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.

On-Going Events

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

Various Tuesdays
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

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–November through December
Explore Kahuku in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
Kahuku will be open to the public for educational hikes and programs that begin at 9:30am. For a listing of hikes visit

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:

October 2014

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

October 4
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

October 11
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

October 11
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.

October 18
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.

October 19
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.

October 25
2nd Annual Lilikoi Festival
event features a cooking contest using Lilikoi as the main ingredient; cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs; a variety of vendors and educational tables; a Silent Auction; music featuring Bruddah Waltah and other local artists; Keiki activities; Tours of the gardens; and much more. At Nani Mau Gardens, 421 Makalika St., Hilo from 10am-2pm. Entry fee for the festival is: $5 adults and $2 children (under age 11). Call 808-965-1866.

October 26
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.

November 2014

November 1
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.

November 6-8
9th Annual Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival
features group and solo hula practitioners vying for top honors on the stage of the Hilton Waikoloa Village grand ballroom. Attendees are invited to join in-depth cultural workshops and excursions, exploring the arts and protocols of authentic places, practices, and musical instruments. Visit

November 7
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.

November 7-16
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

November 14-16
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.

November 29
Holiday Affair 2014
is proud to present the Bill Noble Jazz Combo who will bring the island musicians together for an evening of Latin and Jazz favorites. At the Malulani Pavilion at the Holualoa Inn enjoy a unique jazz experience while bidding on original works of art, and mingling with friends in a festive holiday spirit. Last year, DMAC’s Holiday Affair sold out. 4:30pm. Visit

November 29 & 30
20th Annual Na Lima Hana Craft Fair
with more than 100 crafters. At the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Call 808-886-2885.

December 2014

December 3-7
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.

December 12
2nd Annual Feast on the Beach
enjoy stations of delicious food, along with beer and wine in Lava Lava Beach Club’s beachfront ambiance. The event will also showcase the musical talents of Henry Kapono & Friends and LT Smooth. Advance purchase tickets are required. 6pm-10pm. Visit

December 21
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.

December 28
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.

January 2015

January 1-9
Waimea Ocean Film Festival
ward-winning films, breakfast talks, Q&A filmmaker sessions, artistic exhibits and receptions. At multiple venues. Visit

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.

January 31
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.

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