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Merrie Monarch Parade: UH Hilo joins the celebration

Larry Kimura sitting up high in red convertible, wearing hat and lei.
Larry Kimura, UH Hilo Professor of Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies, was Grand Marshall of the 61st Annual Merrie Monarch Festival Royal Parade. Seated to his right is Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa, and to his left is Director of Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language Kaʻiu Kimura. April 6, 2024, Hilo. (Photo courtesy of Lei Kapono/UH Hilo)

Chancellor Bonnie Irwin joined students, faculty, staff, and administrators from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo — from Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language and UH Hilo’s Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu Iki, a Laboratory Public Charter School located in Keaʻau — to walk in the 61st Annual Merrie Monarch Festival Royal Parade, April 6, 2024, in Hilo.

Photos are courtesy of Lei Kapono, associate director of Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani. Click images to enlarge.

Close up up at parade's end, large group walking in parade. holding banner E Ola Ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.
UH Hilo group walks in 61st Annual Merrie Monarch Festival Royal Parade holding banner E Ola Ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (The Hawaiian Language Shall Live), April 6, 2024, Hilo.

UH Hilo hosted many events on campus throughout the week of the Merrie Monarch Festival. Click here for more photos and information.

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