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by Kai Andersen | Hawai'i magazine | March 22, 2013

As the hula world starts to arrive on Hawai‘i Island for the famous Merrie Monarch Festival, check out our favorite places to visit—from Waimea all the way down to Volcano.

Sig Zane
At Hilo’s chicest boutique, discover aloha shirts, dresses and more, bearing the hand-designed patterns created by the master designer. And, if you’re lucky, you can catch coveted, limited-edition items from his collaborations with the likes of surf and urban labels. 122 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo, Hawai‘i Island, 935.7077, sigzane.com

Merriman’s
Peter Merriman celebrates Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine at his namesake restaurant. Signature dishes include the ponzu-marinated mahimahi, steak medallion and Hāmākua mushrooms, and the wok-charred ‘ahi. 65-1227 Opelo Road, Kamuela, 885.6822, Hawai‘i Island, merrimanshawaii.com

Kilauea Lodge & Restaurant
Kilauea Lodge chef-owner Albert Jeyte showcases his Continental specialties such as hasenpfeffer, venison and duck at this eatery nestled in Volcano Village. The Fireplace of Friendship is the centerpiece of this restaurant, which envelops diners in hardwood floors, koa tables and fresh flowers. 19-3948 Old Volcano Road, Volcano Village, Hawai‘i Island, 967.7366, kilauealodge.com

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center
One of the coolest spots to increase your I.Q. in Hawai‘i, ‘Imiloa is offering three days of hula-related workshops and demonstrations during Merrie Monarch. 600 Imiloa Place, Hilo, Hawai‘i Island, 969.9700, imiloahawaii.org

Red Water Café
Chef David Abrahams, a veteran of the Beverly Hills Hotel, Merriman’s and the Fairmont Orchid, presents his take on Hawai‘i’s multicultural culinary landscape. Dinner menu highlights include vichyssoise with uni, liliko‘i yellow curry and grilled pork tenderloin. 65-1299 Kawaihae Road, Kamuela, Hawai‘i Island, 885.9299, redwatercafe.com