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February 2017

9th Annual Big Island Quilt Shop Hop

February 1, 2017 - February 28, 2017
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Hawaii, the Big Island—The 9th Annual Big Island Quilt Shop Hop is happening February 1-28, 2017, featuring five different shops from Kona to Hilo and points in between. Traveling quilters can have passports stamped for a chance to win prizes, collect quilting patterns and kits to create a custom “Tropical Flowers of Hawaii, a Stain Glass Quilt” quilt for 2017, and enjoy the company of fellow quilters island-wide. Those who visit and get passports stamped at all five shops are…

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March 2017

17th Annual Great Waikoloa Ukulele Festival

March 4, 2017
Waikoloa Beach Resort,
69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr
Waikoloa Village, HI United States
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Free Ukulele Workshop at the Queen’s MarketPlace Coronation Pavilion, 10:30 am – 11:30 am. The Waikoloa Beach Resort is home to the Great Waikoloa Ukulele Festival held annually in March. This event is a celebration of Hawaii’s favorite instrument and music. Master of Ceremonies the “Ambassador of Aloha” Danny Kaleikini hosts 2 stages. Waikoloa Beach Resort is the Gathering Place of the Kohala Coast, and what brings people together better than music? Since 2001, the Great Waikoloa Ukulele Festival has…

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11th Annual Free Avocado Festival

March 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hale Halawai,
75-5760 Ali'i Dr
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 United States
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We are pleased to announce the 11th Annual Free Avocado Festival on Saturday, March 4, 2017. This year’s event will take place at our new venue Hale Halewai in downtown Kona. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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The Kona Brewers Festival

March 11, 2017
Courtyard King Kamehmeha’s Kona Beach Hotel,
75-5660 Palani Rd
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 United States
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The Kona Brewers Festival celebrates its 22nd year, tapping up ales and lagers from across the nation. The craft beer is served alongside island-style cuisine from the Big Island’s best restaurants. The sell-out event also features live music, hula and the ever popular Trash Fashion Show. What began as a beer festival with the goal of raising awareness for recycling has blossomed into one of Kona’s most popular and profitable fundraising weekends. Dozens of community organizations work together to benefit…

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Big Island International Marathon

March 19, 2017
Hilo Bayfront,
Hilo, HI 96720
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Big Island International Marathon invites you to join us for a beautiful race that follows “the coast of old Hawai’i”. You’ll run alongside historic roads with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, scenic waterfalls, lush tropical forests and expansive sugarcane fields. Hilo boasts beautiful green landscapes thanks to our cooler climate and regular rainfall. Racers will have the refreshing morning drizzle of rain as they embark of the path to completing a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k or 2 mile…

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April 2017

6th Annual Big Island AIDS Walk

April 8, 2017
Liliuokalani Park and Gardens,
189 Lihiwai St
Honolulu, HI 96720 United States
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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 neighbors to sponsor their participation, raising funds for HIHAF. Donations are tax deductible. Photo: HIHAF

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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
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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 Hawaii, and a three-day hula competition that has received worldwide recognition for its historic and cultural significance. Through the celebration of the Merrie Monarch Festival,…

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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
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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 from the Hilo Airport). Prize giveaways, music, international foods. Time: 4/19/17 (12noon-4pm), 4/20-22/17 (9am-4pm). Cost: $2; children 7 and under free. For more information, call…

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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
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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” festival gala—featuring food booths, unlimited wine and beer pours, silent auction, dancing and more—is 5-9 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Early Bird and VIP tickets are…

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