UH Hilo to host cultural enrichment programs to celebrate Merrie Monarch Festival

Events include a Hawaiian quilt exhibition; live music; workshops on lei making, hula, and other cultural activities; documentary films and more!

Two dancers place cultural items on an altar.
Kumu Hula Pele Kaio and the ʻōlapa of Unulau will conduct a workshop on the ritual of the kuahu hula (hula altar), shedding light on its intricate processes and ritualistic significance, including the plant kinolau associated with the kuahu hula. (Courtesy photo)

A line of pahu (drums).University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo will host several cultural enrichment events in celebration of the 2024 Merrie Monarch Festival April 1-5.

Many of the events will be held at ʻImiloa Astronomy Center, an educational outreach center located on campus. Others are scheduled to take place at Campus Center Plaza and Mookini Library’s lānai.

Events include a Hawaiian quilt exhibition; live music; workshops on lei making, hula, and cultural protocol; documentary films and more!

Free live broadcast viewings are scheduled at University Classroom Building and the Campus Center with cultural activities and Hawaiian food.


A full schedule of events can be found here.

Visit ʻImiloa’s website for more information on the events being held there and fees.

About ʻImiloa

ʻImiloa Astronomy Center’s mission is to share Hawaiʻi’s legacy of exploration in many fields through a wide range of exhibits, community outreach, programs, and other forms of informal science education. The center, located on the campus of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, is distinctive in it’s architectural structure of conical-shaped buildings housing a welcoming lobby, exhibit hall, full-dome planetarium, café, and gift shop. The center is surrounded by nine acres of native gardens.

ʻImiloa is located at the UH Hilo University Park of Science and Technology, 600 ʻImiloa Place, off Komohana and Nowelo streets.

Gardens at ʻImiloa with conical buildings of the center in background.
ʻImiloa Astronomy Center
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