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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.


May 2019

May 13 & 14
Lyman House Museum and Mission House presents Hawaiian Mission Houses History Theatre a unique theater program that really brings history to life! Hear from those who lived Hawaii’s history. May 13 at 7pm and May 14 at 3pm. Program is free and seating is limited at 276 Haili St, Hilo. Call 808-935-5021.

May 17-19
Hawaii Kuauli Pacific & Asia Cultural Festival 
This three day event will be packed with food, fashion, cultural expressions, a keiki hula competition and cultural workshops. At Courtyard King Kamehamehaʻs Kona Beach Hotel in Kona. Visit hikuauli.com.

May 18
Hula Kahiko performance takes place on the kahua hula (hula platform) located near the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The performance will take place in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (hula platform) in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. This presentation is free and open to the public and will be presented authentically in an outdoor setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. National Park entrance fees may apply. 10:30am-11:30am at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Park entrance fees may apply. Call 808-967-8222.

May 18
Hula Kahiko Performances and Na Mea Demonstrations Kumu Hula Wahineaukai Mercado with hauman (students) of Ke Ana Laahana Public Charter School perform in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. 11am-1pm at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Park entrance fees may apply. Call 808-967-8222.

May 18-27
Honokaa’s Western Week 2019 celebrating the colorful, tasty, and somewhat bodacious paniolo heritage of Hamakua. From Portuguese Bean Soup to Stick Horse championships, line dancing and more, events lead up to the Paniolo Parade and Block Party on Mamane Street on Friday night, followed by the 62nd Annual Hawaii Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo over the weekend. Visit sites.google.com.

May 19
Big Island Runners Scholarship 5K run at Reedʻs Bay Park on Banyan Dr, Hilo Cost: $10 for non-members, $5 for members. 6:30am start. Visit bigislandroadrunners.org.

May 19
4th Annual Farm Festival will feature a over 35 vendor farmers’ market and an all-day line-up of entertainment including a hula performance, petting zoo, a silent auction, educational presentations, yard games, keiki activities, and ono food. 9am-3pm at the intersection of Mamane Street and Mamalahoa Hwy, Honoka‘a. Visit hamakuaharvest.org.

May 25
Waimea Community Chorus Rocks the 70s with over 50 voices joining together under the direction of Barbara Kopra. Featuring hit songs from popular artists such as Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, Joni Mitchell, John Lennon, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Stevie Wonder and many, many more. 7pm-9pm at Kahilu Theatre, 67-1186 Lindsey Rd, Waimea. Visit kahilutheatre.org.


June 2019

June 1
Ironman 70.3 Hawaii offers competitors a beautiful venue. It starts with an open-ocean swim and follows with a challenging course along the northern half of the Ironman 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. 9am-6pm. Visit ironman.com.

June 1
Laau Lapaau Workshop The workshops provide the opportunity to learn about the ancient Hawaiian healing practices of Laau Lapaau, Hooponopono, Lomilomi Ha Ha, and Laau Kahea. The workshops are led by Pookela Ikaika Dombrigues who emphasizes the importance of empowering people to learn to improve their health with a focus on mind, body, and spirit. 10am-3pm at Kau District Gym, 96-3150 Pikake St, Pahala. Visit hmono.org.

June 5
Hula Voices with Kumu Hula Sammi Fo is an oral history project, presenting an engaging, intimate “talk story” session with Hawaii Island’s hula practitioners, as they share their hula genealogy, traditions, protocols and experiences. These free, educational offerings will occur regularly on the first Wednesday of each month, from 5:30pm-7pm at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Park entrance fees may apply. Call 808-967-8222.

June 8
King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade & Ho‘olaulea
 this event celebrates the Native Hawaiian community and its pau history, legends, music, hula, traditional crafts and demonstrations and honoring of Hawaii’s first King. 9am (parade start) to 4pm in Kona. Visit konaparade.org

June 8
Na Palapalai in Reunion Concert Na Palapalai has released seven albums. Several have charted in the top five on the Billboard Top World Albums chart, and the group has won a large number of Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, including Group of the Year. Door open at 6pm show starts at 7pm at Palace Theater, 38 Haili St, Hilo. Visit hilopalace.com.

June 11
Kohala Kamehameha Day Celebration a full day of celebration and tribute to King Kamehameha I. Visitors are welcomed to the North Kohala towns of Hawi and Kapa‘au. All events are free. Traditional floral parade 9am. Events follow in the park until 4pm. Visit kamehamehadaycelebration.org.

June 15
Hula Kahiko performance takes place on the kahua hula (hula platform) located near the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The performance will take place in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (hula platform) in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. This presentation is free and open to the public and will be presented authentically in an outdoor setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. National Park entrance fees may apply. 10:30am-11:30am at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Park entrance fees may apply. Call 808-967-8222.

June 21-23
West Side Story set in an Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid-1950s, this classic tale of forbidden love and warring families was inspired by William Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet”. 7pm at Kahilu Theatre, 67-1186 Lindsey Rd, Waimea. Visit kahilutheatre.org.


July 2019

July 3
Hula Voices with Kumu Hula Stacy Kaauaa is an oral history project, presenting an engaging, intimate “talk story” session with Hawaii Island’s hula practitioners, as they share their hula genealogy, traditions, protocols and experiences. These free, educational offerings will occur regularly on the first Wednesday of each month, from 5:30pm-7pm at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Park entrance fees may apply. Call 808-967-8222.

July 4
Independence Day in Kona a Fourth of July Parade is set to begin at 6pm. We recommend finding a nice spot to watch the parade along Alii Drive. Fireworks over Kona’s Kailua Bay is planned for 8pm start.

July 4
Independence Day in Waikoloa the fireworks at the Waikoloa Bowl is set for 8pm. This event is free and open to the public. Entrances open at 4:45pm. Live music starts at 5pm.

July 4
Hilo Bay Blast Fireworks & Celebrations the Bayfront will be blocked off for a full day of fun, games, cook offs, music and more. Fireworks are set for 8pm.

July 13
Laau Lapaau Workshop The workshops provide the opportunity to learn about the ancient Hawaiian healing practices of Laau Lapaau, Hooponopono, Lomilomi Ha Ha, and Laau Kahea. The workshops are led by Pookela Ikaika Dombrigues who emphasizes the importance of empowering people to learn to improve their health with a focus on mind, body, and spirit. 9am-3pm at the Pahoa Gym Patio Area, 15-2910 Kuuhome St, Pahoa. Visit hmono.org.

July 20
Hula Kahiko performance takes place on the kahua hula (hula platform) located near the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The performance will take place in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (hula platform) in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. This presentation is free and open to the public and will be presented authentically in an outdoor setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. National Park entrance fees may apply. 10:30am-11:30am at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Park entrance fees may apply. Call 808-967-8222.

July 20
Na Mea Hula Demonstrations in conjunction with monthly Na Mea hula kahiko performances, join our Native Hawaiian cultural specialist Loke Kamanu and her ohana on the lanai of the Volcano Art Gallery as they share with you “Na Mea Hula” (all things hula).  Come and learn a hula, use various hula implements and try your hand at lei making.  Experience the different aspects that play an integral role in the life of the hula dancer.  These cultural demonstrations are hands-on and family friendly.  This is a free event although park entrance fees apply. 11am-1pm. Call 808-967-8222.

July 26 & 27
Experience Volcano Festival at Multiple locations in Volcano. The vent will feature art, food, music and performances. Events span the whole of Volcano, from Akatsuka Orchid Gardens to the Volcano Winery, with a concentration of activities in the heart of historic Volcano Village. All events are free of charge. 9:30am-5pm. Visit experiencevolcano.com.

July 27
Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is a five-day tournament built on prestige, trophies and strict International Game Fish Association rules for big game fish world records and does not include cash prizes. Along with five full days of sport fishing, HIBT offers daily activities for family members traveling including hiking, snorkeling and sightseeing. Visit hibtfishing.com.


August 2019

August 7
Hula Voices with Kumu Hula Kimo Awai is an oral history project, presenting an engaging, intimate “talk story” session with Hawaii Island’s hula practitioners, as they share their hula genealogy, traditions, protocols and experiences. These free, educational offerings will occur regularly on the first Wednesday of each month, from 5:30pm-7pm at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Park entrance fees may apply. Call 808-967-8222.

August 17
Hula Kahiko performance takes place on the kahua hula (hula platform) located near the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The performance will take place in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (hula platform) in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. This presentation is free and open to the public and will be presented authentically in an outdoor setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. National Park entrance fees may apply. 10:30am-11am at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Park entrance fees may apply. Call 808-967-8222.

August 29-September 2
Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races
have been held annually since 1971. The women’s and men’s 18-mile races follow a historically and culturally significant course running between Kamakahonu Beach in Kailua Bay and Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park. Other races include double-hull canoe races, SUP races, OC1 and OC2 races, and teen long distance races. Visit qlcanoerace.com.


September 2019

September 1 & 2
Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races
have been held annually since 1971. The women’s and men’s 18-mile races follow a historically and culturally significant course running between Kamakahonu Beach in Kailua Bay and Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park. Other races include double-hull canoe races, SUP races, OC1 and OC2 races, and teen long distance races. Visit qlcanoerace.com.

September 4
Hula Voices with Kumu Hula Sammye Young is an oral history project, presenting an engaging, intimate “talk story” session with Hawaii Island’s hula practitioners, as they share their hula genealogy, traditions, protocols and experiences. These free, educational offerings will occur regularly on the first Wednesday of each month, from 5:30pm-7pm at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Park entrance fees may apply. Call 808-967-8222.

September 7
Taste of Hawaiian Range will again offer daytime agricultural-themed activities before culminating with an evening tasting event showcasing locally produced food. Enjoy local, pasture-raised meats and produce prepared by Hawaii Island chefs and culinary students for $50 presale and $60 at the door. Tickets go on sale July 1. At Mana Christian Ohana (Old Kahilu Town Hall) and the adjacent YMCA Minuke Ole Park in Waimea from 10am-7:30pm. Visit tasteofthehawaiianrange.com.

September 7
Hawaii Island Festival: 30 Days of Aloha Poke Contest cube sized fish (poke) and various ocean delicacies, tako, opihi, loli. We share our delicious fish with the bounty from our ocean, limu eleele, limu kohu, opihi, opae, wana, loli. Visitors as well as our host culture get to taste various preparations of poke. 11am-2pm at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, 69-275 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Beach Resort. Call 808-987-3274.

September 14
Hawaii Island Festival: 30 Days of Aloha Kindy Sproat Falsetto & Hawaiian Storytelling Competition kane (men) come out to show their skills to throw their voice in higher registers. They also share the manao of their mele, the songwriter and the hidden meaning (kaona). This is to honor the late Uncle Kindy Sproat, a true Hawaiian who lived in Pololu Valley, as his kupuna before him. This event has served as a platform for many falsetto singers to share their talents and voices. 6pm-9:30pm at Kahilu Theatre, 67-1186 Lindsey Rd, Waimea. Call 808-936-3706.

September 21
Hawaii Island Festival: 30 Days of Aloha 43rd Annual Paniolo Parade & Ho‘olaulea starts at Church Row, through Waimea town, past Foodland, right on Lindsey Road, pass Parker School, ends at Waimea Baseball Field the festivities continue at the field after the parade until 4pm. Call 808-936-3706.

September 21
6th Annual Kauai Coffee Trail Run offering moderate to highly-challenging 5K, 10K and 1/2 marathon races through macadamia nut and coffee fields along the beautiful slopes of rural Kau on the southern side of Hawaii Island. 7am start. Visit webscorer.com.

September 21
Hula Kahiko performance takes place on the kahua hula (hula platform) located near the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The performance will take place in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (hula platform) in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. This presentation is free and open to the public and will be presented authentically in an outdoor setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. National Park entrance fees may apply. 10:30am-11am at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Park entrance fees may apply. Call 808-967-8222.

September 26-29
HawaiiCon 2019 a 4 day Pop Culture convention open to the public. Each year we bring stars of TV and movies together with comic book artists, world renowned scientists, educators, authors and cultural leaders to share about their work in an all-inclusive, family-friendly event. 2019 guest celebrities include: John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings), Eddie McClintock (Warehouse 13), Garrett Wang(Star Trek Voyager), Arthur Suydam-The Zombie King, Authors Robert Sawyer and Terry Brooks and more. At the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Visit hawaiicon.com.

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