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.
COVID-19 Update: To prevent the potential the spread COVID-19 some events may cancel without notice. Please confirm with event. See our updates page for more information on COVID-19.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cultural Demonstrations at Kilauea: Aloha Friday Program each Friday, on the front porch of Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, visitors and kama‘aina alike are invited to experience a free, hands-on workshop presented by hospitable Hawai‘i Island practitioners.This is a free event; park entrance fees apply. Call 808-967-8222.
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.
History Theatre with “Alii Letters Alive!” based on the archival collection of Ali‘i Letters at the Hawaiian Mission Houses, three plays will be presented focusing on the first three mission stations founded in 1820 — Kailua-Kona, Honolulu, and Waimea, Kauai. 11am-4pm at Mokuaikaua Church, 75-5713 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona. Call 808-447-3914.
57th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival is a non-profit organization that honors the legacy of King David Kalākaua, who inspired the perpetuation of Hawaiian traditions, native language and arts. A week-long festival features an internationally acclaimed hula competition, an invitational Hawaiian arts fair, hula shows, and a grand parade through Hilo town. Visit merriemonarch.com.
Mark Yamanaka – Luce Unplugged Series five night lineup of artists include Ian O’Sullivan, Charles Brotman, Mark Yamanaka, Blayne Asing and Sonny Lim; each with their own concert in the Mike Luce Studio. $38 at Kahilu Theatre, 67-1186 Lindsey Rd, Waimea. Call 808-885-6868.
2020 Walk to Cure Arthritis join forces to battle arthritis, fighting for a future that’s pain-free while blazing new trails to a lifetime of Yes at Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo. To register visit events.arthritis.org.
15th Annual Laupahoehoe Music Festival will take place at Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park. Music, crafters, game booths and food and drinks. There will be many other fun things to do during the event. Free poi pounding, free lei making and a free bounce house. 10am-3pm. Call 808-962-2200.
May 1 & 2
9th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival with the indoor-outdoor festival gala—enjoy a host of sweet and savory culinary stations presented by top isle chefs, chocolatiers and confectioners to benefit community beneficiaries. At the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. Visit bigislandchocolatefestival.com.
12th Annual Kau Coffee Festival discover what makes the rural Kau area so special. Some events are free, others require a fee. Enjoy a full day of live music, hula, local food and crafts, educational displays, keiki activities, guided coffee tastings, farm and mill tours at the Hoolauea. Visit kaucoffeefestival.com.
Hawaii Kuauli Pacific & Asia Cultural Festival event begins Friday evening with protocol from the various cultures represented. Saturday is filled with a wearable arts fashion show, arts & crafts demonstrations and the Second Annual Hawaii Kuauli Keiki Hula Competition. Saturday and Sunday include amazing cultural workshops and education. The festival is a culturally based experience for both local residents and visitors. The venet takes place at the Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona. Visit hikuauli.com.
West Hawaii Dance Theatre & Academy Presents Jungle Book Ballet & Le Corsaire enjoy an exotic retelling of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book stories with fanciful costumes, sets and world music creating the magic of young Mowgli’s life in the jungle. Highlights from Le Corsaire will include the Jardin Anime, the beautiful Odalisques, and swashbuckling pirates. 5:30pm-6pm at Kahilu Theatre, 67-1186 Lindsey Rd, Waimea. Call 808-329-8876.
Waimea Community Chorus – A Tribute to Elton John celebrate the last 50 years of Sir Elton John’s musical career. 7pm-9pm at Kahilu Theatre, 67-1186 Lindsey Rd, Waimea. Call 808-885-6868.
Hilo King Kamehameha Celebration Hoolaulea part of a week long celebration of King Kamehameha. 10am-4pm at Moku Ola (Coconut Island), 77 Keliipio Pl, Hilo. Call 808-223-6040.
Independence Day Celebration – Kailua-Kona a parade begins at 6pm with floats, musical acts and color guards marching along Alii Drive. It is followed by fireworks over Kailua Bay at 8pm.
Independence Day Celebration – Hilo hosts a barbecue cook-off challenge, water slides, bounce houses, and a car show before the fireworks display at 8pm all at Hilo Bayfront Park. Hawaii County Band will perform their Fourth of July Concert starting at the Bandstand at 7pm.
Independence Day Celebration – Waikoloa Beach Resort features live entertainment, face painting, popcorn, cotton candy, and lots of great family fun all day long, culminating with a live set to a spectacular fireworks display over Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens at around 8pm.
Volcano’s Ohia Lehua Runs choose from: half marathon, 10k, 5K, and keiki dash for children 10 years and under. The race will begin and end in Volcano Village. The course will take runners up Wright Road through a beautiful Ohia forest with scenic views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. 7am start. Visit ohialehuahalf.com.
July 25 & 26
Experience Volcano Festival showcases music, Hawaiian culture, artists in action, tours, demonstrations, kids and ohana activities, a petting zoo, happy hours, restaurant specials, food trucks, a movie night and much, much more. 10am-4pm in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visit experiencevolcano.com.