Big Island Calendar of Events
In our first edition of Hawaii The Big Island Revealed, we listed a calendar of local events for the island. It was a colossal waste of time! Things change so often in Hawaii that we couldn’t keep it current. The Web fixes that. Don’t get me wrong. Some of the events listed below will not occur or will change time or place. That’s because decisions about these things are made quite capriciously in the islands, often the day of the event. We’ll change this page daily if we have to, but you can’t bet your life on the timeliness of these events. Nonetheless, if you’re interested in attending a local event, these might be worth checking into.
Volcano Art Center at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers new exhibits and programs each month. Call the Center at 808-967-8222 for the current schedule or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.
After Dark in the Park at 7pm, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Visitor Center Auditorium. Weekly lecture series. Call 808-985-6000 for information, to confirm dates and reservations.
Tuesdays through Saturdays
Experience the world’s first 3D planetarium “Skies Above Hawai’i” at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center at noon. “Fly out” from Earth as the planetarium operator guides the audience through various regions and structures of the Universe, based on data from the telescopes located on Maunakea. Visitors to the center can enjoy other planetarium selections as well: the 1pm showing of Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky, 2pm showing of Awesome Light II: Seeing the Invisible, and 3pm showing of Two Small Pieces of Glass. Call 808-969-9703 or visit www.imiloahawaii.org.
Weekly Performance involving music, chants, hula, film clips — a blend of mediums to educate you about Hawaiian culture and the history at The Palace Theatre in Hilo at 11am, $5, kids free. Call 808-934-7010.
Kanikapila Jam Sessions are open to all musicians. Bring your instrument and enjoy “garage style” jamming with your neighbors and community. At Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road. Donations appreciated. Call 808-967-8222.
Every First Saturday
Mauna Kea Visitor’s Information Station, monthly program to discuss recent observations and discoveries, 6pm, with stargazing. Limited seating, 808-961-2180.
Every Third Saturday
Aloha Saturdays at Kalakaua Park in Hilo, features performances, exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, lectures and more by Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners, scholars, musicians, hula halau and community groups. They strive to promote creative and culturally authentic programs for all.
Saturdays Closest to the Full Moon
Twilight at Kalahuipuaa or Talk Story as the locals call it, is a monthly gathering of kama‘aina and tourists alike that celebrates the tradition of storytelling through music, dance and spoken word. The Eva Woods Parker Cottage is a small hale (house) situated on land between the Kalahuipuaa Fishponds and the Pacific Ocean at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. Bring beach chairs, blankets, picnic baskets and settle in for 3 hours of entertainment. Free event. Call 808-885-6622 ext. 7065.
Saturdays & Sundays
Mauna Kea Visitor’s Information Station offers free summit tours starting at 1pm. All participants in the Summit Tour must have their own 4-wheel drive transportation to the summit. Participants must be at least 16 yrs of age, not pregnant and in good health. Check their web site for other information and requirements: Visitor Information Station website.
Second Sunday of the Month
Aloha Sundays at the East Hawaii Cultural Center in Hilo on Kalakaua Street, presents a special daytime program featuring a wide variety of activities for residents and visitors featuring authentic Hawaiian cultural programming, art, student projects and entertainment. Call 808-961-5711.
One Sunday per Month
Kokua Kailua one Sunday each month Alii Drive in Historic Kailua Village becomes a festive pedestrian-only marketplace. Vendors, craftspeople and merchants. Free Hawaiian entertainment, 4pm at Hulihee Palace. Dates in 2014: Jan. 19, Feb. 16, Mar. 16, Apr. 13, May 18, June 8, July 20, Aug. 24, Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 14. Visit: www.historickailuavillage.com.
Queen Liliuokalani Festival in the Queen Liliuokalani gardens in Hilo. Hula halau performing throughout the day. Visit hawaiiislandfestival.org.
September 6-October 31
Where Earth Meets Fire: Contemporary Ceramics a select group of artists exhibit different approaches from conceptual sculpture to crafted thrown vessels. Featured artists include Amber Aguirre, Clayton Amemiya, Gerald Ben, Fumie Bonk, Peter Durst, Stephen Freedman, Tim Freeman, Ron Hanatani, Emily Herb, Kate and Will Jacobson, Tina Jensen, Tim Johnson, Linda Jo Kolder, Chiu Leong, Janet Lipps, Monica Mann, Suzanne Merner, Setsuko Morinoue, Gordon Motta, Erik Omundson, Georgia Sartoris, Claire Seastone, Shelby Smith and Carol Zee. Free opening night reception is Sept. 6 from 6pm-8pm (everyone is asked to bring a dish to share). At Donkey Mill Art Center, 78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa. Call 808-332-3362 or visit www.donkeymillartcenter.org.
HawaiiCon is a sci-fi, and fantasy convention featuring celebrities from the most popular genre TV shows, scientists, panel discussions, tours, and extra special events. The list of celebrities include: Most of the cast of Stargate: Atlantis, Claudia Christian and Patricia Tallman from Babylon 5, Richard Hatch, Michael Hogan and Kate Vernon from Battlestar Galactica, Esme Bianco from Game of Thrones, voice actress Cree Summer and more. At Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel on the Kohala Coast. Call 808-960-7619 or visit www.hawaiicon.com.
Hula Kahiko performance in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Presented authentically in a natural setting, rain or shine. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. 10:30am-11:30am. Call 808-987-7288.
Mauna Kea Resort Grand Prix Open and Class Championship will be held at the 11-court Seaside Tennis Club. Call 808-539-3489.
Hawaii Island Festival paniolo parade route begins 10am at Waimea Church Row, down Mamalahoa Highway, passing through Waimea town, Keck Observatory, KTA, Foodland, right on Lindsey Road, fronting Parker School ending in Waimea Park. Ho‘olaulea is at the end of the parade route, in Waimea Park, Lindsey Road/Kawaihae Road junction and starts immediately following the Parade until 4:30pm. All day free entertainment. Visit hawaiiislandfestival.org.
3rd Annual Festival of Aloha will include award-winning music and hula in the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel courtyard and ballroom throughout the day. The event also includes Hawaiian craft vendors, food booths. A recommended donation of canned food to benefit Hawaii Island Food Basket is requested. 9:30am-4pm. Call 808-880-1111.
19th Annual Taste of Hawaiian Range & Agriculture Festival thirty top chefs prepare cuisine using all the cuts of pasture-raised beef, plus local produce. Meet local food producers, enjoy samples, browse among educational booths. Entertainment. $40 presale starting July 1, $60 event day. 5pm-8pm at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Visit www.tasteofthehawaiianrange.com.
Wiliwili Festival will feature free interactive demonstrations (celebrating Wiliwili trees in Waikoloa) and activities for all ages, informational booths sponsored by environmental, educational and cultural organizations, a silent auction, workshops, native plant sales and plant giveaways! There will be local food vendors and live music. 9am-3pm at Waikoloa Stables, Waikoloa. Call 808-494-2208.
October 1-October 31
Where Earth Meets Fire: Contemporary Ceramics a select group of artists exhibit different approaches from conceptual sculpture to crafted thrown vessels. Featured artists include Amber Aguirre, Clayton Amemiya, Gerald Ben, Fumie Bonk, Peter Durst, Stephen Freedman, Tim Freeman, Ron Hanatani, Emily Herb, Kate and Will Jacobson, Tina Jensen, Tim Johnson, Linda Jo Kolder, Chiu Leong, Janet Lipps, Monica Mann, Suzanne Merner, Setsuko Morinoue, Gordon Motta, Erik Omundson, Georgia Sartoris, Claire Seastone, Shelby Smith and Carol Zee. At Donkey Mill Art Center, 78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa. Call 808-332-3362 or visit www.donkeymillartcenter.org.
30th Annual Kohala Country Fair all-day live music, country games and contests, more than 100 food and craft booths, and a low-priced keiki zone. At fairgrounds in Kapa‘au, North Kohala from 9am-4pm. Visit www.kohalacountryfair.com.
Ironman Triathlon World Championship 1,800 triathletes from around the world (50 countries and all 50 States) converge on Kona for this Super Bowl of triathlon events, featuring a 2.4-mile ocean swim off Kailua Pier, a 112-mile bike course to Hawi and a 26.2-mile run. Call 808-329-0063 or visit www.ironman.com.
Imiloa Wayfinding and Navigation Festival celebrates the historic feats of Pacific navigators and current day efforts to revive and expand celestial navigation skills and interest in long distance deep-sea canoe voyaging that connects the many indigenous island communities in the Pacific Ocean. 10am-4pm at Imiloa Astronomy Center, 600 Imiloa Place, Hilo. Call 808-969-9703.
Guru of Chai presented by the Indian Ink Theatre Company at UH Hilo Performing Arts Center, 200 W. Kawili St at 7:30pm. Kutisar is the lord of his chai stand in Bangalore Train Station. From there, he dispenses his soulful beverage to the thirsty travelers who come and go through this portal to his city. $40 adults/$20 Children under 17 or students with ID. Call 808-932-7490.
16th Annual Taste of Hilo features restaurants, chefs, patisseries, candy makers, and beverage distributors from the Big Island. Tickets are $45 presale and $65 at the door (if not sold out). Call 808-934-0177.
Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra a tribute to Hawaii features music from two artists with connections to Hawaii – slack key guitarist and vocalist John Keawe and composer / filmmaker Paul Csige. The orchestra will perform music from Csige’s film “Voyagers” and the movie will be projected above the stage. 4pm-6pm at the Kahilu Theatre, 67-1186 Lindsey Rd., Kamuela. Tickets $30. Call 808-885-6868.
October 27-November 1
Dennis Rose Invitational Golf Tournament at Waikoloa Beach Resort Kings’ Course. The event is free and open to the public. Call 808-886-7888.
Dennis Rose Invitational Golf Tournament at Waikoloa Beach Resort Kings’ Course. The event is free and open to the public. This is the final day. Call 808-886-7888.
Fresh Inc – Live in Kona free concert at the Amethyst Club on Alii Drive in Kona will feature Hawaiian hip-hop featuring Fresh Inc., Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Navid Najafi & Super groupers, Stryk9 and more! Call 808-280-9955.
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival includes innovative Kona coffee farm tours, native Hawaiian arts and culture events, keiki (child) friendly activities, and a celebration of cultural diversity blended together in 10 event-filled days honoring nearly 200 years of Kona coffee history. All along the Kona Coast. Visit www.konacoffeefest.com.
Conquering the Sun is an amalgamation of several Hawaiian myths, created by the CU Colorado Caravan to help us all remember that working together is often more effective than working alone, and that helping others can be more profitable than just helping yourself. Fri & Sat at 7pm, Sun at 2pm. UH Hilo Performing Arts Center, 200 W Kawili St. Tickets $40/$20 (17 and under). Call 808-932-7490.
41st annual Mauna Kea Pro-Am five straight days of championship golf at the 18-hole par 72 Robert Trent-Jones designed course. Call 808-882-5409.
December 5 & 6
2014 Na Makua Invitational Christmas Gift Fair featuring quality art and crafts by Hawaii’s best artists and producers. Fri 4pm-9pm, Sat 9am-4pm at Ahfook-Chinene Civic Auditorium, Manono Street, Hilo. Call 808-966-4647.
Jungle Bell Beach Run – 5K & 1-Mile Runs encourages participation from all fitness levels and running backgrounds. 7:30am start at the Kailua Pier in Kona. Awards are given out to the top overall finishers as well as the top three best dressed Christmas costumes. Raffle prizes follow the awards. Call 808-345-6214.
16th Annual Mochi Pounding making traditional rice cakes the “old-fashioned” way. Fire building starts at 7am to steam the rice. Hearty local style lunch for $5. New years crafts, calligraphy, floral arrangements, plantation stories, Okinawan taiko drumming, Hawaiian entertainment and more. At Akiko’s Buddhist Bed & Breakfast, 29-2091 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Hakalau. Call 808-963-6422.
Waimea Ocean Film Festival ward-winning films, breakfast talks, Q&A filmmaker sessions, artistic exhibits and receptions. At multiple venues. Visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org.
January 10 & 11
Return to Broadway with the Kahilu Youth Troupe local high school musical theater students, joined by older graduates who are currently studying performing arts in college, in preparation for their own future Broadway debuts. At the Kahilu Theatre, 67-1186 Lindsey Rd., Kamuela. Tickets $30. Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 4pm. Call 808-885-6868.
Makana Tribute to Sonny Chillingworth famed slack-key artist, Makana, presents a tribute concert and video. 7pm-10pm at the Kahilu Theatre, 67-1186 Lindsey Rd., Kamuela. Tickets $66. Call 808-885-6868.