Hawaiian music by Keolanui Serenaders and hula from Kumu Etua Lopes’ halau Hula Na Pua U’i O Hawai’i on the grounds of Hulihe’e Palace on Alii Drive from 4-5pm. 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. **Hulihe’e Palace will undergo repair work starting July 2018. The concert schedule may be impacted during the repair which may result in cancellations of the concerts. For more info about the Palace event, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info about the Stroll, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com
Adorned in the flowers and colors of the Hawaiian Islands, regal pa’u riders on horseback will represent each of the eight islands, led by their respective princesses and the pa’u queen. The floral parade will also feature hula halau, equestrian units, marching bands, and more. The parade begins at Walua Road and Alii Drive at 9am, and travels through Kailua Village to Palani Road past the pier, ending at noon. For more information, call 322-9944, email KamehamehaDayParade@hawaii.rr.com, or visit www.konaparade.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org .
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 email@example.com or visit www.konacoffeefest.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Festival passes can be purchased via the website or at 808-854-6095.
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.
About the owner: my name is Mark Dahmke. I've been a frequent visitor to Kona for 30 years and finally realized my dream of having a place of my own in the islands. Sea Village is great because it's centrally located to shops and restaurants and you're only 2 miles from Magic Sands Beach. My condo is right on the ocean and the view is spectacular!