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Events on the Big Island

6th Annual Big Island AIDS Walk

April 8, 2017
Liliuokalani Park and Gardens, 189 Lihiwai St
Honolulu, HI 96720 United States

The 6th Annual Big Island AIDS Walk will be held on Saturday, April 8th, 2017, and is an easy 2-mile walk around Liliuokalani Gardens. Every walker who raises $20.00 or more will receive a commemorative event t-shirt. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 a.m. Walkers ask friends, family, co-workers, and…

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2017 Merrie Monarch Festival

April 16, 2017 - April 22, 2017
Edith Kanaka‘ole Tennis Stadium, 350 Kalanikoa Street
Hilo, HI 96720 United States

The week-long Merrie Monarch Festival runs April 16 – April 22, 2017 The annual presentation of the Merrie Monarch Festival has led to a renaissance of the Hawaiian culture that is being passed on from generation to generation. The week-long festival includes art exhibits, craft fairs, demonstrations, performances, a parade that emphasizes the cultures of…

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24th Annual Hawai’i Arts, Crafts, & Food Festival

April 19, 2017 - April 22, 2017
Nani Mau Gardens, 421 Makalika St
Hilo, HI 96720 United States

An island tradition for the past 24 years, the Hawaii Arts, Crafts & Food Festival, held during Merrie Monarch Week, showcases nearly 100 of the finest artisans, crafters and food vendors throughout the state and the Pacific Nations. The event will be held at Nani Mau Gardens – 421 Makalika Street in Hilo (2 miles…

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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

With the theme, “Worth Its Weight in Gold: The History of Chocolate,” the sixth annual Big Island Chocolate Festival is April 28-29 with events headquartered from the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Indulge in the alluring, rich taste of chocolate—in both its sweet and savory forms—while participating in delicious, fun and informative chocolate-themed activities. The “must-attend”…

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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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FREE

Kau Coffee Festival

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

Showcasing the isle’s southern, rural district Kau Coffee Festival spotlights everything that makes the rural district of Kau so special. Spread over 10 days at various venues, the eighth annual event offers a host of java-jumping activities and culinary fun, plus unique activities showcasing the Kau District. Kau coffee burst into the specialty coffee scene…

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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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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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King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade, Kailua-Kona, Hawaiʻi

June 11, 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 11, 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 11, 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 11, 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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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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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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