Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniakea, under the direction of kumu Kapua Dalire-Moe, performed to “Hanohano Kaua’i I Ka Malie” during the hula kahiko competition at the 55th annual Merrie Monarch Festival in April 2018. Ticket requests for the 2020 festival can be sent by mail starting Monday.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / April 6, 2018

    The women of Halau Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniakea, under the direction of kumu Kapua Dalire-Moe, performed to “Hanohano Kaua’i I Ka Malie” during the hula kahiko competition at the 55th annual Merrie Monarch Festival in April 2018. Ticket requests for the 2020 festival can be sent by mail starting Monday.

It’s time once again to send in ticket requests for the 57th Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo.

Those interested in attending the annual festival’s esteemed hula competition in April at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium in Hilo next year may begin sending in ticket requests by snail mail starting Monday.

Per-person ticket prices for reserved seating range from $35 for two nights to $47 for all three nights. General admission for first-come, first-served seating, ranges from $7 for Miss Aloha Hula to $27 for Friday and Saturday nights.

Each person may purchase a maximum of two tickets to attend up to three nights of the esteemed hula competition at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium in Hilo.

The Miss Aloha Hula solo competition is scheduled for April 16, group kahiko on April 17, and group auana, followed by the announcement of winners on April 18.

The tickets are often sold out well in advance, with limited seating available at the stadium. The festival does not sell or guarantee blocks of tickets to any tour groups or travel agencies.

Ticket requests must be mailed in by the U.S. Postal Service, postmarked on Dec. 2 or later, with payment in U.S. dollars by money order or cashier’s check, and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Requests postmarked prior to Dec. 2 will not be accepted, and returned to the sender, festival organizers said.

The postmark date was pushed back a day this year because Dec. 1 falls on a Sunday.

The requests should be mailed to: Merrie Monarch Festival, 865 Piilani St., Hilo, Hawaii 96720.

Ticket request forms, with instructions, are available at this link.

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