The Merrie Monarch hula festival takes place every year on the Big Island of Hawaii. I've never been to the hula festival in person but have watched it on TV since I was a teen. I hear that tickets sell out real quick and that all of the hotels in Hilo get booked so it's really difficult to find a place to stay during the Merrie Monarch. For now, I'll just watch it from home on TV, besides I get to see great camera coverage from different angles as opposed to sitting in the stands far away from the stage. I can't complain, TV is great for attending events that you cannot manage to attend :)
And since I couldn't be there in person with my camera...haha, I did manage to snap some photos from my TV screen of a few of the lovely Miss Aloha Hula contestants with their gorgeous leis and hair pieces. I had to do it because I knew there wouldn't be a lot of photos online to show you how beautiful the dancers looked. So please pardon the screen shots and their pixelated and low res quality. Maybe one day you will see the festival in person, perhaps before I do.
I so love their floral decor! Growing up in Hawaii I've been around this stuff ever since I was a little girl and only now since I'm getting older do I appreciate all of it now. Unfortunately, I wasn't into lei making or floral arranging when I was young, even though I had the most talented aunt who was so gifted at it. She was my version of a Hawaiian Martha Stewart, I am not kidding, she could do everything from interior design, cooking, gardening..name it! My aunt sewed my costumes for May Day even for school formals because she was an excellent seamstress, made me gorgeous leis that I always got complimented on when I wore one of her creations and she was a florist with her own floral shop. My I wish I could've learned while I could!