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.

 

December 2018

December 7-February 14
Science at Sea Art Exhibit features more than 50 pieces of artwork made from and inspired by local artists who participated on science expeditions aboard Falkor, the institute’s research vessel. Artwork includes watercolor paintings, drawings, photography, fiber art, resin art, and data visualizations. The exhibit will be on display at the center until mid-February 2019, with a “For the Love of the Ocean” closing event around Valentine’s Day. Free. 9am-4pm at NOAA’s Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, 76 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo. Call 808-933-8181.

December 15
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.

December 16
14th Annual Jingle Bell Beach 5k Run encourages participation from all fitness levels and running backgrounds. Great fun for everyone, family oriented. And parents  be sure to get your kids ready for ‘Santa’s Keiki Dash” a popular fun Kona running event for children 6 & under! (100-yd & 200-yd events). 7:30am start. Visit  kona5k.com.

December 21-23
The Nutcracker Ballet a holiday classic will be performed at Kahilu Theatre. A full orchestra led by Maestro Brian Dollinger, with select members of the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra. This family-friendly production includes more than 70 local dancers along with guest professional dancers, Shaina Liebson (Alberta Ballet, Ballett im Revier), Miho Tsutsumi (Matsuyama Ballet Company), Hiroko Masuya (Yanomoko Ballet Company), and Timour Bourtasenkov (Carolina Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet). 6pm on Friday and Saturday, 2pm Sunday at Kahilu Theatre, 67-1186 Lindsey Rd, Waimea. Call 808-329-8876.

December 29
21st Annual Traditional Mochi (Rice Cake) Pounding for New Year’s making traditional rice cakes the “old-fashioned” way. Everyone takes their turn at pounding the glutinous sticky rice for good luck. Fire building starts at 7am to steam the rice. Hearty local style lunch for $5. New year’s crafts, food vendors, fortune telling, massage, I Ching readings, floral arrangements, plantation stories, Okinawan taiko drumming, Hawaiian entertainment & more. 8am-2pm at Akiko’s Buddhist B&B, 29-2091 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Hakalau. Call 808-963-2422.

 

January 2019

January 1-9
2019 annual Waimea Ocean Film Festival 
over 60 films feature ocean experience, ocean environment, island culture, inspiring stories and epic adventure. Showings in Waimea, as well as The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, Mauna Kea Resort and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Call 808-854-6095.

January 2-February 14
Science at Sea Art Exhibit features more than 50 pieces of artwork made from and inspired by local artists who participated on science expeditions aboard Falkor, the institute’s research vessel. Artwork includes watercolor paintings, drawings, photography, fiber art, resin art, and data visualizations. The exhibit will be on display at the center until mid-February 2019, with a “For the Love of the Ocean” closing event around Valentine’s Day. Free. 9am-4pm at NOAA’s Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, 76 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo. Call 808-933-8181.

 

February 2019

February 1-14
Science at Sea Art Exhibit features more than 50 pieces of artwork made from and inspired by local artists who participated on science expeditions aboard Falkor, the institute’s research vessel. Artwork includes watercolor paintings, drawings, photography, fiber art, resin art, and data visualizations. The exhibit will be on display at the center until mid-February 2019, with a “For the Love of the Ocean” closing event around Valentine’s Day. Free. 9am-4pm at NOAA’s Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, 76 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo. Call 808-933-8181.

February 2
2019 Waimea Cherry Blossom Hertiage Festival 
showcases the annual blooming of Waimea’s cherry trees along Church Row Park, and the Japanese tradition of “hanami,” or cherry blossom viewing. 9am-3pm. Enjoy an all day lineup of Japanese and multi-cultural performing arts, plus hands-on demonstrations of bonsai, origami, traditional tea ceremony, and mochi pounding, and a host of colorful craft fairs. Free shuttle transportation among most venues. Call 808-961-8706.

 

March 2019

March 17
Big Island International Marathon 
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. 6am start from Bay Front in Hilo. Visit hilomarathon.org.

 

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