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.
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.
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 www.konastories.com.
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 www.imiloahawaii.org.
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.
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 historickailuavillage.com.
Banyan Drive Art Stroll art exhibits, demonstations, entertainment, pupus at five venues on Banyan Drive in Hilo. Noon-6pm. Call 808-895-8130.
14th Annual Kona Surf Festival enjoy surf movies and live music. Bring your chair or blanket and kick back and relax on the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel oceanfront lu‘au grounds. Doors open at 4:30pm. Call 808-329-2911.
26th Annual Amer Ari Golf Invitational Play will begin at 7:30am each day on the Waikoloa Beach Resort 7,074-yard par 72 Kings’ Course. The tournament annually invites the best players in the collegiate golf world to compete. Call 808-886-5172.
25th Annual Panaewa Stampede this large and diverse rodeo features Team Roping, Barrel Racing, Bronc Riding and Bull Riding. In addition there are special events done only in Hawaii. Cowboys and Cowgirls will compete in Double Mugging and Pu’u Wai U just like our forefathers did in the early ‘Paniolo’ days of old Hawaii. The Rodeo starts at noon on Saturday and Sunday, and at 11am on Monday. $10 at the gate. At the Panaewa Equestrian Center, Panaewa Zoo, Hilo. Call 808-937-1004.
22nd Annual Kona brewers Festival will sell tickets for two sessions, the Afternoon Delight from Noon-3pm and the Sunset Session from 4:30pm-7:30pm. Tickets are $75 and include craft brew from Hawaii and the Mainland US and a wide variety of food from the best Big Island Restaurants and live entertainment. At Courtyard King Kamehmeha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona. Visit konabrewersfestival.com.
Merrie Monarch Festival Hawaii’s most venerable hula celebration and competition with week-long festivities including exhibitions, musical entertainment, arts and crafts fairs and the Miss Aloha Hula Competition, kahiko (ancient) and auana (modern) hula competitions. At Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium, 350 Kalanikoa St., Hilo. Visit www.merriemonarch.com.