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

Monthly
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 volcanoartcenter.org.

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 konastories.com.

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 imiloahawaii.org.

Wednesdays
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.

First Friday of Every Month—March 2 through December 7
Hula Arts at Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program play music with Hawaii’s ukulele practitioner Wes Awana. olcano area musician Wes Awana invites visitors and Kama’aina alike to share his love of the ‘ukulele and Hawaiian music. Wes will be giving family-friendly lessons on the iconic and inviting ‘ukulele. The hands-on ‘ukulele event is held on the front porch of Volcano Art Center Gallery inside the Volcanoes National Park. This is a free event; park entrance fees apply. Call 808-967-8222.

Second Friday of Every Month—March 9 through December 14
Hula Arts at Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program join master lei maker, Randy Lee, on the front porch of Volcano Art Center Gallery. Lee uses a variety of natural materials to fashion the most gorgeous of leis. This hands-on workshop uses the freshest of ferns, leaves and flowers that Randy personally gathers from the Ola’a rain forests. This is a free event occurring every second Friday of the month; park entrance fees apply. 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. Call 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.

Last Saturday of the Month
Hawaiian Sunset 
Saturday celebrate Kona’s spectacular sunset with live Hawaiian music and beautiful hula. Parking is available; coolers are not permitted. On the lawn at Coconut Grove Marketplace, 75-5809 Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona. 5:30pm-6:30pm. Call 808-936-9202.

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.

 

February 2018

February 24
14th Annual Love The Arts Gala 
guests will be treated to an evening of fine wine, brews, a luxurious gourmet buffet and spirited Hawaiian music. The live and silent auctions are not to be missed, with unique offerings including original artwork, hotel stays, tours, and jewelry. Tickets are $65. 5pm-9pm at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd., Volcano. Call 808-967-8222.

February 24 & 25
SOKO 4th Annual Love the Arts Studio Weekend visit 22 artists in their studios at 12 locations along the winding and scenic Mamalahoa Highway from Keauhou throughout Kona to Captain Cook. Plan on a full day of fun and learning, talking with the artists about their inspiration and techniques. 9am-5pm both days. Visit sokoartists.com.

 

March 2018

March 1
Hula Voices at Kilauea an engaging, intimate “talk story” session with Hawaii Island’s hula practitioners who eat, sleep and live on the practice of hula and its associated arts. This is a free event although park entrance fees apply. Visit volcanoartcenter.org.

March 2-30
30th Annual Young at Art celebrates “National Youth Art Month” by recognizing excellence, creativity and originality in all public, charter, private and home-schooled students on the Big Island in grades K-12 by participation in this exhibit. The Young at Art opening ceremonies (10am on March 3) includes music and prizes. At East Hawaii Cultural Center, 141 Kalakau St., Hilo. Visit ehcc.org.

March 10
Hula Arts at Kilauea: Hula Kahiko Performance Unulau with Kumu Hula Pele Kaio perform in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This performance is presented authentically in a natural setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. 10:30am-11:30am. This free event, but park entrance fees apply. Call 808-987-7288.

March 10
John Cruz in Concert one of the most talented artists that has ever come from Hawai‘i. Tickets $68/$48/$25. 7pm at Kahilu Theatre, 67-1186 Lindsey Rd., Kamuela. Call 808-987-7288.

March 18
19th Annual Big Island International Marathon 
a beautiful race that follows “the coast of old Hawai‘i”. Run alongside historic roads with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, scenic waterfalls, lush tropical forests and expansive sugarcane fields. Racers will have the refreshing morning drizzle of rain as they embark of the path to completing a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k or 2 mile walk. Every athlete who completes the race will receive a finisher metal. 6am start. Visit hilomarathon.org.

March 19
NKCRC 2-man Scramble Tournament at Hapuna Golf Course to benefit more than 90 community projects. Entry is $150 per person includes lunch, green fees and cart. Entry deadline March 12. 6:45am registration opens, 7:30am start. Call 808-889-5523.

March 25
Kamuela Philharmonic presents: Remarkable Flair violinist, Ignace “Iggy” Jang, joins the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra to close the season. The program will include Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte Overture; Elgar’s Salut d’Amour, op. 12; Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E min, op. 64; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F maj, op. 93. 4pm at Tickets $23-$43. At Kahilu Theatre, 67-1186 Lindsey Rd., Kamuela. Visit kahilutheatre.org.

March 30
Hula Arts at Kilauea: Aloha Friday program join fiber artist and nationally recognized gourd artist, Jelena Clay on the lanai of Volcano Art Center Gallery for a workshop on Lauhala weaving.  Lauhala leaves come from the Hala tree, a very special Pacific Island tree.  Students will learn how to select, prepare and dye Lauhala leaves.  Each student will have the opportunity to create a Lauhala bookmark in the workshop with or without color.  She will also go over how to create different design patterns. This free event, but park entrance fees apply. Call 808-987-7288.

March 31-April 1
Easter Weekend Family Fun thousands of eggs will be a part of the hunt, and Botanical World Adventures tours will be given away as prizes. Starting at 10am. Families with children ages 2 to 11 are eligible to participate. Visit Botanicalworld.com.

 

April 2018

April 1
Easter Weekend Family Fun thousands of eggs will be a part of the hunt, and Botanical World Adventures tours will be given away as prizes. Starting at 10am. Families with children ages 2 to 11 are eligible to participate. Visit Botanicalworld.com.

April 1-7
Merrie Monarch Festival is the premiere cultural event in the Hawaiian Islands. Held each year in Hilo, Hawaii, the Festival honors King Kalakaua, and his contributions to the Hawaiian people. It includes crafts, food, cultural demonstrations, a parade, art exhibits, live music and features three nights of Hula Competition in the Edith Kanakaole Stadium. Halau come from all the islands as well as some from the continental United States. Every hotel books out early for this event. Visit merriemonarch.com.

April 14
Hula Arts at Kilauea: Hula Kahiko Performance Hula performed in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This performance is presented authentically in a natural setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. 10:30am-11:30am. This free event, but park entrance fees apply. Call 808-987-7288.

April 14
1st Annual Hilo Cacao & Chocolate Festival this fun and informative free event to support and expand the growing and processing of cacao on Hawaii Island. Displays will show the complete chocolate making process (“from tree to bar”). 500 free cacao seedlings will be available to take home with printed literature for growing and processing cacao. Many local chocolatiers will sell their products at the event. Barefoot Chocolatini and Hawaii Forest and Trail will offer 3 tours to OK Farm on the Wailuku River in Hilo between 10am and 4pm. Seating limited to 12 persons per tour. At Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, 71 Banyan Dr., Hilo. Visit easthawaiicacao.org.

April 20
Actors From the London Stage Present The Taming of the Shrew
a full-length, cleverly staged production features minimal props, costumes and set, showcasesing the this unique five-member ensemble, while keeping the focus where it belongs – on Shakespeare’s words. Ticket prices are $48/$38/$25. 7pm at Kahilu Theatre, 67-1186 Lindsey Rd., Kamuela. Call 808-885-6868.

April 21
13th Annual Laupahoehoe Music Festival will take place at Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park. Music, crafters, game booths and food and drinks will be present. The Laupahoehoe Music Festival is a Hawaiian music and cultural event. 10am-3pm $20, ages 10 and under are free. Non-alcohol event. Call 808-962-2200.

April 21-May 6
10th Annual Kau Coffee Festival is designed to celebrate Kau as a premium coffee growing origin and a unique visitor destination. Many events are free, while others require a nominal fee and reservations. All activities feature the flavor and aroma of Kau coffee. Visit kaucoffeefestival.com.

 

May 2018

May 1-6
10th Annual Kau Coffee Festival is designed to celebrate Kau as a premium coffee growing origin and a unique visitor destination. Many events are free, while others require a nominal fee and reservations. All activities feature the flavor and aroma of Kau coffee. Visit kaucoffeefestival.com.

May 3
Hula Voices at Kilauea an engaging, intimate “talk story” session with Hawaii Island’s hula practitioners who eat, sleep and live on the practice of hula and its associated arts. This is a free event although park entrance fees apply. Visit volcanoartcenter.org.

May 18-20
Hawaii Kuauli Pacific & Asia Cultural Festival event will be packed with food, fashion, cultural expressions, a keiki hula competition and cultural workshops. The event begins Friday day evening with protocol from the various cultures represented. Saturday is filled with a wearable arts fashion show, arts & crafts demonstrations and the first annual Hawaii Kuauli keiki hula competition. Sunday is a wonderful day of cultural workshops and education. The festival is a culturally based experience for both local residents and visitors. Presentations of cultural dance expression, culturally based education programs, food, music, fashion, art and traditional arts & crafts workshops will be held throughout the three day event. At King Kamehamehaʻs Kona Beach Hotel, 75-5660 Palani Rd., Kailua-Kona. Call 808-329-8111.

May 19
Hula Arts at Kilauea: Hula Kahiko Performance Hula performed in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This performance is presented authentically in a natural setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. 10:30am-11:30am. This free event, but park entrance fees apply. Call 808-987-7288.

May 20
3rd Annual Farm Festival at Hamakua Harvest 
will feature an all-day line-up of entertainment, educational presentations, kid’s activities, a silent auction and a 45-vendor farmers’ market, featuring locally grown products, delicious food and arts and crafts. Visit hamakuaharvest.org.

 

June 2018

June 7
Hula Voices at Kilauea an engaging, intimate “talk story” session with Hawaii Island’s hula practitioners who eat, sleep and live on the practice of hula and its associated arts. This is a free event although park entrance fees apply. Visit volcanoartcenter.org.

June 16
Hula Arts at Kilauea: Hula Kahiko Performance Hula performed in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This performance is presented authentically in a natural setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. 10:30am-11:30am. This free event, but park entrance fees apply. Call 808-987-7288.

June 29
Hula Arts at Kilauea: Aloha Friday program join fiber artist and nationally recognized gourd artist, Jelena Clay on the lanai of Volcano Art Center Gallery for a workshop on Lauhala weaving.  Lauhala leaves come from the Hala tree, a very special Pacific Island tree.  Students will learn how to select, prepare and dye Lauhala leaves.  Each student will have the opportunity to create a Lauhala bookmark in the workshop with or without color.  She will also go over how to create different design patterns. This free event, but park entrance fees apply. Call 808-987-7288.