Green light for hula festival


  • The women of Halau Kala‘akeaikawekiu, a Kailua-Kona halau under the direction of kumu hula Aloha Victor, dance in the 2019 Merrie Monarch Festival. They will be one of two halau representing Hawaii Island in this year’s hula competition. (Hawaii Tribune-Herald/file photo)

With COVID-19 case counts on the decline, the 59th annual Merrie Monarch Festival will return to its customary schedule starting on Easter Sunday.