May, 2018: 36th ANNUAL OUTRIGGER CANOE REGATTA – KAILUA BAY PIER

Kicking off the 2018 Moku O Keawe Outrigger Racing Association’s regatta season is Kai Ehitu Outrigger Team’s Annual Papa Kimitete Regatta. Opening Ceremony 7:30am; First Race Start at 8:00am. Featuring a full day of exciting competition from all of the Big Island canoe clubs, food booths, local farmers & craft cendors, and more. Time: 7am-5pm. This is a Drug and Alcohol Free Event. For vendor info or questions, email Kamaile aunty.mai.ynigues@gmail.com.

HULA KAHIKO AT HAWAI’I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, December 16

Hula featuring Kumu hula Sammye Ku’ualoha Young with Halau Na Lei Hiwahiwa o Ku’ualoha performed in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Time: 10:30-11:30 am. This performance is rain or shine without electronic amplification. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. This free event is supported in part by a grant from the Hawai’i Tourism Authority and the County of Hawai’i Dept. of Research and Development. Park entrance fees apply. For more information, call (808) 967-8222, email alyssa@volcanoartcenter.org or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org .

Nov 3-12: Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

For nearly 200 years much has been celebrated, discussed and enjoyed over a cup of Kona’s world famous coffee. Praised for its fine, light and memorable taste, Kona coffee once again takes center stage at the 47th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival November 3 through 12, 2017. Throughout the 10-day Festival, celebrate the harvest as Kona coffee farms offer a firsthand look at growing this world-famous crop, the coffee art scene fills with inspiration, and music and dance enrich cultural exchanges. Kona coffee and food events offer tastings, and hands-on cultural events help tell the story of Kona’s rich coffee history. Cost: $3 Festival Button. For information call: 808-326-7820 or email laura@current-events.com or visit www.konacoffeefest.com.

Big Island Chocolate Festival, April 28-29

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 at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Fun starts with a plantation tour at Original Hawaiian Chocolate in Keauhou and continues with ag seminars, culinary demos, college competition and a decadent gala. General admission tickets to the gala are $79 presale and $100 at the door. Special room/ticket packages are available. This event benefits local non-profits, and promotes the emerging, local cacao industry. For more info, visit www.BigIslandChocolateFestival.com or email info@bigislandchocolatefestival.com.

May 21, Kokua Kailua – Village Stroll and Hulihe’e Palace Monthly Evet

May 21, 2017
“KOKUA KAILUA” VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE’E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT – KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men’s glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U’i O Hawai’i on the Palace’s South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

WAIMEA OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL, January 2-10, 2017

January 2-10, 2017

The action-packed Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film) offers a stunning lineup of films, special guests, intimate coffee talks, Q&As, exhibits, receptions and morning activities, running non-stop. The festival immerses participants in a greater understanding and awareness of the ocean and island culture through exceptional films, talks, exhibits and activities. Films fall into the basic categories of ocean experience (such as surfing and paddling); ocean environment (things we do on land that impact the sea) and island culture. For the latest updates on films and speakers, follow the festival on Facebook, www.facebook.com/waimeaoceanfilmfestival, visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org or email info@waimeaoceanfilm.org. Festival passes can be purchased via the website or at 808-854-6095.

June 11: North Kohola Kamehameha Day Celebration

From 7:45-9 AM, Lei Draping at the statue of King Kamehameha in Kapa`au will take place; from 9-10:30 AM, enjoy a traditional Pa`u Parade with horses and riders adorned in flowers and colors representing each Hawaiian Island. Parade from downtown Hawi to Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au; from 10:00am-4:00pm, Ho`olaule`a (crafts fair) at Kamehameha Park, where you can eat local food, see masters create traditional arts and craafts, watch beautiful hula dancers and listen to award-winning Hawaiian musicians. For more info, call 808-557-6042 or visitwww.kamehamehadaycelebration.org.

May 13-22, 2016 Ka’u Coffee Festival

Ka’u Coffee Festival celebrates everything that makes Ka’u special. It kicks off with the Pa’ina Open House at Pahala Plantation House and continues with a recipe contest, pageant, the new Lobsterpalooza, Ka’u Mountain Water Systems Hike in Wood Valley, Coffee & Cattle Day at Aikane Plantation, and Ka’u Star Gazing. Fun culminates with the all-day Ho’olaulea May 21, and Coffee College May 22, at Pahala Community Center. The Ho’olaule’a offers Hawaiian entertainment; craft, coffee and food booths; Ka’u Coffee Experience with guided coffee tastings and farm tours. Some events are free, others have a fee. For event details, visit kaucoffeefest.com. For more information, call (808) 929-9550 or email cmanfredi@kaufarmandranch.com .

May 13-14, 2016 – Big Island Chocolate Festival

With the theme, Lavalicious – A Chocolate Salute to the 100th Birthday of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, the fifth Big Island Chocolate Festival includes a cacao plantation tour at Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, a college culinary competition and several public foodie and agriculture-themed seminars. Activities culminate with an indoor/outdoor festival gala on May 14, offering sweet and savory tastes presented by top isle chefs, chocolatiers and confectioners. See a large volcano created from fine chocolate, chocolate body painting and culinary booths decorated to the Park’s centennial theme. Music, dancing, silent auction. Events’ times and costs vary. Ticket sales online at www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com. For more information, call 808-324-6100.