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Merrie Monarch Festival

The Merrie Monarch Festival swoops into town around Easter and turns laid-back Hilo into the place to be. Forget about booking a last-minute room! This sellout three-day hula competition was established in 1964 to h…
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Black & White Night

Downtown Hilo throws a lively multiblock party on the first Friday of November, with shops open late, live music, and revelers donning their spiffiest black and white.
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Fourth of July

Entertainment and food all day at Liliʻuokalani Park. Fireworks set off from Mokuola (Coconut Island); the best viewing is from the park and along Hilo's bayfront.
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Hawaiʻi County Fair

Pure nostalgia comes to town for four days in September, with carnival rides, live music, circus shows, games and cotton candy.
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Aloha First Friday

Restaurants, shops and galleries in downtown Hilo stay open late (later than usual, anyway) on the first Friday each month.
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International Festival of the Pacific

August celebration of the Japanese in Hawaii, featuring a lantern parade and Japanese tea ceremony at Liliʻuokalani Park.
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King Kamehameha Day Celebration

King Kamehameha and Hawaiian culture are celebrated on June 11, with traditional hula, music, food and crafts.
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May Day Lei Day Festival

Beautiful lei displays, demonstrations, live music and hula throughout the month of May.