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—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.


September 2019

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 21
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.

September 22
5th Birthday Celebration for Farmers Market at Hamakua Harvest festivities feature ono food, live music, keiki activities, food and craft vendors, a free educational event and more. 9am-2pm in Honoka‘a. Visit hamakuaharvest.org.

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.


October 2019

October 2
Hula Voices with Kumu Hula Randy Lee 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.

October 4
Kanikapila Nights featuring some of the finest local musicians, including Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winning Artists. 7pm-9pm at Hawaiian Ukulele & Guitar, 308 Kamenameha Ave, Hilo. Call 808-769-4781.

October 4-20
31st Annual “The Trash Show: Hawaii Artist Recycle” opening night gala from 5:30pm-9pm. The exhibit runs 10am-4pm, Tuesday through Saturday at East Hawaii Cultural Center, 141 Kalakaua St, Hilo. Visit ehcc.org.

October 5
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival—From Portugal to Spain: An Iberian Feast from paella to roasted suckling pig. Taste the contemporary interpretations of these cuisines by six master chefs in a sumptuous sit-down dinner paired with sophisticated wines provided by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Hawaii. 6pm-9:30pm at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Visit hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.

October 12
Ironman World Championship 2019 over 2,000 athletes will embark on a 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit to earn the title of Ironman. Visit ironman.com.

October 12
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.

October 12
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.

October 20
21st Annual Taste of Hilo eatures the culinary skills of more than 35 chefs, restaurants, and patisseries, who provide their talents, ingredients and staff to make this annual event a success. 1pm-3pm at Sangha Hall, 398 Kilauea Ave, Hilo. Visit jccih.org.

October 24-28
4th Annual Hawaii Island Festival of Birds The festival includes a reception and film festival, guided birding excursions on land and sea, and the fun “Birds, Brews & Binos” bird fair. Visit birdfesthawaii.org.

October 25-28
Traditional Tattoo Festival at Kohala Institute celebrates the ritualistic and ceremonial practice of traditional tattooing from Pacific and Arctic cultures including Hawaiian, Inuit, Filipino, etc. The festival opens on Friday Oct 25 with a welcome ritual and opening. Saturday is our cultural festival that is a free one-day cultural festival for the general public featuring music, food, dance, kapa, wood carving and lauhala and demonstrations of traditional tattooing. At 53-580 Iole Rd, Kapaau. Call 808-430-5009.


November 2019

November 1
Kanikapila Nights featuring some of the finest local musicians, including Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winning Artists. 7pm-9pm at Hawaiian Ukulele & Guitar, 308 Kamenameha Ave, Hilo. Call 808-769-4781.

November 1-10
49th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
is unique, enriching and ensures that the story of Kona coffee’s cultural heritage continues to be shared with residents and visitors. Visit konacoffeefest.com.

November 6
Hula Voices with Kumu Hula Moses Crabbe 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.

November 9
100% Pure Kona Coffee Marathon & Half Marathon takes runners south along Alii Drive to the infamous “Pit” at the “End of the World”. Enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean along the way! This year, you can choose to run either the Marathon or Half-Marathon distance. When you finish, enjoy Kona coffee in your signature 100% Pure coffee mug. 5:30am start. Visit purekonahalf.com.

November 15 & 16
Live on Stage: With Cosmic Space for Eternity a sci-fi rock musical comedy follows four aliens on their spacetime bending adventure after crash-landing on Earth. 7pm at Hilo Palace Theater, 38 Haili St, Hilo. Call 808-934-7010.

November 16
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.

November 16
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.

November 23 & 24
6th Annual Kona Palisades Art Studio Tour this year has four stops with a total of 10 participating artists. They have two new artists joining, and as always, the returning artists have been busily creating new things. 10am-4pm daily at 73-4356 Holoholo St., Kailua-Kona. Call 808-345-1549.


December 2019

December 6
Kanikapila Nights featuring some of the finest local musicians, including Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winning Artists. 7pm-9pm at Hawaiian Ukulele & Guitar, 308 Kamenameha Ave, Hilo. Call 808-769-4781.

December 7 & 8
13th Annual Paradise Studio Weekend the public is invited for free to visit artists in their home studios in Hawaiian Paradise Park, Keaau. Seven studios with 25 local artists are showing oil painting, watercolors, collage, pastels, acrylic, wood, sculpture, jewelry making, pottery, ceramics, silk painting, fashion art, photography and more. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm. Visit paradisestudiotour.com.

December 13-15
3rd Annual Hawaii Island Steel Guitar Festival
will feature steel guitar performances by Hawaii steel guitar masters, workshops, jam sessions where festival guests can play along with steel guitar masters, and Open Stage sessions where amateur and professional Hawaiian Steel Guitarists can present their own program to festival guests. Free event. At Mauna Lani. Call 808-375-9379.

December 14
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.

December 14
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.

December 22
15th Annual Jingle Bell Beach Run 5K ncourages participation from all fitness levels and running backgrounds.  Great fun for everyone, family-oriented. 7:30am. Visit kona5k.com.

December 28
22nd Annual Wailea Village Mochi Pounding making traditional rice cakes the “old-fashioned” way. Everyone takes their turn at pounding the delicious sticky rice for good luck. Fire building starts at 7 a.m. to steam the rice. Hearty local style lunch for $5. New years crafts, food vendors, fortune telling, massage, I Ching readings, floral arrangements, plantation stories, Okinawan taiko drumming, Hawaiian entertainment and more. 7am-2pm at Akiko’s Buddhist B&B, 29-2091 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Hakalau. Call 808-963-6422.


January 2020

January 1-8
2020 Annual Waimea Ocean Film Festival in Waimea, as well as The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii and Mauna Kea Resort and then continues Jan. 5-8 at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Over 70 films feature ocean experience, ocean environment, island culture, inspiring stories and epic adventure. Visit waimeaoceanfilm.org.

January 3
Kanikapila Nights featuring some of the finest local musicians, including Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning artists. 7pm-9pm at Hawaiian Ukulele & Guitar, 308 Kamenameha Ave, Hilo. Call 808-769-4781.

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