Street Style: 2018 Merrie Monarch Festival

Colorful patterns adorned with lauhala hats and lei were a common sight on the streets of Hilo during Merrie Monarch week.

Hilo becomes fashion central during Merrie Monarch week, as people take to the streets in their favorite Hawaiian attire, so we sent Hawaii Island photographer Dino Morrow to snap photos of some of the best style moments around Edith Kanakaole Stadium.

With this classic papale (hat), floral hairpiece and modern manu (bird) print,
this Living Hula look is stadium-ready for the competition.


Queen Liliuokalani-proud in this statement T-shirt and elegant
lei hulu lauhala papale (feathered hat).


A perfect balance of color-coordinated statement pieces and Tahitian pearl accents.


Hawaii’s print-obsession reaches new heights with the arrival of designer Hawaiian handbags.


The art of lauhala weaving is a one of many timeless Hawaiian
textures that will never go out of style.


Youthful elegance highlighted in Manaolaʻs signature ohe kapala prints.


Pearls, pua (flowers), papale and pheasant equal Hilo perfection
in our book.


While the options are endless to make a statement at the Merrie Monarch Festival,
breathable fabric and comfortable footwear are musts.


Gold and black pearls? Niho and Iwi? These kane take their love of jewelry to the
next level with expert layering of textures and shapes.


A thoughtful coordination of papale and Polynesian prints
make this duo stand out in the crowd.


There is no better accessory than a mother’s unconditional aloha.


Minimalist accessories for the timeless kane (man).


What better way to beat the heat than a chic, sweet treat? Floral accents
and a Bradda Pop are the perfect Hilo accessories.


Hawaii’s love for lauhala is on full display at the 2018 Merrie Monarch
craft fairs with intricately woven papale (hats) awaiting new homes.
Categories: Arts + Culture, Culture, Hawai‘i Island, Hawai‘i Island Arts + Culture, Merrie Monarch