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Held in Hilo, the Merrie Monarch Festival (follows Easter Sunday in March–April) is the world’s premier hula event. This weeklong celebration of the native art of hula draws halau (hula schools) from every island as well as the mainland, who practice year-round for the event. The Merrie Monarch Festival is just one example of how Island of Hawaii locals live comfortably in the present but with great respect for the past. The mana (spiritual power) is still strong at important historical places like Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park and Puukohola Heiau Historic Site.
The spectacular environment of the Big Island inspires its many artists. Whether it’s through paintings, sculptures, glassware, jewelry or hand-carved koa wood bowls, you’ll see the distinct styles that make the art found on the Island of Hawaii truly unique.
Hilo town is also home to an array of museums, galleries and performance venues where you can admire the work of local painters, sculptors, musicians, storytellers and crafts people. If you're visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, be sure to make a stop at Volcano Village—a creative community of notable glassblowers, painters and ceramic artists who have made their home among the towering pine trees and endemic ohia llehua. Take time to browse the galleries, stretch your legs and meet the artists.
Hawaii Pacific Parks is a non-profit cooperating association working in partnership with the National Park Service in Hawaii and in American Samoa. Proceeds from our bookstores support interpretive and educational programs, research projects, publications, and cultural activities.
Kahilu Theatre Foundation raised its curtain in 1981 as a 490-seat Broadway Stage. Today, in addition to presenting a full season of world-class performances, we offer quality art exhibits from emerging and established visual artists and develop accessible performing arts programs for students of all ages.
This Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum tells the story of Hawaii’s islands and people. Exhibits trace Hawaii’s history from its volcanic origins and the flora and fauna that arrived before humans to life in ancient Hawaii and the immigrant groups that helped shape Hawaii’s unique culture of today
Offering three authentic living history programs: HN Greenwell Store Museum, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, & Portuguese Stone Oven Baking. Special Events include lecture series and historical jeep tours and boat cruises.
On the State and National Register of Historic Places, Anna Ranch is a Museum and Heritage Center located in Waimea, Hawaii Island. It celebrates the history of ranching in Hawaii. Anna Ranch Heritage Center offers a picturesque event facility for special gatherings.