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February

February 2, 2016
GARDENING IN HAWAI`I PRESENTATION - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Sponsored by The Friends of the Libraries, Kona, the Community Seed Library invites you to a round table with Nancy Redfeather. This free round table discussion on gardening in Hawai`i will include such topics as invasive species, and building and maintaining healthy soil. Time: 5-6 PM. For more information, cal 508-264-7335, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

February 4, 2016
KAI `OPUA CANOE CLUB "BENEFIT" - SPLASHER'S GRILL, KAILUA-KONA
Kai `Opua Canoe Club has been invited to participate in paddling races in Sydney, Australia at the Sydney Harbor Challenge, and in Auckland, New Zealand at the Takapuna Beach Cup! Splashers Grill will be donating $500 in addition to $1 for every meal purchased on February 4th to the Club. Open 7am-10pm; Happy Hour from 3-6pm.

February 6, 2016
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 & 7, 2016
"THE WORLD CUP OF TENNIS" GROUP II, FIRST ROUND - KEAUHOU, KONA
USA VS Poland. To be held at the Holua Tennis Center. For more info, call 888-334-8782 or visit usta.com/fedcup.

February 12-14, 2016
2016 BUILDING AND DESIGN EXPO - SHERATON KONA RESORT
More than 40 vendor booths will exhibit their goods and services in the three-day event. From general contracting and materials to home design and decor, including fine art, the expo often features furnishings, blinds and shutters, window-tinting, kitchen countertops, cabinets and flooring, pest control PC solar and financing. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-329-1758, email marketing@kona-kohala.com or visit http://www.kona-kohala.com/.

February 12-14, 2016
HEIVA I HAWAI`I 2016 - KAILUA-KONA
Te `E`a O Te Turama is proud to present Heiva I Hawai`i 2016, February 12th, 13th and 14th at Kekuaokalani Gymnasium in Kailua Kona. In this, the 5th year of this exciting event, Te `E`a O Te Turama once again hosts amazing groups from all over Hawai`i Island. From riveting drum dances to melodic `Ahuroa, cultural artisans, and ono kine grinds, this is one event you don't want to miss! Free entry to all the excitement! Friday night features the Mr. & Miss Heiva I Hawai`i Beauty Pageant from 6 to 9pm. Tahitian dance solo, couple and group competition will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3pm, along with Polynesian artists and crafters, food vendors and Fun To Jump Kona's inflatables and rock wall climbing. There will be an Ori Tahiti Workshop with Moon Tahiti on Sunday, February 14th from 5:30 to 7pm. Space is limited; pre-registration available. Visit www.heivaihawaii.com for more information and applications for competitors, vendors and sponsors. Time: 2/12, 6-9 PM; 2/13 & 2/14, 10 AM to 4 PM. For more information, call (808) 987-2354 or email cristec@hawaiianhotels.com.

February 13, 2016
KONA ROTARY MAUKA VALENTINE'S WINETASTING EVENT
The Annual Kona Rotary Mauka Valentine's Wine Tasting Event will take place February 13th, 2016 at Hulihe`e Palace in downtown Kailua-Kona from 4-8PM. This event benefits Hawai`i island community service and high school scholarships. Only 200 tickets available. This event sells out every year. Cost: $100 per ticket. Tickets can be purchased by calling Carol at 808-896-2397 or emailing rotaryvalentines2016@gmail.com.

February 13 and 14, 2016
A QUILT AND FIBER ARTS SHOW - HONAUNAU
Mo`olelo o ka `Aina, Legends of the Land: A Quilt and Fiber Arts Show presented by Aloha Quilters and the Society for Kona's Education & Art. Time: Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 9am-3pm at SKEA, Honaunau, South Kona. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 328-9392, email skea@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.skea.org.

February 16, 2016
NORTH HAWAI`I HOSPICE GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP - WAIMEA
North Hawai`i Hospice Circle of Support Group Grief Support will help you learn self care strategies. Please call or e-mail to sign up. Time: 9:30-10:30am at North Hawai`i Hospice, 65-1328 Kawaihae Rd., Kamuela. Free to the public. For more information, call 808 885-7547 or email inez.schultz@northhawaiihospice.org.

February 18, 2016
JAKE SHIMABUKURO IN BENEFIT CONCERT WITH VIOLINIST IGGY JANG - FOUR SEASONS HUALALAI RESORT
A benefit for Hawai`i Performing Arts Festival's 2016 Summer Festival and Scholarship fund, to be held at the Four Seasons' Hoku Outdoor Amphitheater. Enjoy a "Not-So-Silent" Auction from 5-6:30pm, followed by the Pau Hana Concert at 7pm. Tickets: $70 for General Admission; $110 for Upfront Reserved. Tickets include two drinks (beer/wine) and pupu. For tickets, visit hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org or call (808) 333-7378.

February 19 & 20, 2016
INTERNATIONAL NIGHTS - UNIV. OF HAWAII, HILO
A long-standing tradition at UH Hilo, International Nights showcases performances from cultures around the world. To be held at UH Hilo Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Box Office Tuesday-Friday from 9 am-1 pm. Cash or checks only (no online, phone or credit/debit card orders). Call (808) 932-7490 for ticket information. For more information, email mellon@hawaii.edu or visit www.hilo.hawaii.edu/international/IN.php.

February 19-21, 2016
BIG ISLAND SECTIONAL BRIDGE TOURNAMENT - KAILUA-KONA
The annual Big Island Bridge Sectional will be held at the Kona Bridge Club on the campus of Makua Lani High School. Two sessions each day, with Pair games on Friday and Sunday and Swiss Teams on Saturday. Time: Starts at 9am each day at Makua Lani Christian Academy, Holualoa. Cost: $8-$10 per session. For more information, call (808) 326-4700, email dsabo73@gmail.com or visit konabridge.org.

February 20, 2016
DONKEY MILL ART CENTER'S 9TH ANNUAL ART AUCTION - KAILUA-KONA
BMW Art & Auto Journey presents the DMAC 9th Annual Art Auction this year. Sponsored by Kona Trans, Kona Brewing Company, and Hawai`i Kombucha, this ticketed, black-tie-optional event will combine live and silent auctions in a festive, upscale venue that includes music, fine food and drink. Time 5-8pm  at BMW Kona, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. For more information, call (808) 322-3362, email donkeymill@gmail.com or visit www.donkeymillartcenter.org.

February 21, 2016
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 over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside 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 27, 2016
GROW HAWAIIAN FESTIVAL - 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. It will take place from 9am-2:30pm. 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 27, 2016
THE LIM FAMILY TO PERFORM AT "FREE" BENEFIT CONCERT - KEAUHOU
5pm at Keauhou Shopping Center. Admission is 2 cans of food for The Food Basket. For every can over 2, receive an entry into the raffle for prizes from the show sponsors, including Jams World and Kona Stories.

February 27 and 28, 2016
SOKO 2nd ANNUAL ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR & SALE - SOUTH KONA
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM both days. The South Kona Artists Collective brochure, and a map of eleven South Kona locations showcasing 18 artists is available at www.sokoartists.com, Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SOKOSouthKonaArtistCollective and various local venues. For more information, call (808) 328-9392 or email lpsatchell@yahoo.com.

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March

March 6, 2016
ROYAL ORDER OF KAMEHAMEHA I ANNUAL FUNDRAISER CONCERT - WAIMEA
To be held at Kahilu Theatre, Waimea. There will be a Silent Auction from 1-1:45pm in the lobby. Doors open for concert at 1:45pm; concert at 2pm, featuring award-winning vocalists Weldon Kekauoha and Kainani Kahuanaele, with hula by Kumu Hula Paul Neves' Halau Ha`a Kea `O Kinohi. All seating Reserved. Preferred seating $45; General Seating $35. Keep your ticket stubs for Lucky Number Drawings. Purchase tickets by phone at (808) 885-6868 or online at kahilutheatre.org.

March 4-31, 2016
BIG ISLAND WOODTURNERS 18th ANNUAL EXHIBIT - HILO
To be held at the Wailoa Art Center, 200 Piopio St., Hilo. Meet-the-Artists opening reception on March 4th from 5-7pm, open to the public. Show is open Monday-Saturday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm, with free woodturning demonstrations every Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm. Visit for more information or to place a bid. Free to the public. For more information, call 934-4254, email bill.crawford@hpmhawaii.com, or visit www.bigislandwoodturners.org.

March TBA, 2016
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 end of the "runway" at the tents on the 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, 2016
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. 11:15am-7pm. For more information call (808) 886-8822.

March TBA, 2016
18th 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. 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. For more info, visit www.hilomarathon.org.

March 12, 2016
THE KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL
The Kona Brewers Festival turns 21 on March 12th, 2016 raising funds for charities through the celebration of handcrafted beers and local cuisine at a sustainable community gathering. Top chefs from some of the Big Island's favorite restaurants will offer their best food pairings for beer, ranging from fresh fish and smoked meats to deep fried avocados and tropical sweets, served up fresh on a banana leaf plate against a backdrop of passing paddleboards and canoes at the historic Kamakahonu Bay Beach. Time: Two sessions, 11am & 4pm at King Kamehameha's Courtyard Kona Beach Hotel lu`au grounds, Kailua-Kona. Cost:Cost is $70 and includes a commemorative event mug and seven brew tastes. For more information, call (808) 938-7376 or email email@summercarrick.com.

March 19, 2016
ART AT THE PAVILION FUNDRAISER - KEAUHOU, KONA
Proceeds go towards an ICU Vein Finder for Kona Community Hospital, the event will be showcasing new and emerging Big Island artists. There will be artwork for sale, plus food, gift items, door prizes and a silent auction. Entertainment by Peter Weinstock. Time: 9:30am to 4:30 p.m. at Sheraton Kona Resort's Convention Center. Admission $5; children under 12 free. For more information and applications, email KCHAuxiliary@hotmail.com or visit KCHAuxiliary.org.

March TBA, 2016
30th 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, 2016
KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER FREE MONTHLY CONCERT
The featured Hawaiian music entertainer will be perform at 5pm. 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, 2016
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. Proceeds from the festive evening help support Hawaii Island Humane Society's Second Chance Fund and Spay/Neuter Community Assistance Program. Call 808-329-8002, email fund.dev@hihs.org, or visit www.hihs.org for more info or to purchase tickets.

March 20, 2016
HAWAI`I ISLAND 2016 SUICIDE PREVENTION BENEFIT - OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK, KONA
The Hawai`i State Suicide Task Force presents five hours of live entertainment, keiki activities, door prizes (including a brand new BMW and Hawaiian island cruise for two) and authentic Hawaiian food at the Hawai`i Island 2016 Suicide Prevention Benefit. The aim of the benefit is to bring together a community of survivors, advocates, educators, community members, health professionals and community/state leaders around the issue of suicide in order to increase our awareness of the problem of suicide, enhance our skills to respond to those at risk, and strengthen our abilities to help people who have survived the loss of a loved one. Time: 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Pavilion at the old Kona airport, Kailua Kona. Cost: 13 and up $13; keiki free. For more information, call 916-230-0449 or email tesshutto@yahoo.com.

March 20, 2016
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 over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside 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, 2016
HAWAI`I ISLAND C.R. KENDALL SCHOLARSHIP BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT - HILO
The 4th Annual Hawai`i Island Charles R. Kendall Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament will take place at Hilo Municipal Golf Course. Teams will enjoy a 3 man modified scramble with fun contests, great prizes and an awards ceremony & lunch. This event is open to the public. All proceeds will go towards educational scholarships and awards for HGEA (Hawaii Government Employees Association) members and their immediate families. For more information, call 935-6841, email hawaiidiv@hgea.org or visit www.hgea.org/hawaiigolftournament.

March TBA, 2016
ANNUAL "DAY AT HULIHE`E" SPRING FUNDRAISER - HULIHE`E PALACE, KAILUA-KONA
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. Admission is free, but donations accepted. For more info, contact the Palace at 329-1877, the Palace office at 329-9555, or visit www.daughtersofhawaii.org.

March TBA, 2016
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 27-April 2, 2016
THE 53rd 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, cream-of-the-crop Hawaiian crafts, and free, live music performances by some of Hawai`i's most beloved entertainers in the building adjacent to the Stadium (http://www.merriemonarch.com/merrie-monarch-invitational-hawaiian-arts-fair). On Wednesday, Ho`ike Night, there is also a free hula exhibition at the Stadium that begins at 6:30 pm (get there very early to stand in line!); 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.

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April

thru April 2, 2016
THE 53rd 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, cream-of-the-crop Hawaiian crafts, and free, live music performances by some of Hawai`i's most beloved entertainers in the building adjacent to the Stadium (http://www.merriemonarch.com/merrie-monarch-invitational-hawaiian-arts-fair). On Wednesday, Ho`ike Night, there is also a free hula exhibition at the Stadium that begins at 6:30 pm (get there very early to stand in line!); 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, 2016
35th ANNUAL MAC-A-THON - HONAUNAU
Hawai`i Island's oldest foot race, Keoua Honaunau Canoe Club's Mac-A-Thon, takes place annually the day before Easter. This fun-filled family event includes a 5k & 10k race, a Super Silent Auction, and a Mac Nut Pancake Breakfast. Race starts at Keoua Canoe Club Halau, Honaunau Bay. Free to the public; fee for runners. For more information, visit www.keouacanoeclub.com.

April TBA, 2016
RUN/WALK BENEFIT FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS WEST HAWAI`I - KAILUA-KONA
The 31st Annual Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run/Walk is a non-competitive run/walk named after fallen Honolulu police officer Troy Barboza, who volunteered as a Special Olympics coach and participated in the first Torch Run held in Hawai`i in 1985. For more info and entry forms, call Sharon Young at 756-2186 or email sowhdenise@gmail.com.

April TBA, 2016
HAKALAU FOREST NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE OPEN HOUSE
You are invited to attend an Open House at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge (Hilo, HI). Guided rainforest hikes will be offered to observe rare and colorful native birds and plants and to learn about refuge management practices. You will also have the option to tour a 130-year-old koa cabin and the refuge greenhouse. 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 (808) 443-2300 in advance. A map, directions and additional information will be sent to all participants. Free to the public. For more information, email cashell_villa@fws.gov or visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/hakalau_forest/.

April 16-24, 2016
FREE ENTRANCE TO NATIONAL PARKS IN HONOR OF NATIONAL PARKS CENTENNIAL
There will be free access to all national parks during National Park Week.

April 17, 2016
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 over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside 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, 2016
LAUPAHOEHOE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The 11th Annual Laupahoehoe Music Festival will take place at Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park, 36-1043 Laupahoehoe Point Rd., Laupahoehoe, Hawaii 96764. Music, crafters, game booths and food/drinks will be present. This is an alcohol and drug-free event; no coolers. Buy tickets online at www.laupahoehoemusicfestival.org. For more information, call 808-962-2200 or email gerry.delgado@lcpcs.org.

April TBA, 2016
KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER FREE MONTHLY CONCERT
Featuring a popular Hawaiian musician at 5pm. Admission is two cans of food for the Hawai'i Food Basket, per person. For each can over two, receive an entry to win a prize from the event sponsors Jams World, Kona Stories Bookstore and Sheraton Kona. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited.

April TBA, 2016
FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN ANNUAL BENEFIT BRUNCH - KAILUA-KONA
This is an annual Benefit Brunch to help support the healing process for children who have been victimized by child abuse, neglect or domestic violence. To be held at Huggo's Restaurant, Kailua Kona. For more information, call 808-331-2425, email friendscwh@gmail.com or visit www.friendsofthechildrenwh.com.

April TBA, 2016
38th ANNUAL BRANTLEY CENTER GOLF TOURNAMENT - KAILUA-KONA
Entry in this benefit tournament includes golf, lunch and prizes (including a $10,000 hole-in-one award). Golfers and non-golfers are invited to participate with sponsorships, silent auction items, gift certificates and other donations at all price levels. Brantley Center, founded in 1964 by Sergeant Gilbert Brantley, a former National Guard Advisor, provides adult day programs for clients with physical, emotional or mental disabilities. In a safe and supportive environment, men and women from North Hilo, Hamakua and Kohala receive independent life skills and employment training, vocational rehabilitation, and help transitioning into the regular job market. Work opportunity is also available for some clients through the Center's business services, such as aquaponic lettuce, auto detailing, janitorial, lawn and landscaping services. A 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization administered by a volunteer Board of Directors, Brantley Center depends on government funding and grants from charitable organizations such as Hawaii Island United Way. The golf tournament and other fundraisers throughout the year fill a critical gap in budgetary need. For more information, please contact Golf Tournament Chairman Roland Kaneshiro at 987-7712.

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May

May TBA, 2016
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, 2016
3rd ANNUAL KAULUWEHI LEI CONTEST - HILO
A lei contest featuring traditional and modern lei styles, this contest is a juried lei competition celebrating native species, Hawaiian culture and sustainable picking practices on the Big Island. Lei makers of all ages and skill are encouraged to enter. Entries due on April 30th to Division of Forestry and Wildlife between 3pm-6pm. Awards Ceremony and Reception on May 1st. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 443-4245, email anya.h.tagawa@hawaii.gov or visit dlnr.hawaii.gov..

May TBA, 2016
NATIONAL WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS DAY - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
This is the second annual National Wildfire Preparedness Day! Join hundreds of communities across the U.S. who are taking action together to reduce wildfire hazards in their neighborhoods. Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO) is organizing a day of fire preparedness fun and festivities at their Waikoloa Firewise demo garden from 9 am to 12 pm at Waikoloa Dryland Wildfire Safety Park, in Waikoloa Village at the end of Melia Street. Activities for the whole family. For more information, call 885-0900, email pablo@hawaiiwildfire.org or visit www.hawaiiwildfire.org.

May TBA, 2016
ANNUAL DAIFUKUJI SOTO MISSION BAZAAR - HONALO
This much-anticipated annual event will take place at the Mission (next to Teshima's restaurant in Honalo) from 9am-1pm. There will be food and preserves for sale, baked goods, fresh produce, orchids and plants, crafts, a rummage & white elephant sale, clothing, and more. Entertainment by Daifukuji Taiko drummers. For more info, call 322-3524, or visit or visit www.daifukuji.org.

May TBA, 2016
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, 2016
KONA ORCHID SOCIETY'S ORCHID SHOW & PLANT SALE - OLD AIRPORT PAVILION
There will be several island orchid vendors selling their plants. A nice selection of craft vendors will also be offering jewelry, scarves, and lavapots for purchase. Free to the public. For more information, email kos@konaorchidsociety.org or visit konaorchidsociety.org.

May TBA, 2016
ANNUAL VISITOR INDUSTRY CHARITY WALK - FAIRMONT ORCHID HOTEL, SO. KOHALA

Registration forms can be requested at http://www.charitywalkhawaii.org/registration.html. For more information, call Darren Matsumoto at (808) 887-7333 or visit www.charitywalkhawaii.org.

May 14, 2016
BIG ISLAND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL - HAPUNA BEACH PRINCE HOTEL
For more info, visit www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com or phone 808-324-6400.

May 15, 2016
"KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

May TBA, 2016
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. For more information, call Steve at 808-775-0888.

May TBA, 2016
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, 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, 2016
21st ANNUAL LAUHALA CONFERENCE/WORKSHOP - KAILUA-KONA
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, contact Barbara Kossow at 808-938-0806 or email bkossow@co.hawaii.hi.us.

May TBA, 2016
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. For more information, call 808/982-8800, email david@hihaf.org or visit www.bigislandaidswalk15.com.

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June

June TBA, 2016
BIG ISLAND JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL - SOUTH KOHALA
The 6th annual Big Island jazz and blues festival will bring in Grammy jazz and blues legends. To be held at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala coast. For more information, call 808-283-9070, email Jazzontv@aol.com or visit www.bigislandjazzandbluesfestival.com.

June 11, 2016
NORTH KOHALA KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION
From 7:45-9 AM, Lei Draping at the statue of King Kamehameha in Kapa`au will take place; from 9-10:30 AM, enjoy a traditional Pa`u Parade with horses and riders adorned in flowers and colors representing each Hawaiian Island. Parade from downtown Hawi to Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au; from 10:00am-4:00pm, Ho`olaule`a (crafts fair) at Kamehameha Park, where you can eat local food, see masters create traditional arts and craafts, watch beautiful hula dancers and listen to award-winning Hawaiian musicians. For more info, call 808-557-6042 or visit www.kamehamehadaycelebration.org.

June TBA, 2016
KAMEHAMEHA FESTIVAL - HILO
The festival will feature sweet Hawaiian music and beautiful hula from various artists and hula halau. There will also be ono (delicious) food, arts & craft vendors. Proudly presented by the Royal Order of Kamehameha, Mamalahoa, the festival is free, open to the public, and remains a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free event. For more information, visit http://www.kamehamehafestival.org/.

June 12, 2016
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 over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside 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, 2016
8th ANNUAL VOLCANO POTTERY SALE
Join Big Island potters and ceramicists for this annual show and sale. It's a great opportunity to meet the artists and to view their unique pottery styles all at one venue. Both functional pottery and ceramic sculpture will be featured. For more information, call 808-985-8530, email ron@ryhpottery.com or visit http://ryhpottery.com/volcano_pottery_sale.

June TBA, 2016
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, and more. The parade begins at Walua Road and Alii Drive at 9am, and travels through Kailua Village to Palani Road past the pier, ending at noon. A Ho`olaule`a (crafts and music fair) featuring a popular Hawaiian musicians will be held after the parade at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. For more information, call 322-9944, email KamehamehaDayParade@hawaii.rr.comvisit www.konaparade.org.

June TBA, 2016
ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL - PU`UHONUA O HONAUNAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, HONAUNAU
Celebrate Hawaiian culture at this free, two-day, family friendly event. Learn about lauhala and coconut frond weaving, kapa beating, traditional lei making and more, both days. In order to protect fragile resources and preserve the historic setting, picnicking, coolers and chairs are not allowed in the Royal Grounds. No food is available in the park. Please visit www.nps.gov/puho for more details and view updates on www.facebook.com/PuuhonuaoHonaunauNPS. For more information, call 808-328-2326 x1702 or email marisa_fronda@nps.gov.

June TBA, 2016
KONA MARATHON, HALF-MARATHON, 10k & 5k RACES - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT

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. For more information and race route, call 808-967-8240, email raceinfo@konamarathon.com or visit www.konamarathon.com.

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July

July 4, 2016
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, 2016
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, craft fair and more. For more info, call (808) 967-7800.

July 4, 2016
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, 2016
KAILUA-KONA INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & FIREWORKS
For more information, visit paradesinkona.com, email rcpreese@gmail.com or call 313-0025.

July 4, 2016
GREAT WAIKOLOA RUBBER DUCKIE RACE/BENEFIT - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT, KOHALA COAST

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. Live entertainment, food booths and games. Adopt a duckie for the Duckie Race for a chance to win one of many fantastic prizes.

July 4, 2016
FAMILY FOURTH & FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The event continues at Waikoloa Beach Resort 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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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 TBA, 2016
RELAY FOR LIFE OF KONA
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 938-8413; please call the same number if you are interested in having a team or to volunteer. For more information, email Sancie.DeMattos@cancer.org or visit www.RelayForLife.org/konahi.

July 17, 2016
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 over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside 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, 2016
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, 2016
10th ANNUAL FIL-AM FRIENDSHIP 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. KVC is a non-profit organization and proceeds from this fundraiser will support scholarship grants to eligible college bound students. This is a fun-filled event with family friendly activities such as a Silent Auction, Hit for Prizes, delicious foods, and more. For details about the event, please visit the website http://www.gonnalove-it.com/tennis, call Lovette at 938-3910, or email lovette@gonnalove-it.com for more info.

July TBA, 2016
34th ANNUAL DAIFUKUJI ORCHID SHOW AND SALE - HONALO
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 info, call (808) 325-3261.

July TBA, 2016
JOANN WILLIAMS 24th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN JULY ART, GIFT & CRAFT FAIR - KONA
Approximately 100 local vendors from all over the state, with exclusive items for your early holiday shopping. Time: 9:00am to 5:00 pm at Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Free to the public.. For more information, call 1-808-325-5155 or email dagoose@hawaii.rr.com.

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August

August 1, 2016
FREE ENTRANCE TO HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
In honor of the Park's 100th birthday, the park is offering a special fee-free day.

August TBA, 2016
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 from 10am-5pm. 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. 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.

August TBA, 2016
8th 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, 2016
HILO ORCHID SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW AND SALE
Thousands of orchids in displays created by top notch growers and amateurs entice audiences in this three day extravaganza. Visitors can expect to see exotic species, beautifully grown specimen plants and the latest hybrids, many created by Big Island orchid breeders. Judging of plants will be conducted by certified American Orchid Society judges with dozens of trophies and ribbons awarded. Information about orchids and their cultivation will be offered in free mini-classes conducted by experts during the show. The show will feature a refreshment area with a silent auction, and entertainment each afternoon. Sales areas offer orchid and plant related products plus, of course, magnificent orchids for purchase, including many not found in typical retail garden stores or nurseries. Purchases may be shipped to the mainland. To be held at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, Hilo. Small entry fee. For more information, call 808-935-7991, email rrobison@hawaii.edu or visit www.hiloorchidsociety.org.

August TBA, 2016
DON THE BEACHCOMBER MAI TAI FESTIVAL - KAILUA-KONA
A full day of fun at Royal Kona Resort, including a Battle of the BBQ; a Marketplace; a Pool Party with live music; and The Mai Tai Mix-off where bartenders will compete for the title of Best Mai Tai, cash prizes totaling $17,500 and more. Call 808/329-3111 or visit donsmaitaifest.com/ for more info.

August TBA, 2016
PU`UKOHALA HEIAU NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE'S ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL - KAWAIHAE

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 21, 2016
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 over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside 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, 2016
19th ANNUAL TASTE OF LIFE BENEFIT - KAILUA-KONA
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 entertainment/dancing. For more information, call 808-331-8177 or visit www.hihaf.org.

August TBA, 2016
HOSPICE OF KONA'S ROYAL TEA BENEFIT - FOUR SEASONS HUALALAI RESORT
Proceeds to benefit Hospice of Kona's Nakamaru Hale. For more info, and to make reservations, call Hospice of Kona at 324-7700.

August 25-28, 2016
FREE ENTRANCE TO NATIONAL PARKS IN HONOR OF NATIONAL PARKS CENTENNIAL
In honor of National Park Service's Birthday Weekend, there will be free access to all national parks.

August TBA, 2016
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, 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 TBA, 2016
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.

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September

September TBA, 2016
45th ANNUAL QUEEN LILI'UOKALANI LONG DISTANCE OUTRIGGER CANOE RACES
The Queen Lili`uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races welcomes more than 2,500 outrigger canoe paddlers to Kona for its signature 18-mile long distance race, the world's largest long distance outrigger canoe race. Kai `Opua Canoe Club, one of Hawai`i's oldest outrigger canoe clubs, will host crews from all over the world. Other official race events unfold throughout the holiday weekend. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-937-3255 or email no1paddle@hawaii.rr.com.

September 3, 2016
ANNUAL DANIEL R. SAYRE MEMORIAL ANNUAL FUNDRAISER & AWARDS - FAIRMONT ORCHID
The Daniel Robert Sayre Memorial Foundation will hold its 19th Annual Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Annual Fundraiser & Awards Dinner at The Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani Resort on Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 4:30-10 p.m. Cost: $109 per person. All funds raised go toward the purchase of rescue equipment and professional training for the Hawai`i County Fire Department. For information on the event for 2016 and to view past events go to www.danielsayrefoundation.org, phone (808) 325-5456 or email mallerysayre@hawaii.rr.com.

September TBA, 2016
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. This event 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, 2016
HAWAIICON CONVENTION - HAPUNA BEACH PRINCE HOTEL
HawaiiCon brings together the best of science, sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, anime and cosplay at the Hapuna Beach Price Hotel. Celebrities join the top space scientists, voice actors and cosplayers in the country for four days of panels, workshops and adventures. For more info, visit www.hawaiicon.com.

September TBA, 2016
ANNUAL HOLOKU BALL/FUNDRAISER - SHERATON KONA RESORT
Dinner, dancing, live Hawaiian music and hula, honoring the traditional Hawaiian ballgown, the holoku. Proceeds to benefit halau Na Wai Iwi Ola to support scholarships for students of West Hawai`i who are involved the study of traditional Hawaiian culture. Reserved seating; tables of 10 available. For tickets and information, visit www.nawaiiwiola.org or call (808) 936-0607.

September TBA, 2016
2016 RUN FOR HOPE EVENTS - FOUR SEASONS HUALALAI, KOHALA COAST
Proceeds from these event benefit cancer research in Hawai`i. Annual Taste of Hawai'i Island - This exquisite culinary event showcases talented chefs for an evening of tasty delights, drinks and island music at the beautiful Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. The silent auction is a popular annual highlight with unique vacation packages and island treasures.
Shotgun Golf Tournament on the Jack Nicolas-designed Hualalai golf course. At 2pm, tennis fans will enjoy a fun round robin tennis tournament at the Hualalai tennis pavilion.
Run for Hope - Keiki Dash at 6:30am; 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk at 7:00am. A fun, family event along the beautiful manicured resort landscape. The event concludes with refreshments and raffle prizes at the Hoku Amphitheater.
For more info, visit http://www.runforhopehualalai.com/ or call 808.325.8052.

September TBA, 2016
2016 WILIWILI FESTIVAL - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative proudly presents the 2015 Wiliwili Festival. Enjoy a day of celebrating the rare wiliwili trees and native dryland forest in Waikoloa Village. This free event includes live music, local food vendors, workshops, forest tours, a silent auction, native plant sales and giveaways as well as lots of hands-on activities for keiki of all ages. Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Waikoloa Stables, Waikoloa Village. For more information, call (808) 494-2208, email jess@waikoloadryforest.org or visit www.waikoloadryforest.org.

September TBA, 2016
3rd ANNUAL "ROAST & ROOTS" EVENT - KEAUHOU, KONA
A day-long celebration of local foods and coffees at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Highlights include a "Buy Local" foods and artisans' marketplace, People's Choice coffee-tasting contest, chefs' cooking challenge, live remote broadcast by KAPA radio, and live musical entertainment. Attendees will have ample opportunity to taste and learn about local, sustainable Hawai`i Island foods that have earned the HDOA Seal of Quality. The chefs cooking challenge allows the audience to sample on-the-spot creations by top island chefs who prioritize local ingredients. Admission at the door; no advance ticket sales. For more information, please contact Tracy at mkc01@hawaii.rr.com, call (808) 960-3094 or visit www.Facebook.com/RoastandRoots.

September TBA, 2016
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.

September TBA, 2016
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.

September TBA, 2016
17th ANNUAL BAMBOO FESTIVAL - HILO
While there, you will be able to see and purchase many varieties of bamboos. And there will be craft vendors, educational speakers, artists, food, a silent auction, and much more. Plus you will be able to tour a truly magnificent garden. Where: Nani Mau Gardens, 421 Makalika Street, Hilo. Cost: $3 refundable admission. For more information, call 781.960.5305 or email xarty@icloud.com or visit www.hcabs.webs.com.

September TBA, 2016
HULA KAHIKO AT HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant will feature a local kumu and 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. Free; park entrance fees apply. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

September TBA, 2016
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, 2016
KA`U COFFEE TRAIL RUN 5K, 10K, 1/2 MARATHON - PAHALA
The Ka`u Coffee Trail Run offers moderate to highly-challenging 5K, 10K and 1/2 Marathon races through macadamia nut and coffee fields along the beautiful slopes of rural Ka`u on the southern side of Hawai`i Island. Invite your friends and family to cheer you on and enjoy local food, live entertainment and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the Ka`u community. `O Ka`u Kakou is a 501(c)3 volunteer-based organization. To register and for more information, visit Race360.com or okaukakou.org. For more information, call 650.280.3437 or email e.douglas.c@gmail.com.

September TBA, 2016
BIG ISLAND SLACK KEY GUITAR FESTIVAL - HILO
This annual event features some of Hawai`i's finest slack key guitar recording artists and local performers. The festival is held at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo. Small admission fee. There will be festival t-shirts for sale, Hawaiian craft and food booths. Sponsored by the non-profit East Hawaii Cultural Council. Time: Noon to 6 PM at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. For more information, call 808-315-2374 or email gtolar01@gmail.com.

September TBA, 2016
HISPANIC CULTURAL FESTIVAL, KAILUA-KONA
In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, celebrate Hispanic culture at Hale Halawai on Alii Drive. The goal of the festival is not only to celebrate Hispanic culture in Hawaii, but to unite our Hispanic and Latino communities with the larger local community. The event will feature authentic Latino cuisine. Live music will be featured throughout the day from local musicians and dancers. There will be dance performances by many local dance groups. Various community organizations with information will be present, as well as interactive games for the children. For more info, call 808-895-2052 or email angelam308@aol.com.

September 18, 2016
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 over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside 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 TBA, 2016
ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ALOHA - HAPUNA BEACH PRINCE HOTEL
Mauna Kea Resort presents the 5th Annual Festival of Aloha at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel from 9:30am - 4pm. The free all-day event features activities for the entire family. There will be live Hawaiian music, hula performances, Hawaiian craft vendors, and 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.

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10th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE PARADE AND FESTIVAL - HONOKA`A
Celebrating the annual United Nations International Day of Peace, the town of Honoka`a will host a Parade down Mamane Street - a "moving stage" of bands, dancers, drummers and entertainers. The event then continues with a Peace Day Festival in the streets. For more details, visit www.peacedayparade.org, email info@peacedayparade.org, or call (808) 883-0669.

September 24, 2016
FREE ENTRY TO ALL NATIONAL PARKS
In honor of National Public Lands Day there will be no entry fees charged on this day.

September TBA, 2016
FREE KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER CONCERT
This month's concert features a popular Hawaiian musician. Admission is 2 cans of food per person for the Hawai`i Island Food Bank. Each can over 2 per person enters you into a raffle for prizes offered by the sponsors of the event - Jams World, Kona Stories Bookstore and Paradise Found.

September TBA, 2016
FESTIVAL OF 1000 BOWLS - KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER, KONA
Music, noodles and handmade ceramics! Enjoy hiyashi somen (chilled Japanese noodles) served in a handmade bowl of your choice to keep. Relax and enjoy live music while tasting noodles and sipping sake. Proceeds will benefit Donkey Mill Art Center's Ceramics Department's mission to bring clay art to people of all ages and abilities in our island community. For more info, call (808) 322-3362, email DonkeyMill@gmail.com or visit donkeymillartcenter.org.

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October

October TBA, 2016
B.I.A.N. FALL HORTICULTURAL SHOW AND PLANT SALE - HILO
The Big Island's best nurseries will be offering fruit trees, ornamentals, orchids, bamboo, water garden plants and so much more. There will be educational booths, plant clinic, and a concession area. Time: Fri. 5-9pm; Sat. 9am-2pm at Afook-Chinen Civic Aditorium, Hilo. Free to the public. For more information, call 966-7169 or email info@hawaiiplants.org.

October TBA, 2016
BIG ISLAND `UKULELE GUILD EXHIBIT - HILO
The Big Island `Ukulele Guild's annual exhibit at the Wailoa Center. For more information about the `Ukulele Guild or the upcoming exhibit, contact coordinator Dave Stokes (808) 989-8890 or visit BigIslandUkuleleGuild.org. For more information about the Wailoa Art Center, contact (808) 933-0416.

October TBA, 2016
ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL 28TH ANNUAL COUNTRY FAIR - HILO
St. Joseph School's 29th annual Country Fair will be held from 8am-2pm at the High School gym and grounds. Enjoy fresh malasadas, carnival-style games, great food, live music and great prize giveaways. For more information, call 808-933-1459, email fpaekukui@sjshilo.org or visit www.sjshilo.com.

October TBA, 2016
3rd ANNUAL HISTORIC KAILUA VILLAGE LU`AU
The Annual Historic Kailua Village Lu`au will take place on the makai (oceanfront) lawn of the Kona Inn restaurant. For more information, call 808-936-9202, email hkvevents@gmail.com or visit https://historickailuavillage.com/historic-kailua-village-luau/.

October TBA, 2016
31st ANNUAL PATH 5K/10K RUN & KEIKI DASH - KAILUA-KONA
A fun 5k and 10k Runand Keiki Dash in downtown Kailua-Kona. Run/walk starts and finishes at Hale Halawai on Alii Dr .This event is a benefit for PATH's Bike Safety Education Program.Fee. For more information, call 895-2442, email stefanie@pathhawaii.org or visit www.pathhawaii.org to register.

October TBA, 2016
"TASTE OF THE HAWAIIAN RANGE" AND AGRICULTURE FESTIVAL - HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
Culinary adventure seekers can taste and enjoy all the cuts of pasture-raised beef - everything from tongue to tail - prepared expertly by Hawai`i chefs. Enjoy familiar cuts like sirloin tip and ribs, plus beef cheek and the infamous "rocky mountain oysters." While "tasting," attendees can meet Hawai`i's food producers at booths and talk story with the ranchers and farmers who make a living growing our food. Attendees can also enjoy exhibits presenting topics related to local agriculture and food sustainability, including the University of Hawai`i's Mealani Research Station, where the event began. Local food producers also have an opportunity to hook up with island chefs and consumers. For more info, visit http://www.TasteOfTheHawaiianRange.com.

October TBA, 2016
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, 2016
4th ANNUAL LILIKOI FESTIVAl - PAHOA, PUNA
Indulge your passion for passion fruit at the Annual Lilikoi Festival! For more info, visit www.LilikoiFestival.com.

October TBA, 2016
HULA KAHIKO AT HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant will feature a local 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. Free; park entrance fees apply. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

October TBA, 2016
ROTARY CLUB OF KONA'S HARVEST MOON BASH
The Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise will be hosting a Harvest Moon Bash at the Hawaii Big Game Fishing Club at Honokohau Harbor. There will be ono grinds, on-tap beers from Kona Brewing Company, and live musical entertainment. There will also be a great silent auction; all items are donated by local artists and businesses. All proceeds assist Rotary's work in the greater Kona community. Tickets are available at Queen K Tesoro, Westside Wines and the Kailua Candy Company. For more information, call Mike at 756-5565 or email miketransworldhawaii@gmail.com.

October 16, 2016
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 over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside 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, 2016
ANNUAL TASTE OF HILO
Featuring more than 30 participating restaurants, chefs, pastry chefs, bakers, and beverage suppliers. To be held at Hilo Hongpa Hongwanji Betsuin, 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, 2016
RUN FOR THE DRY FOREST - PU`U WA`A
The annual Run for the Dry Forest at Pu`u Wa`awa`a is a 10km run, 5km run/walk and 1/4 mile keiki run. You can choose to run or walk a 5km course (suitable for most people) with a 5k start time at 8:00 am, or a 10 km run start time at 7:45 am which will be an "extreme trail running experience" featuring a 1200 ft elevation gain in the first 3 miles. Door prizes, and t-shirts for finishers are included. Proceeds from this event will be used to support natural resource conservation and management-related projects in West Hawaii. Registration is required. For information, call (808) 938-7795, email tina@pathhawaii.org or visit www.pathhawaii.org.

October TBA, 2016
FOUNDERS' DAY AT THE KONA COFFEE LIVING HISTORY FARM- CAPTAIN COOK
Founders' Day at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm promises a day filled with family activities. Their will be local treats, Kona coffee, live music, local produce, artisan demonstrations, tours of the historic 1920s farm and farmhouse, and more! Time: 10 am-2 pm at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Captain Cook. No admission. There will be a shuttle from Kealakekua Ranch Center leaving every 15 minutes. For more information, call 808-323-3222 or email khs@konahistorical.org or visit www.konahistorical.org.

October TBA, 2016
6th ANNUAL HAWAI`I ARTIST COLLABORATION AUCTION - HOLUALOA
This will be the 6th annual Hawai`i Artist Collaboration Auction. Last year featured 35 artists from 14 art disciplines. Jewelers, painters woodworkers, blacksmiths, ceramicists, sculptors and more, embark on a weeklong journey of artistic collaboration culminating in this auction event which showcases the artwork created during this unique experience. The auction will be held at the picturesque Malulani Pavilion & The Great Lawn at the Holualoa Inn from 4-7pm. The public is invited to experience and admire the results of the collaborations, meet and talk to the artists, as well as bid to win the art through both live and silent auctions. The event fee donation TBA; keiki are free. For more info, call (808) 331-0813, email HACollaboration@gmail.com or visit www.HawaiiArtistCollaboration.org.

October TBA, 2016
ANNUAL WAIMEA SOLAR SYSTEM WALK
The Canada-France-Hawai`i Telescope and Keck Observatory are sponsoring the Waimea Solar System Walk from 10am-2pm. 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. To be held at Keck Observatory Headquarters along Mamalahoa Hwy to the Canada-France-Hawai`i Telescope offices, Waimea. For more information, call 885-3121 or email laychak@cfht.hawaii.edu.

October TBA, 2016
16th MAGICAL HALLOWEEN JOURNEY - KONA PACIFIC CHARTER SCHOOL, KEALAKEKUA
The Journey is the largest fundraiser for Kona Pacific Public Charter School and has become one of the "must attend" Halloween events in West Hawai`i. 600 attendees are expected to enjoy the skits put on by Kona Pacific teachers, community actors and parents. Tickets are sold in increments of time slots for each "journey." Attendees will also enjoy themed games, crafts and out-of-this-world food at the cafe while enjoying local live entertainment. Cost: TBA. For more information, call (808) 854-6769, email Julie@Ziemelis.com or visit www.KPPCS.org .

October TBA, 2016
4th 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 on indoor and outdoor stages includes a lavish pupu buffet and dessert station, wine tasting and spirits. Proceeds benefit the Hawai`i Island Veterans Memorial. To be held at Nani Maui Gardens, 421 Makalika St. Hilo. For ticket info, visit www.hawaiiislandveterans.org. For more information, call 808-964-5764 or (808 961-6851, or email bobwilliams63@msn.com.

October TBA, 2016
KAMUELA PHILHARMONIC FALL CONCERT - MAUNA LANI BAY HOTEL, SO. KOHALA
For more information, call 808/365-4466, email contact@kamuelaphil.org or visit www.kamuelaphil.org.

October TBA, 2016
HOWL`WEEN DOG WALK - KAILUA-KONA
Form a team; join a team; walk as an individual - with or without a dog! Registration begins at 7:30am; walk begins at 8:30am at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel's Honu Lawn. Contests, prizes, costumes, team challenges, SUP for pups! For more info, email fund.dev@hihs.org or call 329-1175.

October TBA, 2016
`OHANA HALLOWEEN PA`INA - KEAUHOU, KONA
Free admission. Haunted House, playground, and vendors from 5-9:30pm. Keiki Costume Contest; Adult Costume Contest, and live entertainment. For more info & parking details, visit Keauhou Shopping Center's website.

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November

November TBA, 2016
WINE, CHEESE, CHOCOLATE & MORE! BENEFIT - HILO
Hilo Medical Center Foundation's 14th 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. Location: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel's Moku`Ola Room. For more information, email HMCFoundation@hhsc.org or visit www.hilomedicalcenterfoundation.org.

November 11, 2016
FREE ENTRANCE TO NATIONAL PARKS IN HONOR OF VETERANS DAY
There will be free access to all national parks.

November TBA, 2016
HOLIDAY BY THE SEA BENEFIT - KAILUA-KONA
Holiday By The Sea is an event to benefit the 39th annual Hawai`i Visitor Industry Charity Walk. Live music and a silent auction of crafts and certificates will also be held. All ticket and auction proceeds directly benefit the Charity Walk with all funds raised remaining on the Big Island to support our non-profit organizations. For more information, visit www.royalkona.wix.com/holidaybythesea.

November TBA, 2016
46th ANNUAL KONA COFFEE CULTURAL FESTIVAL
The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival returns for its 46th 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. 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: Festival Button for entry to most events. For more information, visit www.konacoffeefest.com.

November TBA, 2016
ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION - AMY B.H. GREENWELL GARDEN, CAPTAIN COOK
For more info, visit www.arbordayhawaii.org.

November TBA, 2016
ARBOR DAY TREE GIVEAWAY - HILO
The Hawai`i Electric Light office in Hilo will do their annual Arbor Day tree giveaway. The public may select from a variety of native trees and flowering shrubs, one per family. Free planting guides, as well. Location: 1200 Kilauea Ave., Hilo. For more info, visit www.arbordayhawaii.org.

November TBA, 2016
HAWAI`I ISLAND VETERANS DAY PARADE - HILO
The Hawai`i Island community celebrates our military veterans beginnig near the King Kamehameha Statue in Hilo with an exciting and fun-filled parade. For more information, visit www.HiVetParade.org.

November TBA, 2016
HOLUALOA VILLAGE COFFEE AND ART STROLL - KONA
The Holualoa Village Coffee & Art Stroll is an annual signature event of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. Coffee from many local farms will be featured in the historic little artists colony of Holualoa. Enjoy free samples of Kona's finest brews at unique art galleries and shops. Free parking at Holualoa School and the public parking lots across from the Holualoa `Ukulele Gallery. Info, map and videos at holualoahawaii.com.

November TBA, 2016
KONA COFFEE CULTURAL FESTIVAL LANTERN PARADE - KAILUA-KONA
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm. The popular Lantern Parade returns! Parade route starts on Alii Drive at Hale Halawai County Pavilion and travels through Historic Kailua Village to Kailua Pier.

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"WALK/RUN FOR LITERACY" - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
7th annual Friends of the Library 5K Walk/Run for Literacy will start and finish at the Waikoloa Elementary School parking lot. For registration details, visit 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, 12 & under, includes event t-shirt. Medals for top female and male categories. For more information, visit www.flwr-runforliteracy.com.

November TBA, 2016
HAPPY BIRDDAYS AT THE HAWAI`I WILDLIFE CENTER
Happy BirdDays is an annual event held at the Hawai`i Wildlife Center in Kapa`au that celebrates the birthday of the HWC and the anniversary of its wildlife hospital operations. BirdDays is a free community event that is open to all ages. It offers activities including craft projects, art workshops, and special guest presentations, all highlighting Hawai`i's native wildlife. Where: 53-324 Lighthouse Rd., Box 551752, Kapaau, HI 96755. For more information, call (808) 884-5000, email development@hawaiiwildlifecenter.com or visit www.hawaiiwildlifecenter.org.

November 20, 2016
"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 Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Concert, stroll thru Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm and goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. Special kama`aina pricing at participating restaurants and merchants. For more info about the Village Stroll, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, visit www.kvbid.org.

November TBA, 2016
29th ANNUAL HILO CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA CRAFT FAIR
The Annual Hilo Christmas Extravaganza Craft Fair will be held at Edith Kanaka`ole Tennis Stadium. Support over 70 artists and crafters showcasing their handcrafted works of art. Small admission fee for adults; children under 12, Free. Interested vendors please call (808) 896-1620 or email kim@malamaponoevents.com.

November TBA, 2016
ANNUAL ARC OF KONA BAZAAR BENEFIT - KEALAKEKUA
Music and entertainment, plus a "Trash and Treasure" area, clothing, household goods, plants, craft vendors, Silent Auction with donations from Big Island businesses, and ono food. Call 323-2626 for more info. ARC of Kona is located just mauka of Konawaena High School. Park at the high school and you will get shuttled up the hill. For more information, call (808) 323-2626 or email michele@arcofkona.org.

November TBA, 2016
"E MAU ANA KA HULA": A TRIBUTE TO KING DAVID KALAKAUA - 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. No outside food or coolers please. Festival information is online at www.emauanakahula.org, or call 808-348-7047 or email administrator@nawaiiwiola.org.

November TBA, 2016
KAWAIHAE CANOE CLUB'S 21ST ANNUAL LU`AU
Kawaihae Canoe Club's popular local-style lu`au fundraiser will take place from at the Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor. Entertainment will be provided by well known island musicians. Admission. For more information, call 808-345-6790 or email JLPaalua@hotmail.com.

November TBA, 2016
KONA PALISADES ARTISTS OPEN STUDIO TOUR AND SALE
Take the self-guided driving tour to meet Big Island artists at their studios: go from one art studio to the next, all located near Ka'iminani Drive in Kailua-Kona. View the art, see demonstrations in the studios and get a jump on holiday shopping by buying directly from the artists. On the facebook page for Kona Palisades Artists you can preview the artists work and view a map. Look for the signs near Holoholo off Ka`iminani Drive to start your tour (73-4356 Holoholo St, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740). For more information, email KonaPalisadesArtists@gmail.com, or visit Kona Palisades Artists on facebook.

November TBA, 2016
MEET & EAT ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DINNER - KONA
The Kona Task Force on Feeding the Hungry announces the 23rd Annual Meet and Eat Thanksgiving Dinner. The public is invited to a traditional Thanksgiving meal at the Kealakehe Intermediate School Cafeteria on Onipa`a Street from 5:15-7pm. 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 time of year. The task force is made up of community organizations, churches and businesses joining together to feed the needy in West Hawai`i. Those wishing to volunteer or contribute can contact Ardie Ikeda at 987-1664, or email him at Ikedaa004@hawaii.rr.com.

November TBA, 2016
"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. Cost per turkey $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 TBA, 2016
15th 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 TBA, 2016
KAILUA VILLAGE HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING - KAILUA-KONA
A traditional lighting of the Village Christmas tree at Emma’s Square, across from Hulihe`e Palace, will take place at 5:45 pm, kicking off the holiday season. For more information, visit www.historickailuavillage.com.

November TBA, 2016
JOANN WILLIAMS 34th CHRISTMAS FAIR - KAILUA-KONA
This event features vendors from all over Hawaii with exclusive items for everyone's holiday shopping. Unique items, including many Hawaiian hand-made crafts. Time: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Free to the public. For more information, call 1-808-325-5155 or email dagoose@hawaii.rr.com.

November TBA, 2016
VOLCANO VILLAGE ARTISTS HUI ANNUAL ART STUDIO TOUR & SALE
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, from 10am-4pm, 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 TBA, 2016
21st ANNUAL NA LIMA HANA ART AND CRAFTS FAIR - HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
To be held in the Hilton's Kona Ballrooms, Saturday from 9am-5pm and Sunday from 9am-4pm. $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.

November TBA, 2016
ANNUAL POINSETTIA SALE/BENEFIT - HALE HALAWAI, KAILUA-KONA
Between 9am and 2pm, Kona Business and Professional Women wll offer a variety of poinsettias for sale in a variety of colors 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 poinsettias in 6-inch, 8-inch and 10-inch diameter pots. To pre-order or for more information, call Carol at 985-0800 or Muriel 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.

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December

December 3, 2016
HULIHE`E PALACE POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE CHRISTMAS BALL - KAILUA-KONA
Time: 5:30-9:30pm. Cost: $125 per person. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net.

December TBA, 2016
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. Free admission. Live entertainment, along with ono kaukau and prize drawings. To be held at 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 TBA, 2016
KOHALA `AINA FEST - KAPA`AU
The Kohala `Aina Festival is a celebration of local harvest, small farmers and the growing movement for island-wide food security. This year's festival will feature the returning musical talent of world-renowned Nahko and Medicine for the People. They will be joined by a line-up of outstanding island-based musicians including Mike Love, Chris Berry, Tubby Love, Hawane Rios and other special guests. Enjoy a day of celebration filled with hula, African drumming, educational workshops and an abundance of organically grown, farm-fresh food & drinks! This is a family-friendly, drug and alcohol free event. Paper ticket locations listed at www.hipagriculture.org. For more info, email kohalaainafestival@gmail.com or visit http://hipagriculture.org/events/kohalaaina.

December TBA, 2016
HOLUALOA MUSIC AND LIGHT FESTIVAL, KONA

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

December TBA, 2016
TWILIGHT CHRISTMAS PARADE - WAIMEA

Starting at Church Row, and ending at Waimea Town Park. Visit with Santa Parker Ranch Center immediately after the parade and have a free picture taken with him. There will be goody bags for all children, while supplies last. Charitable donations will be accepted to benefit the Waimea Lions Club and North Hawai`i Hospice.

December TBA, 2016
ANNUAL CANADA-FRANCE-HAWAI`I TELESCOPE STARGAZING PARTY - WAIMEA
Right after the Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade at approximately 7pm, CFHT will host its annual stargazing party, with telescopes, hot beverages, keiki activities, and an opportunity to talk to the astronomers. Members of the West Hawai`i Astronomy Club will also be there with telescopes. 65-1238 Mamalahoa Hwy, CFHT front lawn, Waimea. Free to the public. For information, call 808-885-3121 or email outreach@cfht.hawaii.edu.

December TBA, 2016
CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHEFS - KAILUA-KONA

The American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Association presents its 28th annual holiday scholarship fundraiser. The fundraiser benefits local culinary students attending HawCC in Kona and members of the Kona Kohala Chefs who want to further their education. More than 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. Buy tickets online or at several West Hawai`i locations. For details, visit www.konakohalachefs.org.

December TBA, 2016
PARADISE STUDIO ARTIST TOUR - KEA`AU
Arts and crafts will be in abundance at the 10th Annual Paradise Studio Tour. The public is invited to visit artists in their home studios in Hawaiian Paradise Park, showing oil painting, watercolors, collage, pastels, acrylic, cement, wood sculpture, jewelry making, ceramics, silk painting, fashion art, gourd crafting, photography and more. Free featured demos and entertainment. For brochure and map go to www.paradisestudiotour.com or call (808) 982-5150 or email paradisestudiotour@gmail.com.

December TBA, 2016
KONA POTTERS GUILD HOLIDAY SALE
The Kona Potter's Guild will be presenting their Annual Holiday Sale. Pottery and sculpture will be featured. Award winning Kona coffee and homemade delicacies will be served. Kona Potters Guild is located at SKEA, in Honaunau, between mile marker 105 and 106 on the Mamalahoa Hwy. For information, call 808-328-9556 or email rucarley2002@yahoo.com.

December TBA, 2016
SANTA, ARTS & CRAFTS BOOTHS AT PARKER RANCH CENTER, WAIMEA
At the Fireside Food Court at Parker Ranch Center, there will be 40 local arts and crafts booths, and have a free picture taken with Santa while you're there! Charitable donations will be accepted to benefit the Waimea Lions Club and North Hawai`i Hospice.

December TBA, 2016
"FEAST ON THE BEACH" FUNDRAISER - SOUTH KOHALA
Presented by Kona Hospital Foundation, at Lava Lava Beach Club. Enjoy the sounds of popular Hawaiian musicians. Savor and Sip from the delicious food and beer and wine stations. This event will be a sell-out! For tickets or more info, call Kona Hospital Foundation at (808) 322-4587 or visit www.khfhawaii.org.

December TBA, 2016
32nd ANNUAL KAILUA-KONA COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARADE
Entry applications and additional info is available online at www.paradesinkona.com.

December TBA, 2016
"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 over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. Special kama`aina pricing at participating restaurants & merchants. A popular Hawaiian musician will take the stage at 5 pm for a free holiday concert under the monkeypod tree at Emma's Square. 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.

December TBA, 2016
LIGHTED BOAT PARADE - KAILUA BAY
The 3rd Annual Lighted Boat Parade following the Kokua Kailua and Kalikimaka Concert events on Sunday, December 13th, showcases Kona’s fleet with a jovial holiday light show. Great viewing from Kailua Pier or any of the Kailua Village's many restaurants.

December TBA, 2016
HULA KAHIKO AT HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant will feature a local hula 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. Free; park entrance fees apply. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

December 24, 2016
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. Get there early! For more info, call 329-0655 or email office@mokuaikaua.com.

December TBA, 2016
18th 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 sale. New Years crafts, food vendors, fortune telling, massage, I Ching readings, 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. Park atCall (808) 963-6422 or e-mail msakiko@hawaii.rr.com for more info.

December TBA, 2016
KEAUHOU BIRD CONSERVATION CENTER ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE - VOLCANO

Keauhou Bird Conservation Center is located near the Volcano Golf Course; shuttles will be offered from the 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). 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 email kbccopenhouse@gmail.com ASAP with your name, number in your party, and the date and time you wish to reserve, as the tours fill up fast.

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January 1-8, 2016
WAIMEA OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL - VARIOUS LOCATIONS
The action-packed 2016 Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film) offers a stunning lineup of films, special guests, intimate coffee talks, Q&As, exhibits, receptions and morning activities, running non-stop January 1-8. The annual event opens January 1, with films playing simultaneously January 1-4 at multiple venues in Waimea (Kahilu Theatre, HPA Gates, Parker Theatre) and at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i January 1-4. On January 5, the festival moves to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Ocean Film brings over 50 films to the big screen this year, most of which are world, U.S., Hawai`i or Big Island premieres, with many filmmakers in attendance to answer questions following the showing of each film. The festival immerses participants in a greater understanding and awareness of the ocean and island culture through exceptional films, talks, exhibits and activities. Films fall into the basic categories of ocean experience (such as surfing and paddling); ocean environment (things we do on land that impact the sea) and island culture. For the latest updates on films and speakers, follow the festival on Facebook, www.facebook.com/waimeaoceanfilmfestival, visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org or email info@waimeaoceanfilm.org. Festival passes can be purchased via the website or at 808-854-6095.

January 9, 2016
5th ANNUAL KONA JAZZ EXPERIENCE - ALOHA THEATRE, KAINALIU
A benefit for Aloha Performing Arts Company, the Kona Jazz Experience proudly presents another great night of jazz at the Historic Aloha Theatre. This year's benefit concert features Bethany's Trio and The Bill Noble Jazz Ensemble. Sponsored by the Aloha Hills Kona Coffee Company. Time: 7:00 PM at Aloha Theatre, Kainaliu. Cost: $20 general admission; $10 students. For more information, call (808) 322-9924, email info@apachawaii.org or visit alohatheater.com.

January 9 thru February 26, 2016
30th ANNUAL HAWAII WOOD GUILD SHOW - WAIMEA
This is the yearly juried show of the best of fine woodworking that Hawai`i island has to offer. To be held at the Isaacs Center, 65-1268 Kawaihae Rd., Kamuela. Opening Reception Jan. 9th, 5-8PM. Gallery hours Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm. For more info, call Marcus Castaing at 929-9974, or the Isaacs Center at 885-5884.

January 13-15 and 26-28, 2016
KOREAN NATURAL FARMING CLASSES WITH MASTER CHO - HILO
January 13-15 Master Cho will be teaching Korean Natural Farming classes at UH Ag Farm in Panaewa. This is the most sustainable, regenerative method of farming on the planet, and includes no-till, biochar, mulching, and indigenous microorganisms. His son will be teaching Ultra-Low Cost Ag January 26-28. Time: 9am-6pm at UH Ag Farm in Panaewa and Hilo Civic Auditorium, Hilo-Keaau, Cost: sliding scale. Students, farmers and group discounts. For tickets and more information, call (808) 938-5864, email jacqueprell@hotmail.com or visit www.CGNF-Hawaii.com.

January 14-15, 2016
POWERFUL TOOLS FOR CAREGIVERS CLASS LEADER TRAINING WORKSHOP - KAILUA-KONA
In an effort to expand its base of community volunteers, Hawai`i Community Caregiver Network is sponsoring a two-day Class Leader Training Workshop on Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC). The workshop will be held January 14-15, 2016 from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm at Regency at Hualalai, 75-181 Hualalai Road, Kailua Kona, HI, 96740. A community grant from West Hawai`i Healthcare Council is subsidizing the cost of tuition and materials for local residents. Participants must be Hawai`i residents who will agree to co-lead two PTC class series for family caregivers within a year after completion of the Class Leader Training workshop. Registration is limited to ten participants and advance registration is required. Walk-in registration will not be available. To register, please contact Ralph Harrison at (808) 464-2476 or email cmc1ralph@gmail.com for an application. Based on a Self-Management Program developed at Stanford University, Powerful Tools for Caregivers has helped more than 80,000 family caregivers nationwide develop self-care techniques to manage the stress associated with caring for someone with a chronic disease. Held once a week for 6 consecutive weeks, each two-hour class teaches family caregivers self-care tools to reduce personal stress; change negative self-talk; communicate effectively in challenging situations with family members, healthcare and service providers; deal with difficult feelings and emotions; and make tough caregiving decisions. For more information visit www.powerfultoolsforcaregivers.org.

January 15, 2016
2016 FOOD JUSTICE SUMMIT: STATEWIDE SPEAKING TOUR - HILO
"Challenging Global Impacts of the Agrochemical Industry: 2016 Food Justice Summit." Come hear inspiring food justice advocates from around Hawai`i and the world weave together a story of how our local food and environmental struggles are connected, and how we can begin to restore a fairer and more healthy food system - together! Organized by Hawai`i Alliance for Progressive Action (HAPA) and Pesticide Action Network (PAN) North America. Free HAPA T-shirts for the first 20 people! Time: 6-8 PM at University Classroom Building 100, University of Hawai`i-Hilo. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 212-9616, extension 0, email patricia@HAPAhi.org or visit www.HAPAhi.org.

January 16, 2016
CLASSIC CAR BENEFIT FOR HAWAI`I ISLAND FOOD BANK - LANIHAU CENTER
From 6-9pm, multiple classic cars and trucks will be presented in the parking lot in front of Famous Footwear, and there will be music and raffles available for the public to enjoy. Every person that donates a can of non-perishable food or a cash donation for the island's only food bank will have a chance to win prizes donated by Lanihau Center merchants and other Kona businesses. The Food Bank is a bit depleted after the holidays, and this event's goal is to gather at least 500 pounds food. Recommended items are canned protein, rice, canned meals, vegetables and fruit. Donations of money are especially welcome, because of the efficiency of bulk food buying by the Food Bank via the USDA; for every dollar received, the Food Bank can acquire roughly five and a half pounds of healthy, nutritious food for the needy, or about three and a half meals.

January 17, 2016
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION - KAILUA-KONA
The Martin Luther King Jr. 35th Anniversary Birthday commemoration will take place on Sunday, January 17, 2016, from noon to 4pm, with community celebration, program & potluck. Please bring your favorite dish to share. The celebration will take place at the Old Kona Airport Beach Park's Make`o pavilion. This event is free and open to the public. The program will consist of Kealakehe High school students reading excerpts from Dr. King's speeches, The Kona Choral Society, The Hawai`i County Band, Hoagus Boagus Clown, The Martin Luther King Jr. Choir, and hula performances. Students from various schools will have artwork on display. The keynote speaker will be poet Michele Dalton. For more info, please contact Virginia Halliday at (808) 325-1112 or Mamie Bramlett at (808) 331-1448, or email edavisyoung.ey@gmail.com.

January 17, 2016
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 over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

January 18, 2016
FREE ENTRANCE TO NATIONAL PARKS IN HONOR OF NATIONAL PARKS CENTENNIAL
On Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday, there will be free access to all national parks.

January 25-29, 2016
FREE SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC FOR DOGS & CATS - KEA`AU
Make appointments in advance by calling Hawai`i Island Humane Society, Kea`au at (808) 966-5458.

January 29 & 30, 2016
`IOLANI LUAHINE HULA FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
The 14th annual `Iolani Luahine Hula Festival will be held at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. The festival was established in 2003 with a vision to perpetuate the hula, and it also serves as a way to honor the memory of `Iolani Luahine and her contributions to the preservation of hula and Hawaiian culture. The two day event will again include hula workshops by renowned Hawaiian Kumu Hula, Ni`ihau shell jewelry-making workshops, and more. A prize will be offered to the Kumu Hula who best demonstrates `Iolani Luahine's values of Hawaiian cultural education. Hula presentations will begin at 5pm on Friday and feature makuahine, makuakane and kupuna hula presentations. Saturday will begin at 1pm and will feature the keiki, wahine and kane presentations. The hula presentations on both days are a free community event and everyone is invited to attend! Donations will be gratefully accepted to support the festival. Friday, 7 pm: Evening Concert featuring Kawaikapuokalani Hewett & Friends. $15 reserved seating, $10 general admission. On Saturday, the festival will offer quality Hawaiian arts and crafts by local artisans beginning at 11:30 am. Registration fees and details of the workshops are available at www.iolaniluahinefestival.org. For more info, email administrator@nawaiiwiola.org.

January 30, 2016
12th ANNUAL KONA SURF FILM FEST - KAILUA-KONA
Since 2003 the Kona Surf Film Festival, presented by Altres, has been an exhibition of surf films from around the world, a benefactor of the Big Island community and beyond, and a grassroots event that has kept the surf cinema stoke alive. Live music, surf movies, and good vibes! Jan. 30th in Kailua-Kona at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Time: 4-10pm. Cost: $10-$25. For more information, call (808) 936-0089, email chadkona@gmail.com or visit www.konasurffilmfestival.org.

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