King David Kalakaua, who reigned in Hawaii for 20 years until 1891, was one of the most popular local rulers, devoted to local culture and traditions like the hula dance. That's why he was called the Merrie Monarch. He started a campaign to revive local customs that were suppressed by Christian missionaries. A festival to honour the memory of the king is held every April in Hilo. It's marked by famous hula competitions that bring together dancers from all over the world.
April 21–27, 2019
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