January 29 & 30:`Iolani Luahini Hula Festival

The 14th annual `Iolani Luahine Hula Festival will be held at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. The festival was established in 2003 with a vision to perpetuate the hula, and it also serves as a way to honor the memory of `Iolani Luahine and her contributions to the preservation of hula and Hawaiian culture. The two day event will again include hula workshops by renowned Hawaiian Kumu Hula, Ni`ihau shell jewelry-making workshops, and more. A prize will be offered to the Kumu Hula who best demonstrates `Iolani Luahine’s values of Hawaiian cultural education. Hula presentations will begin at 5pm on Friday and feature makuahine, makuakane and kupuna hula presentations. Saturday will begin at 1pm and will feature the keiki, wahine and kane presentations. The hula presentations on both days are a free community event and everyone is invited to attend! Donations will be gratefully accepted to support the festival. Evening musical entertainment on Saturday will begin at 7pm. Tickets will be available online and at the door. General admission $10; Reserved seating is $15. On Saturday, the festival will offer quality Hawaiian arts and crafts by local artisans beginning at 11:30 am. Registration fees and details of the workshops are available atwww.iolaniluahinefestival.org. For more info, email administrator@nawaiiwiola.org.


January 17th, 2016:

Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai’i County Band with kahiko hula by kumu Etua Lopes’ Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i hula halau 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 more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

December 18, 2015 Annual Whale Season Kick-off Pu`ukohala Heiau National Historic Site, Kawaihae

Join Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site and Hawai`i National Marine Sanctuary Foundation for the park’s annual whale season kick-off event. Look for humpback whales, ask questions and enjoy a presentation about Hawai`i’s humpbacks. Time: 9:00am – 12:00PM; 10:30 am presentation. Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, 62-3601 Kawaihae Rd 96743. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-238-0791 or email mueller.ada@gmail.com.

December 13, 2015 Lighted Boat Parade – Kailua Bay

The 2nd Annual Lighted Boat Parade following the Kokua Kailua and Kalikimaka Concert events on Sunday, December 13th, showcases Kona’s fleet with a jovial holiday light show. Great viewing from Kailua Pier or any of the Kailua Village’s many restaurants.

31st Annual Kailua-Kona Community Christmas Parade

The parade will begin at 5pm at the Kekuaokalani Gym next to Kona Pool, go south on Kuakini, down Palani Rd., and along Ali`i Drive to Walua Rd., just past Coconut Grove Marketplace. The theme of this year’s parade is Na Mele `O Kalikimaka – Songs of Christmas. There will be numerous musical entries, and more than half of the entries will beautifully light up the evening, including HELCO’s Toy’s For Tots Train, and of course, Santa and his reindeer. The Kailua-Kona Community Christmas Parade will once again be supportive of Hawai`i Island’s Food Basket, and parade entrants and parade attendees are encouraged to contribute what they can to the 4th Annual Menehune Holiday Food Drive. Donations will be accepted at all of the west side food markets on the day of the parade, from Captain Cook to Waimea, as well as during the parade, when the Hawai`i Food Basket entry passes by. Entry applications and additional info is available online at www.paradesinkona.com or call Chauna Reese at 313-0025.


The American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Association presents its 27th annual holiday scholarship fundraiser, to be held at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel Lu`au Grounds, from 5:30-8pm. The fundraiser benefits local culinary students attending HawCC in Kona and members of the Kona Kohala Chefs who want to further their education. Culinary participatants to date include the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Kailua Candy Company, Pueo’s Osteria, Huggo’s, The Feeding Leaf, Lava Lava Beach Club, Red Water Cafe and Habaneros Bar & Grill along with new participants Kohala Burger & Taco and Mai Grille by Chef Allen Hess. Host property Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel will also be decking the halls with a special culinary offering. In addition, the holiday gala offers handcrafted ales by Kona Brewing Company, Mehana Brewing Company and Big Island Brewhaus; fine wines; and 100 percent Kona coffee. Attendees can enjoy dancing under the stars to the Bill Noble Trio, and an exciting silent auction. Cost: $85 pre-sale; $90 at the door; $1000 for VIP tables of 10. Buy tickets online or at several West Hawai`i locations. For details, visit www.konakohalachefs.org.


Right after the Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade at approximately 7pm, CFHT will host its annual stargazing party, with telescopes, hot beverages, keiki activities, and an opportunity to talk to the astronomers. Members of the West Hawai`i Astronomy Club will also be there with telescopes. 65-1238 Mamalahoa Hwy, CFHT front lawn, Waimea. Free to the public. For information, call 808-885-3121 or email outreach@cfht.hawaii.edu.


Workshops, kanikapila and concerts with the well-known Hawaiian music instructors. “Invited artists” include two noted ladies of the `ukulele – Raiatea Helm and Paula Fuga – plus Ledward Kaapana, Mike Ka`awa, Bobby Ingano, Jeff Peterson, Benny Chong, and Sonny Lim. Some events are free, such as the popular Kanikapila Concert on Thursday, November 19 at 7pm. This is the opening jam of the Festival and is free to anyone with an instrument ($16 without instrument). The first half of the concert will feature the assembled “Festival Faculty,” and in the second half the audience is invited to play along with the faculty on stage. In the afternoon on Saturday, November 21, the Kahilu Theatre will host a free Family Fun Day event from 11am to 3pm, with performances in the Kohala Gallery from Nathan Aweau, Benny Chong, Mike Ka`awa, Sonny Lim, and Bobby Ingano. Hula will be celebrated on the Main Stage with performances from Halau o Po�ohala, Halau Waiau, and Alohi Dance Academy. There will be classes offered by Jeff Peterson, Benny Chong, and Bobby Ingano on guitar composition, `ukulele, and steel guitar. Tasty food will be available for sale, and there will be hands on activities for the keiki. For info about the Festival’s faculty concerts to be held during the Festival, see KONAWEB’s Hawaiian Music Events page. For more info, visit www.kahilutheatre.org or call the Box Office at 885-6868.

Holualoa Music and Light Festival, Kona, December 5th

Witness the lighting of the town Christmas tree, listen to musicians perform Christmas music thru the evening at stages around the village, and receive treats from the galleries and shops in this charming little artists’ colony in the middle of Kona coffee country. Santa will show up too! For information, call Holualoa Village Assn. at 808/322-8484, or visit www.holualoahawaii.com.