"Hula is the Language of the Heart. Therefore the Heartbeat of the Hawaiian People." -Kalakaua Rex
The Merrie Monarch Festival honors the legacy of King David Kalakaua, who inspired the perpetuation of Hawaiian traditions, native language, and arts. Typically held at this time each April, this beloved week-long festival features a hula competition, Hawaiian arts fair, hula shows, and a grand parade through Hilo town.
While the Merrie Monarch Festival isn''t happening this year, we still want to celebrate what it represents, and offer you a chance to do the same! King Kalakaua would visit Rose Ranch, now the home of MauiWine, and attend celebrations where sparkling wine was sipped and Hula was performed. Our "Hula Circle," an installation of wooden sculptures by Maui artist Tim Garcia, pays homage to that history and inspires the name of our sparkling pineapple wine, Hula o Maui.