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


May 2017

May 5-21
Live on Stage – The Miracle Worker is a moving drama by William Gibson adapted from his 1957 Playhouse 90 teleplay of the same name, based on Helen Keller’s autobiography, The Story of My Life. Fri/Sat at 7:30pm and Sun at 2:30pm at Aloha Theatre, 79-7384 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kainaliu. Visit

May 19-28
Annual Ka‘u Coffee Festival 
offering coffee, food, crafts, entertainment, guided coffee tastings and farm/mill tours. Some events are free, others have a fee. At the Pahala Community Center, 1149 Kamani St., Pahala. Visit

May 21
2nd Annual Farm Festival at Hamakua celebrating local agriculture and the community.The festivities will be held at the Hamakua Harvest site (at the intersection of Mamane Street and Mamalahoa Highway 19 in Honokaa) and 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. 8am-3pm at Hamakua Harvest, 46-2600 Hawaii Belt Hwy, Honoka‘a. Visit

May 27
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Ballet West Hawaii Dance Theatre and Academy brings Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic to life with a fresh new twist. The music of Joby Talbot and Carl Davis will keep you toe-tapping through the re-make of the original family-friendly adventure. 4pm at Kahilu Theatre in Kamuela. Visit

May 27
7 Courses – 7 Beers at the Hilton Waikoloa Village for 25 dinner guests, a 7-course, 7 beer dinner with a collaboration between Chef of Restaurants, Dayne Tanabe and Kona Brewing Company’s Brewer, Benjamin Farish. Includes, Ulu Chip, Poke Nachos, Charred Caesar, Lardon Tater Tot Poutine, Kona Kampachi Taco, Chipotle BBQ Glazed Beef Short Rib Tomahawk and Waialua Estate Chocolate Bar. 6pm / $100 per person. Call 808-217-5980. 


June 2017

June 1-4
6th Annual Big Island Jazz & Blues Festival with Grammy Award winners and jazz and blues legends. $50 General Admission, $100 VIP Premium Seating, $1000 VIP Table for Ten. At Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Visit

June 2-4
65th Annual Hilo Orchid Society Show & Sale open to the public, featuring dazzling displays of orchids and vendor booths. $5. Fri-9am-6pm, Sat-9am-5pm, Sun-10am-2pm at Edith Kanakaole Multi-Purpose Stadium, 350 Kalanikoa St., Hilo. Visit

June 3
Ironman 70.3
starts with an open-ocean swim and follows with a challenging course along the northern half of the Ironan World Championship bike course. The hot and sunny run starts and finishes at the beautiful Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, and winds its way through the Mauna Lani Resort over modern golf greens, past ancient petroglyph fields and fishponds, and the historic Ala Loa Foot trail. The post-race lawn party at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii is worth making it to the finish line. Visit

June 11
Kamehameha Festival 2017 will feature sweet Hawaiian music by some of Hawaii’s top musicians and the sharing of traditional dance by selected Hula Halau throughout Hawaii. The Festival will also feature art and craft vendors and food. 11am-4pm at Moku Ola (Coconut Island), 77 Keliipio Pl., Hilo. Visit


July 2017

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 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.


August 2017

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.