Entries by Mark Dahmke


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. […]


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 […]

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 […]

Ironman World Championship Triathalon – Kailua-Kona, October 14

October 14 2017 This ultimate endurance event – a 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike and a 26.2 mile run – attracts thousands of the world’s best athletes, and thousands of volunteers from the Big Island help make it happen! Watch West Hawaii Today newspaper for updates on the event. Also visit www.ironman.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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]