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November 2017

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November 1 – 4, 2017, Kona Tahiti Fete Educational & Cultural Festival

A Tahitian and Hawaiian Cultural Festival with dance, cultural arts, drumming, carving and weaving. The festival will have performances, an arts and crafts fair, drumming classes and delicious food booths. Also drawings for prizes!

Time: 10am to 4:00pm Wed-Friday; 10am-6pm Saturday at Makai Sports Fields behind the Kona Aquatic Pool (75-5560 Kuakini Hwy., Kailua Kona).

Daily ticket: $3, $5 or $7.

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November 3 – 12, 2017, 47th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Starts Brewing Friday November 3 through Sunday November 12, 2017

 

The 2017 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival celebrates the 47th anniversary of Hawaii’s oldest food and coffee festival with 10 days which combines a modern-day infatuation with coffee with Kona’s old-world history as visitors, residents, artisans and farmers gather together to salute Hawaii’s preeminent coffee.

Kona coffee farm tours, Native Hawaiian arts and culture events. A celebration of cultural diversity all blended together honoring nearly 200 years of Kona coffee history.

Cost: Festival Button for entry to most events.

Full Schedule of events: konacoffeefest.com

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November 3, 2017 – Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Lantern Parade – Kona

From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Lantern Parade winds its way through Historic Kailua Village (Alii Drive) with its glowing procession of light, music and color that culminates with an evening bon dance at Hale Halawai.

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November 4, 2017 – Holualoa Village Coffee Tasting and Art Stroll – Kona

From 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Coffee Stroll is an annual event of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. Coffee from over 30 coffee farms will be featured in the little artist colony of Holualoa. Enjoy the unique art galleries and shops. There will be live music and more.

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Free parking at Holualoa School and the Catholic church. There is also a public parking area across from the Holualoa `Ukulele Gallery.

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November 4, 2017, Ho’okupu Hulano Ka’u Cultural Festival – Pahala, Ka’u

Held from 10am to 8pm at Pahala Community Center.

Hula, music, crafts, food, cultural practioners, cultural demonstrations and workshops.

Featured musicians are the fabulous Raiatea Helm, Wailau Ryder, Steven Sioloa, Keaiwa, Kaleo Maoli and more. Also featured will be hula groups from O’ahu, Hawai’i island, Okinawa, Japan, Mexico and the mainland.

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November 4, 2017, Annual Hawai’i Island Veterans Day Parade – Hilo

This year’s parade will kick off at 10 am in downtown Hilo with a helicopter orchid drop near Pauahi Street in Wailoa State Park, and lead off with Hilo’s own motorcycle version of Rolling Thunder. Three parade marshals will be honored in 2016: The Grand Marshal (a Veteran), the Community Parade Marshal (Veteran Support Group), and the Business Parade Marshal (new this year). Parade units will include active military; veterans organizations; ROTC units from local high schools; marching bands and other fun musical groups; military equipment; local businesses; civic clubs; community and children’s groups; and much more.

The parade route follows the same route as the Merrie Monarch Festival Parade.
Donations welcome. Time: 10.00 AM. To register, or for more info, visit www.hivetparade.org

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November 4, 2017 – Astroday At Kona Commons!

Observatories from Maunakea and Haleakala will be represented, as well as other technology, education, and cultural organizations. Highlights include Starlab–a portable planetarium provided by the Canada France Hawaii and Gemini observatories, solar viewing with experienced astronomers, robotic demos, educational games and toys, and many hands-on activities.

Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at former Sports Authority space at Kona Commons, Kailua-Kona.

Free to the public. For more information visit www.mkaoc.org .

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November 4, 2017 – Hula Kahiko At Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Hula featuring Kumu Ha’amauliola Aiona with Ke Kula o Nawahiokalan’opu’u PCS performed in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

Time: 10:30-11:30 am. This performance is rain or shine without electronic amplification.

Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. This free event is supported in part by a grant from the Hawai’i Tourism Authority and the County of Hawai’i Dept. of Research and Development.

Park entrance fees apply. For more information visit www.volcanoartcenter.org .

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November 17-18, 2017 – The 30th Annual Hilo Christmas Extravaganza Craft Fair

Time: Nov 17, 5-9pm; Nov 18, 9am to 3 pm.

Malamapono Events Management, LLC, presents Hilo’s premiere Christmas craft event featuring quality handmade crafts from the Big Island, and the states of Hawai’i, California and Las Vegas! The Christmas Extravaganza will be held at the Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium. For more information, please visit www.malamaponoevents.com.

Cost: $2 at the door; last hour of each day free.

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November 11, 2017 – W.M. Keck Observatory Open House

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Free and All Welcome.  Community invited for a fun, family-friendly event filled with cosmic activities, stellar food, and a star-studded program featuring renowned astronomers and engineers.  Bring keiki, ‘ohana, friends, and neighbors to experience dozens of science-rich, interactive booths: snap a picture I.D. of yourself in infrared, treat your taste buds to sub- zero ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, learn how to solder your very own flasher pin, enjoy lunch and snack options for purchase, giveaways, prizes, and more!

Plenty of parking.  Keck Theater will host presentations for all ages, highlighting the very latest about its astronomical research, revolutionary technology and ground-breaking science – all in keeping with its mission to advance the frontiers of astronomy and share its discoveries to inspire the imagination of all.

For more information visit www.keckobservatory.org

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November 18, 2017 – “E Mau Ana Ka Hula”: A Tribute To King David Kalakaua

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay on the Bayview Lawn, Keauhou

The “Merrie Monarch” King David Kalakaua will be feted with a celebration of hula held at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.

Hula presentations will be free to the public during the day 8am – 3:30pm

No outside coolers or beverages, please. Local arts and crafts vendors will be featuring quality handmade Hawaiian items, and ono food will be available.

Festival information www.emauanakahula.org

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November 19, 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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November 19, 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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November 24, 2017 – Kailua Village Holiday Tree Lighting – Kailua-Kona

A traditional lighting of the Village Christmas tree at Emma’s Square kicking off the holiday season.

Time: 5:45 pm, across from Hulihe’e Palace, Kona.

For more information, visit www.historickailuavillage.com.

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November 25, 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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November 24 – 25, 2017 – Kamahalo Craft Fair – Volcano Village

Shop handcrafted artisans and home grown products during this 2-day craft fair at The Cooper Center in Volcano which coincides with the Volcano Village Art Studio Tour & Sale.

Time: 9AM-4PM.

For more information visit http://thecoopercenter.org/.

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November 24 – 26, 2017 – Volcano Village Artists Hui Annual Art Studio Tour & Sale

Over the Thanksgiving weekend visitors are invited to meet the Volcano Village Artists in their studios and see artworks in a wide variety of media. Pottery; raku masks; hand blown art glass; wood & metal sculpture; hand-tooled metal and fiber art; as well as photographs; paintings; drawings and block prints will be on display and available for purchase.

A special drawing for pieces contributed by the artists will be held on the last day of the event. Maps to the artists’ studios will be available at local businesses in Volcano Village, as well as at www. VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com.

Time: 10 AM to 4 PM at artists’ studios in Volcano Village. Free to the public.

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December 2017

December 1 & 2, 2017 – Annual Na Makua Invitational Christmas Gift Fair

Friday, 4-9pm; Saturday 9am-3pm at Ah Fook Chinen Civic Auditorium, Manono St., Hilo.

This fair features products that showcase the talents of local artists and offer a diverse selection of unique Christmas gifts. All applicants are screened with consideration given to the uniqueness, quality and craftsmanship of the product. Items made in Hawaii are preferred, but items are examined on a case by case basis. Live entertainment.

Free admission. For more information, visit www.namakua.com.

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December 2, 2017, Holualoa Music And Light Festival, Kona

Witness the lighting of the town Christmas tree, listen to musicians perform Christmas music thru the evening at stages around the village, and receive treats from the galleries and shops in this charming little artists’ colony in the middle of Kona coffee country. Santa will show up too!

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Holualoa Village Association, Coffee, Art, History.

For information visit www.holualoahawaii.com.

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December TBA, 2017, Twilight Christmas Parade – Waimea

Starting at Church Row, and ending at Waimea Town Park. Visit with Santa Parker Ranch Center immediately after the parade and have a free picture taken with him. There will be goody bags for all children, while supplies last. Charitable donations will be accepted to benefit the Waimea Lions Club and North Hawai`i Hospice.

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December 9, 2017 – Annual Kailua Kona Christmas Parade

Saturday 5pm at Ah Fook Chinen Civic Auditorium, Manono St., Hilo.

The parade will begin at 5pm at the Kekuaokalani Gym next to Kona Pool, go south on Kuakini, down Palani Rd., and along Ali`i Drive to Walua Rd., just past Coconut Grove Marketplace.

There will be around 75 entries in the parade with numerous musical entries, and more than half of the entries will beautifully light up the evening, including HELCO’s Toy’s For Tots Train, and of course, Santa and his reindeer. The Kailua-Kona Community Christmas Parade will once again be supportive of Hawai`i Island’s Food Basket.

Free admission. For more information, visit www.paradesinkona.com.

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December 10, 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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December 10, 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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December 15 & 16, 2017, Annual Big Island Craft & Gift Fair

This large Fair in Hilo, sponsored by Hawaii Art & Craft, will showcase vendors throughout the state. Food will be available for purchase. Prize giveaways. Lots of free parking.

Time: Friday, 4-9pm; Saturday, 9am-4pm, at Edith Kanakaole Multi-Purpose Stadium.

Admission $2; children 7 and under, free. For more information visit www.hawaiiartsandcraftsfestival.com.

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December 16, 2017 – Hula Arts at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Hula featuring Kumu hula Sammye Ku’ualoha Young with Halau Na Lei Hiwahiwa o Ku’ualoha performed in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

Time: 10:30-11:30 am. This performance is rain or shine without electronic amplification.

Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. This free event is supported in part by a grant from the Hawai’i Tourism Authority and the County of Hawai’i Dept. of Research and Development.

Park entrance fees apply. For more information visit www.volcanoartcenter.org .

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December 16, 2017 – Kainaliu Kalikimaka

Kainaliu Kalikimaka will be a family fun holiday stroll through the town of Kainaliu, with live music, Santa, carolers, stores open late, vendors, holiday lights, and free giveaways.

Free, from 5:00 PM – 8:30PM

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Hawaii`s first Christian church (established in 1820) will hold its Christmas Eve Candlelight Service beginning at 8pm, with pre-service caroling under the front arch at 7pm. All are welcome to this beautiful celebration of Jesus’ birthday with Christmas hymns and hula. Mokuaikaua Church is located at 75-5713 Alii Drive, across the street from Hulihee Palace.

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Wailea Village, Hamakua

Join what has now become a tradition for many locals & visitors alike at the quiet little plantation village of Wailea, Hakalau. Make traditional rice cakes the “old-fashioned” way. Everyone takes their turn at pounding the glutinous sticky rice for good luck. From 8-2pm; fire building starts at 7 a.m. to steam the rice. Hearty local-style lunch available for sale. New Years crafts, food vendors, fortune telling, massage, I Ching readings, floral arrangements, plantation stories, Okinawan taiko drumming, Hawaiian entertainment & more.

At the 15-mile marker; Hwy. 19 on the Hamakua Coast, in Hakalau.

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January 2018

January 14 thru February TBA, 2018 – Annual Hawaii Wood Guild Show – Waimea

Gallery hours Tues-Sat, 10am – 5 pm. Opening Reception Jan. 14, 5-8PM. 

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

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January TBA, 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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January TBA, 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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January TBA, 2018 – Free Entry To National Parks

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr, Day there will be no entry fees charged on this day at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park or Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

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 January TBA, 2018 – Iolani Luahine Hula Festival

Place: Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

The `Iolani Luahine Festival was established in 2003 with a vision to perpetuate the hula, and it also serves as a way to honor the memory of `Iolani Luahine and her contributions to the preservation of hula and Hawaiian culture. This year the festival will again include hula workshops and presentations, and an educational challenge to Kumu Hula, with a prize for the one who best demonstrates the values of `Iolani Luahine – education and Hawaiian culture. Information about the workshops and events are available at www.iolaniluahinefestival.org.

The hula presentations on both days are offered free to the public. Evening musical entertainment on Friday and Saturday will be open for everyone to enjoy – tickets will be available at the door for a donation, which helps support the festival.

On Saturday, the festival will offer quality Hawaiian arts and crafts by local artisans.

 

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January TBA, 2018 – ANNUAL KONA SURF FILM FESTIVAL

Since 2003 the Kona Surf Film Festival has presented a screening of surf films from around the world, a benefactor of the big island community and beyond, and a grassroots event that has kept the surf cinema stoke alive. Live music.

Time: 3pm to 10pm at the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel’s beautiful oceanside luaau grounds.

12th Annual KSFF presented by ALTRES / JAN. 28th 2016 from FOLKLORE MOVIE on Vimeo.

Cost: $20-$25. For more information,  visit www.konasurffilmfestival.org.

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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 TBA, 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 TBA, 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 TBA, 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 TBA, 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 TBA, 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 TBA, 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 TBA, 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 TBA, 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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