Every year, the Merrie Monarch Festival transforms sleepy Hilo town into a vibrant community embracing the art of hula. Throngs of visitors and locals enjoy the festivities, including the craft fair, buying Hawaiian-inspired clothing, jewelry, music CD’s, local snacks, and mementos of the event. This year’s official Merrie Monarch poster, printed by Hagadone Printing Company, was designed by Hilo artists, Nalani Kanakaole and Szkaiao with the photo by Paul Kema. Kuha’o Zane from Sig Zane Designs wanted a subtle tapa pattern over the dancers from Halau o Kekuhi, so Hagadone used a flood satin aqueous coating with spot high gloss varnish for the tapa pattern. These commemorative posters can be purchased at the Merrie Monarch craft fair at Hilo’s Afook Auditorium from April 8–11. More information about the Merrie Monarch Festival and ordering posters can be found on their official website: www.merriemonarch.com.