7 p.m. today: Starts with a pre-festival show, "Na Hula Kahiko."The event at Hilo's Kanaka'ole Stadium is sold out.
7 p.m. Wednesday: "Backstage at the Merrie Monarch"
6 to 11 p.m. Thursday: Miss Aloha Hula pageant
6 to 11 p.m. Friday: Group competition in kahiko, or ancient hula
6 p.m. to midnight Saturday: Group competition in 'auana, or modern hula
Also, Halau Hula O Maiki hosts events marking the 50th anniversary of when the late Maiki Aiu Lake began teaching hula. Call 955-0050 about:
"Kahikolu" celebration May 27 with a 1.5-mile Hula Malie fun run at 10 a.m. and entertainment from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Francis School.
50th anniversary concert at 5 p.m. July 13 at Blaisdell Concert Hall. Tickets are $50.
"Hula Is Life" book.