The Merrie Monarch Festival 2011: A Yearly Event in Honor of and Dedicated to His Majesty King Kalākaua of Hawai’i

For those of you who live in Hawai’i or plan on visiting the Big Island of Hawai’i (specifically Hilo) I just wanted to remind you that the Merrie Monarch Festival will take place on April 24-30, 2011.

The festival “… honors the legacy left by King David Kalākaua, who inspired the perpetuation of our traditions, native language and the arts” is something no one should miss.  Besides the world-famous hula competitions, which lasts three days, there is an arts and crafts fair as well as mega parade.

I haven’t been to the Merrie Monarch Festival in years; essentially, it’s an amazing event.  Overall, the festival is something that locals and tourists should not miss whilst in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

To learn more about the festival and/or to purchase last minute tickets please visit their website here.

To watch past performances from the Merrie Monarch hula competitions please click the links:  Hâlau Ke Kai o Kahiki: Winners of the Kahiko performance in 2010 and Halau Na Mamo O Puuanahulu: Kahiko Winners, Women

Photos courtesy of: Fine Art America by Rod Cameron and Merrie

H.R.H. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg Meets with the LACS

On April 7, 2011, H.R.H. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg had a chance to meet with various United States officials as well as members from the Luxembourg American Cultural Society (LACS) at the palace in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.

According to the official website for the Grand Ducal family, Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg, the purpose of the meeting was to, “… promote their association with the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and in the real estate project in New Luxembourg Port Washington, Wisconsin, USA.” (Cour Grand Ducale de Luxembourg)

To view a photo from today’s meeting please click the link:  Photo

To learn more about the Luxembourg American Cultural Society please visit their website here.

Source: Cour Grand Ducale de Luxembourg