Events on the Big Island

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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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Honoka‘a Western Week Parade & Block Party

May 21, 2017 - May 29, 2017
Honoka‘a Western Week Block Party, 45-3400 Mamane St
Honokaa, HI 96727 United States

Honoka`a’s favorite party, Western Week rides into town May 21-29, 2017, celebrating the colorful, tasty, and somewhat bodacious paniolo heritage of Hāmākua. 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 61st Annual…

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$100

Huggo’s Wine on the Lanai

May 31, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
Huggo’s, 75-5828 Kahakai Rd
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 United States

Huggo’s, Kona’s iconic oceanfront restaurant, announced the limited release of just 36 tickets on sale now for the inaugural Wine on the Lanai four-course dinner set for Wednesday, May 31 at 6:30 pm. South Africa is the focus for this special Wine on the Lanai culinary event. Huggo’s Executive Chef Albert Asuncion and his team…

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$50

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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IRONMAN 70.3 Hawaii

June 3, 2017
Fairmont Orchid Hawaii, 1 N Kaniku Dr HI United States

Nicknamed Honu, in honor of the Hawaiian green sea turtle, the 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…

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2017 Big Island Taiko Festival

June 4, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Performing Arts Center/University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, 200 W. Kāwili St.
Hilo, HI 96720-4091 United States

Featuring Taishoji Taiko, Puna Taiko, Hui Okinawa Kobudo Taiko, Kona Daifukuji Taiko and Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko. Special Restrictions: Tickets are open seating, $15 General, $10 Discount & $7 UHH/HCC Students w/ Valid ID and Children 17 & under. Cll 932-7490 or order online at artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu For more information, contact: lbd@hawaii.edu (808) 932-7490

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World Oceans Day – Hapuna Beach State Park

June 8, 2017
Hapuna Beach State Park, Old Puako Rd
Waimea, HI 96743 United States

Join Hawai’i State Parks and partner organizations for World Oceans Day at the Hapuna Beach South Pavilion. Learn about Hawai’I’s incredible ocean resources and how to protect them. The event is free, but there is a $5 per vehicle parking fee for out-of-state visitors. A beach clean-up will take place from 8-9 a.m. Exhibit booths…

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Lei Draping in Hilo, Hawaiʻi

June 9, 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 9, 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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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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Kokua Kailua in Historic Kailua Village

June 11, 2017 @ 1:00 am
Historic Kailua Village, 75 - 5718 Alii Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 United States

One Sunday each month from 1pm-6pm Historic Kailua Village’s oceanfront Alii Drive becomes a festive pedestrian-only marketplace filled with music, artists, shopping, & restaurants encouraging people to shop, dine and buy local. Free Hawaiian entertainment at 4pm on the grounds of Hulihee Palace. Photo: Historic Kailua Village

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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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Father’s Day Dinner Buffet at Hawaii Calls Restaurant

June 18, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hawaii Calls Restaurant, 69-275 Waikoloa Beach Drive
Waikoloa Beach, 96738 United States

5 pm – 9 pm Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa – Hawaii Calls Restaurant Celebrate Dad! Show him some love and take him out. Prime rib and seafood … that’s what it’s all about. $55 Adults; $27 Children (6-12 years); Children 5 & under are free For more information or reservations, call (808) 886-8111.

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Kona Marathon

June 25, 2017
Hilton Waikoloa Village, 69-425 Waikoloa Beach Drive
Waikoloa Village, HI United States

The Kona Marathon has been rated the Number One marathon in Hawaii by a TripAdvisor company. They “looked at every state in the USA and chose the top marathon worth traveling for.” The 2017 Kona Marathon will start and finish at the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Garden. The course has some moderate hills, never exceeding…

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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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4th Of July Celebrations Family Fourth

July 4, 2017
Queens’ MarketPlace, 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr
Waikoloa Village, HI 96738 United States

This fun-filled event at Queens’ MarketPlace will feature great entertainmentand lots of great family fun all day long, culminating with live music set to a spectacular fireworks display over Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens. The fun begins at 12:00 PM and continues throughout the day until the 8:00 PM fireworks extravaganza. Wind down after the…

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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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9th Annual Mango Festival

July 9, 2017
Hale Halawai, 75-5760 Ali'i Dr
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 United States

The Annual Mango Festival will take place at Hale Halawai in downtown Kona. The festival presents the magic of fresh, ripe, delicious Hawai’i Island grown mangos. There will be displays of the many varieties of mangos locally grown on Hawai’i Island. Hawaiian mangos, which are not exported to mainland USA, will be showcased in a…

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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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Volcano Rain Forest Runs

August 19, 2017
Cooper Center, 9-4030 Wright Rd
Pāhoa, HI 96778 United States

Run a Half Marathon, 10K or 5K in the heart of Volcano Village. Traverse the quaint village roads through the beautiful native rain forest and ranch lands with stunning views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa in the distance. Free keiki run for ages 1-7. Time: 7:00am at Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Costs: Free to…

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Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival

August 19, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Royal Kona Resort, 75-5852 Alii Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI United States

“Spirited” and friendly competitions Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival touts the flavor of rum with two friendly competitions back dropped by the Pacific Ocean. It’s where you can wet your whistle with a frosty libation and dig into a hearty BBQ lunch while browsing among craft booths at the Mai Tai Marketplace. On August…

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6th Annual Festival of Aloha

August 27, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, 62-100 Kaunaoa Drive
Kohala Coast, HI 96743 United States

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Mauna Kea Resort Hotel guests, visitors and residents are invited to enjoy a free family-friendly event presented by Mauna Kea Resort. The all-day festival, held at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, features the following: •Live Hawaiian music •Hula performances •Craft and clothing vendors •Food booths, featuring Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Executive Chef…

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North Hawai’i Hospice Floating Lantern Ceremony

August 27, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Fairmont Orchid Hawaii, 1 N Kaniku Dr HI United States

A meaningful ceremony to honor and remember loved ones that have passed. There will be a sharing of music and hula, chanting, and prayers, followed by a lantern release into Pauoa Bay at sunset. Admission is free. Floating lanterns for decorating and inscribing messages will be provided for a donation (pre-reservation of lanterns is suggested,…

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46th Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races

August 31, 2017 - September 2, 2017
Kailua pier, Kaahumanu Pl
Kailua-Kona, HI United States

Kai Opua Canoe Club, one of Hawaii’s oldest outrigger canoe clubs, will host crews from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Tahiti, United Kingdom and an estimated 75 crews from the US. Hawaii will be well represented with multiple crews and more than sixty Big Island crews are also expected on the starting…

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Hawaii Island Festival Poke Contest

September 1, 2017 - September 30, 2017
Waikoloa Beach Marriott, 69-275 Waikoloa Beach Dr.,
Waikoloa Village, HI 96738 United States

Sample Hawaii’s famous appetizer Hawaii Island Festival-30 Days of Aloha Poke Contest is part of a month-long celebration honoring the state’s host culture. Festival events include a re-enactment of an ancient Hawaiian royal court that appears in full costume and is announced by feather standards and the blowing of the pu, or conch shell. The…

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Run for Hope Hualalai

September 8, 2017 - September 10, 2017
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, 72-100 Kaupulehu Dr.
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 United States

Run for Hope is a non-competitive 10K & 5K Run/Walk event. Proceeds from this event benefit cancer research in Hawai’i. Activities include the Hualalai Golf Scramble and Hualalai Tennis Tournament; and the Run for Hope 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk. For more information, call the Event Hotline at 808.325.8052. Registration forms are available at http://www.fsrh.net/pr/run_for_hope.pdf….

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$10

2017 Hawaii Island Festival Of Birds

September 15, 2017 - September 18, 2017
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, 78-128 Ehukai St
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 United States

The Hawaii Island Coast to Coast Birding Trail (HICCBT) is a 90-mile cross-island route from Kona to Hilo. Patterned after the many successful birding trails in the continental United States, it will link a remarkably varied set of locales featuring a broad representation of island birdlife, nature, geology, history, and scenic vistas. Birds include endangered…

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3rd Annual Hispanic Cultural Festival

September 24, 2017
Old Airport Event Pavilion, 75-5560 Kuakini Hwy HI United States

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrate Hispanic culture at the Old Airport Beach Park’s Large Pavillion, from 4-9pm. The goal of the festival is not only to celebrate Hispanic culture in Hawai’i, but to unite the Hispanic and Latino communities with our larger, local community. The event will feature music, dance, food and art….

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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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