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October 2, 2014
CANDIDATE FORUM - STATE HOUSE AND SENATE - KAILUA-KONA
The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce will host a State House (Districts 5 and 6) and Senate (District 4) forum from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, October 2 at the Kealakehe High School cafeteria. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 808-329-1758, email marketing@kona-kohala.com

Beginning October 3, 2014
BIG ISLAND 'UKULELE GUILD'S 10th ANNUAL EXHIBITION - HILO

The `Ukulele Guild’s 10th annual Handmade Instruments Exhibit will be held at the Wailoa Center throughout the month of October. The show formally opens Friday, Oct. 3, with a reception from 5-8 p.m. A drawing for a free `ukulele also will take place at the opening. The `Ukulele Guild is comprised of members from across the island who build by hand either recreationally or professionally. The mission of the guild is to share and promote the art and tradition of `ukulele making as it continues to evolve in modern day. The exhibit, which features more than 40 handmade ukuleles, also will be complemented by ceramic work by Volcano artist Tim Freeman, whose large pit-fired vessels are partially inspired by the volcano. These events will accompany the show from noon-3 p.m. Saturdays: Oct. 4, Kanikapila with Alan Hale; Oct. 11, `ukulele-building demonstration; Oct. 18, Kanikapila with Andy Andrews and Mike Perdue. Contact Guild President Chris Steward thru the Guild's website at http://www.bigislandukuleleguild.org/ or get Wailoa Center info by calling 933-0416.

October 4, 2014
KOHALA COUNTRY FAIR
Join in the thirtieth anniversary celebration of this popular event with all-day live music and hula, including Robi Kahakalau, North Shor Live, the Keawe Trio, and Lorenzo's Army. Great for the entire family, with old-fashioned country fair games and contests, more than 100 food and craft booths, and a low-priced keiki zone. At the beautiful oceanview fairgrounds in Kapa`au, 1 mile east of the King Kamehameha statue, toward Pololu, makai from `Iole Road. Lots of off-street parking. Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, email kcf@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.kohalacountryfair.com

October 4, 2014
GRAND OPENING, FULL LIFE THRIFT AND GIFT STORE - KAILUA-KONA
Located in Pottery Terrace, on Kuakini Hwy. (in front of Jackie Rey's `Ohana Grill). A traditional Hawaiian blessing will open the festivities at 10:00 AM. Full Life Thrift and Gift Store will help support the Full Life Learning Center and programs and services for individuals with development disabilities throughout Hawai`i Island. Additionally, the store will provide a venue for the varied microenterprises of individuals with developmental disabilities. Support of Full Life’s Thrift & Gift Store will help Full Life to further fulfill their mission of empowering Individuals with developmental disabilities to live a full life. For more info, email brad@fulllifehawaii.org or call (808) 769-5045.

October 5, 2014
ANNUAL PATH 5K/10K RUN - KAILUA-KONA
The 29th Annual PATH 5K Walk/Run, 10K Run & Free Keiki Dash is Kona's Kickoff to Ironman Week. Time: 7:30am. Start at Hale Halawai on Ali`i Dr. (site of Ironman Expo), Kailua Kona. Cost: Adult $30/Child $20/Late Fee $10. For more information, call 895-2442, email stefanie@pathhawaii.org or visit www.pathhawaii.org

October 10, 2014
BABY CAKES BENEFIT - KAILUA-KONA
Mokuaikaua Church will be selling 100% Kona coffee and homemade cakes to raise funds for The Pregnancy Center. TPC has been helping men, women and babies in the community for 22 years. Time: 7AM-6PM (or until out of cakes!). For more information, call (808)326-1766, email tpc@tpckona.com or visit www.tpckona.com

October 11, 2014
IRONMAN TRIATHLON - KAILUA-KONA

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.

October 11, 2014
HULA KAHIKO AT HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant features na kumu hula Pelehonuamea Harman and Kekoa Harman with Halau I ka Leo Ola o Na Mamo , from 10:30-11:30am. This event will take place rain or shine at the hula platform located near Volcano Art Center Gallery. Audience is encouraged to bring sitting mat and sun/rain gear. On the same day, there are hands-on cultural demonstrations from 9:30Am to 1:30PM on the gallery porch. Free; park entrance fees apply. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org

October 12, 2014
HAWAI`I BAMBOO SOCIETY'S 15TH ANNUAL BAMBOO FESTIVAL - PAPAIKOU
Vendors, artists, and lecturers will be featured at the event. There will be demonstrations and a silent auction. It is your opportunity to meet, ask questions, and talk with local bamboo enthusiasts and growers. Time: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Papaikou Hongwanji Buddhist Temple on Hwy 19 between mile markers 7 & 8.Free to the public. For more information, call 808-238-5361, email hawaiichapterabs@gmail.com or visit hcabs.webs.com

October 13, 2014
CANDIDATE FORUM - GOVERNOR - KAILUA-KONA
The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce will host a Governor forum from 6-8 p.m., Monday, October 13 at the Kealakehe High School cafeteria. It is free and open to the public. Candidates David Ige and Duke Aiona will be present. For more information, call 808-329-1758, email marketing@kona-kohala.com

October 14, 2014
BECOME A TEACHER! UNIV. REPS IN KEALAKEKUA - KONA
UH Manoa will have representatives at the University Center, West Hawaii campus in Kealakekua to talk about Distance Education programs for those who want to become teachers. The UHM College of Education has five programs to help you become a teacher without moving to Hilo or Oahu. Come and find out more. Tuesday, October 14 from 12-1pm in B-3 Computer Lab, or from 6-7pm in B-5 classroom. For more information, please contact Karen Wilson at wilsonkl@hawaii.edu or call 808-322-1549 (after Oct. 3). Free to the public.

October 15, 2014
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOME & GARDEN TOUR BENEFIT - KONA
Enjoy a progressive four course Hawaiian brunch at three spectacular Kona homes, and meet Jen McGeehan, author of My Year In a Yurt! $149.00 pre-paid, including transportation; 50% donated to The Yurt Project/Habitat For Humanity West Hawaii (48-hour notice required). Time: 8:30 am-12:30 pm. For more information, call 808.640.0497 or email hometourshawaii@gmail.com

October 16, 2014
HOW TO START A BUSINESS IN HAWAII SEMINAR - KAILUA-KONA
Presented by the Hawai`i Small Business Development Center. Have you ever thought about owning your own business? Is entrepreneurship right for you? How do you get started? All these questions and more will be answered at the "How To Start A Business In Hawai`i" workshop. Instructor: Hazel Beck. Time: 2:30-5:00 PM at Kuakini Tower, Ste. 213, Kailua Kona. Cost: $20. For more information, call 327-3680, email jacqueline.muller@hisbdc.org or visit www.hisbdc.org

October 18, 2014
HAKALAU FOREST NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE OPEN HOUSE
You are invited to Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge's Open House. This event is free to the public and provides a good opportunity to see native Hawaiian birds, plants and high elevation forests. For information or reservations call (808) 443-2300. Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at 12 Mile Keanakolu (AKA Mana) Rd, Mauna Kea. Free to the public. For more information, email cashell_villa@fws.gov or visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/hakalau_forest/

October 19, 2014
MONTHLY "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 Ui O Hawai'i, on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawaii. 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 oceanside cafes and 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

October 19, 2014
ANNUAL TASTE OF HILO
Featuring more than 35 participating restaurants, chefs, pastry chefs, bakers, and beverage suppliers. To be held at Sangha Hall, Hilo, from 1-3pm. Sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawai`i. A portion of event proceeds go to support the Hawai`i Community College. Tickets are $45 in advance; $65 at door, if available (usually sells out), and may be ordered by calling the Chamber at 934-0177 or by emailing jccih@jccih.org. For more information, visit www.jccih.org

October 24, 2014
KONA KINE OKTOBERFEST
The Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise will be hosting a Kona Kine Oktoberfest at the Hawaii Big Game Fishing Club at Honokohau Harbor on Friday, October 24th from 5pm to 8pm. There will be ono grinds prepared by Big Island Grill, on-tap beers from Kona Brewing Company, and rockin' entertainment by Jack and the Rippers. A live auction will include works of art contributed by some of the island's finest artists. There will be a great silent auction as well; all items are donated by local artists and businesses to assist Rotary's work in the greater Kona community. Tickets are $30, which include pupus, main course, coffee, dessert, first drink, and a door prize ticket. Tickets are available at Kona Wine Market and Kailua Candy Company, or by calling Sylvia Owens at 937-3579. For more information, call 331-8191.

October 24 and 25, 2014
HO`OKUPU HULA NO KA`U CULTURAL FESTIVAL - PAHALA
This will be the first year this cultural festival, which has been taking place annually on Lana`i will be held in Pahala. There will be music, hula, cultural demonstrations, cultural practitioners, food and crafts. The organizers welcome artisans, crafters and informational displays. Entertainment will be free to the public, and will take place on the grounds of Pahala Plantation House, with emcee Skylark Rosetti. Opening festivities will begin with a pule at 4 p.m. Music and hula presenters will include Ernest Kalani & Friends; Southside Serenaders; Hands of Time; Cyril Pahinui, Demetrius Oliveira, Gene Boy Beck and Keaiwa; Halau Hula O Leonalani; halau from Okinawa, O`ahu, Lana`i and Kona; Keoni Jennings; Keoki Kahumoku; and Kamuela Himalaya.

October 25, 2013
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY'S RELAY FOR LIFE - WAIMEA
New daytime hours, from 11am-11pm, at Waimea Park. Waimea's goal this year is to raise $40,000. For more info, contact American Cancer Society staff partner Sancie De Mattos at 938-8413 or Event Chairperson Bernie Kainoa at 938-2762.

October 25, 2014
4th ANNUAL HAWAI`I ARTIST COLLABORATION AUCTION - HOLUALOA INN

An exciting auction of one-of-a-kind works created by 30 local and international visual artists collaborating together for 4 days. This is a highly esteemed not-for-profit event, to be held at the Malulani Pavilion of the beautiful Holualoa Inn (75-5932 Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa). All proceeds will benefit art scholarships and future events. For more info, email hawaiicollaboration@gmail.com or phone 331-0813.

October 25, 2014
WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES FUNDRAISER - KAILUA-KONA
An international men's march to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence. $10 or more suggested donation/pledge includes eligability for prizes. Funds raised will directly benefit the YWCA Sexual Assault Support Services programs, including the only 24/7 rape crisis center for Hawai`i Island. Time: 7:30-10:30 a.m. at Kona International Market, Kailua-Kona. For more information, call 808-961-3877 ext. 162, email ldavis@ywcahawaiiisland.org or visit www.ywcahawaiiisland.org

October 25, 2014
2nd ANNUAL LILIKO`I FESTIVAL/FUNDRAISER - HILO
This free, community focused, family friendly event will feature liliko`i cooking demonstrations, a liliko`i cooking contest, live music, and free keiki activities. A community created liliko`i cookbook, "The Lilikoilicious Cookbook: Ways to Add Passion To Your Life," will also be for sale. Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo. For more information, call 808-965-1866 or email sandi@alstrand.com

October 25, 2014
KONA ROCKTOBERFEST 2014
Costumes, Cocktails and...Chickens? Live music featuring Leche de Tigre, Sudden Rush and The Alohahas at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel's Lu`au Grounds. German-style food & beers and more. Time: 5:30-9:30pm. Cost: $25 adv/$35 door. For more information, call 808-333-4341, email douglas.mallardi@gmail.com or visit www.konarocktoberfest.com

October 25, 2013
THE IRISH ROVERS IN CONCERT - HILO'S PALACE THEATER
Doors open at 7pm; Show at 7:30pm. For tickets and more info, visit www.lazarbear.com or call 808-896-4845. Box Office: 808-934-7010.

October 25, 2014
ANNUAL PAHOA GIFT AND CRAFT FAIR
All proceeds from booth fees will support the Kahakai neighborhood organized watch. Time: 8am to 3pm at Keonepoko Elementary School, Pahoa. Vendor cost: $30 fora 10x10 space. For more information, call 965-1672 or email know.craftfair@gmail.com

October 25, 2014
HALLOWEEN JOURNEY EVENT - KEALAKEKUA
Meet Phileas Fogg and join him on a daring adventure! Come explore the world as you travel through Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days" at the annual Kona Pacific Public Charter School's Halloween Journey. Visit 18th century London, Japan, San Francisco and more while receiving treats on your journey. An international cafe will be selling goodies; a bonfire will light up the night and there will be games for children of all ages. Tickets go on sale beginning Oct. 1st and can be purchased at Kona Pacific Public Charter School's office. Time: 5-9 pm at ol grounds, Kealekekua , Cost:$7 for tickets. Costumes are welcomed; closed-toed shoes and a flashlight for the journey are strongly encouraged. For more information, call 808-854-6769, email Julie@ziemelis.com or visit www.kppcs.org

October 25, 2014
2nd ANNUAL HARVESTEA BENEFIT - FOUR SEASONS HUALALAI
Enjoy a lovely Afternoon Tea, with a special presentation by Gubernatorial Candidate, Duke Aiona, and local author, Jen McGeehan - My Year in a Yurt: God's Blessings While Living In 450 Not-So-Square-Feet! Raising funds for The Yurt Project/Habitat For Humanity West Hawaii. Time: 2-4 pm at Four Seasons Resort's Grand Ballroom. Tickets: $49 till Oct. 1; $74 till Oct. 24; $100 at door. For information call: 808.220.7584 or email pullendarlene@gmail.com or visit www.habitatwesthawaii.org/yurtproject

October 25, 2014
RACE THE REAPER 5K BENEFIT - KEAUHOU
Benefit for Waverider Triathlon Club. 5:30pm start from Keauhou Shopping Center. $20 until 10/20; $25 10/21 to Race Day. Finisher shirts and costume contest. Regisiter at Cycle Station, Big Island Running Co., Kealakehe H.S., Active.com. For more information, call 808.220.7584 or email pullendarlene@gmail.com or visit www.habitatwesthawaii.org/yurtproject

October 25 and 26, 2014
HAWAI`I ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY'S ANNUAL HOWL'WEEN DOG WALKS - HILO & KONA
Oct. 25 - King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona, Registration begins at 8am; Oct. 26 - Queen Lii`uokalani Park in Hilo, Registration begins at 1pm. The Dog Walks encourage dog owners to exercise themselves & their dogs during this fun, family-friendly free event that includes contests and prizes. Walkers with or without pets are urged to raise pledges to support Hawai`i Island Humane Society. Registration for both events is free. Log on to www.FirstGiving.com/HIHSPetWalk and create your own fundraising page or team fundraising page. For more information, call 329-8002, email exec.dir@hihs.org or visit www.FirstGiving.com/HIHSPetWalk

October 26, 2013
`OHANA HALLOWEEN PA`INA - KEAUHOU, KONA
Free admission. Haunted House, playground, and vendors. 4pm Keiki Costume Contest check-in; 4:30pm Keiki Costume Contest. 5pm, Adult Costume Contest check-in; 8pm, Adult Costume Contest. Live entertainment 5-9pm: 5pm, Kainaliu; 6pm, `Ol School Band; 7pm, LT Smooth. For more info & parking details, visit Keauhou Shopping Center's website.

October 29, 2014
"AMY GREENWELL AND HER GARDEN" LECTURE - KAILUA-KONA
This free lecture features the story of Amy Greenwell's garden legacy. Hanohano o Kona: Honoring Kona, a free community lecture series, spotlights local and state speakers on a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. Time: 5:30-7:00pm at West Hawaii Civic Center. For more information, call 808-323-3222, email khs@konahistorical.org or visit www.konahistorical.org

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November

November TBA, 2014
13th ANNUAL BLACK & WHITE NIGHT - HILO
Dress up or dress down, but dress in black & white! This event takes place in Downtown Hilo, from the Bayfront to Kapiolani Street, and from Ponahawai Street to Wailuku Drive. Live music! Dancing in the Street! Treasure Hunt! Produced by the Hilo Downtown Improvement Association. Call (808) 935-8850, email askalice@downtownhilo.com or visit www.downtownhilo.com for more information.

November 7-16, 2014
44th ANNUAL KONA COFFEE CULTURAL FESTIVAL
The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival returns for its 44th annual celebration of Kona's world famous coffee. Hawai`i's oldest food festival combines a modern-day infatuation with coffee with Kona's old-world history as visitors, residents, artisans and farmers gather together to salute Hawai`i's preeminent coffee. The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is adding new, exciting events in 2014 including innovative Kona coffee farm tours, native Hawaiian arts and culture events, keiki (child) friendly activities, and a celebration of cultural diversity all blended together in ten event-filled days honoring nearly 200 years of Kona coffee history. Cost: $3 Festival button for entry to most events. For more information, call 808-326-7820 or visit or visit www.konacoffeefest.com

November 8, 2014
KA`U LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC - PAHALA
Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii (VLSH) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Legal Service Provider whose missions is to increase access to legal services in for low and moderate income individuals and families in Hawai`i. VLSH is presenting a free Legal Advice Clinic in Ka`u on November 8, 2014. Volunteer attorneys will be available to provide advice and counsel to qualified and pre-registered individuals on various civil legal matters, including divorce, child custody, visitation, child and spousal support, guardianships, adoptions; estate planning; employment; bankruptcy and collections; tenant rights and evictions; Native Hawaiian legal issues including water rights and Hawaiian Homelands. Pre-Registration is required before October 17, 2014. Please call 313-8210 to reserve your spot. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Ka`u Resource and Learning Center, Pahala. For more information, call 313-8210 or email Intake@vlsh.org

November 8, 2014
HOLUALOA VILLAGE COFFEE TASTING AND ART STROLL - KONA
The Coffee Stroll is an annual event of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. Nearly two dozen farms' coffee will be featured at Holualoa's unique art galleries and shops, from 9am to 3pm. Gifts, live music and more. Free parking at Holualoa School and the Catholic church. There is also a public parking area across from the Holualoa 'Ukulele Gallery.

November 9, 2014
44th ANNUAL KONA COFFEE FESTIVAL ALOHA MAKAHIKI CONCERT - MAKAE`O PAVILION, OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK
From 1:30-4:00pm. Ancient Hawaiian Makahiki blessing by Kumu Mika Keale-Goto with Halau Keale Keauhou, Kona and Tokyo. Traditional Hawaiian music and hula with renowned musicians Bobby Moderow, Jr. (leader of the multiple Na Hoku winning group, Maunalua), Aaron Mahi, George Kuo, and Stephen Akana. Festival button required. Visit konacoffeefest.com for more info.

November 9, 2014
WINE, CHEESE, CHOCOLATE & MORE! BENEFIT - HILO
Hilo Medical Center Foundation's 12th Annual Wine, Cheese, Chocolate & More Fundraiser will feature delectable chocolates; superior cheeses; fine wines with distinct properties, aromas & flavors; cold beer; and a magnificent array of delicious pupus and appetizers created with local ingredients that will be served by local physician "waiters." There will also be silent and live auctions. To be held at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel's Moku`Ola Room from 4:00-7:00pm. For more information, call 808-935-2957, email bmiller@hhsc.org or visit www.hilomedicalcenterfoundation.org

November 11, 2014
FREE ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARKS
In honor of Veterans Day there will be no entry fees charged on this day at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park or Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

November 15 & 16, 2014
FIRST ANNUAL NOSTALGIA CAR RACE - HILO
This event is a Hawaii Racing Association, 808 Fuel and Hawaii Drag Racing League event. Beginning at 8am at Hilo Drag Strip. More cars needed! Call 808-854-3258 or email aekanuam@yahoo.com

November 14 & 15, 2014
A TRIBUTE TO KING DAVID KALAKAUA "E MAU ANA KA HULA" - SHERATON KONA BAY RESORT, KEAUHOU
On this special occasion, we pay tribute to the “Merrie Monarch” King David Kalakaua, with a celebration of hula held at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Kumu Hula and students from across the Hawaiian Islands, Japan, and Europe will present their art of style and tradition of hula with either hula kahiko (ancient) or hula auana (modern) styles of dance. Each school will showcase the best integrity and quality of traditional hula steps, expressions, creativity and adornments with costumes and stories that support the hula traditions. Local arts and crafts vendors will be featuring quality handmade Hawaiian items, and ono food will be available too! Admission is free, so bring the family and join us to share in the joy of hula! No outside food or coolers please! Hula presentations free to the public by many noted halau on Saturday, from 8am-5pm on the Sheraton's Bay View Lawn, with Mistress and Master of Ceremonies KAPA 99.1's Ka`ea and Jaz. Hula workshops will be held on Friday from 1-8:30pm and Saturday, from 9am to 5pm. Festival information and registration for workshops are available online at www.emauanakahula.org. For more information, call 808-348-7047 or email administrator@nawaiiwiola.org

November 15, 2014
HULA KAHIKO AT HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant features na kumu hula Pelehonuamea Harman and Kekoa Harman with Halau I ka Leo Ola o Na Mamo , from 10:30-11:30am. This event will take place rain or shine at the hula platform located near Volcano Art Center Gallery. Audience is encouraged to bring sitting mat and sun/rain gear. On the same day, there are hands-on cultural demonstrations from 9:30Am to 1:30PM on the gallery porch. Free; park entrance fees apply. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org

November 16, 2014
"KOKUA KAILUA" HULIHE'E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT AND VILLAGE STROLL - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian Music event featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and the Hawai'i County Band on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawaii. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Concert, stroll thru Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy outdoor cafe's and restaurants, local musicians & artists. Special kama'aina pricing at participating restaurants & merchants. For more info about the Village Stroll, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit www.kvbid.org

November TBA, 2014
ARC OF KONA BAZAAR & CAR SHOW - KEALAKEKUA
The 18th annual Bazaar and Car show is a major fundraiser for the Arc of Kona. Funds raised are used to enhance services for people living with a disability. Craft vendors from over the island, a robust silent auction, ono food, a giant rummage sale and entertainment all day. Above Konawaena HS. Park and ride. Time: TBA at ARC of Kona, Kealakekua. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-323-2626, email xan@arcofkona.org or visit www.arcofkona.org

November 22, 2014
HAWAI`I HONEY FESTIVAL - HILO
The Hawai`i Honey Festival will take place amid the 22 acres of tropical plants and flowers of Nani Mau Gardens (421 Makalika Street, Hilo). The event will include the 5th Annual Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge: beekeepers from throughout the State of Hawai`i will submit their best comb, liquid and solid honeys to be blind-tasted and judged by a panel of experts, with winning apiaries receiving recognition and award seals for their honey. The festival will take place from 10am-4pm, and will also include The American Honey Queen pageant and 2013's American Honey Queen will be in attendance. Other festivities include the "People's Choice" Honey Tasting, live Hawaiian and pop music, hula, crafts and honey vendors, "ono" food, many children's activities, beekeeping demonstrations and observation hives, other bee and agricultural exhibits, lectures and demonstrations, and bee-friendly plant sales. If you have questions or are interested in participating in this year's event, please contact Peggy Beckett at 808-963-6361, email peggy@TheBeeCompany.buzz or visit http://www.bigislandbeekeepers.com/

November 22,2014 till beginning of January, 2015
CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY - VOLCANO ART CENTER
Special holiday celebrations include art demonstrations and print and book signings by gallery artists, plus a fine selection of quality handcrafted decorations and gifts offered only during the holiday season. Includes the 15th Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibit. Time: 9 AM to 6 PM at Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano. Free; Park entrance fees apply. For more information, call 808-967-7565 or email gallery@volcanoartcenter.org or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org

November TBA, 2014
"KALUA YOUR TURKEY" WORKSHOP - AMY B.H. GREENWELL ETHNOBOTANICAL GARDEN, KEALAKEKUA
Participants will begin preparing their turkeys and the imu (pit) at 7:30am. When all the turkeys are ready they will be put into the Garden imu, and the imu will be closed. Participants return to the Garden in the afternoon to help open the imu and take out their kalua turkey. The exact time for opening the imu will be determined on the day of the workshop, but it should be no later than 5 p.m. The cost for the workshop TBA. You must call or email to register in advance. For information or to register, call 323-3318 or email agg@bishopmuseum.org

November TBA, 2014
MEET & EAT ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DINNER - KONA
The Kona Task Force on Feeding the Hungry announces the 21st Annual Meet and Eat Thanksgiving Dinner. The public is invited to join us for a traditional Thanksgiving meal at the Kealakehe Intermediate School Cafeteria on Onipa`a Street on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 from 5:15-7:00pm. It is FREE, but if you can, please bring a bag of rice for the rice bag pyramid to help the Food Basket, as rice is normally at a minimum during this period of the year. The task force is made up of community organizations, churches and businesses joining together to feed the needy in West Hawai`i. Under the leadership of coordinator Ardie Ikeda, the program called Meet and Eat expects to serve 400 dinners this year and will be dedicated to the many volunteers who have made this program successful for the past 20 years. Those wishing to volunteer or contribute can contact Ardie Ikeda at 987-1664, Margo Takata at 960-1392 or Elaine Watai at 896-2785.

November TBA, 2014
20th ANNUAL NA LIMA HANA ART AND CRAFTS FAIR - HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
Hours: Friday, November 29, 3-9 pm; Saturday, November 30, 9am-4 pm, in the Hilton Waikoloa Village's Grand Ballroom. Local crafters from Hawai`i island will be on hand to showcase and sell their unique one-of-a-kind arts and crafts - Hawaiian quilts, wood carvings, holiday ornaments, jewelry, clothing and Kona coffee. Free to the public. For more information, call 886-2885 or email nalima.hana@hilton.com

November 28, 2014
LA KUOKOA (HAWAIIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY) EVENT - WAIMEA
This public informational event will take place from 3-6pm at Kahilu Town Hall in Waimea. The Royal Order of Kamehameha I and Moku o Kohala, in partnership with the Kailapa Community Assn., are advancing the reinstitution of the Hawaiian Independence Day. Sponsored of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

November 28-30, 2014
VOLCANO VILLAGE ARTISTS HUI ANNUAL ART STUDIO TOUR & SALE
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, visitors are invited to meet the Volcano Village Artists in their studios and see artworks in a wide variety of media. Pottery, raku masks, hand blown art glass, wood & metal sculpture, hand-tooled metal and fiber art, as well as photographs, paintings, drawings and block prints will be on display and available for purchase. A special drawing for pieces contributed by the artists will be held on the last day of the event. For more information e-mail eherb@hawaii.rr.com. Maps to the artists' studios will be available at local businesses in Volcano Village, as well as at www.VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com.

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December

December 5 & 6, 2014
ANNUAL NA MAKUA INVITATIONAL CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR - HILO
This fair features products that showcase the talents of local artists and offer a diverse selection of unique Christmas gifts that are not available anywhere else. All applicants are screened with consideration given to the uniqueness, quality and craftsmanship of the product. Items made in Hawai`i are preferred, but items are examined on a case by case basis. Live entertainment, along with ono kaukau, refreshments and prize drawings. Free Admission. Time: Fri 4-9 pm, Sat 9 am-4 pm at Ah Fook Chinen Civic Auditorium, Manono St., Hilo. For more information, call 808-966-4647, email puna@namakua.com or visit www.namakua.com.

December 6, 2014
CHRISTMAS AT KAMAKAHONU BAY; DINING WITH THE CHEFS

The American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Association presents its 26th annual holiday scholarship fundraiser with a new name and location on Saturday, Dec. 6 at The Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Overlooking the twinkling lights of Kailua Village and the slopes of Hualalai, Christmas at Kamakahonu Bay-Dining with the Chefs will sprawl on the hotel's historic, seaside lu`au grounds. The setting sun will kick off the event from 5:30-8 p.m. The fundraiser benefits local culinary students attending HawCC in Kona, the "Equip the Kitchens" campaign for the future HawCC-Palamanui and members of the Kona Kohala Chefs who want to further their education. Twenty top Hawai`i chefs and confectioners will use primarily locally sourced ingredients to prepare tantalizing cuisine with a holiday twist - all accompanied by handcrafted ales, wines and 100 percent Kona coffee. Attendees can enjoy live music and dancing under the stars, plus an exciting silent auction. Tickets remain $85 each or $1,000 for a reserved table for 10, and will be sold starting October 1. Purchase online at www.konakohalachefs.org or at Kailua Candy Company. Phone 329-2522 for info and to also charge tickets by phone.

December 6, 2014
CHRISTMAS AT HULIHE`E PALACE - KAILUA-KONA
Kick off the Christmas holiday season at the annual Christmas at Hulihe`e Palace! There will be a royal holiday dinner, a live and silent auction, and musical entertainment. Proceeds from the evening benefit will help a local charity and assist with on-going restoration and preservation efforts at Hulihe`e Palace. To purchase tickets or a special reserved table, call 331-8010 or visit www.huliheechristmas.org For more information, call 331-8010 or email info@habitatwesthawaii.org.

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ANNUAL POINSETTIA SALE/BENEFIT - HALE HALAWAI, KAILUA-KONA
6" and 8" and 2 gallon pots of winter rose and red poinsettias, will be for sale between 9am and 2pm. This is a benefit for the Kona Business and Professional Women's high school scholarship fund and its Grant for Success, which is awarded to someone needing help with reentry into the workforce. For info, or to place orders, call 895-0800 or 425-269-2437.

December TBA, 2014
HANDEL'S MESSIAH CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Kona Music Society presents the annual Handel's Messiah Concert and audience "sing along." For more information, visit www.konamusicsociety.org

December TBA, 2014
WAIMEA CHRISTMAS CRAFT AND GIFT FAIR - THELMA PARKER GYM
From 10am-4pm. Waimea's biggest indoor craft, gift, and food fair, featuring many local artists, food, and lucky number drawings. Free admission. Accepting food donations for local food banks. For more info, call 808-960-9944.

December 13, 2014
30th 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 parade theme this year is "Kona Kine Christmas!" There will be approximately 75 entries in the parade, including community and corporate groups. 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 Hawaii Island's Food Basket, and parade entrants and parade attendees are encouraged to contribute what they can to the 3rd 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 Food Basket entry passes by. If you are not able to make it into town, you can watch the parade locally on Channel 53 or stream it on the web at www.naleo.tv beginning at 5:30pm. Entry applications and additional parade and food drive information is available online at www.paradesinkona.com or you may call Chauna Reese at 313-0025.

December 13, 2014
HULA KAHIKO AT HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant features Po`o Kumu Huihui Mossman with Ka `Umeke Ka`eo Public Charter School, from 10:30-11:30am. This event will take place rain or shine at the hula platform located near Volcano Art Center Gallery. Audience is encouraged to bring sitting mat and sun/rain gear. On the same day, there are hands-on cultural demonstrations from 9:30Am to 1:30PM on the gallery porch. Free; park entrance fees apply. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org

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HOLUALOA MUSIC AND LIGHT FESTIVAL, KONA

From 5:30-8:30pm. Witness the lighting of the town Christmas tree, listen to various 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

December TBA, 2014
TWILIGHT CHRISTMAS PARADE - WAIMEA

Beginning at 5:30pm. Starting at Church Row, and ending at Waimea Town Park. decorated trucks.

December TBA, 2014
ANNUAL CANADA-FRANCE-HAWAI`I TELESCOPE STARGAZING PARTY - WAIMEA
Right after the Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade, 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. Time: 7pm at 65-1238 Mamalahoa Hwy, CFHT front lawn, Waimea. Free to the public. For information call: 808-885-3169 or email outreach@cfht.hawaii.edu

December TBA, 2014
PAHOA CHRISTMAS PARADE - PUNA

Time TBA. Santa will hand out goodie bags to all the children. Enter the parade, or just come to watch! Call 965-7592 for more info.

December TBA, 2014
PARADISE ART STUDIO TOUR - KEA`AU, PUNA
The district of Puna's Hawaiian Paradise Park residential area will feature many local artists in studios around the area. The tour features multiple home art studios with many fine artists and crafters selling works in clay, fiber, glass, pastel, silk, acrylic, oil painting, jewelry, clothing, cement, wood, and more. Free, featured demos. The Paradise Studio Tour Artist Collective will donate 10% of sales (over the first $100 each artist) to a worthy cause. Free to the public. For more information call (808) 982-5150 or (808) 557-0931, or visit www.paradisestudiotour.com for a detailed map.

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KONA POTTERS GUILD ANNUAL HOLIDAY SALE - HONAUNAU
From 9am-5pm both days. The charm of Kona coffee country surrounds the Guild's quaint workshop within a building that was once a Japanese schoolhouse. The Guild is located on the lower level of SKEA (Society for Kona's Education and Art), between mile markers 105 and 106 on Mamalahoa Highway south of Captain Cook. The studio will be open after the sale throughout December. For more info, call 328-9665.

December TBA, 2014
"MYSTERY OF THE CHRISTMAS STAR" PROGRAM - IMILOA ASTRONOMY CENTER, HILO
Annual holiday planetarium show, featuring questions and events that may have prompted the vision of the bright star in the skies at Christmas-time; a possible scientific explanation for the star the Wise Men followed to reach the baby Jesus. 7-8pm. Tickets available at front desk, or by phone at 969-9703 during regular hours of 9am-5pm, Tuesdays - Sundays. Imiloa Center of Hawai`i is located at the Univ. of Hawaii at Hilo Science and Technology Park at 600 Imiloa Place, off Komohana and Nowelo streets. For more info, visit www.imiloahawaii.org.

December TBA, 2014
15th ANNUAL MONTESSORI KEIKI WINTERFEST - HALE HALAWAI, KAILUA-KONA
Families can kick off the holiday season with a day of craft-making, games, face painting, music and more at the Annual WinterFest. WinterFest is put on by Hawai`i Montessori Schools - Kona Campus, and is one of the school's largest fundraisers. For more information, visit www.hawaiimontessori.org or call 329-0700 in Kona, and 885-7683 in Waimea.

December 14, 2014
"KOKUA KAILUA" HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY SUNDAY PERFORMANCE AND VILLAGE STROLL/FREE CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian Music Concert featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Na Pua Ui O Hawai'i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawaii. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Concert, stroll thru Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy outdoor cafe's and restaurants, local musicians & artists. Special kama'aina pricing at participating restaurants & merchants. Special Free Holiday Concert to follow the Hulihe`e Palace event, beginning at 5pm. For more info about the Village Stroll, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit www.kvbid.org

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KEAUHOU BIRD CONSERVATION CENTER ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE - VOLCANO
Keauhou Bird Conservation Center is located near the Volcano Golf Course. Don't miss this once a year opportunity to get an up close look at some of Hawai`i's rarest birds and learn about the center's avian conservation efforts. Some of the birds you will see are the `Alala (Hawaiian crow), Palila, Kiwikiu (Maui parrotbill) and Puaiohi (small Kaua`i thrush). Tours are at 8am, 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. Local artists will be selling their bird-related artwork and there will also be a silent auction and T-shirt sale. Refreshments will be provided. Free to the public; donations are welcome. Please call (808) 985-7218 to reserve spots for a tour.

December TBA, 2014
SHERATON KONA RESORT HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR - KEAUHOU
A highlight of the holiday season, this annual event is a great, last-minute shopping opportunity to find unique gifts for those special loved ones. A sleigh-full of noted Big Island artists and artisans will be on hand offering a locally-made assortment of quality artwork and handicrafts, including oils, acrylics and and watercolors, ceramics, photography, pottery, jewelry, koa and tropical woodworks, quilts and pillows, blown glass and beadwork. Located at the Sheraton Kona at Keauhou Bay Resort's Convention Center. Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Free parking. For more information, call Roma Marks at 326-4152.

December 24, 2014
MOKUAIKAUA CHURCH'S CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE - KAILUA-KONA
Hawaii`s first Christian church (established in 1820) will hold its Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, featuring the annual "Silent Night" hula during the candlelight portion of the service. The service will begin at 8pm. All are welcome to this beautiful celebration of Jesus' birthday. For more information, call 329-0655 or email office@mokuaikaua.com

December 28, 2014
16th ANNUAL WAILEA VILLAGE ANNUAL MOCHI POUNDING - HAMAKUA

Join what has now become a tradition for many locals & visitors alike at the quiet little plantation village of Wailea, Hakalau. Make traditional rice cakes the "old-fashioned" way. Everyone takes their turn at pounding the glutinous sticky rice for good luck. From 8-2pm; fire building starts at 7 a.m. to steam the rice. Hearty local-style lunch available for $5. New Years crafts & calligraphy, floral arrangements, plantation stories, Okinawan taiko drumming, Hawaiian entertainment & more. Akiko's Buddhist Bed and Breakfast is at the 15-mile marker; Hwy. 19 on the Hamakua Coast, in Hakalau. Call Miss Akiko at (808) 963-6422 or e-mail msakiko@hawaii.rr.com for more info.

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January

January 1-9, 2015
WAIMEA OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL - SOUTH KOHALA COAST
Immersion in the combination of these award-winning films, breakfast talks, Q&A filmmaker sessions, artistic exhibits and receptions gives attendees a greater understanding of the ocean, our culture and ourselves. Jan. 1-9 at various Waimea and Kohala Coast venues. Passes go on sale September, 2014. For more information, call 808-854-6095, email info@waimeaoceanfilm.org or visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. BIRTHDAY COMMEMORATION - OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK, KAILUA-KONA
This free event celebrating King's life will kick off with informational displays and a social hour at noon at the Makae`o Pavilion at Old Airport Beach Park, followed by a program at 12:30pm, and then a potluck, live entertainment, personal reflections on King and the civil rights movement. For more information, call Kathy at 808-325-5252 or Virginia at 808-325-1112.

January TBA, 2015
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai'i County Band 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 oceanside cafes and 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

January 20, 2014
FREE ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARKS
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr, Day there will be no entry fees charged on this day at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park or Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

January TBA, 2015
'IOLANI LUAHINE HULA FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
The 13th annual 'Iolani Luahine Hula Festival will be held on on the grounds of Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay The `Iolani Luahine 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. This year the festival will again include hula workshops and presentations, and an educational challenge to Kumu Hula, with a prize for the one who best demonstrates the values of `Iolani Luahine - education and Hawaiian culture. Registration fees and information for the workshops are available at www.iolaniluahinefestival.org. The hula presentations on both days are offered free to the public. Registration fees and information about the workshops and events are available at www.iolaniluahinefestival.org. Evening musical entertainment on Friday and Saturday will be open for everyone to enjoy - tickets will be available at the door for a donation, which helps support the festival. On Saturday, the festival will offer quality Hawaiian arts and crafts by local artisans along with free entertainment all day from 9am-6pm. For more info about the festival, please visit the festival website.

January TBA, 2015
KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER FREE MONTHLY CONCERT
Featured entertainer TBA, at 6pm. Admission is two cans of food for the Hawai'i Food Basket, per person. For each can over two, receive an entry win a prize from the event sponsors. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited. Opening with Hawaiian music at 5:30pm.

January TBA, 2015
SKEA ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DAY
Society for Kona's Education & Art Annual Membership Day. All are welcome to enjoy music, pupus, an art exhibit and a silent auction. Time: 2-5pm at SKEA on Mamalahoa Hwy. between mm 105 & 106, Honaunau. Free to the public. For more information, call (808)328-9392, email skea@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.skea.org

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February

February TBA, 2015
ANNUAL WAIMEA CHERRY BLOSSOM HERITAGE FESTIVAL - WAIMEA
The festival showcases the 60+ year old cherry trees planted at Church Row Park and the Japanese tradition of viewing them - hanami. The festival includes a variety of activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at venues throughout Waimea - look for pink banners identifying site locations from the Parker Ranch Historic Homes on Mamalahoa Hwy. 190 to the Hawaiian Homestead Farmer’s Market on Hwy. 19. Enjoy an all day lineup of Japanese and multi-cultural performing arts, plus hands-on demonstrations of bonsai, origami, traditional tea ceremony, and mochi pounding, and a host of colorful craft fairs. Enjoy free shuttle transportation among most venues. For more info, please call 808-961-8706.

February 6-8, 2015
2015 BUILDING AND DESIGN EXPO
Browse among over 50 exhibits featuring home design, construction and remodel ideas including home decorating; roofing and decking; flooring and window treatments; kitchen and baths; solar products and more. Vendor booths offer products, services and information relating to the building and improvement of homes, apartments and condos. Time: TBA at Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa Convention Center, Keauhou, Kona. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-329-1758, email marketing@kona-kohala.com or visit http://www.kona-kohala.com/

February TBA, 2015
INTERNATIONAL NIGHTS - UNIV. OF HILO
Each year the International Student Association produces shows that feature performances from the many different cultures and countries represented at UH Hilo. This year's show includes performances from Tahiti, Samoa, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Europe, Micronesia, Japan, Yap and China. Advance purchase is recommended. To be held at University of Hawaii at Hilo Performing Arts Center, Hilo. Tickets can be purchased at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Box Office from 9am-1pm, Tues-Fri. Only cash and checks will be accepted. Cost: TBA. For more information, call 808-932-7490, email mellon@hawaii.edu or visit http://hilo.hawaii.edu/studentaffairs/international.

February TBA, 2015
12th ANNUAL CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL - HILO
From 10am to 3pm at Kalakaua Park in downtown Hilo. There will be food and craft vendors, live entertainment, information booths, live martial arts demonstrations, Lion Dance performance, and a fireworks show.

February 14, 2015
ROTARY CLUB OF KONA MAUKA'S 12th ANNUAL VALENTINE WINE TASTING FUNDRAISER
Bring your Valentine and join Rotary Club of Kona Mauka for the spectacular annual "Valentine Wine Tasting" celebration & fundraiser. Enjoy fine wines, sumptuous foods, live music and a silent auction at a stunning private estate on Keauhou Bay! Event proceeds fund Rotary community service projects and scholarships on Hawai`i Island. This event always sells out, so reserve your tickets today by emailing Sandee-Crisp@hawaii.rr.com, calling (808) 987-0184 or visiting www.clubrunner.ca/konamauka.

February TBA, 2015
FREE ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARKS
In honor of Presidents' Day weekend there will be no entry fees charged this weekend at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park or Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

February TBA, 2015
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE'E PALACE EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Na Pua Ui O Hawai`i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawaii. 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 oceanside cafes and 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

February TBA, 2015
GROW HAWAIIAN WEEKEND - AMY B.H. GREENWELL ETHNOBOTANICAL GARDEN
The Annual Grow Hawaiian Weekend is a celebration of Hawaiian cultural and natural history at Amy Greenwell Garden in Captain Cook. Admission to the Garden and all of the activities are free.There will be presentations, demonstrations, and booths about Hawaiian cultural traditions, and displays and booths on plant identification, insects, and conservation. There are many hands-on activities for adults and children. Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden is Bishop Museum's native and Polynesian introduced plant collection, located 12 miles south of Kailua-Kona on Highway 11, just south of mile marker 110. More information about the Festival, and a schedule, is posted at www.bishopmuseum.org/greenwell. For more info, please call 323-3318 or email agg@bishopmuseum.org

February TBA, 2015
SWING INTO SPRING DINNER GALA - KAILUA-KONA
Kona Festivale Chorale presents its 25th Season's dinner gala fundraiser, featuring the Celebration singers, a sumptuous dinner buffet, silent auction, dancing and more at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. For more information, call 331-1115, email kfchoral@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.konafestivalechorale.org

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March

March TBA, 2015
ANNUAL WEST HAWAI`I COMMUNITY BEACH CLEAN-UP
Annual Beach Clean-up of West Hawai`i beaches from Anaeho'omalu Bay to Honaunau. Meet at Old Airport Beach Park's last pavilion on left at 8:00 am to sign in and get your garbage bags, gloves, and raffle ticket. Lunch at 12 noon. For more information, call 808-896-6966 or email dadwouldgo@yahoo.com

March TBA, 2015
GREAT WAIKOLOA 'UKULELE FESTIVAL - QUEENS' MARKETPLACE, WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT

The festivities include a free workshop with celebrated teacher Roy Sakuma, nonstop concerts all afternoon, instrument giveaways, Hawaiian crafts and more. Traditional `ukulele masters, school groups, up-and-coming artists and top entertainers in the `ukulele world will be at the festival. For more information call (808) 886-8822.

March TBA, 2015
HAWAI`I ISLAND C.R. KENDALL SCHOLARSHIP BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT - HILO
The 2nd Annual Hawai`i Island Charles R. Kendall Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament will take place at Hilo Municipal Golf Course on Saturday, March 1, 2014. It is a 3-man modified scramble, with check-in at 6:00 a.m. and shotgun start at 7:00 a.m. There will be great food, prizes, awards and it's open to the public! All proceeds will go towards educational scholarships and awards for HGEA (Hawaii Government Employees Association) members and their immediate families. Cost: $80 per person ($240 per team). For more information, call 935-6841, email hawaiidiv@hgea.org or visit www.hgea.org/hawaiigolftournament

March TBA, 2015
KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL'S PA`INA DINNER AND ART AUCTION
An oceanside feast served under the stars at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. Each course is expertly paired with Kona Brewing Company beers. Most dishes on the luscious, imaginative menu feature fresh, locally sourced ingredients and incorporate craft brew in the recipes. Live Hawaiian music, and a silent art auction. Proceeds benefit nonprofit organizations working on behalf of children and the environment. Visit http://konabrewersfestival.com/schedule/a-brewers-paina-and-art-auction/ for more info.

March TBA, 2015
BIG ISLAND ASSN. OF NURSERYMEN'S 34TH ANNUAL HORTICULTURAL & PLANT SHOW - HILO
Friday, March 7, from 5-9pm; Saturday, March 8, from 9am-2pm. Location: Edith Kanaka`ole Stadium. Free admission. Cash, checks and credit cards now accepted.

March TBA, 2015
BIG ISLAND WOODTURNERS 17th ANNUAL EXHIBIT/DEMONSTRATIONS - HILO

The Big Island Woodturners show will be held at the Wailoa Center, 200 Piopio St., in Hilo. There is also an Online Auction of some of the members turnings. Please visit www.bigislandwoodturners.org

March TBA, 2015
KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL 2014
The 19th annual Kona Brewers Festival will indulge both craft beer aficionados and foodies alike from 2:30 to 6:30pm. The annual fundraising event, held rain or shine on the beach and lu`au grounds of King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona, taps up brews from 40 of the country's best breweries and serves them alongside a host of island cuisine from 40 Hawai`i chefs. Kona Brewers Festival is presented by Alaska Airlines, First Hawaiian Bank, and Keauhou Veterinary Hospital. Cost: $75. Brewfest tickets often sell out within a week after going on sale. For more information, call: 503-735-5943, email sally.murdoch@konabrewingco.com, or visit www.konabrewersfestival.com

March TBA, 2015
14th ANNUAL FREE CONCERT CELEBRATING THE BIRTHDAY OF KAMEHAMEHA III - SHERATON KONA RESORT - KEAUHOU
A fun, outdoor concert featuring wonderful Hawaiian music and hula, from 4:30-10pm on the Hawai`i lawn of the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort. Free Concert Trolley from 4-10:30 PM; pickup at Keauhou Shopping Center. (Park at Keauhou Shopping Center Makai Side of Phase II. Get on trolley at Long’s Drug Store.) Mats and beach chairs welcome. No coolers, please.

March TBA, 2015
ST. PATRICK'S DAY BLAST - HONOKOHAU HARBOR
The Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise will be hosting its 4th Annual St. Patrick's Day celebration at the Hawai`i Big Game Fishing Club at Honokohau Harbor.Time: 5-8pm. Beer will be provided by the Kona Brewing Company, and food will include traditional corned beef and cabbage, pupus, and dessert. Live musical entertainment. There will also be a Silent Auction and a Grand Raffle. All money raised will support Rotary's local community projects. Tickets can be purchased at the Kona Wine Market, Queen K Tesoro, and the Kailua Candy Company. For more information call Sylvia at 937-3579.

March TBA, 2015
51st ANNUAL KONA STAMPEDE RODEO - HONAUNAU
All Buckle Rodeo events, such as Dally Team Roping, Double Mugging, Tie Down Roping, Breakaway, Keiki Barrels Racing, Kane Wahine Ribbon Mugging, & Bull Riding. Food concession, snack booths, T-shirts and lots of fun! Time: 12 noon at Honaunau Arena Grounds. Sponsored by Kona Roping Club. For more information, call 808-896-0363 or email.

March TBA, 2015
KONA LIONS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST - KAILUA-KONA
Cost: $8. Time: 6:30-11am. Live music, pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit, juice...Supports the Lions Club charity efforts. Hale Halawai on Alii Dr.

March TBA, 2015
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai`i County Band 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 oceanside cafes and 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

March TBA, 2015
17th ANNUAL BIG ISLAND INTERNATIONAL MARATHON - HILO

26.2 Mile Marathon, 10.8 Mile Run & 3.1 Mile Fitness Run/Walk. Run the coast of old Hawaii along the Pacific Ocean, through tropical rainforests, past exotic waterfalls, and along black lava beaches to finish at historic Hilo Bay Front. Run with elite runners in a small running field. Start to mile 10 is a net downhill of 500 ft. with some hills in the first 8 miles and then fairly flat after that. Hilo is located in one of the cooler lush areas of Hawaii, which translates into good running conditions. Enthusiastic volunteers cheer on the runners at well-stocked aid stations and at the finish line celebration. Time: 6am. 10.8 mile runners run the first 10.8 miles with the marathoners. The 3.1 Mile Fitness Run/Walk is from Hilo Bay around Queen Lili`uokalani Gardens. Info: Wayne Joseph 808/969-7400 or visit www.hilomarathon.org

March TBA, 2015
29th ANNUAL MAGIC SPECTACULAR - ALOHA THEATRE, KAINALIU
Featuring a big-name magician, plus local magician favorites. To benefit Society for Kona's Education and Art in Honaunau (SKEA) and their Childrens' Art Programs. Expect to laugh as well as be amazed! For more information, call 323-9707, SKEA at 328-9392, or email alohamagic@aol.com

March TBA, 2015
TROPICAL PAWS BENEFIT - FOUR SEASONS HUALALAI RESORT

This annual fundraiser for Hawai`i Island Humane Society will feature a Silent and Live Auction; buffet dinner; live music and dancing. Ticket purchases are not tax deductible. Call 329-2135 x3, or visit www.hihs.org for more info or to purchase tickets.

March TBA, 2015
ANNUAL "DAY AT HULIHE`E" SPRING FUNDRAISER - HULIHE`E PALACE, KAILUA-KONA
From 9 a.m.-4 p.m, hosted by Palace caretakers, the Daughters of Hawai`i and the Calabash Cousins. Browse among arts & crafts booth tents, a tempting bake sale featuring Aunty Nona's scrumptious peach cake, and the ever-popular "Classy Tutu's Attic." Choose a fresh flower lei made on site by Palace volunteers. The Kuakini Hawaiian Civic Club will offer ono food, and local hula halau will provide cultural entertainment. Prize drawings will take place throughout the day. For more info, contact the Palace at 329-1877, the Palace office at 329-9555, or visit www.daughtersofhawaii.org

March TBA, 2015
KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER FREE MONTHLY CONCERT
The featured Hawaiian music entertainer will be perform at 6pm. Admission is two cans of food for the Hawai'i Food Basket, per person. Each can over two, receive an entry win a prize from the event sponsors Jams World, Kona Stories Bookstore and Sheraton Kona. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited. Opening with local Hawaiian music at 5:30pm.

March TBA, 2015
LAVAMAN WAIKOLOA TRIATHLON FESTIVAL - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The Lavaman Triathlon will be held at the Waikoloa Beach Resort. This Olympic distance triathlon starts at 7:30am with a 1.5k swim in Anaeho'omalu Bay, continues with a 40k bike on the Queen K Highway and then a 10k run through the resort's hotel grounds and lava fields, finishing on the beach. (First finishers will reach Anaeho'omalu Bay at 9am.) The event is a major fundraiser for Team in Training as well as local area non-profit organizations. For more information about the race, call 329-9718 or visit www.lavamantriathlon.com for more info.

March TBA, 2015
POPS MENAGERIE CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
"Pops Menagerie" is a potpourri concert showcasing the Celebration Singers and Kona Festivale Chorale. It's a fun-filled trip down Memory Lane. The concert will be Sunday, March 30 at 3pm at the Kamakahonu Ballroom at the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Reserved seating is $25 and general seating is $20 in advance. For tickets or more information, call 331-1115 or email kfchoral@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.konafestivalechorale.org

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April

April TBA 2015
BIG ISLAND OPEN TENNIS TOURNAMENT - WAIMEA
A USATT sanctioned 1 star table tennis tournament with players coming from other islands & the mainland. Time: 9am to 5pm each day at Waimea Community Center, 65-1260 Kawaihae Road, Kamuela. Free to the public to watch; fee to play. For more information, call 808-889-1099, email len@tabletennisandmore.com or visit http://www.tabletennisandmore.com/2014bigislandopen.htm

April TBA, 2015
9th ANNUAL HAWAI'I AVOCADO FEST - SHERATON KONA RESORT
To be held from 10am-5pm on the front lawn of the resort. This is a free, zero waste event. Event festivities include educational displays on growing avocados; an avocado recipe contest and culinary demonstration; free avocado sampling; arts, crafts and food booths; healing arts; and a full lineup of performing arts. Recipe and vendor entry forms are posted at www.avocadofestival.org. Also on display will be original festival art and event t-shirts. For more info, contact Randyl at 808-936-5233.

April TBA, 2015
10th ANNUAL LAUAPHOEHOE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Festival is a fundraiser to provide scholarships for high school students as well as help the senior citizens at Laupahoehoe along with other community programs. Featuring many fine local Hawaiian musicians, with hula too. This is an alcohol and drug-free event. Time: 9AM-4PM at Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park. For more information, call 808-640-6947 or email charliew179@gmail.com or visit www.laupahoehoemusicfestival.com.

April TBA, 2015
ANNUAL BIG ISLAND AIDS WALK - HILO
The Hawai`i Island HIV/AIDS Foundation is proud to host the Big Island's Annual AIDS Walk. The event will be an easy 2 mile walk around Lili`uokalani Gardens. Walk registration opens at 8am and the walk starts at 9am. All funds raised will provide services for nearly 300 men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS on the island of Hawai'i. Funds will also go to support education, community outreach and free, confidential 20-minute HIV & Hepatitis C testing. Time: 8am to noon. Free to the public. For more information, call 808/982-8800, email david@hihaf.org or visit Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation on facebook.

April TBA, 2015
6th ANNUAL PRINCE KUHIO HO`OLAULE`A - KAILUA-KONA
From 9:30am-2pm at West Hawai`i Civic Center. Live local music and hula, Hawaiian crafts, keiki fun jumpers, lomilomi massage, food. Call 327-1221 for more info.

April TBA, 2015
WAIMEA OUTDOOR CIRCLE ANNUAL PLANT SALE
Tour the Waimea Nature Park, learn about native Hawaiian plants, hike the Waimea Streamside Trail and find out how you can eliminate coqui frogs from your neighborhoods. A wide variety of plants and trees will be available for purchase, and much more. Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Waimea Nature Park. Free to the public. For more information, call 936-1468 or email wochawaii@gmail.com

April TBA, 2015
KAWAIHAE CANOE CLUB BAZAAR
Kawaihae Canoe Club announces its spring Heritage Bazaar and Silent Auction to be held at Kawaihae Harbor from 10am until 4pm. It will be a day of fun on the beach at Kawaihae Harbor! Rummage Sale and Silent Auction Extraordinaire, Canoe Rides, Local Crafts and Homemade Goodies, Music and Food. Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Kawahaihae Canoe Club, Small Boat Harbor. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-756-3883, email Email, or visit www.kawaihaecanoeclub.org

April TBA, 2015
14th ANNUAL HOKU BENEFIT CONCERT - KONA
This is a soiree to benefit the Kona Hospital Foundation, and raises funds solely for the benefit Kona Community Hospital. Please contact the Foundation office for reservations at 808-322-4587. For more information, email info@hokuconcertseries.com or visit hokuconcertseries.com

April TBA, 2015
MONTHLY "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 Ui 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 oceanside cafes and 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

April TBA, 2015
BOOK CLUB MEETING - KAILUA KONA LIBRARY
Time: 11am-Noon on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona Public Library. For more information, call 331-1781, email Folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

April TBA, 2015
EASTER EGG RUSH - OLD AIRPORT SOCCER FIELD, KAILUA-KONA
Solid Rock Ministries' annual egg rush is a fun and free event for children, newborn to 11 years old. Free refreshments, games, and prizes. Must be present to win. Registration begins at 7:30am. First rush at 9 am. Time: 7:30-10:30am. For more information, call 327-6543, email jnsaraki@gmail.com or visit srmkona.org

April TBA, 2015
HAKALAU FOREST NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE OPEN HOUSE
Guided rainforest hikes will be offered between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to observe rare and colorful native birds and plants. This is a great family oriented opportunity to see the refuge and the cooperative reforestation work, tour the greenhouse operation, and walk in high elevation ancient forest habitats at Hakalau Forest NWR. Visitors must provide their own four-wheel-drive transportation to the Refuge, which is a two-hour drive from Hilo, Waimea or Kona. Reservations are required and may be obtained by calling the refuge office in Hilo at 443-2300 by Wednesday, April 16th. Location: Hakalau Forest NWR, Keanakolu (AKA Mana) Rd, East Slope of Mauna Kea. Free to the public. For more information, email cashell_villa@fws.gov or visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/hakalau_forest/

April TBA, 2015
ANNUAL MAC-A-THON FOOT RACE - HONAUNAU
Hawai`i Island's oldest foot race, Keoua Honaunau Canoe Club's "Mac-A-Thon" takes place annually, the day before Easter. The race start is at 7 a.m. Early registration (before April 15) is only $30, and convenient online registration is available at http://www.keouacanoeclub.com/mac-a-thon/">http://www.keouacanoeclub.com/mac-a-thon/. The Mac-A-Thon offers races of 5K or 10K on the old government road that extends from the sacred waters of Honaunau Bay to Napo`opo`o. Each race course is the same, except that the 5K turn-around is halfway into the 10K course. An award ceremony, famous Mac-Nut Pancake Breakfast (included with entry fee), entertainment, a silent auction, and lots of fun await at the finish line. Event time: 7am to Noon. For more information, call 808-328-8721 or email reinerhawaii@aol.com

April TBA, 2015
FREE ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARKS
In honor of National Park Week's opening weekend there will be no entry fees charged this weekend at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park or Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

April TBA, 2015
7th ANNUAL ROYAL TEA BENEFIT - FOUR SEASONS HUALAI RESORT

A benefit for Hospice of Kona, to be held in the Four Seasons' Hualalai Ballroom A, featuring tea served with assorted pastries, finger sandwiches, scones and clotted cream, with a fabulous Silent Auction, Easter Bonnet Contest and live music. For reservations and information, call 324-7700.

April TBA, 2015
ANNUAL KONA COMMUNITY EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE - OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK
All are welcome to come to this community ecumenical "Son Rise" service held at the Old Airport Beach Park, Kailua-Kona at 6am. Brought to you by Kona Ministers' Fellowship.

April TBA, 2015
THE 52nd ANNUAL MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL - HILO
A week-long festival of cultural events including Hawaii's most prestigious hula competition at Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium. The festival begins with a Ho'olaule'a at the auditorium behind the Stadium on Easter Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lots of music, food and fun. Don't miss the by-invitation-only crafts fair that takes place beginning Wednesday, with incredible fresh lei and cream of the crop Hawaiian crafts in the building adjacent to the Stadium. On Wednesday there is also a free hula exhibition night at the Stadium that begins at 6:30 pm; Thursday is the solo Miss Aloha Hula competition; Friday & Saturday are the group Kahiko (ancient) and 'Auana (modern) hula competitions. A grand parade winds through Hilo-town on Saturday morning. Visit www.merriemonarch.com for more info. View the competitions online here: K5TV

April TBA, 2015
MERRIE MONARCH KAMA`AINA CRAFT FAIR - HILO
This craft fair during the Merrie Monarch Festivities in Hilo features local crafters selling sewn items, jewelry, photography, goodies and much more. For information, call 808-959-7707 or email mmprose@hawaiiantel.net

April 24-26, 2014
22nd ANNUAL HAWAI`I ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL - HILO
An island tradition for the past 20 years, the Hawai`i Arts, Crafts & Food Festival During Merrie Monarch Week. The Festival celebrates the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawai'i's people and its environment. This year's celebration will be held from 9 am-5pm, at Sangha Hall (along the Parade Route) at 398 Kilauea Avenue, Hilo. The three-day event showcases over 100 of the finest artisans, crafters and food vendors from the Big Island, O`ahu, Maui, Moloka`i, Kaua`i and the Pacific Nations. Hourly prizes, performances and demonstrations will be held during the event. For more information, call 808/981-0518, email hawaiiartsandcrafts@yahoo.com or visit www.hawaiiartsandcraftsfestival.com

April TBA, 2015
PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE DAY - KAWAIHAE
Celebrate the traditional Pacific Island cultures of Samoa, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Hawaii & others at this annual event! The day will feature various cultural demonstrations and activities, including lauhala weaving, coconut weaving, music, games, dance, special presentations, traditional weapons displays, and more. Free. Time: 10am to 3pm at Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site's visitor center. For more info, contact park staff at 882-7218, x1004 or visit nps.gov/puhe

April TBA, 2015
ANNUAL HAWAII ISLAND HIV/AIDS FOUNDATION "UPSCALE SALE" - KAILUA-KONA
From 8am-2pm at Pines Plaza, Suite 1. New merchandise, antiques, gently used items, collectibles and art will be sold. No early admittance will be allowed. Those who have items to donate may call Gene at 331-8177.

April TBA, 2015
KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER FREE MONTHLY CONCERT
Featuring a Hawaiian entertainer at 6pm. Admission is two cans of food for the Hawai'i Food Basket, per person. Each can over two, receive an entry win a prize from the event sponsors Jams World, Kona Stories Bookstore and Sheraton Kona. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited. Opening with local Hawaiian music at 5:30pm.

April TBA, 2015
SINGSPIRATION CONCERT - KONA FESTIVALE CHORALE
SingSpiration, presented annually at Mokuaikaua Church, the oldest Christian church in the state of Hawaii, is a concert of inspirational sacred music with featured artists. This unique one-of-a-kind event is presented to the public, free of charge, as the Chorale's way of saying thank you for the continued support and patronage of the public throughout their season. Time: 7:00 PM. For more information call 331-1115 or email kfchoral@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.konafestivalechorale.org

April TBA, 2015
HUGGO'S BENEFIT BRUNCH - KAILUA-KONA
Friends of the Children of West Hawai`i invite you to their annual Benefit Brunch at Huggo's restaurant on Alii Dr. Enjoy a wonderful brunch at one of Kona's lovely oceanfront dining spots while sipping champagne and enjoying the outstanding view. Reservations are required. All proceeds will go to helping children in the community who have been neglected, abused, or have witnessed violent crime. The goal is to "help a victim become a child again." Time: 10:00am to 1:00 pm. For more information, call 808-331-2425, email friendscwh@gmail.com or visit www.friendsofthechildrenwh.com

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May

May 1, 2015
LEI DAY CELEBRATION - HILO
The celebration in Hilo's old Town Square, Kalakaua Park, begins with Hawaiian music, hula, lei-making demonstrations, and features the heritage, history and culture of the lei. Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Kalakaua Park, Hilo. Free to the public. For more information, call 961-5711 or visit www.LeiDay.net

May TBA, 2015
BIG ISLAND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL - FAIRMONT ORCHID RESORT
For more info, visit www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com or phone 808-324-6400.

May TBA, 2015
ANNUAL DAIFUKUJI SOTO MISSION BAZAAR - HONALO, KONA
The much-awaited annual event that features food, preserves, baked goods, fresh produce, orchids and plants, crafts, a rummage & "white elephant" sale, clothing, massage and more. Live entertainment. Time: 9am-1pm. For more info, call 322-3524.

May TBA, 2015
PUNA MUSIC FESTIVAL

Workshops, music intensives, concerts throughout Puna. Presented by KAPA FM; stewarded by Kalani Oceanside Retreat. For more info, visit punamusicfestival.com

May TBA, 2015
KA`U COFFEE FESTIVAL HO`OLAULE`A - PAHALA
A full day of music, hula, food, local crafts, coffee tastings and farm/mill tours at the Pahala Community Center. Festival entry is free; fees for Ka`u Coffee Experience with guided coffee tasting and farm tours. Call 808-929-9550 or visit www.KauCoffeeFest.com for more info about the Festival activities leading up to this weekend.

May TBA, 2015
ANNUAL VISITOR INDUSTRY CHARITY WALK - MAUNA LANI BAY HOTEL

Registration for the 3 mile Charity Walk will be at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel from 5:30-7am. Run starts at 6:30am; Walk at 7am (For safety reasons, walkers should not be on the route prior to the runners). Those under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult and walkers under the age of 18 must have their application signed by a parent or guardian. A minimum donation is required to participate, and includes a T-shirt and the Beach Party. The Beach Party following the Walk will include a brunch, games and top-notch live entertainment. Registration forms can be requested at http://www.charitywalkhawaii.org/registration.html. For more information, call Bambi Lau, Hilton Waikoloa Village at 808-886-2884 or Freddy Lau @ Hilton Grand Vacation's Kingsland at 808-881-3065 or visit www.charitywalkhawaii.org

May TBA, 2015
KONA ORCHID SOCIETY'S ORCHID SHOW & PLANT SALE - OLD AIRPORT PAVILION
There will be several island orchid vendors selling their plants. A nice selection of craft vendors will also be offering jewelry, scarves, and lavapots for purchase. Free to the public. For more information, email kos@konaorchidsociety.org or visit konaorchidsociety.org.

May TBA, 2015
"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 Ui 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 oceanside cafes and 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

May TBA, 2015
HONOKA`A WESTERN WEEK PARADE & BLOCK PARTY
Everyone is invited to dress up western-style and visit Honoka`a town merchants, plus join in different paniolo-themed activities every night. The Hawai`i Saddle Club Rodeo also takes place during the week. For more information, call Jeanne at 808-775-0530 or follow Honoka`a Western Week on Facebook.

May TBA, 2015
20th ANNUAL LAUHALA CONFERENCE/WORKSHOP - KAILUA-KONA
To be held at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Aunty Elizabeth Maluihi Lee, founder and president of Ka Ulu Lauhala o Kona, who is a designated Living Treasure, plus dozens of master weavers from all over the state will gather to share their knowledge and skills to perpetuate the beloved and ancient art of lauhala weaving. Students of all levels are welcome to attend, along with those who just love lauhala products. The conference will include a ho`olaulea (crafts fair), a talk story, a lu'au, and a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones. For more information, or to request a registration packet, please contact Barbara Kossow at 808-938-0806 or email bkossow@co.hawaii.hi.us

May TBA, 2015
BIG ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL - THE SHOPS AT MAUNA LANI AND THE FAIRMONT ORCHID, KOHALA
This film festival celebrates independent, narrative, Hawaiian and international filmmakers and their films. There will be social, food & beverage events and entertainment as well as the film presentations and an award brunch. Kama`aina discounts for tickets are offered every night. There will be some great celebrity guest appearances. The "Best of the Fest" event will present the audience-voted best feature and best short film of this year's festival at 5:30pm, with a concert featuring a popular Hawaiian musician. The majority of BIFF events take place at various locations within The Fairmont Orchid, including daytime film screenings in the air-conditioned amphitheatre, filmmaker workshops, celebrity receptions and salutes, as well as "festival films" (up to R) and Best of the Fest, at Plantation Estate. Family films (up to PG-13) are shown at The Shops at Mauna Lani Center Stage, where admission is free. For more information, call 808/557-5200, 808/883-0394 office or email bigislandff@aol.com. For complete schedule information and tickets, visit BigIslandFilmFestival.com

May TBA, 2015
KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER "FREE" MONTHLY CONCERT - KONA

At 6pm, hear a popular island musician perform; pre-show Hawaiian music at 5:30pm. Admission is two cans of food for donation to Hawai`i Food Basket. For each can over two person, get an entry into the raffle for prizes from the event sponsors. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited. For more info, visit Keauhou Shopping Center's website.

May TBA, 2015
MAMo WEARABLE ARTS SHOW - WAIMEA
The annual Native Hawaiian designers' art show, held during Maoli Arts Month. A special runway will be built over the Kahilu Theatre (67-1186 Lindsey Rd.) seats. In the foyer of the theater will be lei makers, Hawaiian food, and a trunk show of the designers' "pret a porter" selections. Call 329-8876 for tickets and info.

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June

June 4, 2014
THE HEART-BRAIN CONNECTION PRESENTATION
Author and educator Carla Hannaford will be presenting a program on the heart-brain connection. Researchers have discovered that the heart controls the brain, not the other way around. The talk will be scientifically informative and highly practical. This program is for ages 10 and older. Time: 5-6 PM at Kealakekua Public Library. Free to the public. For more information, call 323-7585, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

June 6-8, 2014
3rd ANNUAL BIG ISLAND JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL - MAUNA KEA BEACH HOTEL
VIP Meet and Greet on June 6, $40. Main event on June 7 at the North Pointe Lu`au Grounds at the Mauna Kea Hotel - $60 General Admission; $85 Premium Seating. Performers include Grammy winner Skip Martin, The Iguanas from New Orleans, jazz sax legend Donald Harrison, American Jazz Ambassador Jason Marsalis, New Orleans harmonica player Johnny Sansone, Saturday Night Live Band trombonist Steve Turre, and Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Benny Uyetake. The festival will conclude with a Sunday brunch at Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar, accompanied by live jazz and blues entertainment. For more info, call 866-977-4589 or visit maunakeabeachhotel.com/jazz.

June 7, 2014
ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF FATHERHOOD - KAILUA-KONA
Family Support Hawaii's Fatherhood Initiative will be holding the Annual Celebration of Fatherhood at the Queen Lili`uokalani Children's Center, from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. For a $5 donation, attendees will be able to enjoy a free waterslide, bounce house, photo booth, amazing door prizes, BBQ and shave ice vendors selling their ono grindz. Free hotdogs and chips will also be available. A 4 burner gas grill with side burner will be the raffle prize. Celebrate all those amazing guys we call Dad! For more information, call 808-334-4154, email fatherhood@fsswh.org or visit www.familysupporthawaii.org

June 7, 2014
WALK MS 2014 - HILO
Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them. When you participate in Walk MS, the funds you raise give hope to the more than 50,500 people affected by MS in our community. The dollars raised support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. Location: Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium, 799 Pi'ilani Street, Hilo. Opening Ceremony at 5pm. For more info, visit the website, email Candice.Schwalbach@nmss.org or phone (808) 532-0805.

June 8, 2014
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai`i County Band on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawaii. 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 oceanside cafes and 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

June 9-25, 2014
HAWAII PHOTO EXPO 2014, HILO
Hawai`i Photo Expo is the premier photography exhibition for Big Island photographers and the largest photographic contest in the state of Hawai`i. The Expo offers an opportunity for students and novices as well as established professionals to showcase their best images. For complete information on how to enter, go to www.hawaiiphotoexpo.com. There will be a reception on June 7th from 5-7 pm at Wailoa Center, 200 Piopio Street, Hilo. Time: 8:30 am to 4:30pm; Wednesdays noon to 4:30pm. Free to the public.. For more information, call (808) 345-0280 or email andrewbisset@hawaii.rr.com

June 11, 2014
SPECIAL DAY OF HAWAIIAN CULTURE WORKSHOPS - HONOMALINO, SOUTH KONA
Classes will be taught in Hawaiian language and chant, lauhala weaving, lei making, `ukulele, and hula. Time: 9am-7pm. Cost: $35 per workshop. Information, directions and registration available at www.nawaiiwiola.org. Presented by Kumu Keala Ching's Na Wai Iwi Ola Foundation. For more information, call 808-640-1384 or email administrator@nawaiiwiola.org

June 11, 2014
NORTH KOHALA KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION
8:00am Lei Draping at the statue of King Kamehameha in Kapa'au; 9:00am Floral Parade from Downtown Hawi thru Kapa'au; 10:00am-4:00pm, Ho`olaule`a (crafts fair) at Kamehameha Park. For more info, call 808-557-6042 or visit www.kamehamehadaycelebration.org

June 11, 2014
KAMEHAMEHA FESTIVAL - HILO
This festival features features a ho`olaule`a with top Hawai`i recording artists, hula halau, and various cultural presentations. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Moku Ola (Coconut Island) in Hilo. Free. A drug, alcohol and smoke-free event. For more information, visit http://www.kamehamehafestival.org/festival/62/schedule

June 13-14, 2014
6th ANNUAL VOLCANO POTTERY SALE
Join 15 Big Island potters and ceramicists for this annual show & sale. Meet the artists and view their many unique pottery styles, both functional and sculptural, at one venue. There will be wheel throwing demonstrations on Saturday from 11am-2pm. Show hours: Friday, 3-8pm; Saturday, 9-3pm. Where: Volcano Art Center's Niaulani Campus, Volcano Village. For more information, call 985-8530, email ron@ryhpottery.com or visit http://ryhpottery.com/volcano_pottery_sale

June 14, 2014
KING KAMEHAMEHA CELEBRATION PARADE AND FREE CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
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, a horse-drawn carriage and more. The parade begins near Royal Kona Resort at 9 am, and ends near West Hawai`i Today at noon. At 11:45am, see beautiful singer/songwriter Hawane Rios in concert at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, as well as Ali`i Keana`aina, Nathan Grace and Te `E `a o Te Turama. There will be a Ho`olaule`a Arts and Crafts Festival at the hotel from 8am-3pm. For more information about the parade, contact Barbara Nobriga at 322-9944, email bnobriga@hawaiiantel.net or visit www.konaparade.org

June 14, 2014
HAU'OLI LA HANAU CELEBRATION FOR KUMU KEALA CHING - KAILUA-KONA
Please join Ka Pa Hula Na Wai Iwi Ola for a birthday celebration honoring Kumu Keala Ching at the Formal Gardens (back lawn) of the Marriott Courtyard at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. The celebration begins at 3pm and will feature performances by several area halau including Hula Halau o Kukui Aloha o Kohala, Halau Hula Mauna Lei and Beamer Solomon Halau o Po`ohala. The Ladies of Waiku`i and Konabob along with Ka Pa Hula Na Wai Iwi Ola (Kumu Keala's halau) will take the stage at 6pm. Time: 3-7pm. Free to the public. For more information, call 348-7047, email or visit www.nawaiiwiola.org

June 14, 2014
O-BON FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
Dance the night away to the beat of Taiko Drums! Presented by Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, and featuring the Kona Hongwanji Taiko Group. 6-10pm, Keauhou Shopping Center's lower parking lot. Free admission. Free Bon Dance towels while supply lasts. Food for sale. For more info, call 323-2993.

June 14, 2014
HILO BREWFEST
From 2-6pm at Wainaku Executive Center, 26-238 Hawaii Belt Rd., Hilo. Rotary Club of Hilo's 2nd annual brewfest will be a fundraiser for worthy causes. Taste beer from craft breweries throughout Hawaii and the mainland. Sample food from local chefs, while listening to live music.

June 14, 2014
ALOHA KEIKI RUN - KAILUA-KONA
A fun-filled day for children ages 1-15 to participate in age specific runs/walks. All entrants receive t-shirt, a finisher medal, and goodie bag. Time: 8:00 AM to Noon at Kona Commons Shopping Center, Kailua-Kona. Fee. For more information, call 808-967-8240, email raceinfo@konamarathon.com or visit www.Alohakeikirun.com

June 14, 2014
ALL ISLAND DANCE AFFAIR - HONOKA`A
Dance to the sounds of The Johnny Shot Band. Ballroom, Salsa, Tango, Waltz, Swing, and more...Performances by top professionals. Time: 7-10 pm at Honoka`a Peoples Theater. Cost: $15. For more information, call 808-443-7782, email loliver@yahoo.com or visit http://feetsafire.com/

June 18, 2014
HULA PRESENTATION - HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy an evening of hula with Halau Ulumamo o Hilo Paliku, under the direction of kumu hula Mamo Brown. A lifelong resident of Hilo, Mamo was formally trained by Nalani Kanaka`ole and Pualani Kanaka`ole Kanahele in the `ai ha`a, or "low bombastic," style of hula. After her uniki (graduation), Mamo started her own group and is carrying on this traditional form of hula. Free. From 6:30-8 p.m. at the Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Email or call 985-6018 for more info.

June 20, 2014
ALOHA FRIDAY RUN/WALK - KAILUA-KONA
Get a headstart on the weekend running events with an evening race. Walk, jog or run 3 miles, meet runners from the Big Island and around the world who are in town to participate over the weekend at the Kona Marathon and Family Runs. A sampling of great food awaits you at the finish line provided by the restaurants at Kona Commons shopping center. Time: 5:30-7:30 PM at Kona Commons, Kailua-Kona. For more information, call 808-967-8240, email raceinfo@konamarathon.com or visit www.konamarathon.com

June 21, 2014
KONA MARATHON HEALTH & FITNESS EXPO - KEAUHOU, KONA
Everyone is invited to this Health Expo. It's a place to find more information on health and fitness for your life and have a gerat time doing it. This is also the Race Packet Pick Up for all weekend Kona Marathon events (see calendar entry below). Time: 9am-5pm at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-967-8240, email raceinfo@konamarathon.com or visit www.konamarathon.com

June 21, 2014
COUNTY COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM - KEALAKEKUA
The League of Women Voters of Hawaii County will be sponsoring a candidate forum for candidates running for County Council, District 6 and State Representative, District 5. Time: 1- 2:45 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal, Kealakekua. Free to the public. For more information, call 326-7016 or email.

June 21, 2014
KONA SUMMER CAR SHOW
This is a rally for the Kona Motorsport Park. The show starts at 2pm around the ballpark at Old Kona Airport Park and runs until the Awards Ceremony is pau, about 7pm. Over 150 cars, bike and trucks! Great food, music, taiko drumming, prizes, bouncy house, climbing wall and more. Event is all free, but everyone is encouraged to bring non-perishible donations for the the Hawai`i Island Food Basket. For more information, call 326-7709, email zoom96740@gmail.com or visit hawaiiracingassoc.org

June 22, 2014
KONA MARATHON, HALF-MARATHON, 10k & 5k RACES - KAILUA-KONA, KONA

Featuring all four traditional races: Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5 K. An estimated 2,000 runners of all ages and abilities will be participating for prizes, health and enjoyment, and raising money for charities. The Start/Finish is at the Sheraton Kona Resort at Keauhou Bay. The courses run along the spectacular scenic shoreline of the Pacific Ocean, offering beautiful views of crashing waves and mountains. Get a taste of the Ironman running course. 5:30am-1:30pm. Entry fees. For more information and race route, call 808-967-8240, email raceinfo@konamarathon.com or visit www.konamarathon.com

June 25, 2014
THE HISTORY AND BIOLOGY OF HUMPBACK WHALES LECTURE - KAILUA-KONA
This free lecture features the subject of humpback whales' basic biology and their history in Hawai`i. Hanohano o Kona: Honoring Kona, a free community lecture series, spotlights local and state speakers on a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. Time: 5:30-7:00pm at West Hawai`i Civic Center. For more information, call 808-323-3222 or email khs@konahistorical.org or visit www.konahistorical.org

June 27, 2014
PUTTS FOR MUTTS BENEFIT - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
First Annual FURtastic Mini Golf Open; sponsored by Kohala Burger & Taco. The mini golf tournament benefits Hawai`i Island Humane Society, and includes a silent auction, awards and a dinner party. Time: 4:30-6:30 pm at Mini Golf Course, Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort. Cost: $25-$59. For more information, call 326-7820, email or visit Hawaii Island Humane Society's website.

June 28, 2014
NA`ALEHU INDEPENDENCE PARADE
Parade at 11am. After the parade, enjoy shave ice, hot dogs, a bingo/luncheon, climbing rock wall, water slides, bounce houses, music by Keoki Kahumoku and the `Ukulele Kids, Hui Okinawa, Kobuda Taiko drummers, and more. For more information about this free community event, please call 929-9872 or visit http://www.okaukakou.org

June 28, 2014
HAWAII ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY MOBILE ADOPTION EVENT - KEALAKEKUA
The Hawaii Island Humane Society will be holding a mobile adoption event on Saturday June 28th at Kealakekua Ranch Center. There will be a wide variety of adoptable dogs and cats to interact with from 10am-2pm. Radio station B93 will be broadcasting from 10am-12pm. A petfood drive will also be held for the pets of the homeless community. For more information, please contact Kona HIHS at 329-1175 or visit http://www.hihs.org

June 28 and 29, 2014
ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL - PU`UHONUA o HONAUNAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
This two day event is free to all (entrance fee waived). There will be dozens of craft demonstrations throughout the two day festival. Pack a lunch and plenty of drinks and spend a fun filled day at the park and leave with a nose flute, coconut leaf hat, a lei, lauhala bracelet, a hula gourd, or another traditional craft item that you have learned to make at the festival. For more information, please call the park at (808) 328-2326 ext. 1702, or visit www.nps.gov/puho

June 29, 2014
6th ANNUAL MANGO FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
The Annual Mango Festival will take place Sunday, June 29th, from noon until 6pm on the beautiful Bayfront Lawn of the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. The festival presents the magic of fresh, ripe, delicious Hawai`i Island grown mangos. There will be displays of the many varieties of mangos locally grown on Hawai`i Island. Hawaiian mangos, which are not exported to mainland USA, will be showcased in a variety of horticultural and culinary activities. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide array of mangolicious treats and smoothies offered by local vendors. An amateur recipe contest offers the local home chef a chance to to create and share delicious recipes using mangos in salads, entrees and desserts. Put your vote in for the People's Choice award or bring a recipe and win a great prize from the local Choicemart and Island Natural stores. Foodie blogger and cookbook author Sonia Martinez will be in attendance. There will be a presentation on grafting mangos and grafted trees, and the West Hawai`i Master Gardeners will provide free advice for home gardeners at their friendly question-and-answer booth. Mark Suiso of the The Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers Association Mango Association will be on hand offering info and samples for the many unique varieties of mangos grown statewide. The annual agricultural-themed panel discussion's theme this year is "Keep the Culture in Agriculture." Browse among arts and crafts booths and enjoy non-stop live entertainment. Original, signed, festival poster art will be available, and organic cotton festival T-Shirts will be sold. This is a Zero Waste Event. The 2014 Mango Festival is sponsored by Sanctuary of Mana Ke`a Gardens, Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers-West Hawaii and Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. For more information, call 808 936-5233, email randyldna@earthlink.net or visit www.mangofest.org

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Thru July 27, 2014
HAWAI`I PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL CONCERTS
The annual inspirational training and performance program attracting music students from all over the world, with a stellar list of instructors, and featuring many different genres of music - from classical and jazz to Broadway! There are many concerts offered to the public; some are free. Visit the Festival's Concerts and Events Schedule for details.

July 2, 2014
RESEARCHING YOUR MARKET AND BRANDING WORKSHOP - KAILUA-KONA
Presented by the Hawai`i Small Business Development Center Network. Learn to how to research your marketplace and identify your competitive edge. Learn the process of developing your own unique brand. Instructors: Hazel Beck and Alex Mitchell. Time: 2-4pm at Kuakini Tower, Ste. 213, Kailua-Kona. Cost: $20. Register at www.hisbdc.org or call 327-3680; deadline July 1, 2014. For more information, call 327-3680 or email jacqueline.muller@hisbdc.org.

July 2, 2014
U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE FORUM - HILO
The public is invited to the only pre-primary Hawaii Island forum between U.S. Senator Brian Schatz and U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa, Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Hilo's Sangha Hall, 424 Kilauea Ave. Moderator: HPR and LAVA 105.3FM's Sherry Bracken. Doors open 5:30pm; food and drink for purchase. Lots of seating. Time: 6:30-8 p.m. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-935-7178, email admin@hicc.biz or visit www.hicc.biz

July 4, 2014
HILO BAY BLAST
Family activities around the Hilo Bayfront, including games, cook-offs, music and more. Hawai`i County Band concert at Mo`oheau Bandstand at 7pm, followed by fireworks at 8pm over Hilo Bay. For more info, call 961-8706.

July 4, 2014
FOURTH OF JULY PARADE & CELEBRATION - VOLCANO VILLAGE
The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Volcano Post Office and proceed for one half mile along Old Volcano Road to Cooper Community Center, featuring the Hawaii County Band, floats, antique cars, fire engines, bicycles, horses, and animals in costumes! Music, games, food booths, dunking pond, craft fair and prizes to follow. Call Betsy Mitchell for more info at (808) 967-7800.

July 4, 2014
4th of JULY SILENT AUCTION BENEFIT - VOLCANO VILLAGE

This annual fundraiser is a much anticipated part of Volcano's popular 4th of July parade and festival, which attracts hundreds of residents and visitors each year. The auction is held at the Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano Village, from 9 to 11:30am. Auction items for 2010 include air, sea, and land adventures; overnight stays; massage, reiki, and acupuncture sessions; admissions to area attractions; and restaurant and retail gift certificates. There is something for everyone at this fun and popular silent auction! Jewelry, fine arts, gift baskets, crafts, clothing, books, DVDs, computer software, printer ink, and more make up the diverse array of goods and services up for bid. Proceeds benefit Friends of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (tax deductible donations welcome through July 3). For more info, call 985-7373, email admin@fhvnp.org, or visit www.fhvnp.org

July 4, 2014
FREE PRE-PARADE REGGAE CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Before Kailua-Kona's 4th of July Parade, there wil be a free reggae concert starting at 4pm at Coconut Grove Marketplace, featuring Natural Vibrations, aka Natty Vibes. Bring your own chairs or mats; no coolers, please. For more info, call 808-326-7820.

July 4, 2014
KAILUA-KONA INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & FIREWORKS
The 19th Annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade will take place on Friday, July 4, at 6:00 p.m., starting at the Kekuaokalani Gym/Pool Complex on Kuakini Highway. It will proceed south on Kuakini Highway, to Palani Road, to Ali`i Drive, and then south on Ali`i Drive to Walua Road just past Coconut Grove Marketplace. This year's Grand Marshal will be the Hawai`i National Guard. The theme of this year's parade is "United As One!" Following the parade, at 8pm, there will be a grand Fireworks Extravaganza over Kailua Bay. For more information, visit paradesinkona.com, email rcpreese@gmail.com or call 313-0025.

July 4, 2014
GREAT WAIKOLOA RUBBER DUCKIE RACE

Held at the Kings' Shops at Waikoloa Beach Resort, this is a benefit for United Cerebral Palsy Assn. of Hawai`i. Free entertainment, fun games and exciting contests, from duck waddling to eating. The fun begins at 10 am with live entertainment, food booths and games. Adopt a duckie for a chance to win one of the many fantastic prizes. Duckie Race starts at 3 pm.

July 4, 2014
FAMILY FOURTH & FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The event begins at 12:30 pm, and continues throughout the day until the Fireworks Extravaganza over Waikoloa Bowl at 8pm. This is an alcohol and drug free event. For more information, call 886-8822, email spelfrey@waikoloaland.com or visit waikoloabeachresort.com

July 4, 2014
TURTLE INDEPENDENCE DAY - KOHALA COAST

Three and four year old turtles are released in the ocean after growing up in the Honu Ponds at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Kohala Coast. Details TBA. For more information, call 808-885-6622, email sbredo@maunalani,.com or visit www.maunalani.com

July 4, 2014
PARKER RANCH ANNUAL JULY 4th HORSERACES & RODEO
Big Island ranchers participate in fast-paced horseraces and rodeo events with Parker Ranch cowboys. Ribbon mugging, ranch mugging, dally team roping, Po'o Wai U and more. Keiki activities including roping practice and pony rides. Lots of food and mementos for sale at the Parker Ranch Store booth. Time: 9 am to 12 noon at Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena, Waimea. Pre-sale tickets available at the Parker Ranch Store in Waimea (at Parker Ranch Square). For more information, call 885-2323, email nguilloz@parkerranch.com or visit www.parkerranch.com

July 6, 2014
AN EVENING WITH LIANE CARROLL - WAIMEA
The soulful jazz legend returns for her annual concert for Hawai`i Performing Arts Festival. Winner of 2012 British Jazz Awards "Vocalist of the Year." 7:00 p.m. at the Parker School Theater. Tickets: $20. Visit https://hawaiiperformingartsfestival.yapsody.com/ to purchase tickets by credit card or paypal. If you wish to purchase tickets by phone, check, or cash, please email info.hpaf@gmail.com or call (808) 333-7378. For no wait at the door, purchase your tickets online, receive an emailed ticket, print and present it at the door for quick entry! There are many concerts offered to the public; some are free. Visit the Festival's Concerts and Events Schedule for details.

July 11, 2014
FOSTER CARE TRAINING - KAILUA-KONA
(Part 2 of the Training will take place on July 12th.) Learn more about what it takes to become a temporary resource caregiver for children in the foster care system. Topics relating to caring for children who are coming from traumatic situations such as abuse, neglect, maltreatment, etc., will be discussed, as well as the licensing process, and insight will be offered on family visitations. You will discuss tips and tools for positive caregiving strategies and encouraging growth; and much, much more. Time: 5:30-8:30pm at Catholic Charities Office, 73-5618 Maiau St. $B201, Kailua-Kona. Training provided by Partners in Development Foundation, Hui Ho`omalu. For more information, email diokia@pidfoundation.org, call 896-3829 or visit www.pidf.org

July 12, 2014
TUTU'S CLOSET ANNUAL MINI THRIFT SHOP - KAILUA-KONA
The Neighborhood Place of Kona will hold its 3rd annual Tutu's Closet, a free mini thrift shop for families on Saturday July 12, 2012 from 9AM to 12PM. Donations of gently used clothing, apparel, and small household items are appreciated, and will be accepted from Monday, June 16, through, Friday, July 11, between 8AM and 4PM. Children's clothes are especially needed. NPK is located at 75-166 Kalani Street Suite 104, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 (behind Kuakini McDonalds). NPK is a community-based 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization serving West Hawai`i communities since 1998. Our mission is to ensure the well-being of children and families by promoting an environment of peace and safety. For more information please call 331-8777. Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at parking lot of Wiliwili Building (behind Kuakini McDonalds), Kailua-Kona. For more information, call (808) 331-8777, email neighborh001@npkona.org or visit www.npkona.org

July 12, 2014
KAILUA KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE
Proceeds from sales help support the needs of the Kona libraries. Volunteers are welcome. If you find yourself willing and able, please call 322-0077. There will be no sale in August. Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. For more information, call 322-0077 or email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

July 12, 2014
RELAY FOR LIFE - KAILUA-KONA
Event begins at 6pm at Old Airport Beach Park with a cancer survivors' reception and dinner, followed by "the survivors lap," which starts the relay. Teams start walking at 6pm, continuing till 6am the next morning. The luminaria ceremony at 9pm honors survivors and those lost to the disease. There will be live entertainment, a silent auction, food, family fun and a chance to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Reservations for the dinner and reception should be made at 895-3168. Call the same number to start a team or to volunteer.

July 12, 2014
SUMMER BON DANCE FESTIVAL - DAFUKUJI SOTO MISSION, HONALO
The evening begins at 6:30pm on the temple grounds ( 79-7241 Mamalahoa Hwy., next to Teshima's restaurant). The festival honoring those who have passed will start with a Buddhist service, followed by Japanese and Okinawan bon dances and taiko drumming performances from 7-10pm. A dinner of stew, hot dogs and manju will be sold to benefit the youth taiko group. Admission is free; bon dance towels will be available for a donation. For more info, visit daifukuji.org or call 322-3524.

July 12, 2014
HAWAIIAN ISLAND PRIDE EVENT - HILO
A parade which celebrates LGBT diversity will proceed along the Hilo Bayfront from 11am-Noon. Following the parade there will be live entertainment at Mo`oheau Park's bandstand. There will also be a dance tent. For more info, call 935-8850.

July 12, 2014
KAHIKO AT HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant features kumu hula Kumu hula Sammye Ku`ualoha Young with Halau Na Lei Hiwahiwa o Ku`ualoha from 10:30-11:30am. The event will take place rain or shine at the hula platform located near Volcano Art Center Gallery. The audience is encouraged to bring sitting mat and sun/rain gear. On the same day, there are hands-on cultural demonstrations from 9:30Am to 1:30PM on the gallery porch. Free; park entrance fees apply. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org

July 12, 2014
HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK'S ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park's free annual cultural festival will be held at the park's Kahuku Unit in Ka`u, from 10am-3pm. Enjoy hula kahiko and music, watch skilled practitioners demonstrate their art and try your hand at Hawaiian crafts. Taste traditional Hawaiian foods. Wear sunscreen and bring a hat, water, rain jacket and ground mat or chair. No pets. Lunch and beverages will be available for sale. This is a drug and alcohol-free event. The Kahuku Unit is the southernmost section of the national park and is located on the mauka (uphill) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5. Call 808-985-6011 or visit the park's website for more info.

Chee-Yun and Friends Sunday, July 13, 4:00 p.m. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Ballroom in Kona

July 13, 2014
INAUGURAL HILO TRIATHLON
Inaugural Olympic distance triathlon at James Kealoha Beach Park in Hilo. 1500 meter swim, 40km bike, 10km run. Time: 7:00 AM at James Kealoha Beach Park, Hilo. Cost: $95-$175. For more information, call 808-333-9128, email hilotriathlon@gmail.com or visit hilotriathlon.org

July 13, 2014
HILO SLACK KEY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Begins at noon at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, featuring Cyril Pahinui, John Keawe, Ben Kaili, Nephi Brown, Dwight Tokumoto, Victor Chock, Kris Fuchigami, halau, and more. Admission $5. Tickets available at Basically Books, Gallery One, Hilo Guitars and Ukulele. Call 808-443-8005 for more info.

July 15, 2014
KONA LIBRARY BOOK CLUB
This month's selection is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. There will be light refreshments and a lively discussion. Time: 11 AM -12 PM at Kailua-Kona Public Library. For more information, call 331-1781, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

July 17, 2014
STRINGS AND THINGS CONCERT WITH GARY WASHBURN - HONOKA`A
Presented by Hawai`i Performing Arts Festival. A collaboration of local and international talent with Grammy-award winner Gary Washburn. 7pm at Honoka`a People's Theatre. Tickets $10. Visit https://hawaiiperformingartsfestival.yapsody.com/ to purchase tickets by credit card or paypal. If you wish to purchase tickets by phone, check, or cash, please email info.hpaf@gmail.com or call (808) 333-7378. There are many concerts offered to the public; some are free. Visit the Festival's Concerts and Events Schedule for details.

July 18, 2014
2nd ANNUAL WAIMEA SMALL BUSINESS EXPO
The Small Business Expo is free and open to the public. Whether you are a startup or want to manage your small business more efficiently, attend one of the free business workshops such as: Entrepreneurship, Payroll Law, LinkedIn and Top 20 Business Apps. Exhibitor booths are available to companies that provide resources to small businesses. Booths are $30 with all proceeds going to support community and school programs in Waimea. Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Kanu O Ka Aina, Waimea. To register for a workshop or booth and for more info, visit: www.waimeabusinessexpo.eventbrite.com or call 890-2516.

July 19, 2014
"ROAST & ROOTS" CULINARY CONTEST - SHERATON KONA RESORT AT KEAUHOU BAY
"Roast & Roots" is a chef-student culinary competition. Six teams, pairing some of Hawai'i Island's best professional chefs with students from Hawai'i Community College at the University of Hawai'i Center, West Hawai'i (HCC-UH), Waiakea, Kealakehe and Konawaena High Schools, will try to create the greatest taste to take home the gold. The main ingredients the teams will use are, of course, fresh, island-grown proteins - grassfed beef from Hawai`i, local pork and farm-raised lamb, fresh ahi - plus an abundance of fresh local produce. All recipes must incorporate Hawai`i coffee.
Teams and protein selections are as follows:
Team Umeke's
Chef Owner Nakoa Pabre with David Hickey, HCC-UHC Culinary Student
Protein: Flank Steak
Team Hualalai Resort
Chef James Ebreo with AJ Andres, HCC-UHC Culinary Student
Protein: Beef Short Ribs
Team Broke Da Mouth Grindz
Chef Owner Robin Ganir with Maileen Nakashima (Waiakea HS) and Kialoha
(Konawaena HS)
Protein: Pork
Team Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
Chef Matt Naula with Chris Lubke and Tali Kaleai (Konawaena HS)
Protein: Pork
Team King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
Chef George Gomes with Cameron Linden (HCC-UHC Culinary Student) & Jessica Lloyd (Kealakehe HS Graduate)
Protein: Leg of Lamb
Team Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
Chef Clayton Arakawa with Adriana Rubio and Moani (Konawaena HS)
Protein: Ahi
Emcee for the culinary portion, Chef Sam Choy, will kick things off with a "mystery box" demo, preparing a dish on the spot from ingredients revealed only when he opens the box onstage. Events of the day include a "Buy Local" MarketPlace, Coffee Corridor, People's Choice Cupping Contest, the Culinary Competition and music by Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winner Mark Yamanaka, Kaleo Perry and Dennis Garcia, leading up to Hawaii's Female Vocalist of the Year, Raiatea Helm, at 2 p.m. Admission to Roast & Roots is $5 per person; under 17 free. Admission includes the Culinary Demonstration, Marketplace, and Raiatea Helm Concert. There will be no advance ticket sales. For more information, email contact Event Coordinator Tracey Apoliona at mkc01@hawaii.rr.com, (808) 960-3094 or visit www.Facebook.com/RoastandRoots.

July 19-20, 2014
8th ANNUAL FIL-AM FRIENDSHIP DOUBLES TENNIS TOURNAMENT - KEAUHOU, KONA
The Kona Visayan Club (KVC) will host the Annual Philippine American Friendship Doubles Tennis Tournament at the Holua Tennis Center at Mauna Loa Village. The event categories of the tournament are recreational, men's, women's and mixed doubles. KVC is a non-profit organization and proceeds from this fund-raising will support scholarship grants to high school graduates in Kona. For details about the event, please visit the website http://www.gonnalove-it.com/tennis, call Lovette at 938-3910, or Email for more info.

July 20, 2014
MONTHLY "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 Ui O Hawai`i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawaii. 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 oceanside cafes and 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

July 22, 2014
CANDIDATE FORUM - STATE HOUSE DISTRICTS 6 & 7; SENATE 3 & 4 - KAILUA-KONA
The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce will host a State House (Districts 6 & 7) and Senate (Districts 3 & 4) Candidate Forum on July 22 at Kealakehe High School from 6-8 p.m. For more information, please call the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce office at 329-1758, email marketing@kona-kohala.com or visit http://www.kona-kohala.com/

July 26, 2014
SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE - ISLAND-WIDE
Every year thousands of children here on Hawai'i Island start the new school year off without the necessary supplies they need. Instead of their first day being one of excitement and enthusiasm, they are often embarrassed or ashamed because they lack the tools and supplies their fellow students possess to be successful. Support the Kako`o I Na Keiki initiative by purchasing just a few of the needed supplies to make the first day of school a great one for our Hawai`i Island keiki. Do some shopping at Kmart, Wal*Mart, Office Max or ChoiceMart (other locations may be added) on Saturday, July 26, and add school supplies to your cart. Then drop them off at the KKCC table just outside the entrance. Cash or checks will also be accepted between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. by Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce volunteers. (Checks should be made out to "Hawaii Island United Way - Support the Keiki"). All donations will be turned over to KAPA Hawaiian FM and the Hawaii Island United Way, sponsors of this program, who will distribute the supplies to schools around the island the first week of August. Can't make the July 26 date? No problem. Do your shopping early and drop off school supplies at the Chamber office anytime between now and July 25, or bring your school supplies to the July 16th AfterHours hosted by Palamanui at the Hawaii Community College construction site. For more information, call 808-329-1758 or visit http://www.kona-kohala.com/

July 26, 2014
KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER "FREE" MONTHLY CONCERT - KONA

At 6pm, hear the popular group Waipuna perform; pre-show Hawaiian music at 5:30pm. Admission is two cans of food for donation to Hawai`i Food Basket. For each can over two person, get an entry into the raffle for prizes from the event sponsors. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited. For more info, visit Keauhou Shopping Center's website.

July 26, 2014
SUMMER SEED EXCHANGE - CAPTAIN COOK
This summer's seed exchange will start with a potluck lunch and talk story at noon at Tropical Edibles Nursery followed by the opportunity to exchange seeds and plant propagation material starting at 1:30pm. Members of the seed Exchange Working Group will be available to give advice and answer questions about seed saving. Anyone interested in seed saving and/or plant propagation is welcome. Bring seeds, cuttings or huli to share. To avoid transferring Little Fire Ants, please do not bring soil with your plant material. Contact tropicaledibles@gmail.com or call 328-0420 to get a copy of the information sheet for your offerings. This event is free to the community. Tropical Edibles Nursery is located on the mauka side of Mamalahoa Highway in Captain Cook, just south of mile marker 108. A white mailbox at the bottom of the drive to the nursery is numbered 83-5696. For more information, call 328-0420.

July 26 and 27, 2014
TAHITI FETE - HILO
The drums will be pounding and hips will again be gyrating as the 9th Tahiti Fete of Hilo returns to Hawaii Island on Saturday and Sunday July 26 and 27 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm at at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. One of the most exciting Polynesian dance competitions in Hawai`i, featuring dance companies from Hawaii, California, Chicago and Mexico! Arts, crafts, food and product vendors will be participating. Guest artists such as multiple Na Hoku Hanohano winner, Mark Yamanaka, Songbird of Miloli`i Diana Aki and Na Hoku nominee Ben Kaili, as well as Grammy Award nominated Hawaiian Swing Band Kahulanui will highlight this special event. Cost: $15 General; $10 Seniors 65+; Children 5-12 and Students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.tahitifete.com, Parker Ranch Store in Waimea, Basically Books, The Most Irresistible Shop and Music Exchange in Hilo. For more information, call 808-935-3002 or email pua@tahitifete.com

July 27, 2014
32nd ANNUAL DAIFUKUJI ORCHID SHOW AND SALE - HONALO
This year's theme, "Celebrate with Orchids," is in conjunction with Daifukuji Soto Mission's 100th anniversary year. The free event offers attendees complimentary refreshments, plus an orchid boutonniere corsage - while they last. Time is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. with the Daifukuji Taiko Drummers performing at 10 a.m. Enjoy an elaborate and colorful display of live blooming cattleya, cymbidium, dendrobium, phalaenopsis, miltonia, vanda and more. Cameras are welcome. In addition, this year's show will have a display of orchid-themed vases and a sampling of ways to integrate the plants into lanai decor. Amid orchids, relax on benches while browsing through orchid-themed magazines and books. Got growing questions? Veteran members will staff a Question & Answer Booth where attendees can get expert advice on caring for orchids. The club boasts eight charter members who each have been growing orchids at least 30 years at different Kona elevations. The annual event also offers an outdoor sale of high quality orchid species and hybrids. The Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club is West Hawai`i's oldest orchidaceae organization with a mission to learn and foster orchid culture and promote fellowship among orchid collectors. Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall is on Hwy. 11 at mile marker 114, just north of Kainaliu. For more information, visit www.kdoc.us, www.facebook.com/orchidsinparadise, or call 808-354-8847.

July 29, 2014
CANDIDATE FORUM - GOVERNOR AND LT. GOVERNOR - KAILUA-KONA
On July 29, Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce will hold a Governor/Lt. Governor candidate forum. The Governor forum will host only Democratic candidates and the others will be invited to a forum for the General Election. This forum will take place at Kealakehe High School with Lt. Governor candidates from 5:30-6:30pm and Governor candidates from 6:30-8pm. For more information, call 808-329-1758, email marketing@kona-kohala.com or visit http://www.kona-kohala.com/

July 29, 2014
THE UNTOLD STORY: INTERNMENT OF JAPANESE AMERICANS IN HAWAI`I DOCUMENTARY - HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NAT'L PARK
While the story of the 1942 mass round-up, eviction and imprisonment of Japanese Americans in California, Oregon and Washington has been well documented, very little is known about the Hawai`i internees and their unique experience during World War II. This is the first full-length documentary to chronicle this untold story in Hawai`i's history. From 7-8pm. at Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Free; your $2 donation helps support After Dark programs. Part of the park's ongoing After Dark in the Park series.

July 29 and 31, 2014
WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS WORKSHOPS -
Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Waimea, will be hosting a workshop in Waimea at the Thelma Parker Memorial Library from 6-7pm on July 29th, and on July 31st at the West Hawai`i Civic Center (Liquor Control Conference Room, 2nd floor of Building B) in Kailua-Kona, also from 6-7 pm, as part of a series of free community wildfire preparedness workshops in some of the most fire-prone areas of the Big Island. The Kona and Waimea communities are not strangers to the threat wildfires pose to homes and families. However, there are steps you can take to protect your home, family, and community from wildfire. Those who attend the event will learn about Hawaii's wildfire issues and how you can mitigate those issues through proper home landscaping techniques and home structure modifications. You will also learn about how to develop a concrete family emergency plan, what actions to take during a wildfire, and proper evacuation procedures. HWMO makes each workshop a fun, interactive, and casual event that the whole `ohana can enjoy. Each family will also receive a free copy of the Ready, Set, Go! Hawaii Wildland Fire Action Guide that can be used as a step-by-step tool for carrying out the previously mentioned actions. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-885-0900, email pablo@hawaiiwildfire.org or visit www.hawaiiwildfire.org.

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August

August 1-3, 2014
HILO ORCHID SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW AND SALE
The 62nd Annual Hilo Orchid Society Show and Sale's theme this year is "Symphony of Orchids." Displays, demonstrations, orchid sales and orchid-related products. Refreshments, entertainment. Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Edith Kanaka`ole Stadium. $5 donation; keiki under 12 free. For more information, call 333-1852 or visit www.hiloorchidsociety.org.

August 2-3, 2014
6th ANNUAL BIKE MS EVENT - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT

The Bike MS: Go BIG or Go Home event focuses on bringing more awareness about MS and raising funds for programs and services for those living with MS in Hawai`i. This ride is fully supported with catered rest stops, bike support, and support and gear transportation. To register, and for more information, visit bikemshawaii.org or give the National Multiple Sclerosis Society a call at (808)-532-0806.

August 4 and 6, 2014
WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS WORKSHOPS - KEALAKEKUA AND SO. KONA
Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Waimea, will be hosting a workshop in Kealekekua at Konawaena Elementary School from 6-7pm on August 4th, and on August 6th at South Kona's Hawaii Community College West Hawaii Campus, also from 6-7 pm, as part of a series of free community wildfire preparedness workshops in some of the most fire-prone areas of the Big Island. The Kealakekua/Kona communities are not strangers to the threat wildfires pose to homes and families. However, there are steps you can take to protect your home, family, and community from wildfire. Those who attend the event will learn about Hawaii's wildfire issues and how you can mitigate those issues through proper home landscaping techniques and home structure modifications. You will also learn about how to develop a concrete family emergency plan, what actions to take during a wildfire, and proper evacuation procedures. HWMO makes each workshop a fun, interactive, and casual event that the whole `ohana can enjoy. Each family will also receive a free copy of the Ready, Set, Go! Hawaii Wildland Fire Action Guide that can be used as a step-by-step tool for carrying out the previously mentioned actions. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-885-0900, email pablo@hawaiiwildfire.org or visit www.hawaiiwildfire.org.

August 9, 2014
ANNUAL "CREAM OF THE CROP" COFFEE AND DESSERT TASTING - SHERATON KONA RESORT
From 9:30am-1:30pm, sample coffees and desserts; enjoy music and art. A People's Choice Award will be given. For more information, email jimmonk@alum.mit.edu

August 9, 2014
MO'O 'OLELO AT KAMAKAHONU - STORIES AT KAMAKAHONU, KAILUA-KONA
From 4-7 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel's Formal Gardens (back lawn). Na Wai Iwi Ola Foundation presents Mo`o `Olelo at Kamakahonu, a series of talk story presentations featuring music, chant and dance. Kumu Keala Ching will share a chant from his new book "Lighting the Path." Local recording artists Kaleo Perry, Ali'i Keainaaina, and Boy Kamaka will perform selections from their new music releases. Hawaiian music jam session to follow! Admission is free. Beach chairs and mats welcome. For more information, call 348-7047, email jr.lyle@hawaiiantel.net or visit www.nawaiiwiola.org

August 9, 2014
TASTE OF THE SATIN DOLLS CABARET - HUGGO'S, KAILUA-KONA
Plan an evening at Huggo's on Saturday, August 9 at 8 p.m. for a special performance that includes a "sneak preview" of the upcoming Satin Dolls Cabaret at the Aloha Theaterwhile you enjoy drinks and food at Huggo's inside bar. This is a promotional event and silent auction for the upcoming event. Enjoy Huggo's cuisine and cocktails, meet the Satin Dolls, bid on the silent auction items, and enjoy the entertainment by Binti Bailey and the Casablanca Jazz Quartet that will include selections from their upcoming APAC show plus other great music. A $10 entertainment charge per person will be added to your food and drink bill for this special event. Call Huggo's for reservations at 8PM (808) 329-1493. For more information, call (808) 329-1493 or email susangarrod@yahoo.com.

CANCELLED! August 9, 2014
ANNUAL ROYAL ORDER OF KAMEHAMEHA LU`AU - KAILUA-KONA
This event has been cancelled. The Old Airport Beach Park is closed until further notice due to the weather/high waves. For more info, call 808-747-6165 or visit royalorderofkamehameha.org.

August 15, 2014
LEADERSHIP, TEAM BUILDING & COACHING SEMINAR - KAILUA-KONA
This innovative one-day seminar is designed to teach you powerful coaching methods to turn even problem employees into super-productive, motivated winners. Time: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at Kuakini Tower, Kailua-Kona. Cost: $150 (employment & training funds available). For more information, call (808) 974-7664, email ccecs@hawaii.edu or visit http://hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/ccecs/courses.php

August 16, 2014
CULINARY GARAGE SALE - MOVED TO WAIKOLOA VILLAGE!
A culinary garage sale to benefit Slow Food Hawaii. Slow Food Hawaii will use the funds to support their delegates to Terra Madre this fall and for the organizations's School Garden Teachers Scholarship Fund. This is one of their most popular fundraiser events! Time: 7:00 AM to Noon. Come early and bring cash. Follow the signs with the snail on them in Waikoloa Village! For more information, call 808-936-6511, email cbobo@hawaii.rr.com or visit SlowFoodHawaii.org

August 16, 2014
HAWAII ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY VOLUNTEER DAY
Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and volunteer at the new Animal Community Center in Kona's cooler mauka lands? Join the crew from HIHS and help begin to improve this incredible site for the animals. Work day starts at 8am and will wrap up by noon. You can also help by funding the Humane Society Animal Community Center's supply list with a Lowes gift card donation. Gift cards for the Center can be dropped off at any of the three island shelters. For more information contact 329-1175. For more information, call 808-329-1175, email kona@hihs.org or visit http://www.hihs.org/Default.asp

August 16, 2014
LANIHAU CENTER SUMMER CRUISE - KAILUA-KONA
A Show & Shine for classics, hot rods, VWs, imports, sports cars, trucks and bikes from around the Big Island, in Lanihau's shady southern end parking lot across from Buns in the Sun Bakery. Music with DJ G Cruz and prizes from Lanihau Center merchants. Benefit for the Hawaii Racing Association and KWXX School Supply Drive. Time: 10am-2pm at Lanihau Center south parking lot (across Buns in the Sun. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-326-7709, email zoom96740@gmail.com or visit www.lanihau.com.

August 16, 2014
DON THE BEACHCOMBER MAI TAI FESTIVAL - KAILUA-KONA
A full day of fun at Royal Kona Resort, including a Battle of the BBQ (11am-2pm), Farmer's & Crafter's Market (11am-4pm), a Pool Party with legendary Hawaiian musician Henry Kapono (2:30-4pm), and The Mai Tai Mix-off (4:30-7:30pm), where bartenders will compete for the title of Best Mai Tai and a $10,000 cash prize. Call 808/329-3111 or visit donsmaitaifest.com/ for more info.

August 16, 2014
OUR NIGHT OUT, KONA (ONO KONA)
On Saturday, August 16, the Brewery Block, home to Kona Brewing, will be transformed with the painting and placement of a live mural as part of the event ONO Kona, or "Our Night Out, Kona." From 6 to 11 pm, ONO Kona will feature Hawaiian-made crafts, food, skateboard half pipe, Kona Brewing Company Beer Garden, live music and more. Funds raised at Ono Kona go to support Mele Murals, an arts advocacy group founded by the Estria Foundation that encourages leadership and storytelling in youth by giving them a platform to create art that's deeply connected to the history of Hawai`i. Time: 6-11pm at 74-5617 Pawai Pl. #207 (Brewery Block), Kailua Kona. Free to the public. For information call: (808) 331-8648 or visit http://instagram.com/onokona

August 16-17, 2014
PU`UKOHALA HEIAU NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE'S ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL - KAWAIHAE

On Saturday, August 16, there will be special sunrise cultural ceremonies at the heiau itself from 6-9:30am. Afterwards, festivities for the public to participate in will take place until 3pm. On Sunday, August 17, public festivities will commence at 9:30am and continue through 3pm. Over 20 arts and craft workshops and demonstrations will be available for visitors to experience and learn hands-on, including Lei Haku Ame Lei Wili (ancient lei making), Ulana Lauhala (lauhala weaving), Holo Wa`a (canoe rides), and more. There will be local musicians playing songs of Hawai`i. Park Superintendent Daniel Kawaiaea, Jr., invites the public to join the festivities, with only one stipulation - that each visitor learns at least one craft to help preserve part of the Hawaiian culture. PNHP is located about a mile south of Kawaihae on the Kohala Coast. Parking will be on the coral flats south of Kawaihae Harbor. Call (808) 882-7218 for more info or visit www.nps.gov/puhe for more info.

August 22, 2014
MISS ALOHA NUI PAGEANT - WAIKOLOA BEACH MARRIOTT
5:30pm. For more info, visit hawaiiislandfestival.org/

August 22, 2014
PAUL OGATA LATE NIGHT COMEDY - KAILUA-KONA
One of the country's top comedians and 2007 winner of the prestigious San Francisco Comedy Competition, Paul Ogata wraps up his one-night Kona tour with an after-dinner performance at Jackie Rey's Ohana Grill at 9:30 p.m. Cost: $15 Advance or with Dinner; $20 Door. Dinner reservations: 327-0209. For more information, call 808-329-4368, email kmfpro@gte.net or visit www.bigislandcomedy.com

August 23, 2014
HO'OMAIKA`I IKE OLA KINO "CELEBRATE LIFE & HEALTH" FAIR - KEALAKEKUA
Have fun and get healthy! The Hawaii Department of Health, Hawai`i County Subarea Health Planning Council, and Kealakekua Ranch Center invite you to take charge of your health. Complimentary health screenings and information presented by leading health focused non-profit organizations and government agencies, entertainment, prizes, and other surprises, including hula! Time: 10 am-2 pm at Kealakekua Ranch Center. Free to the public. For more information, call 323-3025 or email kaukai@kealakekuaranch.com

August 23, 2014
16th ANNUAL TASTE OF LIFE BENEFIT - KAILUA-KONA
This year's gala, themed "A Masquerade Under the Stars," will be held at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, beginning at 6pm. Savor food from the island's top chefs and support the Hawai`i Island HIV/AIDS Foundation in the fight against Hepatitis and HIV. Live music. There will also be a silent auction. If you would like to volunteer, please email or call. VIP tables and sponsor packages are available. For more information, call 808-331-8177 or visit eventbrite.com.

August 23, 2014
GREAT WAIKOLOA CANOE RACE - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The Waikoloa Canoe Club will be holding their annual Great Waikoloa Canoe Race at Anaeho`omalu Bay. Racing starts at 8 AM and will last until noon. Approximately 80 teams will be competing from the islands and all over the world. For more information, call (808) 883-2447 or visit www.waikoloacanoeclub.com

August 23, 2014
HAWAI`I ISLAND FESTIVAL'S ANNUAL POKE CONTEST - WAIKOLOA BEACH MARRIOTT
11am. Both home cooks and top professional chefs compete against their peers for the championship recipe of this popular Hawaiian dish that is made from the freshest fish or shellfish plus seasonings - and after the judges announce the winners, the audience gets to taste too! For more info, visit hawaiiislandfestival.org.

August 23, 2014
ANNUAL KINDY SPROAT FALSETTO & STORYTELLING CONTEST - WAIKOLOA BEACH MARRIOTT
5:30pm. This unique folk music competition features talented male singers of all ages who can not only sing in the unique falsetto style, but can also captivate the audience with the stories behind the songs. For more info, visit hawaiiislandfestival.org.

August 23, 2014
HULA KAHIKO AT HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant will feature Ab Valencia with Halau Hula Kalehuaki`eki`eika`iu, Pohaikealoha Souza with Halau Hula Kamamolikolehua and Patrick Kapuawehi Choy with Halau Hula Kalehua`apapaneoka`au from 10:30-11:30am. The event will take place rain or shine at the hula platform located near Volcano Art Center Gallery. The audience is encouraged to bring sitting mat and sun/rain gear. On the same day, there are hands-on cultural demonstrations from 9:30Am to 1:30PM on the gallery porch. Free; park entrance fees apply. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org

August 23-24, 2014
HAWAI`I ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY HAWAI`I HORSE EXPO - WAIMEA
Hawai`i Island Humane Society's Hawai`i Horse Expo presents internationally renowned equine experts for two days of clinics, demonstrations and hands-on learning. Benefits HIHS Horse Rescue Fund. Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Paniolo Heritage Center, Pukalani Stables, Waimea. For more information, ongoing program updates and ticket purchases, visit http://www.hawaiihorseexpo.com or email hawaiihorseexpo@gmail.com

August 24, 2014
MONTHLY "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 Ui 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 oceanside cafes and 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

August 24, 2014
NORTH HAWAI'I HOSPICE FLOATING LANTERN CEREMONY - FAIRMONT ORCHID
From 5-7:30pm. A meaningful ceremony to honor and remember loved ones that have passed. There will be a sharing of music and hula, Taiko drummers, chanting, and prayers, followed by a lantern release into Pauoa Bay at sunset. Admission is free. Floating lanterns for decorating and inscribing messages will be provided for a suggested donation of $10 (pre-reservation of lanterns is suggested since supply is limited). Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Complimentary self-parking will be provided by The Fairmont Orchid. For more info or to reserve a lantern, call North Hawai`i Hospice at 885-7547 or visit www.northhawaiihospice.org

August 25, 2014
FREE ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARKS
In honor of the National Park Service's 98th Birthday, there will be no entry fees charged on this day at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park or Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

August 27, 2014
KONA'S SCENIC BYWAYS LECTURE - WEST HAWAII CIVIC CENTER
This free lecture features the subject of Hawai`i's Scenic Byways, specifically Alii Drive and Mamalahoa Highway. Hanohano o Kona: Honoring Kona, a free community lecture series, spotlights local and state speakers on a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. Time: 5:30-7:00 pm. For more information, call 808-323-3222 or email khs@konahistorical.org or visit www.konahistorical.org

August 29-September 1, 2014
43rd QUEEN LILI'UOKALANI LONG DISTANCE CANOE RACES - KAILUA-KONA

This is the world's largest long-distance canoe race, attended by paddlers from all over the world. Crews from Hawai`i, the US mainland, and around the world are present for this world class event. On Saturday, starting at 3:30pm, all awards for Saturday races will be given at Kamakahonu Bay. The annual Torchlight Parade through Historic Kailua Village starts at 6:30pm; participants meet at Hale Halawai County Pavilion. The parade winds its way through Historic Kailua Village starting at Hale Halawai County Pavilion and ending at the Kailua Pier. QLCR concert to follow at Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel Luau Grounds. For detailed 2014 Queen Lili'uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races information, including crew registration, race history and up to date information, visit www.kaiopua.org

August 30, 2014
KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER "FREE" MONTHLY CONCERT - KONA

At 6pm, hear Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Mark Yamanaka; pre-show music at 5:30pm. Admission is two cans of food for donation to Hawai`i Food Basket. For each can over two person, get an entry into the raffle for prizes from the event sponsors. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited. For more info, visit Keauhou Shopping Center's website.

August 30, 2014
2014 DANIEL R. SAYRE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION AWARDS DINNER & FUN
This will be the 17th annual dinner and fundraiser held by the Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation. Proceeds from the event are used to purchase needed equipment for the County of Hawaii Fire & Rescue Department. Time: 4:30-11 p.m. at The Fairmont Orchid, Mauna Lani Resort, Kohala Coast. Cost: $100 per person. For more information and to register for the event visit www.DanielSayreFoundation.org, call 808-937-4132 or email ssakai002@hawaii.rr.com.

August 30 and 31, 2014
PARKER RANCH ROUNDUP CLUB LABOR DAY RODEO
A fun, two day rodeo event held at the Parker Ranch Arena. Rodeo begins at 12 noon on both days. Proceeds go to scholarship to Parker Ranch employee children. Time: 12 noon to 5 pm at Parker Ranch Arena, Kamuela. Cost: $8 Gate; $7 Presale. For more information, call 808-885-7311, email info@parkerranch.com or visit www.parkerranch.com

August 31, 2014
ANNUAL HAWAI`I SLACK KEY GUITAR FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA

$10 admission will benefit The Ki-Ho`Alu Foundation (501-C3). This annual festival, which features masters of slack key guitar, will be held at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa Convention Center from 4-9pm. Food and drink will be available for purchase; no outside food or beverages allowed. Visit www.slackkeyfestival.com

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September

September 1-30, 2014
KAU KAU KAILUA CELEBRATES SPECIAL RESTAURANT VALUES - KAILUA-KONA
Celebrate the 5th Annual Kau Kau Kailua with special dining opportunities and valuable restaurant discounts. Enjoy waterfront dining and special values at quick service eateries throughout the month of September. Special values vary by restaurant. Download discount coupons valid at over 30 restaurants at historickailuavillage.com. For information, call 808-936-9202 or email hkvevents@yahoo.com.

September 1-30, 2014
CELEBRATE BIG ISLAND MUSEUMS MONTH
Hawai`i Island museums celebrate their members by offering reciprocal benefits to members of other Big Island museums. Free admission and store discounts may apply with current membership card and proper ID during this month-long event. Visit www.lymanmuseum.org for a full list of participating museums. For more information, call (808) 935-5021 or email rpierson@lymanmuseum.org.

September 3, 2014
HOW TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN SEMINAR - KAILUA-KONA
Presented by Hawaii Small Business Development Center. Participants will learn how to develop a business plan or revise an existing one with our successful step-by-step instructions. The session will include business plan financials. Instructor: Nancy Ginter-Miller. Time: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM at Kuakini Tower, Ste. 213, Kailua-Kona. Cost: $20. For more information, call 327-3680 or email jacqueline.muller@hisbdc.org or visit www.hisbdc.org.

September 4, 2014
FOSTER CARE INFORMATION SESSION - OCEAN VIEW
Have you ever thought about becoming a Resource Caregiver for children in foster care? Learn more about what it means to be a resource caregiver and hear from a family who has cared for children in foster care. Time: 6:30-7:30 PM at Ocean View Community Center. For more information, call (808) 896-3829, email diokia@pidfoundation.org or visit the Partners in Development Foundation's website: www.pidf.org.

September 5-7, 2014
2014 RUN FOR HOPE EVENTS - FOUR SEASONS HUALALAI, KOHALA COAST
Run For Hope is a non-competitive 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk event. Proceeds from this event benefit cancer research in Hawai`i. Run For Hope: 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk. For more information, call the Event Hotline at 808.325.8052. Registration forms are available at http://www.fsrh.net/pr/run_for_hope.pdf. For more information, call 808-325-8052 or visit the 2014 Run for Hope website.

September 6, 2014
LIVE IMPROV & SKETCH COMEDY NIGHT WITH THE ALOHAHAS - KAINALIU
Kick off your fall season with The Alohahas as they bring their hilarious improv show to Aloha Theatre for a "Back to School Special...with a Side of Sauce." A variety of improv games and original sketch comedy performances will be featured. Tons of audience suggestions and participation is encouraged. Never the same show twice. Tickets available in advance online at www.apachawaii.org for $10+service fees/$15 at the door; 18 years old and up. Doors open at 7:00pm. Time: 7:30pm at Aloha Theatre, Kainaliu. For more information, call 808 870-6996, email thealohahas@gmail.com or visit www.thealohahas.com

September 6, 2014
SLOW FOOD HAWAI`I FUNDRAISER DINNER - KAILUA-KONA
Enjoy a beautiful oceanside 6+ course dinner under the stars, featuring the culinary talents of Chef Connor Butler. Connor is a classically trained chef with a playful and enthusiastic personality that shows up in his food! Come celebrate his fine restaurant's (Daylight Mind) first anniversary while supporting Slow Food Hawai`i. Slow Food is an international nonprofit whose mission is good, clean, fair food for all. Time: 6:00 PM at Daylight Mind Coffee Company's upper deck, Waterfront Row, Kailua Kona. Cost: Dinner $85, with wine pairings $100 if booked before 9/1. For more information, call 808-936-6511, email cbobo@hawaii.rr.com or visit SlowFoodHawaii.org

September 8, 2014
BRAVE MISS WORLD MOVIE SHOWING - HILO
The YWCA in collaboration with UHHilo and UHHilo's Men of Strength will be showing the documentary Brave Miss World, the story of Linor Abargil who was raped two months before winning the title of Miss World 1998. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and these organizations want to bring this documentary to the community to raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence. After the documentary, there will be a panel of speakers to talk about the movie and to talk about resources in our community. Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at UHHilo UCB Room 100, Hilo. Cost: Free to students, $10.00 to general public. For more information, call 808-961-3877 x 162 or email ldavis@ywcahawaiiisland.org or visit www.ywcahawaiiisland.org

September 10 and 11, 2014
ANNUAL KUPUNA HULA FESTIVAL - SHERATON KONA RESORT AT KEAUHOU BAY
A very sweet and moving event featuring those over 55 years of age, held in the Kaleiopapa Convention Center. Usually sells out, so get your tickets in advance! Vendors with Hawaiian crafts will be set up outside the event. There will be Hawaiian food for sale, as well.

September 12, 2014
3rd ANNUAL HOLOKU BALL - SHERATON KONA RESORT AT KEAUHOU BAY
Na Wai Puna o Kona along with Na Wai Iwi Ola Foundation is hosting its third annual Hali'a ka Nani "Remember the Beauty" Holoku Ball at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. The Holoku Ball honors the beauty of the European influence style of dress worn by our Kupuna and Ali'i at formal events. One of the most famous Holoku gowns was made of peacock feathers, and was worn at the Jubilee of Queen Victoria by Queen Kapiolani. The Holoku ball, which was once held on the grounds of Hulihe'e palace, is now being perpetuated by the Kupuna (elders) of Na Wai Puna o Kona, a group that gathers every Tuesday at Kaniohale Community Center with Kumu Keala Ching. This year's event will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at the Kaleiopapa Convention Center.
From 4-5pm: Cocktail (No-host) Reception
5pm: Dinner; Live Hawaiian Music and Dancing, along with a "Promenade,"a presentation of the Holoku.
$75 per guest includes dinner and entertainment. Tickets will be available for purchase August through September 5th, 2014 by contacting Aunty Mamie Kahawai at 345-9994. For more information, visit http://www.nawaiiwiola.org/Online-Event-Registration.html.

September 13, 2014
RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNER DAY - KAILUA-KONA
You and your dog are invited for a great day of dog activities including owner information, pet adoptions, rally, canine good citizen and obedience demos by Kona Coast Kennel Club. Agility demos by Big Island Agility. South Kona Vet Service will be offering exams and a vaccine clinic. Pet portraits, arts & crafts, BBQ, shave Ice, and much more, from 10am to 2pm at Alii Gardens Marketplace, 75-6129 Alii Drive. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-937-8844 or email luvmysbt@gmail.com

September 13, 2014
HULA KAHIKO AT HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant features kumu hula Aloha Dalire with Keolalaulani Halau `Olapa o Laka from 10:30-11:30am. The event will take place rain or shine at the hula platform located near Volcano Art Center Gallery. The audience is encouraged to bring sitting mat and sun/rain gear. On the same day, there are hands-on cultural demonstrations from 9:30Am to 1:30PM on the gallery porch. Free; park entrance fees apply. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

September 13, 2014
SATIN DOLLS CABARET - ALOHA THEATRE, KAINALIU
Satin Dolls Cabaret is a fun and flirty night out with Binti Bailey and the Satin Dolls, singing and dancing to the sounds of the Casablanca Jazz Quartet playing elegantly sexy tunes from the Cotton Club and other favorite hot spots. The music is gorgeous and the dancers are hot and sweet! Last year's show sold out, so reserve your seat now. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 day of the show. Time: 7:30 PM at Aloha Theatre, 79-7384 Mamalahoa Hwy., Kainaliu. For more information, call (808) 322-9924, email

September 13, 2014
DAYLIGHT MIND'S ONE YEAR BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION - KAILUA-KONA
Daylight Mind restaurant and coffee shop will be celebrating their anniversary with a party from 8-11pm upstairs at their location at Waterfront Row on Alii Dr. Popular slack key guitar performer and vocalist LT Smooth will entertain, and there will be complimentary cupcakes (in the cafe'), dinner specials, games, a dessert/coffee pairing ($20), tarot readings, and other fun things to enjoy! There will be Specials and Games all day long, and a Latte Art Throwdown at 7pm (free to watch; $5 to participate). See you there!

September 20, 2014
PANIOLO PARADE AND HO`OLAULE`A - WAIMEA
One of our favorite yearly events, the Paniolo Parade will start at 10am at "Church Row" and proceed to Waimea Park, featuring princesses on horseback with attendees (complete with "Pooper Scooper" brigades!) decorated with the flowers of their respective islands. The Parade is followed by one of the best crafts show of the year, featuring island foods, games, arts & crafts, Hawaiian products and live entertainment in Waimea Ball Park at 11am. Free. A great local family event! Note: 1 hour road closure.

September 20, 2014
ANNUAL UNITED NATIONS' INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE CELEBRATION - HONOKA`A
The town of Honoka`a on the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island joins the world in observing the United Nations' International Peace Day with a parade and festival. This fun, free event for the whole family celebrates peace, compassion and awareness of global interdependence with a colorful parade with music, dance, colorful costumes and fun entertainment, beginning at 4pm. For more information, call 808-883-0669, email info@peacedayparade.org or visit www.peacedayparade.org.

September 20, 2014
KA`U COFFEE TRAIL RUN & `OHANA DAY
This first-time opportunity to run through private property offers breathtaking landscapes and panoramic views of the Ka'u coastline and the Volcano National Park. Run through macadamia and coffee fields, eucalyptus and ohia tree forests, and cattle-grazing pastures. Prepare yourself to negotiate various terrains and moderately challenging grades up to the summit of 3100 ft elevation. Enjoy a run in paradise, the award-winning Ka`u coffee experience, food, entertainment and many other family friendly activities after the run. Time: 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM at Ka'u Coffee Mill, Pahala, HI. Free to the public. For more information, call 650.280.3437, email e.douglas.c@gmail.com or visit www.okaukakou.org

September 20, 2014
HISTORIC KAILUA VILLAGE LU`AU - KAILUA-KONA
Unpack your vintage aloha wear for this nostalgic seaside lu`au on the makai oceanfront lawn of the Kona Inn Shopping Center. Kailua Village Business Improvement District is hosting the inaugural Historic Kailua Village Lu`au on Saturday, September 20 beginning at 6 pm on the oceanfront lawn of the Kona Inn Shopping Center. Delicious Hawaiian food and seaside serenades in an unmatched setting. Tickets are $35, or $400 for a reserved table for 10, and are available for purchase online at http://historickailuavillage.com/. For more information or call 808-936-9202, email hkvevents@yahoo.com.

September 20, 2014
LEON RUSSELL IN CONCERT - SHERATON KONA RESORT AT KEAUHOU BAY
Doors open 6:30pm; Show at 7:30pm. For tickets and more info, visit www.lazarbear.com or call 808-896-4845. Sheraton phone: 808-930-4900.

September 20 & 21, 2014
2nd ANNUAL HAWAI`I ISLAND ALL NATIONS POWWOW - HILO
This event is a cultural education and celebration of the sharing of cultures. It is a community-centered alcohol and drug free event. Special tribal/nations dances; intertribal dancing, vendors, frybread concessions, and more. Time: 10am-5pm daily at Keaukaha Hawaiian Village. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-747-2903, email hawaiipowwow@hotmail.com or visit www.Nichehawaii.org.

September 21, 2014
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai`i County Band, 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 oceanside cafes and 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.

September 21, 2014
3rd ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ALOHA - HAPUNA BEACH PRINCE HOTEL
Mauna Kea Resort presents the 3rd Annual Festival of Aloha at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The free all-day event features activities for the entire family. There will be live Hawaiian music; hula performances; Hawaiian craft vendors; food booths featuring Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Executive Chef Peter Abarcar Jr.'s famous Hawaiian plates, which include huli huli pig, fresh catch poke and haupia. Special appearance by the Royal Court. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food donations to benefit Hawai`i Island Food Basket. Time: 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Courtyard and Ballroom, 62-100 Kauna`oa Drive, Kohala Coast. Call (808) 880-1111 for more information, email vkometani@maunakeabeachhotel.com or visit www.HapunaBeachPrinceHotel.com.

September 24, 2014
MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF FAMILY CAREGIVING LECTURE - KAILUA-KONA
Kona Hospital Foundation hosts the LifeCare Center of Kona's Rehabilitation Department as they discuss meeting the unique challenges of caregiving for a loved one at home, including transfer techniques to protect your back, assessing the home environment for safety, prevention of skin breakdown, and steps to take when your loved one falls. There will be a question and answer session included. 6:30-8:30pm at the Community Meeting Hale (Bldg. G), West Hawaii Civic Center. Free to the public. For more info, call (808) 322-4587.

September 26, 2014
"TASTE OF THE HAWAIIAN RANGE" AND AGRICULTURE FESTIVAL - HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
Time: 5-8pm. This event showcases the isle's grass-fed beef industry while bringing together local ranchers, farmers, restaurateurs and eager eaters to celebrate a bounty of locally produced food. Many of the state's top chefs will prepare delectable dishes using grass-fed beef, pork, lamb, goat, mutton and wild boar, plus a cornucopia of fresh island fruit, veggies, honey, spices and beverages. Culinary adventure seekers can taste and enjoy all the cuts of grass-fed beef - everything from tongue to tail. While "tasting," attendees can meet Hawai`i's food producers at gaily decorated vendor booths and talk story with the ranchers and farmers who make a living growing our food. The event also affords local food producers an opportunity to hook up with isle chefs and consumers. Tickets are $45 through Thursday, Sept. 25 and $60 on event day. They will be sold online and at a dozen islandwide locations starting July 1st, and will also be available at the door. Watch for ticket giveaways on Facebook at Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Twitter #TasteHI. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies and procedures to participate in this event should contact Jeri Moniz at 808-960-8411 no later than August 26. For general event information, phone (808) 969-8228. Also visit http://www.TasteOfTheHawaiianRange.com.

September 26, 2014
HAWAI`I ISLAND FESTIVAL'S ALOHA FRIDAY AT LANIHAU CENTER - KAILUA-KONA
HIF's 30 Days of Aloha concludes with music and dance at Lanihau Center's Aloha Friday celebration on Friday, September 26. Festivities begin at 5:00PM with the opening of the Arts & Craft Fair, followed by the arrival of the Hawaii Island Festival Royal Court at 5:45PM. Entertainment begins at 6:00pm with performances by the children from Ke Kula O Ehunuikaimalino, music by Mele`uhane, and hula by Kumu Keala Ching's hula group Na Wai Iwi Ola. The celebration will be hosted by radio personality, Ka`ea. Time: 5:00PM-8:30PM. Free to the public.

September 26 & 27, 2014
FOSTER CARE TRAINING, PT. 1 AND PT. 2 - KAILUA-KONA
Time: Pt. 1 (Sept. 26), 3-7pm; Pt. 2 (Sept. 27), 9am-2pm at Catholic Charities Office, Kailua-Kona. Presented by the Partners in Development Foundation. Free to the public. Learn more about what it takes to become a temporary resource caregiver for children in the foster care system. Discussion topics include caring for children who are coming from traumatic situations such as abuse, neglect, maltreatment, etc. The licensing process will be discussed and insight will be offered on family visitations. Tips and tools for positive caregiving strategies and encouraging growth, and much, much more. For more information, call 808-896-3829, email diokia@pidfoundation.org or visit www.pidf.org.

September 27, 2014
FREE ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARKS
In honor of National Public Lands Day there will be no entry fees charged on this day at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park or Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

September 27, 2014
FESTIVAL OF 1000 BOWLS - DONKEY MILL ART CENTER, HOLUALOA
Music, noodles and handmade ceramics! Enjoy hiyashi somen (chilled Japanese noodles) served in a handmade bowl of your choice to keep. Relax on the lawn behind the Donkey Mill Art Center for an afternoon of live music and new and old friends. Larger bowls will also available for sale, along with other handmade ceramic items. Proceeds will benefit Donkey Mill's Ceramics Department's mission to bring clay art to people of all ages and abilities in our island community. Donkey Mill Art Center, 78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy., Holualoa. Please call ahead to reserve your tickets: (808) 322-3362. Email DonkeyMill@gmail.com or visit donkeymillartcenter.org for more info.

September 27, 2014
HAWAI`I ELECTRIC LIGHT'S CLEAN ENERGY FAIR - HILO
This is a free and fun educational event for the entire family. Learn about energy, electricity and how it is generated right here on our island. Win prizes and more. Time: 10 am-2pm at Prince Kuhio Plaza, Hilo. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-969-0137 or email virginia.aragon-barnes@helcohi.

September 27, 2014
WILIWILI FESTIVAL - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
The Wiliwili Festival is a free, fun and educational event for all ages. This year The Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative, a non-profit organization that manages a 275 acre dry forest preserve and restoration project near Waikoloa Village, will be hosting five tours as well as a plant propagation workshop in the forest preserve, where guests will have a chance to see some spectacular rare wiliwili and uhiuhi trees, as well as restoration areas and a nursery. The festival will feature free interactive demonstrations and activities for all ages, informational booths sponsored by environmental, educational and cultural organizations, a silent auction, workshops, native plant sales and plant giveaways! There will be local food vendors and live music. Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Waikoloa Stables, Waikoloa. For more information, call 808-494-2208, email jess@waikoloadryforest.org or visit waikoloadryforest.org.

September 27, 2014
KONA BIKE RODEO - CAPTAIN COOK
Free Bike Rodeo for keiki in 4th and 5th grades. Learn about bike safety & practice cool riding skills. Three sessions available, at 9-11am, 11:30am-1:30pm and 2-4pm at Kealakekua Ranch Center, Captain Cook. Free to the public. Bikes will be provided and brand new bike helmets given to all participants. Space is limited. Please sign up in advance by emailing shirley@pathhawaii.org or calling 326-7284 (PATH). For information call: 808-326-7284 or email or visit www.pathhawaii.org

September 27, 2014
"ALL IN FOR HOMELESS KEIKI" CHARITY EVENT - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
Project Hawai`i, Inc. is hosting a charity event complete with casino games, silent auction, and a Texas Hold'em Tournament to win a trip for two to Las Vegas. The event benefits homeless keiki. Registration at 11a.m. at Waikoloa Association Community Center. By donation. For more information, call (808) 987-6018, email allinforhomelesskeiki@yahoo.com or visit www.helpthehomelesskeiki.org/allinforhomelesskeiki

September 27, 2014
KA`U `OHANA DAY - HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Keiki of all ages are invited to join park rangers from 10am-2pm and take a closer look at the park's Kahuku Unit during a day of activities. Connect with the culture, people and the `aina (land) through mo`olelo (stories), GPS, and compass. A free lunch will be provided when you sign up by calling (808) 985-6019. Deadline to register is Sept. 19. Sponsored by the Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai`i Pacific Parks Association, and the Queen Lili`uokalani Children's Center. Free. Where: Kahuku Unit, at mile marker 70.5 in Ka`u on the mauka side of Highway 11.

September 27, 2014
KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER "FREE" MONTHLY CONCERT - KONA

At 6pm, hear popular singer/songwriter John Cruz; pre-show music at 5:30pm. Admission is two cans of food for donation to Hawai`i Food Basket. For each can over two per person, get an entry into the raffle for prizes from the event sponsors. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited. For more info, visit Keauhou Shopping Center's website.

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