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December

December 5, 2014
2nd ANNUAL KAHILU THEATRE "MASQUERADE" BENEFIT
: 6 p.m., Fri., Dec. 5. To be held at the Hilton Waikoloa Village's newly renovated Grand Ballroom. An evening of hot gypsy jazz with the Hot Club of Hulaville, will include gypsy tents with fortune telling, tattoos and tarot, belly dancers and magicians. This event is a flashback to the swanky, swinging parties of the theater's early heyday hosted by actor/director/ranch owner Richard Smart. Featuring a silent and live auction, a delicious feast and dancing. Tickets $175/per person or tables of ten for $1,500. Masks required; wear your own or you may purchase one at the door. Tickets may be purchased by calling Kahilu Theatre (885-6868) or online at kahilutheatre.org.

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
"WAIMEA ROCKS!" AN UPCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS FAIR
All-day entertainment, gifts and ono foods from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at. KTA's Waimea Center. 30+ sidewalk sale vendors combined with four hours of award-winning entertainment hosted by Waimea's own Penny Keli`i Vredenburg. Show begins at 10 a.m. with the Beamer-Solomon Halau O Po`ohala, followed with Nino Ka`ai at 11am, Darlene Ahuna at 1 p.m., and Kevin Haleamau and Friends at 2 p.m. Also, there will be a free Keiki-Make-And-Take Crafts with Miss Loretta. No charge; donations to the Big Island Giving Tree are the reason for this celebration. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Info: Rhonda Bell (880-1984) or Nancy Carr Smith (896-2239).

December 6, 2014
WAIMEA OUTDOOR CIRCLE'S HOLIDAY WREATH MAKING CLASS
Take home a beautiful wreath made with local and native plant materials. All instructions and supplies included. Complimentary coffee and homemade cookies! Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Waimea Nature Park (behind Canada France Hawaii Telescope). Cost: $35 for small wreath; $45 large wreath. For more information call: 936-1468 or email clangton@hawaii.rr.com.

December 6, 2014
HILO HIGH SCHOOL PTSA CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIRE
From 8:30 am-2:30 pm. Location: Hilo High School cafeteria, 556 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo. Free admission, affordable gifts, annual fundraiser for student scholarships and teacher support.

December 6, 2014
PAHOA CHRISTMAS PARADE - PUNA

Beginning at 9:30am on Pahoa Village Rd. Mayor Billy Kenoi will be the Grand Marshal this year. Santa will hand out goodie bags to all the children. Enter the parade, or just come to watch! Call 965-2729 for more info.

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.

December 6, 2014
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 6, 2014
TWILIGHT CHRISTMAS PARADE - WAIMEA

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

December 6, 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 808-885-3121 or email outreach@cfht.hawaii.edu.

December 6 & 7, 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 27 artists in nine 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, from 10am-4pm. Free, featured demos. The Paradise Studio Tour Artist Collective will donate 10% of all sales to the three Puna District Public High School's Art Departments. Free to the public. For more information call (808) 982-5150 or (808) 557-0931, or visit www.paradisestudiotour.com for a detailed map.

December 7, 2014
ANNUAL POINSETTIA SALE/BENEFIT - HALE HALAWAI, KAILUA-KONA
Between 8am and 2pm, a variety of poinsettias in red, pink and white will be offered in 6-inch or 8-inch diameter and 2-gallon pots. Crafts and jams will also be available. The organization is accepting advance orders of red or marble white poinsettias in 6-inch, 8-inch and 10-inch diameter pots. Free delivery is offered for plant orders of $100 or more; delivery arrangements can be made for Nov. 28 or Dec. 5. To preorder or for more information, call Cathy Shea at 425-269-2437 or Muriel Boot at 987-8412. 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 Cathy at 425-269-2437 or Muriel at 987-8412.

December 7, 2014
SCHUBERT'S MASS IN G AND HANDEL'S MESSIAH - KEAUHOU, KONA
Schubert's beautiful Mass in G and Handel's beloved "Messiah" honor the Kona Choral Society's 25th anniversary with a full chorus of over 90 voices, led by acclaimed Artistic Director Susan McCreary Duprey. An orchestra of the size and composition of the original performances will accompany the singers. The performance will be held at the Conference Center Ballroom of the Sheraton Kona Resort. Tickets are $20; $5 for students. Purchase tickets at the door or via Kona Choral Society's website or call KCS at (808) 334-9880. Doors open at 3:30 p.m., the performance starts at 4 p.m., and ends at 5:30 p.m. This is an open seating event, so come early if you have a favorite location. For more information, visit http://konachoralsociety.org.

December 9, 2014
FREE HARP CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
From 5:30-6:30pm, local harpist and composer Kristin Aria Shaw will be performing seasonal favorites as well as original compositions. Sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, Kona. For more information, call 331-1781 or email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

December 9, 2014
ELIZABETH PITCAIRN "RED VIOLIN" CONCERT - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
This is a very special concert with seating limited to 120 people. It was first offered as a Members Only Kahilu event, but now has been opened up to the public. Elizabeth will be playing the Stradivarius that inspired the movie The Red Violin. For more information about Elizabeth Pitcairn and the "Red Violin," visit this page. To purchase tickets, go here: Purchase tickets.

December 11, 2014
PUBLIC FORUM: DISCUSSION OF HIGHER EDUCATION - KAILUA-KONA
Univ. of HI Bord of Regents member Pete Hoffman is convening this meeting, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 at the Kealakehe High School cafeteria. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and share their vision for Hawai`i Community College Palamanui, scheduled to open Fall 2015. Univ. of HI President David Lassner and Vice President for Community Colleges John Morton will participate in the forum. President Lassner said the opening of Palamanui will serve serve residents "as a gateway to the statewide University of Hawai`i System."

December 12, 2014
2nd ANNUAL FEAST ON THE BEACH SIP AND SAVOR BENEFIT - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The second annual Feast on the Beach will showcase the award winning musical talents of Henry Kapono & Friends and the popular LT Smooth at Lava Lava Beach Club at Anaeho`omalu Bay, from 6-10pm. Guests will enjoy delicious food stations, along with beer, wine, and the club's signature toes-in-the-sand ambiance. This year, the Club has designated a list of Hawai`i Island non-profits to benefit from the celebration festivities, including Hawai`i Island Humane Society. Cost: $100 per person; $1,000 reserved tables of 8. For more information, call 808-769-LAVA (5282) or email Party@lavalavabeachclub.com or visit www.lavalavabeachclub.com.

December 12, 2014
"MYSTERY OF THE CHRISTMAS STAR" PROGRAM - IMILOA ASTRONOMY CENTER, HILO
7pm. 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. For ticket info and to purchase tickets, visit the center's front desk, or call 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 12 & 13, 2014
25th ANNUAL HAWAII ARTS, CRAFTS, GIFTS & FOOD CHRISTMAS FAIR
From 9 am-5 pm at Sangha Hall in Hilo. The fair will feature handmade crafts, gifts, jewelry, quilts, photographs, clothing, traditional Christmas gift items, as well as food. Admission $2; children 7 and under free. For more information, or if you are interested in participating in this holiday event, please call 981-0518. Visit www.hawaiiartsandcraftsfestival.com.

December 13, 2014
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - KAILUA-KONA
7:30am-2:30pm at the Kealakehe Recycling and Transfer Station. Accepted Items - motor oil; antifreeze; corrosives; poisons; batteries; medications; solvents and thinners; fluorescent bulbs; mercury thermometers; oil-based paints; compressed gas cylinders. Not Accepted - business waste; farm waste; electronics; explosives or flares; radioactive materials; sock sensitive items; controlled substances; fire extinguishers; bio/infectious waste; non-toxics. For more info, visit www.HawaiiZeroWaste.org or call 961-8554.

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 "Na Mele O Kalikimaka - The Songs of 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.

December 13-14, 2014
KEAUHOU BIRD CONSERVATION CENTER ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE - VOLCANO
Keauhou Bird Conservation Center is located near the Volcano Golf Course; shuttles will be offered from our main gate for each tour. 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, 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. Reservations are required. Please call (808) 985-7218 or emaili kbccopenhouse@gmail.com to reserve spots for a tour.

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 U`i O Hawai'i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the 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 by the multi Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning group Holunape to follow the Hulihe`e Palace event 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 historickailuavillage.com.

December 20, 2014
HOLIDAY MARKET DAY/DONATION CENTER FOR TOYS FOR TOTS AND HAWAI`I ISLAND FOOD BASKET - KAILUA-KONA
Holiday Market Day at Ali`i Gardens Marketplace - Santa photos for everyone (pets and people of all ages), pony rides, petting zoo, shopping specials, gift giveaways, live music, shave ice, BBQ, Kettle Corn, locally made art & crafts, coconut postcards and more. Time: 10am to 2pm. For more information, call 808-937-8844 or email luvmysbt@gmail.com.

December 20 and 21, 2014
KONA CHORAL SOCIETY FREE HOLIDAY CONCERTS - OLD AIRPORT STATE PARK, KONA
4pm. Enjoy holiday classics, and more!

December 21, 2014
CHORALE CHRISTMAS CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
The "Celebration of Christmas in Music" is a musical winter wonderland showcasing the Kona Festivale Chorale, Celebration Singers women's ensemble, and Kids Choir. Time: 3pm at the Kamakahonu Ballroom at the King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel (Marriott Courtyard). Reserved seating is $25 and general seating is $20 in advance. For tickets or more info, call 331-1115 or email kfchoral@hawaii.rr.com. Time: 3:00 PM at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel (Marriott Courtyard), Kailua-Kona. Cost: $20-$25. For more info, call 808-331-1115 or email roksaan@gmail.com

December 22, 2014
THE NUTCRACKER, A HOLIDAY CLASSIC BALLET - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
West Hawaii Dance Theatre & Academy is pleased to present "The Nutcracker," a holiday classic ballet at the Kahilu Theatre on Monday, December 22, 2014, at 6:00pm. "The Nutcracker" combines the music of Tchaikowsky with the charming, old world fairy tale based on the original E.T.A. Hoffman story, "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice." Over 50 local dancers and guest dancers from The Maui Academy of Performing Arts will make the ballet come to life. With narration by Barbara Pritchard, the dancers are accompanied by the music of Academy pianist Megumi Kopp and violinist Jamilla Nur. Choreography is by West Hawaii Dance Theatre's Artistic Director Virginia Holte, Co-Director Midori Satoh, and Instructors Jenna Power, Claire "Miss Kitty" Hollinger, Megan Joy Chapman, and Alexis Gaines. Tickets are $25/$20/$15/$10. For more info, call (808) 329-8876, or visit www.kahilutheatre.org.

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 beginning at 8pm, with pre-service caroling under the front arch at 7pm. All are welcome to this beautiful celebration of Jesus' birthday with Christmas hymns and hula. Mokuaikaua Church is located at 75-5713 Alii Drive, across the street from Hulihee Palace. For more info, 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
Offering a breathtaking lineup of films, special guests, intimate coffee talks, Q&As, exhibits, receptions and morning activities, running non-stop January 1-9. The Festival will be held at various Waimea and Kohala Coast venues. For more information, call 808-854-6095, email info@waimeaoceanfilm.org or visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org.

January 10, 2015
4th ANNUAL KONA JAZZ EXPERIENCE - ALOHA THEATRE, KAINALIU
Featuring Pele's Passions will be performing original compositions inspired by the legend of Pele, and the Kyle Matsuda Trio featuring Kyle Matsuda, a young jazz pianist who has astounded audiences wherever he performs. Time: 7:30 PM at Aloha Theatre, Kainaliu, Kona. Cost: Adults $20; Students $10. For more information, call 808 322-9924, email Dar96750@yahoo.com or visit www.alohatheatre.com.

January 12, 2015
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WEST HAWAII GOLF TOURNEY - KEALAKEKUA
Habitat for Humanity West Hawai`i's Golf Tournament is set for Monday, January 12, 2015. The event will be held at the exclusive Club at Hokuli`a in Kealakekua, Hawaii. Time: 8:30AM-5:00PM. The format is Four Person Scramble. Entry fee is $300 per player, which includes a golf shirt, continental breakfast, heavy pupu and awards ceremony. Space is limited to 120 golfers. Businesses can also participate and contribute to Habitat's mission by becoming a hole sponsor and/or donating a prize for the tournament. If you are interested in golfing at the tournament and/or becoming a donor, please call 331-8010 or email margo@habitatwesthawaii.org.

January TBA, 2015
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 18, 2015
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai'i County Band with kahiko hula by kumu Etua Lopes' Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i hula halau on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy 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 24, 2014
JUDY COLLINS IN CONCERT - HONOKA`A PEOPLES THEATER
This modern day Renaissance women continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart. This is an opportunity to be in the presence of this singer/songwriter folk music icon, who has 50 album body of work to her name. Doors open 6:30pm; Show at 7:30pm. For videos, more information and tickets, go to www.lazarbear.com, or phone (808) 896-4845.

January 25, 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

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.

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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 15, 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 Etua Lopes' Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i hula halau on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy 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
This annual fundraising event is held rain or shine at the lu`au grounds of King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona, tapping up brews from some of the country's best breweries and serving them alongside a host of island cuisine from top Hawai`i restaurants. Brewfest tickets often sell out within a few days 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 15, 2015
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai`i County Band with kahiko hula by kumu Etua Lopes' Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i hula halau on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy 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 19, 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 U`i O Hawai'i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy 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 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 17, 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 U`i O Hawai`i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy 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 TBA, 2015
4th ANNUAL BIG ISLAND JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL - MAUNA KEA BEACH HOTEL
Jazz legends. 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 TBA, 2015
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. Fun for Dads and keiki! For more information, call 808-334-4154, email fatherhood@fsswh.org or visit www.familysupporthawaii.org

June TBA 2015
WALK MS 2015 - 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 14, 2015
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai`i County Band with kahiko hula by kumu Etua Lopes' Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i hula halau on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of 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 TBA, 2015
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 TBA, 2015
KAMEHAMEHA FESTIVAL - HILO
This festival features features a ho`olaule`a with top Hawai`i recording artists, hula halau, and various cultural presentations. 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 TBA, 2015
7th ANNUAL VOLCANO POTTERY SALE
Join 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. At Volcano Art Center's Niaulani Campus, Volcano Village. For more information, call 985-8530, email ron@ryhpottery.com or visit Volcano Pottery Sale's website.

June TBA, 2015
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. For more information, visit www.konaparade.org

June TBA, 2015
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. At 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 TBA, 2015
HILO BREWFEST
At Wainaku Executive Center, 26-238 Hawaii Belt Rd., Hilo. Rotary Club of Hilo's 3rd 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 TBA, 2015
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. To be held 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 TBA, 2015
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 TBA, 2015
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 TBA, 2015
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 TBA, 2015
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 TBA, 2015
7th ANNUAL MANGO FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
The Annual Mango Festival will take place 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. Browse among arts and crafts booths and enjoy non-stop live entertainment. This is a Zero Waste Event. For more information, call 808 936-5233, email randyldna@earthlink.net or visit www.mangofest.org

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July

July TBA, 2015
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 4, 2015
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, 2015
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. For more info, call (808) 967-7800.

July 4, 2015
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. There is something for everyone at this fun and popular silent auction! 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, 2015
KAILUA-KONA INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & FIREWORKS
The 20th 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. 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, 2015
GREAT WAIKOLOA RUBBER DUCKIE RACE/BENEFIT

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, 2015
FAMILY FOURTH & FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The event continues throughout the afternoon 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, 2015
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, 2015
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. 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 TBA, 2015
TUTU'S CLOSET ANNUAL MINI THRIFT SHOP - KAILUA-KONA
The Neighborhood Place of Kona will hold its annual Tutu's Closet, a free mini thrift shop for families. Donations of gently used clothing, apparel, and small household items are appreciated (call for hours/days). 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. The event will be held at the 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 TBA, 2015
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 TBA, 2015
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 TBA, 2015
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. Food 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 TBA, 2015
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 TBA, 2015
KAHIKO AT HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant features a Big Island halau 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 TBA, 2015
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. 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 TBA, 2015
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. Fee. For more information, call 808-333-9128, email hilotriathlon@gmail.com or visit hilotriathlon.org

July TBA, 2015
HILO SLACK KEY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Begins at noon at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, featuring the greats of slack key guitar, halau, and more. Small admission fee. Call 808-443-8005 for more info.

July TBA, 2015
3rd 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. All proceeds go toward the support of community and school programs in Waimea. To be held 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 TBA, 2015
9th 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 19, 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 U`i O Hawai`i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy 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 TBA, 2015
SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE - ISLAND-WIDE
Details TBA. For more information, call 808-329-1758 or visit http://www.kona-kohala.com/

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

At 6pm, hear a popular Hawaiian musician/band 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 TBA, 2015
TAHITI FETE - HILO
The drums will be pounding and hips will again be gyrating as the 10th Tahiti Fete of Hilo returns to Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. This is 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. Live music from some of Hawai`i's best musicians will highlight this special event. Cost TBA. Tickets can be purchased online at www.tahitifete.com. For more information and ticket outlets, call 808-935-3002 or email pua@tahitifete.com

July TBA, 2015
33rd ANNUAL DAIFUKUJI ORCHID SHOW AND SALE - HONALO
The free event offers attendees complimentary refreshments, plus an orchid boutonniere corsage - while they last. Time TBA. The Hongwanji's Taiko drummers usually perform. Enjoy an elaborate and colorful display of live blooming cattleya, cymbidium, dendrobium, phalaenopsis, miltonia, vanda and more. Cameras are welcome. Relax on benches amid orchids while browsing through orchid-themed magazines and books. Veteran members will staff a Question & Answer Booth where attendees can get expert advice on caring for orchids. 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.

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August

August TBA, 2015
HILO ORCHID SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW AND SALE
The 63rd Annual Hilo Orchid Society Show and Sale. Displays, demonstrations, orchid sales and orchid-related products. Refreshments, entertainment. To be held at Edith Kanaka`ole Stadium. Small donation; keiki under 12 free. For more information, call 333-1852 or visit www.hiloorchidsociety.org.

August TBA, 2015
7th ANNUAL BIKE MS EVENT - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT

This event focuses on bringing more awareness about MS to the public and raising funds for programs and services for those living with MS in Hawai`i. The ride is fully supported with catered rest stops, bike 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 TBA, 2015
ANNUAL "CREAM OF THE CROP" COFFEE AND DESSERT TASTING - SHERATON KONA RESORT
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 TBA, 2015
DON THE BEACHCOMBER MAI TAI FESTIVAL - KAILUA-KONA
A full day of fun at Royal Kona Resort, including a Battle of the BBQ , Farmer's & Crafter's Market, a Pool Party, and The Mai Tai Mix-off, 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 TBA, 2015
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 TBA, 2015
MISS ALOHA NUI PAGEANT - WAIKOLOA BEACH MARRIOTT
For more info, visit hawaiiislandfestival.org/

August TBA, 2015
18th ANNUAL TASTE OF LIFE BENEFIT - KAILUA-KONA
This year's gala will be held at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. 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 and 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.

August TBA, 2015
GREAT WAIKOLOA CANOE RACE - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The Waikoloa Canoe Club will be holding their annual Great Waikoloa Canoe Race at Anaeho`omalu Bay. Dozens of 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 TBA, 2015
HAWAI`I ISLAND FESTIVAL'S ANNUAL POKE CONTEST - WAIKOLOA BEACH MARRIOTT
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 TBA, 2015
ANNUAL KINDY SPROAT FALSETTO & STORYTELLING CONTEST - WAIKOLOA BEACH MARRIOTT
This unique 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 TBA, 2015
HULA KAHIKO AT HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant will feature a Big Island halau 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 TBA, 2015
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. To be held 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 16, 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 U`i O Hawai`i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy 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 TBA, 2015
NORTH HAWAI'I HOSPICE FLOATING LANTERN CEREMONY - FAIRMONT ORCHID
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 donation (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, 2015
FREE ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARKS
In honor of the National Park Service's 99th 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 TBA, 2015
45th 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. The annual Torchlight Parade through Historic Kailua Village will wind its way through Historic Kailua Village starting at Hale Halawai County Pavilion and ending at the Kailua Pier. For detailed Queen Lili'uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races information, including crew registration, race history and up to date information, visit www.kaiopua.org

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

At 6pm, hear a wonderful Hawaiian musician/band; 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 TBA, 2015
DANIEL R. SAYRE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION AWARDS DINNER
This will be the 18th 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 Hawai`i Fire & Rescue Department. For more information and to reserve for the event visit www.DanielSayreFoundation.org, call 808-937-4132 or email ssakai002@hawaii.rr.com.

August TBA, 2015
PARKER RANCH ROUNDUP CLUB LABOR DAY RODEO
A 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. Admission fee. For more information, call 808-885-7311, email info@parkerranch.com or visit www.parkerranch.com.

August TBA, 2015
ANNUAL HAWAI`I SLACK KEY GUITAR FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA

The admission charge 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. Food and drink will be available for purchase; no outside food or beverages allowed. For more info, visit www.slackkeyfestival.com.

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September

September TBA, 2015
2015 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 TBA, 2015
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 TBA, 2015
HULA KAHIKO AT HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant features a Big Island halau 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 TBA, 2015
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 TBA, 2015
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. For more information, call 808-883-0669, email info@peacedayparade.org or visit www.peacedayparade.org.

September TBA, 2015
KA`U COFFEE TRAIL RUN & `OHANA DAY
This 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, 2015
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai`i County Band with kahiko hula by kumu Etua Lopes' Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i hula halau, on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy 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
ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ALOHA - HAPUNA BEACH PRINCE HOTEL
Mauna Kea Resort presents the 4th Annual Festival of Aloha at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. The free all-day event features activities for the entire family. There will be live Hawaiian music; hula performances; Hawaiian craft vendors; food booths. Special appearance by the Royal Court. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food donations to benefit Hawai`i Island Food Basket. 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 TBA, 2015
"TASTE OF THE HAWAIIAN RANGE" AND AGRICULTURE FESTIVAL - HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
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. For general event information, phone (808) 969-8228. Also visit http://www.TasteOfTheHawaiianRange.com.

September TBA, 2015
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 TBA, 2015
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 TBA, 2015
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. For more information, call 808-494-2208, email jess@waikoloadryforest.org or visit waikoloadryforest.org.

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

At 6pm, hear a popular Hawaiian musician/band; 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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October

Beginning October TBA, 2015
BIG ISLAND 'UKULELE GUILD'S 11th ANNUAL EXHIBITION - HILO

The `Ukulele Guild’s annual Handmade Instruments Exhibit will be held at the Wailoa Center. 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. Contact Guild President Chris Stewart thru the Guild's website at http://www.bigislandukuleleguild.org/ or get Wailoa Center info by calling 933-0416.

October TBA, 2015
KOHALA COUNTRY FAIR
Great for the entire family, with old-fashioned country fair games and contests, live music, more than 100 food and craft booths, and a keiki zone. To be held 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. For more information, email kcf@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.kohalacountryfair.com

October TBA, 2015
ANNUAL PATH 5K/10K RUN - KAILUA-KONA
The 30th 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. Fee. For more information, call 895-2442, email stefanie@pathhawaii.org or visit www.pathhawaii.org

October TBA, 2015
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 TBA, 2015
HULA KAHIKO AT HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant features a Big Island halau 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 TBA, 2015
HAWAI`I BAMBOO SOCIETY'S 16TH 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. Will be held 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 18, 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 U`i O Hawai'i, on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy 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 TBA, 2015
ANNUAL TASTE OF HILO
Featuring more than 35 participating restaurants, chefs, pastry chefs, bakers, and beverage suppliers. To be held at Sangha Hall, Hilo. 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 may be ordered by calling the Chamber at 934-0177 or by emailing jccih@jccih.org. For more information, visit www.jccih.org

October TBA, 2015
ROTARY CLUB OKTOBERFEST
The Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise will be hosting an Oktoberfest at the Hawaii Big Game Fishing Club at Honokohau Harbor. There will be ono grinds, on-tap beers from Kona Brewing Company, and rockin' entertainment. 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 available at Kona Wine Market and Kailua Candy Company, or by calling Sylvia Owens at 937-3579. For more information, call 331-8191.

October TBA, 2014
HO`OKUPU HULA NO KA`U CULTURAL FESTIVAL - PAHALA
This will be the second 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. To sign up for workshops, call 808-315-7032.

October TBA, 2015
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY'S RELAY FOR LIFE - WAIMEA
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 TBA, 2015
5th ANNUAL HAWAI`I ARTIST COLLABORATION AUCTION - HOLUALOA INN

An exciting auction of one-of-a-kind works created by local and international visual artists collaborating together for less than a week. 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. Free. Food and beverages will be provided. For more info, phone Cliff Johns at 331-0813, email hawaiicollaboration@gmail.com

October TBA, 2015
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. At Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo. For more information, call 808-965-1866 or email sandi@alstrand.com.

October TBA, 2015
BOOK SALE - KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Proceeds from sales help support the needs of the Kona libraries. Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Kailua Kona Public Library, Kailua Kona, HI. Free to the public. For more information, call 322-0077 or email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

October TBA, 2015
RUN FOR THE DRY FOREST - PU`U WA`A
The State's Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) in conjunction with the non-profit organization PATH (Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii) and the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry will be holding their 8th annual Run for the Dry Forest at Pu`u Wa`awa`a, a 10km run, 5km run/walk and 1/4 mile keiki run. This annual event is geared toward raising awareness and contributing to the conservation and restoration of Dry Forests in Hawaii. There will be wonderful prizes given to age division winners and each participant will receive a beautifully designed shirt. For entry forms and more information, including volunteer opportunities please visit www.pathhawaii.org. Participants need to register. Time: 6am-2pm at 71-1645 Mamalahoa Highway, Pu`u Wa`a. For information call: (808) 938-7795 or email tina@pathhawaii.org or visit www.pathhawaii.org.

October TBA, 2015
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 for a 10x10 space. For more information, call 965-1672 or email know.craftfair@gmail.com

October TBA, 2015
HALLOWEEN JOURNEY EVENT - KEALAKEKUA
Meet Phileas Fogg and join him on a daring adventure! 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 TBA, 2015
`OHANA HALLOWEEN PA`INA - KEAUHOU, KONA
Free admission. Haunted House, playground, and vendors. Keiki Costume Contest; Adult Costume Contest, and live entertainment. For more info & parking details, visit Keauhou Shopping Center's website.

October TBA, 2015
HAWAI`I ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY'S ANNUAL HOWL'WEEN DOG WALKS - HILO & KONA
At King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona; Queen Lii`uokalani Park in Hilo. 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 TBA, 2015
3rd ANNUAL EAST HAWAI`I JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL - HILO
Get your tickets now for the Annual East Hawai`i Jazz and Blues Festival! This swingin' event includes yummy pupus, beer, and wine! Proceeds benefit the Hawai`i Island Veterans Memorial. To be held at Nani Maui Gardens, 421 Makalika St. Hilo. For more information, call 808-964-5764, email bobwilliams63@msn.com.

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November

November 1, 2014
KONA COFFEE LIVING HISTORY FARM'S FOUNDERS' DAY CELEBRATION
Kona Historical Society's Kona Coffee Living History Farm will be opening up the farm for a celebration honoring Kona's coffee heritage. This free event promises to be a fun day with many coffee farm-related activities, including traditional food, baked goodies & shave ice; Kona coffee tastings; farm-fresh fruits & vegetables to buy and taste; ojyame games for the keiki; visits with Charlie, the Farm's Kona Nightingale; "talk story" with kupuna and a historic Kona "coffeeland" photo exhibit; kanikapila (jam session); and tours of the 1920's farm and farmhouse. Also, making a special guest appearance will be Chef Sam Choy, creating a Kona country lunch. Make plans to attend, and enjoy the cultural celebration that surrounds 15 years as the only living history coffee farm in the nation. Time: 10am-2pm; a special shuttle will be provided by the County of Hawai's Mass Transit Dept. from Kealakekua Ranch Center, 9:30am until 3:00pm. For more information, call 808-323-3222, email khs@konahistorical.org or visit www.konahistorical.org

November 8, 2014
KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE
All music CDs, music cassette tapes, VCR tapes and LPs will be discontinued, and therefore priced at $0.10. As always, volunteers are welcome. Time: 9 AM to 1 PM. To volunteer, or for more information, call 322-0077, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

November 7-12, 2014
GUITARIST ANDY McKEE "MYTHMAKER" TOUR - HAWAI` ISLAND
Guitar virtuoso Andy McKee, a master practitioner of folk, blues, bluegrass and other musical genres will be performing at several venues on Hawai`i island as part of his "Mythmaker" world tour:
Nov. 7: Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu, Kona. Doors 7pm/Show 7:30pm. Hawai`i island's own`i slack key guitarist Chris Yeaton opening. Information: 808-322-9924.
Nov. 8: Honoka`a Peoples Theatre. Doors 6pm/Show 7pm. Fingerstyle guitarist Brett Hallam Holland opening. [Guitar Workshop at 2pm, $25.] Information: 808-896-4845.
Nov. 9: Kilauea Military Camp Theater, Hawai`i Volcanoes Nat'l Park. Doors 1:30pm/Show 2pm. Hawai`i island's own`i slack key guitarist Chris Yeaton opening. Information: 808-967-8335.
Nov. 12: Blue Dragon Restaurant in Kawaihae. Doors 6pm/Show 8pm. Fingerstyle guitarist Brett Hallam Holland opening. Information: 808-822-7771.
For more info and to hear Andy play, visit http://www.lazarbearproductions.com/concert_events/andy_mckee.html. Concert info hotline: 808-896-4845. Andy's website is www.andymckee.com

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 8, 2014
"WALK/RUN FOR LITERACY" - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
Fifth annual Friends of the Library 5K Walk/Run for Literacy will start and finish near playground end of Waikoloa School Complex. Register on site at 7am or on website www.flwr-runforliteracy.com. Time: registration 7:00am; race begins 7:30am at 68-1730 Ho`oko St. school parking lot, Waikoloa, HI 96738. Cost: $20 adults/$10, 13 & under. For more information, call 808-883-0764, email bettejgreen@yahoo.com or visit www.flwr-runforliteracy.com

November 8, 2014
ANNUAL WAIMEA SOLAR SYSTEM WALK
The Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope and Keck Observatory are sponsoring the Waimea Solar System Walk from 10am-2pm on November 8th. The walk turns Waimea into a scale model of our solar system with the sun at Keck and Pluto/dwarf planets at CFHT. Prizes for the keiki, refreshments for all. Event is free. Time: 10am to 2pm. Starts at 10am at Keck Observatory Headquarters along Mamalahoa Hwy to the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope offices, Waimea. For more information, call 885-3121 or email laychak@cfht.hawaii.edu

November 8, 2014
KOHALA `AINA FESTIVAL - NORTH KOHALA
The 5th Annaul Kohala `Aina Festival is Hawai'i Institute of Pacific Agriculture's annual harvest celebration and fundraiser. All proceeds from the event support youth education programs in 2015. Featuring musical headliners Nahko and Ooklah The Moc, hula and African drum & dance, a Permaculture Convergence with workshops in soil fertility, beekeeping, seed saving, plant medicine, community design, and Hawaiian culture. There will also be a Young Farmer's Forum, a 100% locally grown Hawaiian feast, and a Keiki Tent with fun activities for all ages! Time: 1-9 PM at Kohala Fairgrounds (10 acre Fairgrounds, makai of `Iole Rd, Kapa`au). Tickets are $20 advance; $25 week of event and at door. Purchase tickets online at http://kohalaaina2014.bpt.me/. For more information, call 808-889-6316, email hipagriculture@gmail.com or visit www.hipagriculture.org.

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 14 & 15, 2014
A TRIBUTE TO KING DAVID KALAKAUA "E MAU ANA KA HULA" - SHERATON KONA BAY RESORT, KEAUHOU
The "Merrie Monarch" King David Kalakaua will be feted 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
TIPS FOR CAREGIVERS PRESENTATION - KAILUA KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
An interactive Power Point presentation on Laura Guluzzy's book "Inside Grammie's Closet" with a 21-tip guide for caregivers. She will highlight some of the tips from her caregiving memoir, also relating her own experience in caring for a loved one. A question and answer session will follow. Time: 3-4 PM. Free to the public. For information call: 331-1781 or email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

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 15, 2014
THE GARDEN PARTY ANNUAL DINNER AUCTION - HONAUNAU
Society for Kona's Education & Arts' biannual dinner auction at Paleaku Peace Gardens on Painted Church Road in Honaunau will take place November 15th from 4-8 PM. Delicious food, local art live and silent auctions, and live music in a spectacular setting! Tickets are $70 each or $65 for two or more. All proceeds benefit the Society for Kona's Education and Art. Call SKEA at 328-9392 for info or tickets. Tickets also available at Patel's in Honaunau, PC911 in Kealakekua, and Kona Stories in Keauhou Shopping Center. For more information, email skea@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.skea.org

November 15 and 16, 2014
3rd ANNUAL KING OF THE TRACK SERIES DRAG RACES - HILO
3rd Annual Pacific Rim King of the Track battle hosted by Hawaii Drag Racing League. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. Time trials and qualifying begin about 10 a.m. Program includes Gambler's Bracket, Summit Super Series, Diva Racing for the wahine and Saturday nite Outlaws that will be open to all cars and bikes. Featured also on Sat & Sun is the First Annual Nostalgia Races (see below). Admission is $8; keiki 10 & under free. For more information, call 960-1095 or email hdrl96720@gmail.com.

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. event will feature old time cars from the 60s and 70s pitted against each other in three classes. Event will take place from 7:30 am to 10 pm. Cost: $8 adults; keiki under 10 free. Call 808-854-3258 or email aekanuam@yahoo.com.

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 16, 2014
SCREENING OF "COWSPIRACY:THE SUSTAINABILITY SECRET" - KAPA`AU
There is one single industry destroying the planet more than any other, but no one wants to talk about it. "Cowspiracy may be the most important film made to inspire saving the planet." -Louie Psihoyos, Oscar-winning director of The Cove. A selection of delicious vegan refreshments will be served. Time: 1-4pm at Maliu Ridge, Kapa`au. Free to the public. Call 884-5551 for directions and reservations. For more information, visit www.cowspiracy.com. For reservations, call 808-884-5551 or email info@gentleworld.org. Sponsored by gentleworld.org.

November 18, 2014
SOLAR SYSTEM PROGRAM - KEALAKEKUA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Learn how big or small our home planet is, and how sizes and distances of the planets in our solar system compare. Conducted by the University of Hawai`i's Institute of Astronomy, this program is suitable for all ages. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Time: 4-4:45PM. Free to the public. For more information, call 323-7585 or email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

November 22, 2014
CHRISTMAS GIFTS & CRAFTS FAIR - KAILUA-KONA
Halau Kala`akeakauikawekiu under the direction of Kumu Kenneth Aloha Victor presents a one-of-a-kind Fundraiser Christmas Fair on Saturday, November 22nd from 10am to 4pm at the Halau location at 74-5598 Luhia street (just past Killer Tacos and Bamboo II - follow the signs). Free Admission. Local gift and craft vendors will showcase their talent. There will be delicious food, refreshments, ceramics, pottery & glass, koa wood items, jewelry, clothing, unique Christmas items, paintings & greeting cards, natural skin care products, soaps and lavender lotions, Kona coffee and mac nuts, cookies & chips, jams & jellies and much more. The keiki will love the "Make & Take Gift and Activity Station." Enjoy shopping while your children have the opportunity to make and wrap gifts or ornaments for a small fee! For more information, call Sabine at 896-0289 or email.

November 22, 2014
18th ANNUAL ARC OF KONA BAZAAR BENEFIT - KEALAKEKUA
Music and entertainment all day, "Trash and Treasure": clothing, household goods plants; craft vendors, Silent Auction with donations from Big Island businesses; ono food for sale: smoked turkey plate, chili dogs, pulled pork and salads. Call 323-2626. ARC of Kona is located just mauka of Konawaena High School. Park at the high school and you will get shuttled up the hill.

November 22, 2014
13th ANNUAL KONA HOSPITAL FOUNDATION GALA BENEFIT - FOUR SEASONS HUALALAI
This event with the theme of "Life, Health & Giving" will benefit The Cancer Center at Kona Community Hospital. Time: 5pm. $150 per person; reserved tables of ten, $1700. Musical entertainment by The Bill Noble Quartet. Exceptional Live and Silent Auctions - view online at www.biddingforgood.com/khfhawaii. Auction opens Nov. 7 at 8am. For reservations, call 808-322-4587 or visit www.khfhawaii.org.

November 22, 2014
HOLIDAY BY THE SEA BENEFIT - KAILUA-KONA
The Royal Kona Resort will be hosting Holiday by the Sea, a benefit for the Hawaii Visitor Industry Charity Walk. The event features a dinner plate by Don The Beachcomber and live entertainment by local favorites DJ Tiger, Pomaika`i Brown, Bula Akamu and keiki `ukulele ensemble and Polynesian show by Te `E`a O Te Turama. Also featuring a mini craft fair of local artists, a silent auction and family holiday photo station. All ticket sale proceeds directly benefit the 2015 Charity Walk. Time: 4-8:30 PM at Royal Kona Resort Lu`au Grounds, Kailua Kona. Cost: $20 per adult; $10 per keiki 12 & under. For more information, call (808) 930-3246 or email cristec@hawaiianhotels.com

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 26, 2014
"KALUA YOUR TURKEY" WORKSHOP - AMY B.H. GREENWELL ETHNOBOTANICAL GARDEN, KEALAKEKUA
Participants will begin preparing their turkeys and the imu (pit) between 7 and 8am. 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 between 3 and 5pm. The cost per turkey is $30 ($25 for Bishop Museum or Amy Greenwell Garden members). You must call or email to register in advance. For information or to register, call 323-3318 or email agg@bishopmuseum.org

November 26, 2014
13th ANNUAL INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING EVE WORSHIP CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Many Big Island Faith communities will join together for this concert. Free to the public, but canned food and monetary donations for Hawai`i Food Basket are encouraged - "2 Hands=2 Cans." Time: 6:30pm, at Lutheran Church of The Holy Trinity, 77-165 Lako St. For more info, call 987-4219.

November 26, 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 26th, 2014 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.

November 28, 2014
NAUE I KE ALOHA AINA MARCH - KAILUA-KONA
Hawaiians and supporters across the islands will march on La Ku`oko`a (Hawaiian Independence Day) on Friday November 28, 2014 in an effort to enhance awareness in our communities and throughout the world about one of the longest standing National Holidays of the Kingdom of Hawai`i. Marchers will gather at the Old Kona Airport across from Makala Blvd at 7:30am for opening thoughts and pule. The march will begin at 8:00am and will cover approximately eight miles starting from the Old Airport State Park to Keauhou at the birth site of Kauikeaouli (Kamehameha III). For more info, email naueikealohaaina@gmail.com.

November 28, 2014
LA KU`OKO`A (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, 2014
KAILUA VILLAGE HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING - KAILUA-KONA
Village Holiday Holiday festivities kick off on Friday, November 28 with a traditional lighting of the Kailua Village Christmas tree. Meet friends and family, and bring the kids to Emma's Square, across from Hulihe`e Palace, at 5:45 pm. For information call: 808-936-9202 or email hkvevents@yahoo.com or visit www.historickailuavillage.com

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.

November 29, 2014
"ART HELPS" BIG ISLAND ANIMALS BENEFIT/ADOPTION EVENT - HILO
Annual benefit sale from 9 AM to 5 PM for the Hawai`i Island Humane Society hosted by High Fire Hawaii Gallery and Studio, 114 Kamehameha Ave on the Bayfront in downtown Hilo. Items in the sale include ceramics, art, jewelry, and many more items, all handmade by Big Island artists. On-site animal adoptions will also be available. For more info, call (808) 935-8380 or info@highfirehawaii.com.

Novemer 29 and 30, 2014
ANNUAL KONA POTTERS GUILD SALE - HONAUNAU
The pottery utilizes Hawaiian-inspired colors, textures and motifs, with a variety of clays and techniques - iridescent Raku, porcelain underwater scenes, functional high fire and low fire stoneware. Taste some 100% Kona coffee, macnuts & brownies while you're shopping! Time: 9am-5m both days. The studio 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, and will be open after the sale throughout December. Call (808) 328-9665 for more info.

November 29 and 30, 2014
CHRISTMAS COOKIES ORCHESTRAL EVENT - ALOHA THEATRE, KAINALIU
A live orchestral event featuring music from Disney's "Frozen," Manheim Steamroller, and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by the Chamber Orchestra of Kona (COOK). Time: 2:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Cost: $10-$22. For more information, call (808) 494-8784 or email suelou19@gmail.com.

November 29 and 30, 2014
20th ANNUAL NA LIMA HANA ART AND CRAFTS FAIR - HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
Sat. 9am-5pm/Sun. 9am-4pm, in the Hilton's Kona Ballrooms. $5 validated Self-Parking. 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.

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