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February 2018

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February TBA, 2018 – 31th Annual Hawaii Wood Guild Show – Waimea

Gallery hours Tues-Sat, 10am – 5 pm.

This is the yearly juried show of the best of fine woodworking that Hawaii island has to offer at the Isaacs Center, 65-1268 Kawaihae Rd., Kamuela.

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February 3, 2018 – Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival

The festival showcases the 60+ year old cherry trees planted at Church Row Park and the Japanese tradition of viewing them – hanami. The festival includes a variety of activities from 9 am to 3 pm at venues throughout Waimea – look for pink banners identifying site locations from the Parker Ranch Historic Homes on Mamalahoa Hwy. 190 to the Hawaiian Homestead Farmers Market on Hwy. 19.

Enjoy an all day lineup of Japanese and multi-cultural performing arts, plus hands-on demonstrations of bonsai, origami, traditional tea ceremony, and mochi pounding, and a host of colorful craft fairs. Enjoy free shuttle transportation among most venues.

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February TBA, 2018 – The Annual Panaewa Stampede Rodeo

A large rodeo with competition in Team Roping, Bronc Riding, Barrel Racing, Bull Riding.  There are also events done only in Hawaii.  Cowgirls and Cowboys will compete in Pu’u Wai U and Double Mugging like the early ‘Paniolo’ days back then in Hawaii.

The Rodeo starts at 12 Noon Saturday and Sunday and at 11:00 AM Monday.

Tickets $10.00 at the gate. More information, here.

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February 19, 2018 – “KOKUA KAILUA” Kona Village Stroll

Sun. 1-6 PM, Free

Kailua Kona presents kama’aina and visitors a unique opportunity to stroll in and out of the array of shops, restaurants, local musicians, artists and vendors lining Ali’i Drive along Kailua Bay in Kona. Ali‘i Drive Open to Pedestrians Only. Special Kama‘aina Pricing at Participating Restaurants & Merchants.

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February 19, 2018 – Hulihe’e Palace Monthly Event

Sun. 4 PM, Free, Hulihe’e Palace’s South Lawn

Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai’i County Band with kahiko hula by kumu Etua Lopes’ Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i hula halau on the at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring beach mats or chairs.

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March 2018

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March TBA, 2018 – The Kona Brewers Festival

The Kona Brewers Festival raising funds for charities through the celebration of handcrafted beers and local cuisine at a sustainable community gathering. Top chefs from some of the Big Island’s favorite restaurants will offer their best food pairings for beer, ranging from fresh fish and smoked meats to deep fried avocados and tropical sweets, served up fresh on a banana leaf plate against a backdrop of passing paddle boards and canoes at the historic Kamakahonu Bay Beach.

Time: First session from Noon to 3pm and second session from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. at King Kamehameha’s Courtyard Kona Beach Hotel lu`au grounds, Kailua-Kona.

Cost: $75 and include brew samplings from 40 Hawaii and mainland breweries. Visit: www.konabrewersfestival.com

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March TBA, 2018 – Talk Story On The Land – Cloud Forest, Kona

Hike around the amazing Kona Cloud Forest located on the flanks of Hualalai Volcano and see the awesome tropical, forest, and montane zones of plants that change as the elevation increases. Led by Norman Bezona, a horticulture consultant for over 50 years and well known garden columnist for West Hawai’i Today.

Free to the public. Meet at northwest corner of Home Depot parking lot at 9:45am. R.S.V.P. Janet Britt, Hawaii Island Director of Hawaiian Islands Land Trust: 808-769-4343. For more info, visit www.hilt.org.

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Marts 19, 2018 – “KOKUA KAILUA” Kona Village Stroll

Sun. 1-6 PM, Free

Kailua Kona presents kama’aina and visitors a unique opportunity to stroll in and out of the array of shops, restaurants, local musicians, artists and vendors lining Ali’i Drive along Kailua Bay in Kona. Ali‘i Drive Open to Pedestrians Only. Special Kama‘aina Pricing at Participating Restaurants & Merchants.

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Marts 19, 2018 – Hulihe’e Palace Monthly Event

Sun. 4 PM, Free, Hulihe’e Palace’s South Lawn

Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai’i County Band with kahiko hula by kumu Etua Lopes’ Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i hula halau on the at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring beach mats or chairs.

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April 2018

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April TBA, 2018 –  Lavaman Waikoloa Triathlon Festival

Waikoloa Beach Resort

The Lavaman Triathlon will be held at the Waikoloa Beach Resort. This Olympic distance triathlon starts at 7:30am with a 1.5k swim in Anaeho’omalu Bay, continues with a 40k bike on the Queen K Highway and then a 10k run through the resort’s hotel grounds and lava fields, finishing on the beach. (First finishers will reach Anaeho`omalu Bay at 9am.) The event is a major fundraiser for Team in Training as well as local area non-profit organizations.

For more information about the race www.lavamantriathlon.com.

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April TBA, 2018 Annual Big Island AIDS Walk – Hilo

Registration is now open for the Annual Big Island AIDS Walk being held from 8am until noon on Saturday, April TBA This exciting, family event is an easy 2 mile walk around the beautiful Lili’uokalani Gardens in Hilo.

There will be a Community Organization Health Fair, live entertainment, raffle prizes and light refreshments. There is no registration fee; every registered walker who raises $20 or more will receive a commemorative event t-shirt. You can register to walk as an individual walker, start a team, join an existing team or support a walker.

Please log on to http://bigislandaidswalk16.kintera.org/ to register.

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April TBA, 2018 – 3rd Annual Yoga In The Park – Old Airport Beach Park, Kona

108 Sun Salutations with Andrea Hutchens. To be held at the north end of the park.

Admission is free. Prizes and Giveaways! For more info, contact Andrea at (602) 930-3179.

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April TBA, 2018 – Free Entrance To National Parks

There will be free access to all national parks during National Park Week in honor of National Parks Centennial.

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April TBA, 2018 – Laupahoehoe Music Festival

Saturday 10am – 3pm

The Annual Laupahoehoe Music Festival will take place at Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park, 36-1043 Laupahoehoe Point Rd., Laupahoehoe, Hawaii 96764.

This your Laupahoehoe Music Festival features the following music and hula performers:

DIANA AKI, KOLEA, DAMON WILLIAMS, LCPCS UKULELE CLASS, and more

Music, crafters, game booths and food/drinks will be present. This is an alcohol and drug-free event; no coolers.

Buy tickets online at www.laupahoehoemusicfestival.org. For more information, call 808-962-2200 or email gerry.delgado@lcpcs.org.

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April 9, 2018 – “KOKUA KAILUA” Kona Village Stroll

Sun. 1-6 PM, Free

Kailua Kona presents kama’aina and visitors a unique opportunity to stroll in and out of the array of shops, restaurants, local musicians, artists and vendors lining Ali’i Drive along Kailua Bay in Kona. Ali‘i Drive Open to Pedestrians Only. Special Kama‘aina Pricing at Participating Restaurants & Merchants.

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April 9, 2018  – Hulihe’e Palace Monthly Event

Sun. 4 PM, Free, Hulihe’e Palace’s South Lawn

Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai’i County Band with kahiko hula by kumu Etua Lopes’ Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i hula halau on the at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring beach mats or chairs.

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April TBA, 2018 The 55th. Annual Merrie Monarch Festival – Hilo

A week-long festival of cultural events including Hawaii’s most prestigious hula competition at Edith Kanaka’ole Stadium.

The festival begins with a Ho’olaule’a at the auditorium behind the Stadium on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lots of music, food and fun.

Don’t miss the Merrie Monarch Invitational Hawaiian Arts Fair that takes place beginning Wednesday, with incredible fresh lei, cream-of-the-crop Hawaiian crafts, and free, live music performances by some of Hawai`i’s most beloved entertainers in the building adjacent to the Stadium.

On Wednesday, Ho`ike Night, there is also a free hula exhibition at the Stadium that begins at 6:30 pm (get there very early to stand in line!).

Thursday is the solo Miss Aloha Hula competition;

Friday & Saturday are the group Kahiko (ancient) and ‘Auana (modern) hula competitions. A grand parade winds through Hilo-town on Saturday morning.

Visit our page about the Merrie Monarch Festival for more info. View the competitions online here: K5TV.

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April TBA, 2018 25th Annual Hawaii  Arts, Crafts And Food Festival – Hilo

The 25th Annual Hawaii Arts, Crafts & Food Festival will be held during Merrie Monarch Week on TBA, from 9 am-5pm at Sangha Hall, Hilo. The Festival will feature over 100 artisans and food vendors.

Admission :$2; children 7 and under free. For more information, contact Hawaii Arts & Crafts at (808) 981-0518, email hawaiiartsandcrafts@yahoo.com or visit www.hawaiiartsandcraftsfestival.com.

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May 2018

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May TBA, 2018 – Party For Wildfire Awareness

Where: Old Kona Airport Beach Park from 9 a.m. to 4

Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization invites you to a Party for Wildfire Awareness in honor of Wildfire Preparedness Day. Everyone is invited to the free event, which will take place on the beach side towards the entrance of the park at the northwest end of Kuakini Highway. The party will offer a range of free family-friendly activities for the public, highlight natural and cultural resource protection efforts across Hawai’i Island, and share simple steps that can be taken around homes, yards, and communities to protect residents and families from wildfire.

The event will also offer festive, fun, and free activities such as capoeira, swing dance, and yoga classes, fire truck demonstrations, various games and activities for keiki, a goat petting zoo, a canoe showcase, raffle prizes, live performances, workshops, informational booths, and food vendors.

For more info visit hawaiiwildfire.org.

The Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/812464228891418/.

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May TBA, 2018 – Kona Orchid Society Orchid Show, Plant & Craft Sale

Where: Old Kona Airport Beach Park from 9 a.m. to 4 at the event pavilion.

Orchid Growing Classes begin on the hour, from 11AM-3PM.

Featuring orchid vendors from alll over the island with exotic orchid species and exciting new hybrids.

Many handmade craft Items and fine art. There will also be pottery, ceramics and lava pots, real flower jewelry, nurturing gemstones & jewelry, anthurium plants, flowers, cards, fused glass, photography, succulents, dragon fruit, proteas, air plants, day lilies, herbs, tropical plants, fruit trees and more.

Free to the public. For more information, visit http://www.konaorchidsociety.org.

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May 19 – 28, 2017 – Ka’u Coffee Festival

Ka’u Coffee Festival celebrates everything that makes Ka’u special. It kicks off with the Pa’ina Open House at Pahala Plantation House and continues with a recipe contest, pageant, the new Lobsterpalooza, Ka’u Mountain Water Systems Hike in Wood Valley, Coffee & Cattle Day at Aikane Plantation, and Ka’u Star Gazing.

Fun culminates with the all-day Ho’olaulea May TBA, and Coffee College May TBA, at Pahala Community Center. The Ho’olaule’a offers Hawaiian entertainment; craft, coffee and food booths; Ka’u Coffee Experience with guided coffee tastings and farm tours.

Some events are free, others have a fee. For event details, visit kaucoffeefest.com.

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May TBA, 2018 – Annual Outrigger Canoe Regatta

Where: KAILUA BAY PIER,  7 am – 5 pm, Free

Kicking off the 2018 Moku O Keawe Outrigger Racing Association’s regatta season is Kai Ehitu Outrigger Team’s 36th Annual Papa Kimitete Regatta.

Opening Ceremony: 7:30 am

First Race Start: 8:00 am

Featuring a full day of exciting competition from all of the Big Island canoe clubs, food booths, local farmers & craft cendors, and more.

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May TBA, 2018 – Annual Farm Festival

Where: HONOKA’A, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM., Free

The Annual Farm Festival at Hamakua Harvest (at the intersection of Mamane Street and Mamalahoa/Highway 19 in Honoka’a) will be a free, family-friendly event celebrating local agriculture and the community.

The festivities will feature a 35+ vendor farmers’ market, an all day line-up of entertainment and educational presentations; cooking demonstrations; activities for the keiki; and a silent auction. Support our local farmers, hang out and listen to local musicians, taste a variety of the Hamakua regional artisanal food while enjoying the incredible beauty of Hamakua. SNAP/EBT purchases will be warmly welcomed.

Sponsored by Hawai’i Tourism Authority. For more information, visit www.hamakuaharvest.org or facebook/hamakuaharvest.

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May 21, 2018 – “KOKUA KAILUA” Kona Village Stroll

Sun. 1-6 PM, Free

Kailua Kona presents kama’aina and visitors a unique opportunity to stroll in and out of the array of shops, restaurants, local musicians, artists and vendors lining Ali’i Drive along Kailua Bay in Kona. Ali‘i Drive Open to Pedestrians Only. Special Kama‘aina Pricing at Participating Restaurants & Merchants.

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May 21, 2018 – Hulihe’e Palace Monthly Event

Sun. 4 PM, Free, Hulihe’e Palace’s South Lawn

Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai’i County Band with kahiko hula by kumu Etua Lopes’ Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i hula halau on the at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring beach mats or chairs.

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June 2018

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June TBA, 2018 – Hilo Orchid Society Annual Show And Sale

The Hilo Orchid Society will stage the largest and most comprehensive orchid show and sale in the state of Hawaii this coming June 2-4. The show will take place at the Edith Kanaka’ole Stadium in Hilo. A selection of fantastic items will be auctioned off in the Hilo Orchid Society Silent Auction. Funds raised will support the Hilo Orchid Society Scholarship Fund.

Show hours are:

  • June TBA, Friday 9 am-6 pm
  • June TBA, Saturday 9 am-5 pm
  • June TBA, Sunday 10 am-2 pm.

Admission: Adult, $5; Child, 12 or under, Free; Super Pass, good for 3 days, $8.

Visit: http://www.hiloorchidsociety.org for more info.

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June TBA, 2018 – Big Island Jazz & Blues Festival – South Kohala

The 7th annual Big Island jazz and blues festival will bring in Grammy jazz and blues legends. To be held oceanfront at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

Food and drink available for purchase; no coolers allowed.

For more information visit www.bigislandjazzandbluesfestival.com.

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June TBA, 2018 – World Oceans Day At Hapuna Beach State Park

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Free

Join Hawai’i State Parks and partner organizations for World Oceans Day at the Hapuna Beach South Pavilion. Learn about Hawai’I’s incredible ocean resources and how to protect them. The event is free, but there is a $5 per vehicle parking fee for out-of-state visitors.

A beach clean-up will take place from 8-9 a.m. Exhibit booths and activities will be in the South Pavilion.

For more information: Visit http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/parks/hawaii/hapuna-beach-state-recreation-area/.

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June TBA, 2018 – North Kohala King Kamehameha Day Celebration

Time: 7:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Free

From 7:45-9 a.m.: Lei Draping at the statue of King Kamehameha in Kapa`au will take place;

From 9:00-10:30 a.m.: enjoy a traditional Pa`u Parade with horses and riders adorned in flowers and colors representing each Hawaiian Island.Parade from downtown Hawi to Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

From 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m: Ho`olaule`a (crafts fair) at Kamehameha Park, where you can eat local food, see masters create traditional arts and crafts, watch beautiful hula dancers and listen to award-winning Hawaiian musicians.

For more info visit www.kamehamehadaycelebration.org.

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June TBA, 2018 – King Kamehameha Celebration Parade And Free Concert – Kailua-Kona

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Free

Adorned in the flowers and colors of the Hawaiian Islands, regal pa’u riders on horseback will represent each of the eight islands, led by their respective princesses and the pa’u queen. The floral parade will also feature hula halau, equestrian units, marching bands, and more. The parade begins at Walua Road and Alii Drive at 9am, and travels through Kailua Village to Palani Road past the pier, ending at noon. A Ho’olaule’a (crafts and music fair) featuring Hawai’i recording artists Hoku Zuttermeister and Sistah Robi will be held after the parade on the Hulihe’e Palace grounds. For more information visit www.konaparade.org.

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June TBA, 2018 – Kamehameha festival – Hilo

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Free

The festival will feature sweet Hawaiian music and beautiful hula from various artists and hula halau, from 10am-4pm. There will also be ono (delicious) food, arts & craft vendors. Presented by the Royal Order of Kamehameha, Mamalahoa. For more information, visit http://www.kamehamehafestival.org/.

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June 11, 2018 – “KOKUA KAILUA” Kona Village Stroll

Sun. 1-6 PM, Free

Kailua Kona presents kama’aina and visitors a unique opportunity to stroll in and out of the array of shops, restaurants, local musicians, artists and vendors lining Ali’i Drive along Kailua Bay in Kona. Ali‘i Drive Open to Pedestrians Only. Special Kama‘aina Pricing at Participating Restaurants & Merchants.

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June 11, 2018 – Hulihe’e Palace Monthly Event

Sun. 4 PM, Free, Hulihe’e Palace’s South Lawn

Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai’i County Band with kahiko hula by kumu Etua Lopes’ Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i hula halau on the at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring beach mats or chairs.

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June TBA, 2018 – Lei Hulu (FEATHER Lei Making) Demonstration

At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

10:00 – 12:00 PM, Kilauea Visitor Center lanai, Free

Witness the fine skill in making lei hulu (feather lei). Kilohana Domingo, renowned artist demonstrates his mastery of this intricate Hawaiian art form.

Free to the public. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the Kilauea Visitor Center lanai.

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June TBA, 2018 – Annual Cultural Festival – Pu`Uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Honaunau

Celebrate Hawaiian culture at this free, two-day, family friendly event. Learn about lauhala and coconut frond weaving, kapa beating, traditional lei making and more, both days. In order to protect fragile resources and preserve the historic setting, picnicking, coolers and chairs are not allowed in the Royal Grounds. No food is available in the park. Please visit www.nps.gov/puho for more details and view updates on www.facebook.com/PuuhonuaoHonaunauNPS.

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June TBA, 2018 – Annual Waipi’o Kalo Festival

The Festival will take place from 9am-4pm at Koa’ekea, near the Waipi’o Valley Lookout. Presented by the grassroots state-recognized nonprofit, Ha Ola O Waipi’o Valley, the free event is a tribute to kalo (taro), Waipi’o, and the kupuna and others who live, work, and find inspiration there.

There will be live music and hula, craft vendors, games and great food. In addition, there will be displays and “talk story” sessions about the region’s rich history, and its significance in Hawaiian culture. Agricultural exhibits and demonstrations will offer a chance to learn about varieties of kalo and how they are cultivated, prepared as food and taro’s nutritional/health benefits.

A Kalo Cookoff offers prizes to home chefs who bring their best kalo pupu, main dish or dessert for a friendly competition with prizes. Kalo Contest Winners will be announced at 2pm, and will receive a gift basket and a gift certificate.

In addition, homestyle Hawaiian plate lunches will be available for sale, with kalua pig, laulau, squid lu’au, chicken long rice, sweet potatoes, fernshoot salad, haupia, kulolo (taro/coconut pudding), poke and of course, poi.

Koa’ekea is located at 48-5546 Waipi’o Valley Road. Event parking will be available at Kukuihaele Park, with free shuttles provided. There will be no parking at the Lookout.

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July 2018

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July 4, 2018 – Parker Ranch Annual July 4th Horse Races & Rodeo

Big Island ranchers participate in fast-paced horseraces and rodeo events with Parker Ranch cowboys. Ribbon mugging, ranch mugging, dally team roping, Po’o Wai U and more. Keiki activities including roping practice and pony rides. Lots of food and mementos for sale at the Parker Ranch Store booth. Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena, Waimea. Pre-sale tickets available at the Parker Ranch Store in Waimea (at Parker Ranch Square). For more information visit www.parkerranch.com.

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July 4, 2018 – Hilo Bay Blast

Family activities around the Hilo Bayfront, including games, cook-offs, music and more. Hawai`i County Band concert at Mo`oheau Bandstand at 7pm, followed by fireworks at 8pm over Hilo Bay.

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July 4, 2018 – 4th Of July Parade & Celebration – Volcano Village

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Volcano Post Office and proceed for one half mile along Old Volcano Road to Cooper Community Center, featuring the Hawaii County Band, floats, antique cars, fire engines, bicycles, horses, and animals in costumes! Music, games, food booths, craft fair and more.

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July 4, 2018 – 4th Of July Silent Auction Benefit – Volcano Village

This annual fundraiser is a much anticipated part of Volcano’s popular 4th of July parade and festival, which attracts hundreds of residents and visitors each year. The auction is held at the Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano Village. There is something for everyone at this fun and popular silent auction! Proceeds benefit Friends of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (tax deductible donations welcome through July 3). For more info visit www.fhvnp

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July 4, 2018 – Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade & Fireworks

For more information, visit paradesinkona.com

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July 4, 2018 – Great Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race/Benefit

Waikoloa Beach Resort, Kohala Coast

Held at the Kings’ Shops at Waikoloa Beach Resort, this is a benefit for United Cerebral Palsy Assn. of Hawai`i. Free entertainment, fun games and exciting contests, from duck waddling to eating. Live entertainment, food booths and games. Adopt a duckie for the Duckie Race for a chance to win one of many fantastic prizes.

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July 4, 2018 – Family Fourth & Fireworks Extravaganza – Waikoloa Beach Resort

The event continues at Waikoloa Beach Resort throughout the afternoon until the Fireworks Extravaganza over Waikoloa Bowl at 8pm. This is an alcohol and drug free event. For more information visit waikoloabeachresort.com

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July 4, 2018 – Turtle Independence Day – Kohala Coast

Three and four year old turtles are released in the ocean after growing up in the Honu Ponds at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Kohala Coast. Details TBA. For more information visit www.maunalani.com.

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July TBA, 2018 – JOANN WILLIAMS 27th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN JULY ART, GIFT & CRAFT FAIR – KONA

Approximately 100 local vendors from all over the state, with exclusive items for your early holiday shopping. Time: 9:00am to 5:00 pm at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Free to the public.

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July TBA, 2018 – Annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club Show And Sale

From 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall, Free

It’s an “Eruption of Orchids” at the annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club (KDOC) show. This year’s theme salutes the centennial of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with a central blooming display back dropped by a volcano.

The free event offers attendees complimentary refreshments, plus an orchid boutonniere corsage (while they last).

Attendees can get expert advice on caring for orchids from veteran members.

The Daifukuji Taiko Drummers will perform at 10 a.m. Enjoy an elaborate and colorful display of live blooming cattleya, cymbidium, dendrobium, phalaenopsis, miltonia, vanda and more. Cameras are welcome.

The Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club is West Hawai’i’s oldest orchidaceae organization with a mission to learn and foster orchid culture and promote fellowship among orchid collectors. For information, visit www.kdoc.us, get club updates at facebook.com/orchidsinparadise.

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July 16, 2018 – “KOKUA KAILUA” Kona Village Stroll

Sun. 1-6 PM, Free

Kailua Kona presents kama’aina and visitors a unique opportunity to stroll in and out of the array of shops, restaurants, local musicians, artists and vendors lining Ali’i Drive along Kailua Bay in Kona. Ali‘i Drive Open to Pedestrians Only. Special Kama‘aina Pricing at Participating Restaurants & Merchants.

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July 16, 2018 – Hulihe’e Palace Monthly Event

Sun. 4 PM, Free, Hulihe’e Palace’s South Lawn

Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai’i County Band with kahiko hula by kumu Etua Lopes’ Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i hula halau on the at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring beach mats or chairs.

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July TBA, 2018 – Hawaiian Sunset Saturday

Sat. 5:30 PM, Free, Coconut Grove Marketplace

This once a month community event celebrates Kona’s spectacular sunsets with live Hawaiian music and hula on the lawn at Coconut Grove Marketplace starting at 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm every last Saturday of every month.

Everyone’s invited to bring beach chairs, blankets and enjoy beautiful live Hawaiian music and hula while the sun is setting.  When the music is over, enjoy a stroll on Alii Drive, and check out the many food venues and shops.

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August 2018

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August TBA, 2018 Big Island Blues Festival – Kailua-Kona

Time: 2 pm to 10 pm, at Hale Halawai park on 75-5760 Alii Drive

A family-friendly event for all ages, featuring original blues music by Ronnie V, Bottle of Blue & the Family Band, and Tomi Isobe’s Blues Band. There will be unique vendors, delicious BBQ and more.

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 August 20, 2018 – “KOKUA KAILUA” Kona Village Stroll

Sun. 1-6 PM, Free

Kailua Kona presents kama’aina and visitors a unique opportunity to stroll in and out of the array of shops, restaurants, local musicians, artists and vendors lining Ali’i Drive along Kailua Bay in Kona. Ali‘i Drive Open to Pedestrians Only. Special Kama‘aina Pricing at Participating Restaurants & Merchants.

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August 20, 2018 – Hulihe’e Palace Monthly Event

Sun. 4 PM, Free, Hulihe’e Palace’s South Lawn

Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai’i County Band with kahiko hula by kumu Etua Lopes’ Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i hula halau on the at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring beach mats or chairs.

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August TBA, 2018 – ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ALOHA –

From: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, South Kohala.

Hotel guests, visitors and residents are invited to enjoy a free family-friendly all-day festival to be held at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. The event will feature live music from multi Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners including the Pandanus Club, Raiatea Helm, Ekolu Mea Nui, and seven-time award winners the Mana’o Company, hula performances, craft, jewelry, and clothing vendors.

Appearance by the Royal Court, food booths featuring Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Executive Chef Peter Abarcar Jr.’s famous Hawaiian plates, which includes huli huli pig, fresh catch poke with haupia for dessert, and specialty foods from the chefs of Mauna Kea Beach Resort.

The event will benefit various non-profit organizations. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned foods to support the Hawai’i Island Food Basket.

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Waikoloa Beach Resort

The Waikoloa Canoe Club will be holding their annual Great Waikoloa Canoe Race at Anaeho`omalu Bay. Dozens of teams will be competing from the islands and all over the world. For more information, call (808) 883-2447 or visit www.waikAdd Newoloacanoeclub.com

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August TBA, 2018 – Hawaiian Sunset Saturday

Sat. 5:30 PM, Free, Coconut Grove Marketplace

This once a month community event celebrates Kona’s spectacular sunsets with live Hawaiian music and hula on the lawn at Coconut Grove Marketplace starting at 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm every last Saturday of every month.

Everyone’s invited to bring beach chairs, blankets and enjoy beautiful live Hawaiian music and hula while the sun is setting.  When the music is over, enjoy a stroll on Alii Drive, and check out the many food venues and shops.

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August TBA, 2018 – North Hawai’i Hospice Floating Lantern Ceremony

Sun. 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Free, Fairmont Orchid

A meaningful ceremony to honor and remember loved ones that have passed. There will be a sharing of music and hula, Taiko drummers, chanting, and prayers, followed by a lantern release into Pauoa Bay at sunset.Floating lanterns for decorating and inscribing messages will be provided for a donation (pre-reservation of lanterns is suggested since supply is limited). Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Complimentary self-parking will be provided by The Fairmont Orchid.

Admission is free. For more info or to reserve a lantern, call North Hawai`i Hospice at 885-7547 or visit www.northhawaiihospice.org.

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August TBA, 2018 – Ohi’a Love Fest

Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, Hilo. Free to the public.

Come out for a day of celebrating Hawai’i’s beloved ‘ohi’a tree! This family-friendly event will feature hula, talks, demonstrations, music, crafts and activities focused on ‘ohi’a. The event will also raise awareness about Rapid ‘Ohi’a Death.

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August TBA, 2018 46th Annual Queen Lili’uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races

The 2018 Queen Lili`uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races welcomes more than 2,500 outrigger canoe paddlers to Kona for its signature 18-mile long distance race, the world’s largest long distance outrigger canoe race. Kai `Opua Canoe Club, one of Hawaii’s oldest outrigger canoe clubs, will host crews from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Tahiti, United Kingdom and an estimated 75 crews from the US.

Other official Race events unfold throughout the holiday weekend including Historic Kailua Village Cultural Walk, Paddling Talk Story, Native Artist Fair, Torchlight Parade, Stand-up Paddleboard Race, Ali`i Challenge and, new this year, Hulakai OC4 (4 person canoes) Sprint Relay Race.

Free to the public. Visit www.qlcanoerace.com.

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