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Merrie Monarch Festival Celebrates 60 Years

Merrie Monarch Festival Celebrates 60 Years

the Merrie Monarch festival

The Merrie Monarch Festival, celebrating its 60th year, is a non-profit organization that honors the legacy of King David Kalākaua, who inspired the perpetuation of Hawaiian traditions, native language and arts.

The week-long festival features an internationally acclaimed hula competition, an invitational Hawaiian arts fair, hula shows, and a grand parade through Hilo town on Hawaii Island’s East side.

There are only so many words that can describe the beauty and energy of the Festival. The next best thing to actually being there in person, are the images that come year after year. We decided it was best to let some of our favorite photographs do the talking.

Please enjoy these incredible images of the 2023 Merrie Monarch Festival, celebrating its 60th year.

Photo Credits: Tracey Niimi / Cody Yamaguchi / the Merrie Monarch Facebook Page

Kumu Pualani Kanakaole Kanahele

The 60th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawaii runs through Saturday, April 15th and we strongly urge our Hawaii Island Ohana to experience it! We hope to see another 60 years of The Merrie Monarch Festival.


Celebrating 25 Years of Kona Coffee & Tea

In other news, this year Kona Coffee & Tea celebrates a quarter century of farming, roasting, brewing, and building community with you! When we started our farm back in 1998, we never could have imagined all that Kona Coffee & Tea would become. And really, we have you to thank, both our community of Kona and worldwide.

We’re kicking off our 25th year by giving away an unbelievable experience to two lucky winners…

25th anniversary giveaway

Win A Helicopter Tour!

To celebrate our 25th year, we’re giving away the ultimate Helicopter trip of a lifetime! Experience the famous Kona Coffee Belt from a bird’s eye view with Paradise Helicopters, as you land at The Kona Coffee & Tea coffee farm, located high on the flanks of Hualalai Mountain.

Almost 2,500 feet above the emerald green waters of Kailua-Kona on Hawai’i Island’s west side, you’ll be greeted with a coffee tasting and a complete educational tour of the coffee farm. An intimate, open-air picnic by 808 Picnics will feature delicious food by Sundog Bread.


Please join us in celebrating 25 years by entering our Giveaway contest and trying our freshest crop 100% Kona coffee. We are roasting today. :)

Here’s to another 25 years.


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