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August 2017

 

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August 19, 2017 Big Island Blues Festival – Kailua-Kona

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

Admission: $20

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, 2017 – “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, 2017 – 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, 2017 – 5th 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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August 27, 2017 – 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 25-26, 2017 – Great Waikoloa Canoe Race

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 26, 2017 – 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 27, 2017 – 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 31 through September 4, 2017

45th Annual Queen Lili’uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races

The 2016 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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September 2017

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September 1-30, 2017 BIG ISLAND MUSEUMS MONTH

The Kona Historical Society is celebrating Big Island Museums Month with free admission to all KHS programs with a membership card from any of these participating museums:

  • Kona Historical Society’s H.N. Greenwell Store Museum (Open Mon & Tues 10:00 am-2:00 pm , Thurs 10:00 am-3:30 pm)
  • Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm (Open 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Mon-Fri)
  • Anna Ranch Heritage Center, Waimea
  • East Hawai’i Cultural Center, Hilo
  • ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, Hilo
  • Laupahoehoe Train Museum
  • Lyman Museum, Hilo
  • Pacific Tsunami Museum, Hilo
  • Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens, Hilo
  • Volcano Art Center, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

For more information, call 808-323-3222, email khs@konahistorical.org or visit http://www.konahistorical.org.

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August 31 through September 4, 2017

45th Annual Queen Lili’uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races

The 2016 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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September TBA, 2018 – “Taste Of The Hawaiian Range” And Agriculture Festival

The event is on hiatus for 2017…but WILL BE BACK in 2018

Hilton Waikoloa Village – Time: 6-8pm.

Culinary adventure seekers can taste and enjoy all the cuts of pasture-raised beef – everything from tongue to tail – prepared expertly by Hawai’i chefs. Enjoy familiar cuts like sirloin tip and ribs, plus beef cheek and the infamous “Rocky Mountain oysters.” While “tasting,” attendees can meet Hawai`i’s food producers at booths and talk story with the ranchers and farmers who make a living growing our food. Attendees can also enjoy exhibits presenting topics related to local agriculture and food sustainability, including the University of Hawai`i’s Mealani Research Station, where the event began. Local food producers also have an opportunity to hook up with island chefs and consumers.

Watch for ticket giveaways on Facebook at Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Twitter #TasteHI. For general event information, phone (808) 322-4892.  Also visit http://www.TasteOfTheHawaiianRange.com.

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September 9, 2017 – Hawai`i Island Festival’s Annual Poke Contest

Waikoloa Beach Marriott. Doors open at 11am; $10 entry with required $5 Festival ribbon

Both home cooks and top professional chefs compete against their peers for the championship recipe of this popular Hawaiian dish that is made from the freshest fish or shellfish plus seasonings – and after the judges announce the winners, the audience gets to taste too! For more info, visit hawaiiislandfestival.org.

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September TBA, 2017 – Hula Kahiko At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant features a Big Island halau from 10:30-11:30am.

The event will take place rain or shine at the hula platform located near Volcano Art Center Gallery. The audience is encouraged to bring sitting mat and sun/rain gear. On the same day, there are hands-on cultural demonstrations from 9:30Am to 1:30PM on the gallery porch.

Free; park entrance fees apply. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

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September TBA, 2017 Waimea Paniolo Parade And Ho`Olaule`a

10 AM – Waimea, Free

One of our favorite yearly events, the Paniolo Parade will start at 10am at “Church Row” and proceed to Waimea Park, featuring princesses on horseback with attendees decorated with the flowers of their respective islands (complete with “Pooper Scooper” brigades!).

The Parade is followed by one of the best crafts show of the year, featuring island foods, games, arts & crafts, Hawaiian products and live entertainment in Waimea Ball Park at 11am. A great local family event!

Note: 1 hour road closure.

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September TBA, 2017 – 4th Annual Hawaii Island All Nations PowWow – Hilo

A family centered A two day event of cultural exchange, with Native American inter-tribal dancing, arts and crafts, Native American frybread , food vendor, silent auction, exhibition dances, etc. Come out and dance.

Time: 10 am – 4pm daily at Keaukaha Hawaiian Village, Hilo. Free to the public.

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September 17, 2017 – “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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September 17, 2017 – 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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September TBA, 2017 – 17th Annual Bamboo Festival

While there, you will be able to see and purchase many varieties of bamboos. And there will be craft vendors, educational speakers, artists, food, a silent auction, and much more. Plus you will be able to tour a truly magnificent garden. Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Nani Mau Gardens, 421 Makalika Street, Hilo. Cost: $3 refundable admission. For more information, call 781.960.5305 or email xarty@icloud.com or visit www.hcabs.webs.com.

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September TBA, 2017 – Free Entry To All National Parks

In honor of National Public Lands Day there will be no entry fees charged on this day.

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September TBA, 2017 – 10th Annual International Day Of Peace Parade And Festival,  Honoka’a

Celebrating the annual United Nations International Day of Peace, the town of Honoka`a will host a Parade down Mamane Street – a “moving stage” of bands, dancers, drummers and entertainers.

The event then continues with a Peace Day Festival in the streets.

For more details, visit www.peacedayparade.org,

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September 30, 2017 – 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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October 2017

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October TBA, 2017 –  KONA COFFEE LIVING HISTORY FARM’S OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATION

CAPTAIN COOK, 10 AM – 2 PM

Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm in Captain Cook hosts its annual Open House. This year’s celebration honors Kona’s heritage.

The theme is “Made In Kona,” and promises a day filled with fun family activities revolving around amazing products made in Kona, including coffee, baked goods, farm produce, music, and hand-crafted items. Some of the highlights of this free event are traditional foods and goodies; local music by Aunty Diana Aki & Friends; “Hands on History” lauhala weaving, Japanese calligraphy, gardening and pan roasting coffee; Chicken Hekka demonstration and plate lunch by Sandy’s Drive In; Kona coffee tastings and tours of the historic 1920s coffee mill and farmhouse. Enjoy the cultural celebration that surrounds 17 years as the only living history coffee farm in the nation.

For more information visit http://www.konahistorical.org.

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October TBA, 2017 “LILI’UOKALANI AT WASHINGTON PLACE” ONE-WOMAN SHOW

HAWAI’I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Jackie Pualani Johnson performs an amazing, one-woman show taken directly from the writings of Queen Lili’uokalani, the queen’s family, and other historical sources. Part of Hawai’i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series.

Free. Time: 7pm. Part of the park’s ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Where: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.

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October TBA, 2017 BIG ISLAND ‘UKULELE GUILD EXHIBIT – HILO

Opening reception Oct 7, 5-8PM. Meet the makers; enjoy live music and hula with Konabob & Shirley Stoffer, Alan Hale and Sammi Fo (hula). The show runs Oct 7-Oct 26, Monday-Friday 8-4.

Special Saturday programs TBA. For more information about the ‘Ukulele Guild or the upcoming exhibit visit BigIslandUkuleleGuild.org.

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October TBA, 2017 Ironman World Championship

Kailua-Kona

This ultimate endurance event – a 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike and a 26.2 mile run – attracts thousands of the world’s best athletes, and thousands of volunteers from the Big Island help make it happen.
Find more information here.

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October TBA, 2017 Hula Kahiko At Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park

Free; park entrance fees apply.

This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant features a Big Island halau from 10:30-11:30am. This event will take place rain or shine at the hula platform located near Volcano Art Center Gallery. Audience is encouraged to bring sitting mat and sun/rain gear. On the same day, there are hands-on cultural demonstrations from 9:30Am to 1:30PM on the gallery porch. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org

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October TBA, 2017 – 4th Annual Lilikoi Festival, Pahoa

Indulge your passion for passion fruit at the Annual Lilikoi Festival! This year’s festival is being held at the Maku’u Market just outside of Pahoa (15-2131 Pahoa-Keaau Rd., Pahoa.) From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this popular and fun event features a lilikoi themed cooking contest, cooking demonstrations, vendor booths, live music and keiki activities. Entry fee $5; children 11 & under free. Vendors and cooking contest entries are still welcome!

For more info visit www.LilikoiFestival.com.

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October 15, 2017 – “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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October 15, 2017 – 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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October TBA, 2017 Annual Hawaii Artist Collaboration Auction

Holualoa – The event fee donation is $20; keiki are free; From 4 – 7PM

39 artists from four countries and fourteen art disciplines collaborate with each other to create original works of art that no ONE person could imagine! Jewelers, painters, woodworkers, blacksmiths, ceramicists, sculptors and more, embark on a weeklong journey of artistic collaboration culminating in this auction event which showcases the artwork created during this unique experience.

The auction will be held at the picturesque Malulani Pavilion & The Great Lawn at the Holualoa Inn. The public is invited to experience and admire the results of the collaborations, meet and talk to the artists, as well as bid to win the art through both live and silent auctions.

For more info, www.HawaiiArtistCollaboration.org.

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October TBA, 2017 ANNUAL WAIMEA SOLAR SYSTEM WALK

The Canada-France-Hawai’i Telescope and Keck Observatory are sponsoring the Waimea Solar System Walk from 10am-2pm. The walk turns Waimea into a scale model of our solar system with the sun at Keck and Pluto/dwarf planets at CFHT. Prizes for the keiki, refreshments for all. Costume contest at 1pm! Event is free.

To be held at Keck Observatory Headquarters along Mamalahoa Hwy to the Canada-France-Hawai’i Telescope offices, Waimea. For more information, call Mary Beth at 885-3121.

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October TBA, 2017 – 8th Annual Bike MS Event – Waikoloa Beach Resort

This event focuses on bringing more awareness about MS to the public and raising funds for programs and services for those living with MS in Hawai`i. The ride is fully supported with catered rest stops, bike support, and gear transportation.

To register, and for more information, visit bikemshawaii.org or give the National Multiple Sclerosis Society a call at (808)-532-0806.

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October TBA, 2017 4th ANNUAL EAST HAWAI`I JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL – HILO

Get your tickets now for the Annual East Hawai`i Jazz and Blues Festival! This swingin’ event on indoor and outdoor stages includes a lavish pupu buffet and dessert station, wine tasting and spirits. Proceeds benefit the Hawai`i Island Veterans Memorial, Inc. To be held at Nani Maui Gardens, 421 Makalika St. Hilo, from 1:30-6:30pm.

For ticket info, visit www.hawaiiislandveterans.org.

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October 28, 2017 – 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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