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Big Island Chocolate Festival

April 28, 2017 - April 29, 2017
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, 62 Kauna'Oa Drive
Waimea, HI 96743 United States

Get the insider scoop on growing cacao—the bean needed to make chocolate—and find out why it must be fermented properly. See how to make chocolate dessert sensations—and taste them—by the nation’s leading pastry chefs. All these compelling educational offerings are part of the sixth annual Big Island Chocolate Festival April 28-29. The fun demonstrations and…

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10th Annual Kona Coffee Expo

April 28, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Old Airport Event Pavilion, 75-5560 Kuakini Hwy HI United States

WHEN: Friday, April 28 2017 from 10 am til 3 pm- Free Admission WHERE: Old Airport, Makaeo Pavilion (pls. use mauka entrance) WHAT: Equipment, Products and Services for Coffee and for all small Farms DON’T MISS OUT! Come early to take full advantage of what the EXPO has to offer. Bring your friends, neighbors, and…

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Visitor Industry Charity Walk

May 6, 2017 @ 7:00 am - May 20, 2017 @ 11:00 am

THE CHARITY WALK Gives everyone a chance to raise money for Hawaii’s charities. Walk with the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association and their allied members to help build a better, healthier Hawaii, for all of us. WHO MAY WALK? The Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association invites everyone of every age to walk. Those under 12…

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Mother’s Day Extravaganza Gift & Craft Fair

May 6, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
SANGHA HALL, 398 Kilauea Ave
Hilo, HI 96720 United States

This Craft Fair features vendors from the Big Island and the State of Hawai’i at Sangha Hall in Hilo on from 9 am to 4 pm. $2 Admission. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to support the Big Island Substance Abuse Council. For a vendor application or more information, please visit…

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Kona Orchid Society Orchid Show, Plant & Craft Sale

May 12, 2017 - May 13, 2017
Old Airport Event Pavilion, 75-5560 Kuakini Hwy HI United States

Featuring orchid vendors from all over the island with exotic orchidspecies and exciting new hybrids. Orchid Growing Classes begin on the hour, from 11AM-3PM. Many handmade craft Items and fine art. There will also be pottery, ceramics and lava pots, real flower jewelry, nurturing gemstones & jewelry, anthurium plants, flowers, cards, fused glass, photography, succulents,…

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Kau Coffee Festival

May 19, 2017 - May 28, 2017
The Plantation House, Maile St & Pikake St,
Pahala, HI 96777 United States

Ka‘u, Hawai‘i Island—The ninth annual Ka‘u Coffee Festival celebrates its award-winning brew with a host of events starting May 19 and continuing through the weekend of May 27-28 with a java-jumpin’ ho‘olaulea‘a on Saturday and the Ka‘u Coffee College educational series on Sunday. Supported by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and a bevy of sponsors and…

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Big Island Jazz & Blues Festival – South Kohala

June 1, 2017 - June 4, 2017
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive HI United States

The annual Big Island jazz and blues festival will bring in Grammy jazz and blues legends, from 5-9pm. To be held oceanfront at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala coast. Food and drink available for purchase; no coolers allowed. For more information, call 866-774-6236 or visit www.bigislandjazzandbluesfestival.com.

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King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade, Kailua-Kona, Hawaiʻi

June 10, 2017 @ 9:00 am
Royal Kona Resort, 75-5852 Alii Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI United States

Check out the annual King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade on June 10, 2017 at the Historic Kailua Village on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. This year’s parade theme is “Hoʻohiwahiwa No Kamehameha,” translated as “Honoring Kamehameha.” The Hawaiian tradition of pāʻū riding, celebrates the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) traditions introduced in the 1820s. Resplendent in the…

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Kamehameha Festival, Hilo, Hawaiʻi

June 10, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mokuola, Coconut Island
Hilo, HI 96720 United States

The Kamehameha Festival takes place on Mokuola (Island of Life, sometimes referred to as “Coconut Island”) in Hilo Bay on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi on June 10, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Hosted by the Royal Order of Kamehameha, Heiau o Māmalahoa, the Festival pays tribute to Kamehameha and acts to protect,…

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Lei Draping in Hilo, Hawaiʻi

June 10, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Wailoa State Park, 200 Piopio Street
Hilo, HI 96720 United States

The quaint town of Hilo on Hawaiʻi Island once served as an important port for Hawaiʻi’s first king, King Kamehameha the Great. The lei draping ceremony will begin on June 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at Wailoa State Park. Expect to see cultural protocols along with beautiful hand-made lei being draped on the outstretched arms…

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Lei Draping in Kohala, Hawaiʻi

June 11, 2017 @ 8:00 am
Akoni Pule Highway, 54-3897 Akoni Pule Highway
Kapaau, HI 96755 United States

Don’t miss the annual lei draping ceremony of the statue of King Kamehameha the Great in North Kohala on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. The ceremony will begin on June 11, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. off Akoni Pule Highway in Kapaʻau. Expect to see cultural protocols along with beautiful hand-made lei being draped on the…

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Aloha Keiki Run – Kailua-Kona

June 17, 2017
Kona Commons, 74-5450 Makala Blvd
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 United States

A morning of fun for the whole family! Live Entertainment Goodie Bags for all participants Finisher medal Face painting Fun Peel Off Tattoos and much, much more! $500 Sports award for the school with the most participants!!! Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 8:00am Early Registration: $15 Race Ray Registration: $15 Avoid the lines on Race…

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Parker Ranch Annual July 4th Horseraces & Rodeo

July 4, 2017
Parker Ranch, 66-1304 Mamalahoa Highway
Waimea, HI United States

Big Island ranchers participate in fast-paced horseraces and rodeo events with Parker Ranch cowboys. Ribbon mugging, ranch mugging, dally team roping, Po’o Wai U and more. Keiki activities including roping practice and pony rides. Lots of food and mementos for sale at the Parker Ranch Store booth. Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena, Waimea. Pre-sale tickets available…

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Great Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race/Benefit

July 4, 2017
Kings’ Shops, 250 Waikoloa Beach Dr
Waikoloa Village, HI 96738 United States

Kings’ Shops is celebrating the 26th year of the Annual Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race, which is a fund raiser for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawai`i. Adoption certificates for the Rubber Duckie race are on sale until 3 pm on race day (July 4) and offer a chance to win over $37,000 in prizes….

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Fourth Of July Parade & Celebration – Volcano Village

July 4, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Volcano Post Office, 19-4030 Old Volcano Rd
Volcano, HI United States

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Volcano Post Office and proceed for one half mile along Old Volcano Road to Cooper Community Center, featuring the Hawaii County Band, floats, antique cars, fire engines, bicycles, horses, and animals in costumes! Music, games, food booths, craft fair and more. For more info, call (808)…

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Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade & Fireworks Extravaganza

July 4, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kekuaokalani Gym/Pool Complex, 75-5500 Kuakini Hwy
Kailua-Kona, HI United States

The Annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade will take place on Monday, July 4, at 6:00 p.m., starting at the Kekuaokalani Gym/Pool Complex on Kuakini Highway. It will proceed south on Kuakini Highway, to Palani Road, to Ali’i Drive, and then south on Ali’ Drive to Walua Road just past Coconut Grove Marketplace. The parade operates…

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Relay For Life Of Kona

July 8, 2017
Old Airport Park, 75 5500 Kuakini Hwy
Kailua Kona, HI United States

There will be live entertainment, a silent auction, food, family fun and a chance to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Reservations for the dinner and reception should be made at 989-7067; please call the same number if you are interested in having a team or to volunteer. For more information, email anne.p.rflkona@gmail.com or…

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Tropical Inspirations Quilt Show

July 22, 2017 - July 23, 2017
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach, 75-5660 Palani Road
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 United States

The Tropical Inspirations Quilt Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 22 & 23 from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm at Courtyard by Marriot in Kailua-Kona. Featuring entries from our local quilting community as well as from across the country, this event promotes the art and culture of Hawaiian style quilting and helps both…

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Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

November 3, 2017 - November 12, 2017

Hawaii’s Oldest Food Festival Celebrates 47 Years Toast the Roast at the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, November 3-12, 2017 1970 was a banner year for Hawaii: the Fabulous Five thrilled UH basketball fans, 36 swimmers dove in for the first Waikiki Roughwater Swim and Hawaii’s tourism accelerated as Pan Am began regularly scheduled jumbo jet…

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