Big Island Upcoming 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 Hawai‘i 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

Every Tuesday
Free 5K Run & Walk 
meet up at Big Island Running Company on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona for this fun, free, non-competitive fun run. Visitors, residents, children, anyone and everyone are invited to join the community camaraderie and help promote active, healthy lifestyles. 5pm. Call 808-327-9333.

First Tuesday of the Month
Kona Historical Society: Special Bakes
at its stone oven, located below the Kealakekua office. From 10am-12:30pm, the public is invited to watch the baking process. Loaves are $8, sold on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at about 12:30pm at 81-6551 Mamalahoa Hwy. Call 808-323-3222.

First Tuesday of the Month
Kona Stories Local Author Nights 
from 6pm-8pm local authors present their newly published books followed by an informal author signing and talk story.  The book store puts down an amazing pupu (appetizer) spread and offers a free glass of wine. At Kona Stories bookstore in the Keauhou Shopping Center. Call 808-324-0350 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, and other shows throughout the day. Call 808-932-8901 or visit

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.

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.

Second Saturday of the Month
Night Market @ The Point a wide range of Hawaiian-local food along with local crafts and clothing and live music. Family friendly and alcohol, drug and tobacco-free. 5pm-9pm at Connect Point Church, 168 Holomua St., Hilo. Call 808-961-5651.

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.

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. For a schedule of dates visit


July 2017

Bon Dance Festivals celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori. Many temples also concurrently hold a cultural and food bazaar providing a variety of cuisine and art, also to display features of Japanese culture and Japanese-American history. For a schedule of days and places on Big Island visit

July 4
26th Annual Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race is a fund raiser for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawai`i. Adoption certificates for the Rubber Duckies are on sale until 3pm on race day. Duckie adoptions are $5 each and Quack Packs are $25 each and include four adoption certificates and one event T-shirt (while supplies last). Festivities at Kings’ Shops start at 11am and will include food booths, children’s entertainment, live music on the stage and special promotions at participating stores. Rubber Duckie Race starts at 3pm. Call 808-886-8811.

July 4
Hilo Bay Blast 
activities around the Hilo Bayfront, including games, cook-offs, music and more. Fireworks at 8pm over Hilo Bay. Call 808-961-8706.

July 4
Parade & Celebration in Volcano Village parade will begin at 9am at the Volcano Post Office and proceed for one half mile along Old Volcano Road to Cooper Community Center. Cal 808-967-7800.

July 4
Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade & Fireworks the parade starts at 6pm along Kuakini Highway. It will proceed south on Kuakini Highway, to Palani Road, to Alii Drive, and then south on Alii Drive to Walua Road just past Coconut Grove Marketplace. Immediately following the parade, there will be a grand Fireworks Extravaganza over Kailua Bay, starting at 8pm. Call 808-313-0025.

July 4
Independence Day Parade Fireworks at Waikoloa Beach Resort fireworks over Waikoloa Bowl at 8pm. This is an alcohol and drug free event. Call 808-886-8822.

July 4
Parker Ranch 4th of July Horse Races & Rodeo 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. Call 808-885-2323.

July 8
37th Annual Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Cultural Festival & BioBlitz celebrates the two land districts that comprise the national park and showcases an extraordinarily talented line-up of local performers. Participate in authentic Hawaiian cultural activities like ku‘i kalo (pounding poi), lomilomi (massage), ‘ohe kāpala (Hawaiian bamboo stamping), play Hawaiian games, discover lā‘au lapa‘au (medicine from plants), make a small kāhili (feather standard), weave lei, and more. All cultural festival activities are located at the grassy lawn and ball field area at Kilauea Military Camp. Visitors can learn more about conservation and biodiversity through fun, interactive exhibits sponsored by many of Hawai‘i’s leading conservation organizations on the festival grounds. The BioBlitz field inventories run from 8am-1pm, and the cultural festival is from 10am-3pm. Entrance into the park and all events are free. Make sure to wear sunscreen and a hat. Bring water, rain jacket, and ground mat or chair. No pets. Lunch and beverages will be available for sale. Visit

July 8
Red, White & Blue Brass an open-air concert of American music performed by HPAF brass program. All-American food available for purchase. Free. 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Shops at Mauna Lani. Call 808-333-7378.

July 15
Summer Fun at Lanihau Center in the south parking lot across from Daylight Mind Bakery & Cafe. Keikis will get to cool off on a 20-foot water slide. Show ‘n Shine car show: featuring classic, custom and performance vehicles from around the Island. Radio personality, Jaz from KAPA is guest DJ. 10am-1pm at 75-5595 Palani Rd., Kihei. Call 808-960-1392.

July 22 & 23
Tropical Inspirations Quilt Show featuring entries from our local quilting community as well as from across the country, this event promotes the art and culture of Hawaiian style quilting and helps both visitors and residents of the island learn about the history and current trends in Hawaiian style quilting. 10am-5pm at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, 75-5660 Palani Rd., Kailua-Kona. Call 808-329-7475.

July 29
Huggo’s 22nd Annual Wahine Tournament competitive wahine (women) fish for cash prizes awarded to the teams with the largest marlin/billfish weighing more than 300 pounds. 8am-4pm at Huggo’s 75-5828 Kahakai Rd. Kailua-Kona. Call 808-329-2840.


August 2017

Bon Dance Festivals celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori. Many temples also concurrently hold a cultural and food bazaar providing a variety of cuisine and art, also to display features of Japanese culture and Japanese-American history. For a schedule of days and places on Big Island visit

August 19
Volcano Rain Forest Runs 
a half marathon, 10K or 5K in the heart of Volcano Village. Free keiki run for ages 1-7. 7am start at Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Call 808-967-8240.


September 2017

September 1-4
Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Race 
will host crews from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Tahiti, United Kingdom and an estimated 75 crews from the US. Hawaii will be well represented with multiple crews and more than sixty Big Island crews are also expected on the starting line. Other official Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Race events include Historic Kailua Village Cultural Walk, Paddling Talk Story, Native Artist Fair, Torchlight Parade, Stand-up Paddleboard Race, Alii Challenge and Hulakai OC4 (4 person canoes) Sprint Relay Race. 7am start. Visit

September 9-17
57th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament attend throughout the day as the Kailua Pier comes to life with food booths, arts & crafts, music and celebration. Leading up to the 5pm Opening Ceremony, Kaahumanu Place, fronting the Kailua Pier, will close to vehicles Saturday and become a family-friendly event with food booths and food truck, craft vendors and free musical entertainment. Visit

September 14-17
Hawaiicon 2017 explore another world without ever leaving Earth at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. Adventure with the stars, get autographs, cosply contest, gala dinners, gaming, meet and greets, photo ops, workshops and more. Visit

September 15
2nd Annual Hawai‘i Festival of Birds a trade show for outdoor and birding equipment, a children’s corner, bird-themed arts and crafts fair, photography and painting workshops and a birding film festival. Field trips will also be held. At the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa. Visit


October 2017

October 4-7
Chef Fest 
a multi-day food and wine event featuring high-profile dinners, interactive cooking classes and culinary experiences. The series of events showcases some of the country’s best culinary and mixology talent in an intimate beachfront setting. All events are exclusive to Resort guests at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Visit

October 10-15
5th Annual Yoga Festival will feature more than 60 sessions presented by a diverse faculty from Hawaii and around the world, including yoga teacher, writer and body-positivity advocate Jessamyn Stanley. Attendees will also be invited to enjoy Hawaiian cultural events, live music performances, permaculture tours, fresh-prepared meals. At Kalani Retreat, 12-6860 Kalapana-kapoho Rd., Pahoa. Visit

October 28
HFWF Return of Cuisines of the Sun culinary talent from around the world joining forces to celebrate the food and wine of sunny climates with a a spectacular six-course dinner at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort. 6pm-9:30pm. Visit