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

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

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

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

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


February 2019

February 22
International Nights featuring performances from around the world. 7:30pm at UH Hilo Performing Arts Center, 200 West Kawili St, Hilo. $15. Call 808-932-7467.

February 23 & 24
SOKO 5th Annual Artist’s Weekend visit 20 artists in their studios at 12 locations along the winding and scenic Mamalahoa Highway from Keauhou throughout Kona to Honaunau. Visit


March 2019

March 9
Spring Pop Up Gallery Kona Palisades Artist invite you to view works by the following artists: Jennifer Azzarone, Stephanie Culbertson, Cynthia Hankins, BillJaeger, Kathleen Jaeger, Heather Mettler, Maya Sorum. 10am-3pm at 4356 Holoholo St., Kona. Call 808-325-1639.

March 16
N. Kohala Community Resource Center Annual Golf Tournament annual 2-person scramble benefitting nearly 90 charitable community projects. Food, fun, prizes and all are welcome to join at beautiful Hapuna Golf Course at Mauna Kea Resort. 6:45am. Call 808-889-5523.

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


April 2019

April 21-27
56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival showcasing world renown hula competitions. The largest cultural event in Hawaii and one of the oldest, now in the 56th year of celebration. Each day has several activities, including, performances at local area hotels, food fair, and the most talked about arts and crafts fair in all Hawaii, as well as a parade held on Saturday through the streets of Hilo. Visit

April 26 & 27
8th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival 
from chocolate cooking demonstrations and a unique tequila and chocolate pairing event, to the fun and festive gala of all galas, our annual event is the sweetest (and savoriest) event of the year. ticket price includes unlimited tastings at more than 25 food stations, unlimited beer and wine pours from our various sponsors, an all-you-can-enjoy chicken mole bar, signature cocktails, DJ and live music, a silent auction and more. At The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. Visit

April 26-May 5
11th annual Kau Coffee Festival celebrates its award-winning brew with a host of events at various venues. Visit


May 2019

May 1-5
11th annual Kau Coffee Festival celebrates its award-winning brew with a host of events at various venues. Visit

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


June 2019

June 8
King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade & Hoolaulea
 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

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

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