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March

March 1, 2015
WHALE WATCH ADVENTURE/BENEFIT WITH JOHN KEAWE - KAWAIHAE
Purchase a 2 hour whale watch adventure ticket and help support West Hawai`i Community Health Center's mission to make quality, comprehensive and integrated health services accessible to all, regardless of income. Check-in time is noon at Kawaihae Harbor; Tour from 12:30-2:30pm. Famed island slack key guitarist John Keawe will be performing on board. $100 per person. Only 60 seats available. To purchase tickets call Terri at 808-329-0400, or email westhawaiicommunityhealth@yahoo.com.

March 6, 2015
HO'OPOMAIKA'I INAUGURAL EVENT/BENEFIT - CAPTAIN COOK
Free Polynesian Lu`au Show with Samoan Fire Knife Dance. Healthy Hawaiian dinner plates available for $25 donation, which will go to the non-profit organization, Ho`opomaika`i, a non-profit community health movement based on The Blue Zones Project. Live remote with KWXX, prizes & more! Time: 4-6pm at Kealakekua Ranch Center, Captain Cook. For more information, call 888-315-9238, email admin@hoopomaikai.com or visit www.hoopomaikai.org.

March 6-27, 2015
BIG ISLAND WOODTURNERS 17th ANNUAL EXHIBIT - HILO
This year's show will be held at the Wailoa Art Center, 200 Piopio St., Hilo. starting with a Meet the Artists Reception on March 6th, from 5-7 pm. This Woodturners Exhibit is free to the public and open Monday-Saturday from 8:30 am-4:30 pm starting March 7, 2014. There will also be Woodturning Demonstrations on Saturday March 7, 14 and 21 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. There will be an Online Auction of some of the members' turnings, which will run from March 6-27. Visit www.bigislandwoodturners.com for more information or to place a bid. This exhibit is sponsored in part by Woodcraft Hawai`i and HPM Hilo. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 982-5173 or email dkeown1@aol.com.

March 7, 2015
ANNUAL WEST HAWAI`I COMMUNITY BEACH CLEAN-UP
Annual Beach Clean-up of West Hawai`i beaches from Anaeho'omalu Bay to Honaunau. Meet at Old Airport Beach Park's 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 7, 2015
GREAT WAIKOLOA `UKULELE FESTIVAL - QUEENS' MARKETPLACE, WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT

The festivities include a free workshop with celebrated teacher Roy Sakuma, nonstop concerts all afternoon, instrument giveaways, Hawaiian crafts and more. Traditional `ukulele masters, school groups, up-and-coming artists and top entertainers in the `ukulele world will be at the festival. 11:15am-7pm. For more information call (808) 886-8822.

March 7, 2015
HYR RUGBY RENDEZVOUS - HILO
Kahuku Youth rugby club will be visiting Hilo on the 7th March, 2015 to participate in a full day of youth rugby. They just returned from Las Vegas at the beginning of this month with an undefeated record, and have been invited to participate in the National Youth rugby tournament in May, 2015. Kahuku is also bringing a girls team to play the Hilo Reign Ladies. Hilo Reign U19 is ready to take on Kahuku (current State Champion) on Saturday. Enjoy a full day of quality youth rugby on Saturday. Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm at Malama Park, Panaewa Park, Hilo. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-938-8292 or email lfong9@hawaii.rr.com.

March 7, 2015
"LIHAU'S JOURNEY" HULA DRAMA - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
Featuring keiki to kupuna members of the Beamer Solomon Halau O Po`ohala and special guests Kumu Keala Ching and musician Gary Washburn. 4:30pm Doors open; Showtime 5:30-7:30 p.m. Presentation follows the Beamer-Solomon halau's recently released film by Ari Bernstein about a young Hawaiian woman's spiritual journey to connect with her cultural roots and the true meaning of the hula. This performance will take audiences on a similar journey blending video footage with stage performances of both kahiko and auana hula. Conceived of and presented by E Hula Mai Kakou, a new educational nonprofit to perpetuate and preserve the hula, and in particular, the Beamer-Solomon method of dance and oral cultural tradition. The performance will explore the halau's multi-generational commitment to empowering children, young teens and adults to find their spiritual center through the dance disciplines of hula. Accompanied by Russell Paio on lead guitar with Kama Hopkins on rhythm guitar, Ha'i Kelly on bass, and Hula Loea Hulali Solomon Covington on `ukulele and ipu heke. Special guest musician Gary Washburn will present several piano solos, including the `ohana's beloved song, Paniau, written by their Great Grandmother Helen Desha Beamer. Cost: $20/Presale; $25/Day of event. For more information, call 808-938-8620, email poohala1860@ymail.com or visit www.Facebook.com/E HULA MAI KAKOU presents "Lihau's Journey".

March 7 and 8, 2015
1st ANNUAL ARTISTS SOUTH KONA ARTISTS (SOKO) TOUR AND SALE<>SOKO's 1st annual Artists Tour and Sale features 13 artists in six locations throughout the stunning coffee country of South Kona. Follow self-guided tour maps and discover the unique works of this talented collective. Paintings, prints, pottery, photography, sculpture, glass and quilts will be available for purchase from 10am to 4pm. Maps for the self-guided tour will be provided throughout West Hawai`i locations - Rumley Gallery at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona, Blue Ginger Gallery in Kainaliu, concierge desks at all major hotels as well as online at www.sokoartists.com. For more info, call 310-902-2603 or email jodifuchs@mac.com.

March 12, 2015
KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL'S PA`INA DINNER AND ART AUCTION - KAILUA-KONA
The ocean-side feast at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel is served under the stars and each course is expertly paired with Kona Brewing Company beers. Most dishes feature fresh, locally sourced ingredients and incorporate craft brew in the recipes. Art and culture of Hawai`i will also be featured through live entertainment and a silent art auction. Proceeds benefit nonprofit organizations working on behalf of children and the environment. Time: 6-8:30pm. Tickets are $100 and are available online or by cash purchase at the Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa. Visit http://konabrewersfestival.com/schedule/a-brewers-paina-and-art-auction/ for more info.

March 14, 2015
ST. PET-TRICKS DAY = KONA COMMONS
A family-friendly extravaganza focusing on pets! Customers are encouraged to donate canned and un-opened bags of dog and cat food that will be donated to local animal organizations. Pet food collections of dry or canned dog and cat food will be collected at the St. Pet-Tricks Day tent during the even. You could win a Pet Spa Treatment Package for a year valued at $500 from Petco. Petco will also conduct their Petco Mega Pet Adoption from 9am until 4 pm. There will be pet training and grooming demos, a Pet Kissing and Pet Trick contest and photos with your pet. Meet Kaimi, Hawai`i's first and only Arson K9. Available statewide, Kaimi responds to fire scenes and helps fight the crime of arson. ACTIVITY LINEUP, 9 am -11am (Pet Adoptions continue until 4 pm): - Kahula O Nawahine Hula Halau Opening Ceremony
    - Meet Kaimi, the Arson Dog!
- Pet Food Drive
- Petco Pet Kissing Contest
- Pet Trick Contest
- Photos with your pet!
- Pet hydration and snacks station
- Enter to Win a Pet Spa Treatment Package for a year valued at $500 from Petco
- Vet, grooming and pet training demonstrations
Animal charity beneficiaries are Hawai`i Island Humane Society, KARES & Advocats. Visit www.konacommons.com for more information and a list of tenants, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/konacommons. Kona Commons is located at 74-5450 Makala Boulevard, Kailua-Kona. For more information, call 808-334-0005 or email Nancy.Sakamoto@cbre.com.

March 14, 2015
KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL
This annual fundraising event is held rain or shine at the lu`au grounds of King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona, tapping up brews from some of the country's best breweries and serving them alongside a host of island cuisine from top Hawai`i restaurants. Tickets on sale January 31st for $75 each. Brewfest tickets often sell out within a few days after going on sale. For more information, call 503-735-5943, email sally.murdoch@konabrewingco.com, or visit www.konabrewersfestival.com.

March 14 - April 11, 2015 (five Saturdays)
AGROFORESTRY FOR HAWAII FARMERS AND RANCHERS - HILO
Are you interested in integrating trees and shrubs in combination with crops or livestock to create a system that is managed to provide economic, environmental and social benefits on your land? Register for a series of five sessions or just one class to learn how to use agroforestry practices to establish a more resilient farming or ranching system while diversifying production. Time: 9am - 4pm at UH-Hilo College of Ag Building (CAB) 102 and adjacent greenhouse, Hilo. Cost: $325 bundled rate for all five sessions, or $75 per class session. For more information, call 808-974-7664, email ccecs@hawaii.edu or visit http://hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/ccecs/courses.php.

March 15, 2015
17th ANNUAL BIG ISLAND INTERNATIONAL MARATHON - HILO

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

March 15, 2015
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai`i County Band with kahiko hula by kumu Etua Lopes' Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i hula halau on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

March 15, 2015
LIANE CARROLL IN CONCERT - FOUR SEASONS HUALALAI RESORT
The award-winning English jazz phenomenon brings her soulful renditions of the classics to Hawai`i Island audiences. Also enjoy Hawai`i Performing Arts Festival's fabulous silent auction. Time: 5-9 pm at Four Seasons Hualalai Resort. Tickets $50 each. To purchase, visit http://www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org/event/liane-carroll-in-concert/?instance_id=7117 or call 808-333-7378. For more information, call 808-333-7378, email gfreeman@hawaiipaf.org or visit https://hawaiiperformingartsfestival.yapsody.com/event/book/7800/29556.

March 16-20, 2015
SKEA CHILDREN'S SPRING ART CAMP - HONAUNAU
This camp theme is Global Exploration and is open for children ages 6-11. Early Bird Special discount if registering by March 9th; scholarships available. Sponsors include The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Rotary Club of Kona Mauka, and the visitor industry Charity Walk. For more information or to register, please contact SKEA at 328-9392 or go to www.skea.org. Time: 8:30AM - 2:00PM at SKEA, Honaunau. Cost: $115 early; $125 regular. For more information, call 808-328-9392, email skea@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.skea.org.

March 28, 2015
29th ANNUAL MAGIC SPECTACULAR - ALOHA THEATRE, KAINALIU
Two shows - at 2:30pm and 7pmm - featuring a big-name magician, plus local magician favorites. This year's featured entertainer will be World Teen Champion of Magic, Sterling Dietz. To benefit Society for Kona's Education and Art in Honaunau (SKEA) and their Childrens' Art Programs. Expect to laugh as well as be amazed! For more information, call 323-9707, SKEA at 328-9392, or email alohamagic@aol.com.

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

March 27, 2015
TROPICAL PAWS BENEFIT - FOUR SEASONS HUALALAI RESORT

6-9pm. 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. Cost: $135 per person. Call 808-329-8002, email fund.dev@hihs.org, or visit www.hihs.org for more info or to purchase tickets.

March 28, 2015
HAWAI`I ISLAND C.R. KENDALL SCHOLARSHIP BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT - HILO
The 3rd 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. Registration before Sunday, March 1st is $75; after March 1st it will be $80 per person ($240 per team). For more information, call 935-6841, email hawaiidiv@hgea.org or visit www.hgea.org/hawaiigolftournament.

March 28, 2015
ANNUAL "DAY AT HULIHE`E" SPRING FUNDRAISER - HULIHE`E PALACE, KAILUA-KONA
From 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m, hosted by Palace caretakers, the Daughters of Hawai`i and the Calabash Cousins. Browse among arts & crafts booth tents, a tempting bake sale featuring Aunty Nona's scrumptious peach cake, and the ever-popular "Classy Tutu's Attic." Choose a fresh flower lei made on site by Palace volunteers. The Kuakini Hawaiian Civic Club will offer ono food, and local hula halau will provide cultural entertainment. Prize drawings will take place throughout the day. 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 28, 2015
HAWAIIAN IMMERSION SCHOOL HO`OLAULE`A - WAIMEA
Punana Leo o Waimea and Alo Kehau o Ka Aina Mauna are holding a Ho`olaule`a with entertainment, ono food, craft vendors, cultural demostrations, silent auction, keiki games and free keiki ID cards. An event for the whole family. Time: 9:00AM TO 4:00PM at Kahilu Townhall & Minuke ole Park, Kamuela, Hawaii, :Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 885-7166, email kahealani@ahapunanaleo.org or visit www.kauapaliloa.org.

March 29, 2015
LAVAMAN WAIKOLOA TRIATHLON FESTIVAL - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The Lavaman Triathlon will be held at the Waikoloa Beach Resort. This Olympic distance triathlon starts at 7:30am with a 1.5k swim in Anaeho'omalu Bay, continues with a 40k bike on the Queen K Highway and then a 10k run through the resort's hotel grounds and lava fields, finishing on the beach. (First finishers will reach Anaeho`omalu Bay at 9am.) The event is a major fundraiser for Team in Training as well as local area non-profit organizations. For more information about the race, call 329-9718 or visit www.lavamantriathlon.com for more info.

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April

April 5-11, 2015
THE 52nd ANNUAL MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL - HILO
A week-long festival of cultural events including Hawaii's most prestigious hula competition at Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium. The festival begins with a Ho'olaule'a at the auditorium behind the Stadium on Easter Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lots of music, food and fun. Don't miss the by-invitation-only crafts fair that takes place beginning Wednesday, with incredible fresh lei and cream of the crop Hawaiian crafts in the building adjacent to the Stadium. On Wednesday there is also a free hula exhibition night at the Stadium that begins at 6:30 pm; Thursday is the solo Miss Aloha Hula competition; Friday & Saturday are the group Kahiko (ancient) and 'Auana (modern) hula competitions. A grand parade winds through Hilo-town on Saturday morning. Visit www.merriemonarch.com for more info. View the competitions online here: K5TV.

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

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

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

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

April 11, 2015
THREE TENORS ULTIMI IN CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Ultimi 3 Tenors will be performing their first show in the state of Hawai`i at the elegant Evans Estate on Keauhou Bay. Proceeds benefit the Kona Hospital Foundation. Ultimi will be accompanied by professional Slovenian concert pianist Petra Persolja. There will be a wine and "light bites" reception on the ocean lawn. Evening aloha attire is suggested. Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Tickets start at $125 per person, general seating. For more information, please call 808-322-4587, email skinsey@khfhawaii.org or visit www.khfhawaii.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 18, 2015
HAKALAU FOREST NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE OPEN HOUSE
Guided rainforest hikes will be offered to observe rare and colorful native birds and plants. This is a great family oriented opportunity to see the refuge and the cooperative reforestation work, tour the greenhouse operation, and walk in high elevation ancient forest habitats at Hakalau Forest NWR. Visitors must provide their own four-wheel-drive transportation to the Refuge, which is a two-hour drive from Hilo, Waimea or Kona. Reservations are required and may be obtained by calling the refuge office in Hilo at 443-2300 by Wednesday, April 16th. Location: Hakalau Forest NWR, Keanakolu (AKA Mana) Rd, East Slope of Mauna Kea. Free to the public. For more information, email cashell_villa@fws.gov or visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/hakalau_forest/.

April 18, 2015
KAILUA "KANIKAPILA" COMMUNITY CONCERT/PICNIC
Relax. Kick back. Bring your own chairs and mats. Enjoy the sunset. Pack a picnic and bring the whole family down to Hale Halawai for a Hawaiian style picnic including live entertainment. Time: 4 pm until sunset at Hale Halawai, 75-5760 Alii Drive. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-936-9202, email hkvevents@gmail.com or visit http://historickailuavillage.com/.

April 19, 2015
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs Men's Glee Club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U`i O Hawai'i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 24-May 3, 2015
KA`U COFFEE FESTIVAL
Ka`u Coffee Festival celebrates its award-winning brew with multiple events at different venues over 10 days. The fun kicks off with the Pa`ina Open House at Pahala Plantation House April 24 and continues with the Triple C Recipe Contest and Miss Ka`u Coffee Pageant at Ka`u Coffee Mill; Ka`u Mountain Water Systems Hike in Wood Valley; Coffee & Cattle Day at Aikane Plantation; and Ka`u Star Gazing. The event culminates with the all-day Ho`olaule`a May 2nd and Coffee College May 3rd at Pahala Community Center.  The Ho`olaule`a offers Hawaiian entertainment; craft, coffee and food booths; and Ka`u Coffee Experience with guided coffee tastings and farm tours. Times, dates, locations vary each day at Pahala Community Center, 96-3208 Maile St., Pahala, HI 96777. Some events have fees; some are free. For more information, call 808-929-9550, email cmanfredi@kaufarmandranch.com or visit www.KauCoffeeFest.com.

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May

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

May 8-9, 2015
BIG ISLAND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL - FAIRMONT ORCHID RESORT
The two-day chocolate extravaganza includes a Big Isle cacao farm tour, a student competition and public culinary and agriculture-themed seminars. Activities culminate 5:30-9 p.m. May 9 with the festival gala in the Grand Ballroom - enjoy a host of sweet and savory culinary stations presented by top isle chefs, chocolatiers and confectioners. General admission tickets to the gala are $75. VIP tickets are $100 and include early event access at 5 p.m., table seating and specialty wines. Culinary stations will be vying for awards in a variety of categories judged by a panel of celebrity chefs. Attendees can get in on the friendly voting by casting a ballot for the People's Choice Award.  Also on tap will be fine wines and handcrafted ales, chocolate sculptures, chocolate body painting, live entertainment, dancing and a silent auction. Presented by the Kona Cacao Association (KCA), event proceeds benefit the "Equip the Kitchens" campaign for the future Hawai`i Community College-Palamanui and a capital campaign to build a community kitchen at the Waldorf-inspired Kona Pacific Public Charter School in Kealakekua. For more info, visit www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com or phone 808-324-6400.

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

May TBA, 2015
PUNA MUSIC FESTIVAL

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

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

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

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

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

May 16 & 17, 2015
HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK BIOBLITZ AND BIODIVERSITY/CULTURAL FESTIVAL
Grab your daypack and join the National Geographic Society and the National Park Service on Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16, 2015. During the free, two-day event, teams of scientists, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, students and the public will join forces to discover and inventory as many living plants and creatures as possible in the 333,086 acre national park. Expert-led inventory teams will be dispatched through the park to explore the biodiversity that thrives in recent lava flows and native rainforests, from coastline to the summit of Kilauea volcano. Entrance fees are waived both days. The Festival will offer hands-on science and cultural exhibits, food, art and entertainment, plus the opportunity to meet individuals and organizations at the forefront of conservation, science and traditional Hawaiian culture - and learn how to join their efforts. All events are free and open to the public, however, advance online registration is required to secure a spot on a BioBlitz inventory team; the Biodiversity & Cultural Festival does not require advance registration. Whether you have a couple of hours or a full day, there are activities to engage the whole family. To learn more about the BioBlitz, go to www.nationalgeographic.com/bioblitz or call (800) 638-6400 ext. 6186. For more information about the park, visit www.nps.gov/havo.

May 17, 2015
"KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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June

June TBA, 2015
4th ANNUAL BIG ISLAND JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL - MAUNA KEA BEACH HOTEL
Jazz legends. The festival will conclude with a Sunday brunch at Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar, accompanied by live jazz and blues entertainment. For more info, call 866-977-4589 or visit maunakeabeachhotel.com/jazz.

June TBA, 2015
ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF FATHERHOOD - KAILUA-KONA
Family Support Hawaii's Fatherhood Initiative will be holding the Annual Celebration of Fatherhood at the Queen Lili`uokalani Children's Center. Fun for Dads and keiki! For more information, call 808-334-4154, email fatherhood@fsswh.org or visit www.familysupporthawaii.org

June TBA 2015
WALK MS 2015 - HILO
Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them. When you participate in Walk MS, the funds you raise give hope to the more than 50,500 people affected by MS in our community. The dollars raised support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. Location: Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium, 799 Pi'ilani Street, Hilo. Opening Ceremony at 5pm. For more info, visit the website, email Candice.Schwalbach@nmss.org or phone (808) 532-0805.

June 14, 2015
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai`i County Band with kahiko hula by kumu Etua Lopes' Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i hula halau on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawaii. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

June TBA, 2015
NORTH KOHALA KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION
8:00am Lei Draping at the statue of King Kamehameha in Kapa'au; 9:00am Floral Parade from Downtown Hawi thru Kapa'au; 10:00am-4:00pm, Ho`olaule`a (crafts fair) at Kamehameha Park. For more info, call 808-557-6042 or visit www.kamehamehadaycelebration.org

June TBA, 2015
KAMEHAMEHA FESTIVAL - HILO
This festival features features a ho`olaule`a with top Hawai`i recording artists, hula halau, and various cultural presentations. At Moku Ola (Coconut Island) in Hilo. Free. A drug, alcohol and smoke-free event. For more information, visit http://www.kamehamehafestival.org/festival/62/schedule

June TBA, 2015
7th ANNUAL VOLCANO POTTERY SALE
Join Big Island potters and ceramicists for this annual show & sale. Meet the artists and view their many unique pottery styles, both functional and sculptural, at one venue. At Volcano Art Center's Niaulani Campus, Volcano Village. For more information, call 985-8530, email ron@ryhpottery.com or visit Volcano Pottery Sale's website.

June TBA, 2015
KING KAMEHAMEHA CELEBRATION PARADE AND FREE CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Adorned in the flowers and colors of the Hawaiian Islands, regal pa`u riders on horseback will represent each of the eight islands, led by their respective princesses and the pa`u queen. The floral parade will also feature hula halau, equestrian units, marching bands, a horse-drawn carriage and more. The parade begins near Royal Kona Resort at 9 am, and ends near West Hawai`i Today at noon. For more information, visit www.konaparade.org

June TBA, 2015
O-BON FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
Dance the night away to the beat of Taiko Drums! Presented by Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, and featuring the Kona Hongwanji Taiko Group. At Keauhou Shopping Center's lower parking lot. Free admission. Free Bon Dance towels while supply lasts. Food for sale. For more info, call 323-2993.

June TBA, 2015
HILO BREWFEST
At Wainaku Executive Center, 26-238 Hawaii Belt Rd., Hilo. Rotary Club of Hilo's 3rd annual brewfest will be a fundraiser for worthy causes. Taste beer from craft breweries throughout Hawaii and the mainland. Sample food from local chefs, while listening to live music.

June TBA, 2015
ALOHA KEIKI RUN - KAILUA-KONA
A fun-filled day for children ages 1-15 to participate in age specific runs/walks. All entrants receive t-shirt, a finisher medal, and goodie bag. To be held at Kona Commons Shopping Center, Kailua-Kona. Fee. For more information, call 808-967-8240, email raceinfo@konamarathon.com or visit www.Alohakeikirun.com

June TBA, 2015
ALOHA FRIDAY RUN/WALK - KAILUA-KONA
Get a headstart on the weekend running events with an evening race. Walk, jog or run 3 miles, meet runners from the Big Island and around the world who are in town to participate over the weekend at the Kona Marathon and Family Runs. A sampling of great food awaits you at the finish line provided by the restaurants at Kona Commons shopping center. Time: 5:30-7:30 PM at Kona Commons, Kailua-Kona. For more information, call 808-967-8240, email raceinfo@konamarathon.com or visit www.konamarathon.com

June TBA, 2015
KONA MARATHON HEALTH & FITNESS EXPO - KEAUHOU, KONA
Everyone is invited to this Health Expo. It's a place to find more information on health and fitness for your life and have a gerat time doing it. This is also the Race Packet Pick Up for all weekend Kona Marathon events (see calendar entry below). Time: 9am-5pm at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-967-8240, email raceinfo@konamarathon.com or visit www.konamarathon.com

June TBA, 2015
KONA MARATHON, HALF-MARATHON, 10k & 5k RACES - KAILUA-KONA, KONA

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

June TBA, 2015
ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL - PU`UHONUA o HONAUNAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
This two day event is free to all (entrance fee waived). There will be dozens of craft demonstrations throughout the two day festival. Pack a lunch and plenty of drinks and spend a fun filled day at the park and leave with a nose flute, coconut leaf hat, a lei, lauhala bracelet, a hula gourd, or another traditional craft item that you have learned to make at the festival. For more information, please call the park at (808) 328-2326 ext. 1702, or visit www.nps.gov/puho

June TBA, 2015
7th ANNUAL MANGO FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
The Annual Mango Festival will take place on the beautiful Bayfront Lawn of the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. The festival presents the magic of fresh, ripe, delicious Hawai`i Island grown mangos. There will be displays of the many varieties of mangos locally grown on Hawai`i Island. Hawaiian mangos, which are not exported to mainland USA, will be showcased in a variety of horticultural and culinary activities. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide array of mangolicious treats and smoothies offered by local vendors. An amateur recipe contest offers the local home chef a chance to to create and share delicious recipes using mangos in salads, entrees and desserts. Browse among arts and crafts booths and enjoy non-stop live entertainment. This is a Zero Waste Event. For more information, call 808 936-5233, email randyldna@earthlink.net or visit www.mangofest.org

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July

July TBA, 2015
HAWAI`I PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL CONCERTS
The annual inspirational training and performance program attracting music students from all over the world, with a stellar list of instructors, and featuring many different genres of music - from classical and jazz to Broadway! There are many concerts offered to the public; some are free. Visit the Festival's Concerts and Events Schedule for details.

July 4, 2015
HILO BAY BLAST
Family activities around the Hilo Bayfront, including games, cook-offs, music and more. Hawai`i County Band concert at Mo`oheau Bandstand at 7pm, followed by fireworks at 8pm over Hilo Bay. For more info, call 961-8706.

July 4, 2015
FOURTH OF JULY PARADE & CELEBRATION - VOLCANO VILLAGE
The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Volcano Post Office and proceed for one half mile along Old Volcano Road to Cooper Community Center, featuring the Hawaii County Band, floats, antique cars, fire engines, bicycles, horses, and animals in costumes! Music, games, food booths, dunking pond, craft fair and prizes to follow. For more info, call (808) 967-7800.

July 4, 2015
4th of JULY SILENT AUCTION BENEFIT - VOLCANO VILLAGE

This annual fundraiser is a much anticipated part of Volcano's popular 4th of July parade and festival, which attracts hundreds of residents and visitors each year. The auction is held at the Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano Village. There is something for everyone at this fun and popular silent auction! Proceeds benefit Friends of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (tax deductible donations welcome through July 3). For more info, call 985-7373, email admin@fhvnp.org, or visit www.fhvnp.org

July 4, 2015
KAILUA-KONA INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & FIREWORKS
The 20th Annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade will take place on Friday, July 4, at 6:00 p.m., starting at the Kekuaokalani Gym/Pool Complex on Kuakini Highway. It will proceed south on Kuakini Highway, to Palani Road, to Ali`i Drive, and then south on Ali`i Drive to Walua Road just past Coconut Grove Marketplace. Following the parade, at 8pm, there will be a grand Fireworks Extravaganza over Kailua Bay. For more information, visit paradesinkona.com, email rcpreese@gmail.com or call 313-0025.

July 4, 2015
GREAT WAIKOLOA RUBBER DUCKIE RACE/BENEFIT

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

July 4, 2015
FAMILY FOURTH & FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The event continues throughout the afternoon until the Fireworks Extravaganza over Waikoloa Bowl at 8pm. This is an alcohol and drug free event. For more information, call 886-8822, email spelfrey@waikoloaland.com or visit waikoloabeachresort.com

July 4, 2015
TURTLE INDEPENDENCE DAY - KOHALA COAST

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

July 4, 2015
PARKER RANCH ANNUAL JULY 4th HORSERACES & RODEO
Big Island ranchers participate in fast-paced horseraces and rodeo events with Parker Ranch cowboys. Ribbon mugging, ranch mugging, dally team roping, Po'o Wai U and more. Keiki activities including roping practice and pony rides. Lots of food and mementos for sale at the Parker Ranch Store booth. Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena, Waimea. Pre-sale tickets available at the Parker Ranch Store in Waimea (at Parker Ranch Square). For more information, call 885-2323, email nguilloz@parkerranch.com or visit www.parkerranch.com

July TBA, 2015
TUTU'S CLOSET ANNUAL MINI THRIFT SHOP - KAILUA-KONA
The Neighborhood Place of Kona will hold its annual Tutu's Closet, a free mini thrift shop for families. Donations of gently used clothing, apparel, and small household items are appreciated (call for hours/days). Children's clothes are especially needed. NPK is located at 75-166 Kalani Street Suite 104, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 (behind Kuakini McDonalds). NPK is a community-based 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization serving West Hawai`i communities since 1998. Our mission is to ensure the well-being of children and families by promoting an environment of peace and safety. For more information please call 331-8777. The event will be held at the parking lot of Wiliwili Building (behind Kuakini McDonalds), Kailua-Kona. For more information, call (808) 331-8777, email neighborh001@npkona.org or visit www.npkona.org

July TBA, 2015
KAILUA KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE
Proceeds from sales help support the needs of the Kona libraries. Volunteers are welcome. If you find yourself willing and able, please call 322-0077. There will be no sale in August. Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. For more information, call 322-0077 or email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

July TBA, 2015
RELAY FOR LIFE - KAILUA-KONA
Event begins at 6pm at Old Airport Beach Park with a cancer survivors' reception and dinner, followed by "the survivors lap," which starts the relay. Teams start walking at 6pm, continuing till 6am the next morning. The luminaria ceremony at 9pm honors survivors and those lost to the disease. There will be live entertainment, a silent auction, food, family fun and a chance to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Reservations for the dinner and reception should be made at 895-3168. Call the same number to start a team or to volunteer.

July TBA, 2015
SUMMER BON DANCE FESTIVAL - DAFUKUJI SOTO MISSION, HONALO
The evening begins at 6:30pm on the temple grounds ( 79-7241 Mamalahoa Hwy., next to Teshima's restaurant). The festival honoring those who have passed will start with a Buddhist service, followed by Japanese and Okinawan bon dances and taiko drumming performances. Food will be sold to benefit the youth taiko group. Admission is free; bon dance towels will be available for a donation. For more info, visit daifukuji.org or call 322-3524.

July TBA, 2015
HAWAIIAN ISLAND PRIDE EVENT - HILO
A parade which celebrates LGBT diversity will proceed along the Hilo Bayfront from 11am-Noon. Following the parade there will be live entertainment at Mo`oheau Park's bandstand. There will also be a dance tent. For more info, call 935-8850.

July TBA, 2015
KAHIKO AT HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant features a Big Island halau from 10:30-11:30am. The event will take place rain or shine at the hula platform located near Volcano Art Center Gallery. The audience is encouraged to bring sitting mat and sun/rain gear. On the same day, there are hands-on cultural demonstrations from 9:30Am to 1:30PM on the gallery porch. Free; park entrance fees apply. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org

July TBA, 2015
HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK'S ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park's free annual cultural festival will be held at the park's Kahuku Unit in Ka`u. Enjoy hula kahiko and music, watch skilled practitioners demonstrate their art, and try your hand at Hawaiian crafts. Taste traditional Hawaiian foods. Wear sunscreen and bring a hat, water, rain jacket and ground mat or chair. No pets. Lunch and beverages will be available for sale. This is a drug and alcohol-free event. The Kahuku Unit is the southernmost section of the national park and is located on the mauka (uphill) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5. Call 808-985-6011 or visit the park's website for more info.

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

July TBA, 2015
HILO TRIATHLON
Inaugural Olympic distance triathlon at James Kealoha Beach Park in Hilo. 1500 meter swim, 40km bike, 10km run. Time: 7:00 AM at James Kealoha Beach Park, Hilo. Fee. For more information, call 808-333-9128, email hilotriathlon@gmail.com or visit hilotriathlon.org

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

July TBA, 2015
3rd ANNUAL WAIMEA SMALL BUSINESS EXPO
The Small Business Expo is free and open to the public. Whether you are a startup or want to manage your small business more efficiently, attend one of the free business workshops. All proceeds go toward the support of community and school programs in Waimea. To be held at Kanu O Ka Aina, Waimea. To register for a workshop or booth and for more info, visit: www.waimeabusinessexpo.eventbrite.com or call 890-2516.

July TBA, 2015
9th ANNUAL FIL-AM FRIENDSHIP DOUBLES TENNIS TOURNAMENT - KEAUHOU, KONA
The Kona Visayan Club (KVC) will host the Annual Philippine American Friendship Doubles Tennis Tournament at the Holua Tennis Center at Mauna Loa Village. The event categories of the tournament are recreational, men's, women's and mixed doubles. KVC is a non-profit organization and proceeds from this fund-raising will support scholarship grants to high school graduates in Kona. For details about the event, please visit the website http://www.gonnalove-it.com/tennis, call Lovette at 938-3910, or Email for more info.

July 19, 2015
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE'E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

July TBA, 2015
SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE - ISLAND-WIDE
Details TBA. For more information, call 808-329-1758 or visit http://www.kona-kohala.com/

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

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

July TBA, 2015
TAHITI FETE - HILO
The drums will be pounding and hips will again be gyrating as the 10th Tahiti Fete of Hilo returns to Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. This is one of the most exciting Polynesian dance competitions in Hawai`i, featuring dance companies from Hawaii, California, Chicago and Mexico. Arts, crafts, food and product vendors will be participating. Live music from some of Hawai`i's best musicians will highlight this special event. Cost TBA. Tickets can be purchased online at www.tahitifete.com. For more information and ticket outlets, call 808-935-3002 or email pua@tahitifete.com

July TBA, 2015
33rd ANNUAL DAIFUKUJI ORCHID SHOW AND SALE - HONALO
The free event offers attendees complimentary refreshments, plus an orchid boutonniere corsage - while they last. Time TBA. The Hongwanji's Taiko drummers usually perform. Enjoy an elaborate and colorful display of live blooming cattleya, cymbidium, dendrobium, phalaenopsis, miltonia, vanda and more. Cameras are welcome. Relax on benches amid orchids while browsing through orchid-themed magazines and books. Veteran members will staff a Question & Answer Booth where attendees can get expert advice on caring for orchids. The annual event also offers an outdoor sale of high quality orchid species and hybrids. The Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club is West Hawai`i's oldest orchidaceae organization with a mission to learn and foster orchid culture and promote fellowship among orchid collectors. Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall is on Hwy. 11 at mile marker 114, just north of Kainaliu. For more information, visit www.kdoc.us, www.facebook.com/orchidsinparadise, or call 808-354-8847.

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August

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

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

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

August TBA, 2015
ANNUAL "CREAM OF THE CROP" COFFEE AND DESSERT TASTING - SHERATON KONA RESORT
Sample coffees and desserts; enjoy music and art. A People's Choice Award will be given. For more information, email jimmonk@alum.mit.edu.

August TBA, 2015
DON THE BEACHCOMBER MAI TAI FESTIVAL - KAILUA-KONA
A full day of fun at Royal Kona Resort, including a Battle of the BBQ , Farmer's & Crafter's Market, a Pool Party, and The Mai Tai Mix-off, where bartenders will compete for the title of Best Mai Tai and a $10,000 cash prize. Call 808/329-3111 or visit donsmaitaifest.com/ for more info.

August TBA, 2015
PU`UKOHALA HEIAU NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE'S ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL - KAWAIHAE

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

August TBA, 2015
MISS ALOHA NUI PAGEANT - WAIKOLOA BEACH MARRIOTT
For more info, visit hawaiiislandfestival.org/

August TBA, 2015
18th ANNUAL TASTE OF LIFE BENEFIT - KAILUA-KONA
This year's gala will be held at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Savor food from the island's top chefs and support the Hawai`i Island HIV/AIDS Foundation in the fight against hepatitis and HIV. Live music and a Silent Auction. If you would like to volunteer, please email or call. VIP tables and sponsor packages are available. For more information, call 808-331-8177.

August TBA, 2015
GREAT WAIKOLOA CANOE RACE - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The Waikoloa Canoe Club will be holding their annual Great Waikoloa Canoe Race at Anaeho`omalu Bay. Dozens of teams will be competing from the islands and all over the world. For more information, call (808) 883-2447 or visit www.waikoloacanoeclub.com

August TBA, 2015
HAWAI`I ISLAND FESTIVAL'S ANNUAL POKE CONTEST - WAIKOLOA BEACH MARRIOTT
Both home cooks and top professional chefs compete against their peers for the championship recipe of this popular Hawaiian dish that is made from the freshest fish or shellfish plus seasonings - and after the judges announce the winners, the audience gets to taste too! For more info, visit hawaiiislandfestival.org.

August TBA, 2015
ANNUAL KINDY SPROAT FALSETTO & STORYTELLING CONTEST - WAIKOLOA BEACH MARRIOTT
This unique music competition features talented male singers of all ages who can not only sing in the unique falsetto style, but can also captivate the audience with the stories behind the songs. For more info, visit hawaiiislandfestival.org.

August TBA, 2015
HULA KAHIKO AT HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant will feature a Big Island halau from 10:30-11:30am. The event will take place rain or shine at the hula platform located near Volcano Art Center Gallery. The audience is encouraged to bring sitting mat and sun/rain gear. On the same day, there are hands-on cultural demonstrations from 9:30Am to 1:30PM on the gallery porch. Free; park entrance fees apply. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org

August TBA, 2015
HAWAI`I ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY HAWAI`I HORSE EXPO - WAIMEA
Hawai`i Island Humane Society's Hawai`i Horse Expo presents internationally renowned equine experts for two days of clinics, demonstrations and hands-on learning. Benefits HIHS Horse Rescue Fund. To be held at Paniolo Heritage Center, Pukalani Stables, Waimea. For more information, ongoing program updates and ticket purchases, visit http://www.hawaiihorseexpo.com or email hawaiihorseexpo@gmail.com

August 16, 2015
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE'E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

August TBA, 2015
NORTH HAWAI'I HOSPICE FLOATING LANTERN CEREMONY - FAIRMONT ORCHID
A meaningful ceremony to honor and remember loved ones that have passed. There will be a sharing of music and hula, Taiko drummers, chanting, and prayers, followed by a lantern release into Pauoa Bay at sunset. Admission is free. Floating lanterns for decorating and inscribing messages will be provided for a donation (pre-reservation of lanterns is suggested since supply is limited). Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Complimentary self-parking will be provided by The Fairmont Orchid. For more info or to reserve a lantern, call North Hawai`i Hospice at 885-7547 or visit www.northhawaiihospice.org

August 25, 2015
FREE ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARKS
In honor of the National Park Service's 99th Birthday, there will be no entry fees charged on this day at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park or Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

August TBA, 2015
45th QUEEN LILI'UOKALANI LONG DISTANCE CANOE RACES - KAILUA-KONA

This is the world's largest long-distance canoe race, attended by paddlers from all over the world. Crews from Hawai`i, the US mainland, and around the world are present for this world class event. The annual Torchlight Parade through Historic Kailua Village will wind its way through Historic Kailua Village starting at Hale Halawai County Pavilion and ending at the Kailua Pier. For detailed Queen Lili'uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races information, including crew registration, race history and up to date information, visit www.kaiopua.org

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

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

August TBA, 2015
DANIEL R. SAYRE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION AWARDS DINNER
This will be the 18th annual dinner and fundraiser held by the Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation. Proceeds from the event are used to purchase needed equipment for the County of Hawai`i Fire & Rescue Department. For more information and to reserve for the event visit www.DanielSayreFoundation.org, call 808-937-4132 or email ssakai002@hawaii.rr.com.

August TBA, 2015
PARKER RANCH ROUNDUP CLUB LABOR DAY RODEO
A two day rodeo event held at the Parker Ranch Arena. Rodeo begins at 12 noon on both days. Proceeds go to scholarship to Parker Ranch employee children. Time: 12 noon to 5 pm at Parker Ranch Arena, Kamuela. Admission fee. For more information, call 808-885-7311, email info@parkerranch.com or visit www.parkerranch.com.

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

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

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September

September TBA, 2015
2015 RUN FOR HOPE EVENTS - FOUR SEASONS HUALALAI, KOHALA COAST
Run For Hope is a non-competitive 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk event. Proceeds from this event benefit cancer research in Hawai`i. Run For Hope: 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk. For more information, call the Event Hotline at 808.325.8052. Registration forms are available at http://www.fsrh.net/pr/run_for_hope.pdf. For more information, call 808-325-8052 or visit the 2014 Run for Hope website.

September TBA, 2015
ANNUAL KUPUNA HULA FESTIVAL - SHERATON KONA RESORT AT KEAUHOU BAY
A very sweet and moving event featuring those over 55 years of age, held in the Kaleiopapa Convention Center. Usually sells out, so get your tickets in advance! Vendors with Hawaiian crafts will be set up outside the event. There will be Hawaiian food for sale, as well.

September TBA, 2015
HULA KAHIKO AT HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant features a Big Island halau from 10:30-11:30am. The event will take place rain or shine at the hula platform located near Volcano Art Center Gallery. The audience is encouraged to bring sitting mat and sun/rain gear. On the same day, there are hands-on cultural demonstrations from 9:30Am to 1:30PM on the gallery porch. Free; park entrance fees apply. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

September TBA, 2015
PANIOLO PARADE AND HO`OLAULE`A - WAIMEA
One of our favorite yearly events, the Paniolo Parade will start at 10am at "Church Row" and proceed to Waimea Park, featuring princesses on horseback with attendees (complete with "Pooper Scooper" brigades!) decorated with the flowers of their respective islands. The Parade is followed by one of the best crafts show of the year, featuring island foods, games, arts & crafts, Hawaiian products and live entertainment in Waimea Ball Park at 11am. Free. A great local family event! Note: 1 hour road closure.

September TBA, 2015
ANNUAL UNITED NATIONS' INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE CELEBRATION - HONOKA`A
The town of Honoka`a on the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island joins the world in observing the United Nations' International Peace Day with a parade and festival. This fun, free event for the whole family celebrates peace, compassion and awareness of global interdependence with a colorful parade with music, dance, colorful costumes and fun entertainment. For more information, call 808-883-0669, email info@peacedayparade.org or visit www.peacedayparade.org.

September TBA, 2015
KA`U COFFEE TRAIL RUN & `OHANA DAY
This opportunity to run through private property offers breathtaking landscapes and panoramic views of the Ka`u coastline and the Volcano National Park. Run through macadamia and coffee fields, eucalyptus and ohia tree forests, and cattle-grazing pastures. Prepare yourself to negotiate various terrains and moderately challenging grades up to the summit of 3100 ft elevation. Enjoy a run in paradise, the award-winning Ka`u coffee experience, food, entertainment and many other family friendly activities after the run. Time: 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM at Ka'u Coffee Mill, Pahala, HI. Free to the public. For more information, call 650.280.3437, email e.douglas.c@gmail.com or visit www.okaukakou.org

September 20, 2015
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai`i County Band with kahiko hula by kumu Etua Lopes' Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i hula halau, on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

September 21, 2014
ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ALOHA - HAPUNA BEACH PRINCE HOTEL
Mauna Kea Resort presents the 4th Annual Festival of Aloha at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. The free all-day event features activities for the entire family. There will be live Hawaiian music; hula performances; Hawaiian craft vendors; food booths. Special appearance by the Royal Court. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food donations to benefit Hawai`i Island Food Basket. At Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Courtyard and Ballroom, 62-100 Kauna`oa Drive, Kohala Coast. Call (808) 880-1111 for more information, email vkometani@maunakeabeachhotel.com or visit www.HapunaBeachPrinceHotel.com.

September TBA, 2015
FREE ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARKS
In honor of National Public Lands Day there will be no entry fees charged on this day at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park or Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

September TBA, 2015
FESTIVAL OF 1000 BOWLS - DONKEY MILL ART CENTER, HOLUALOA
Music, noodles and handmade ceramics! Enjoy hiyashi somen (chilled Japanese noodles) served in a handmade bowl of your choice to keep. Relax on the lawn behind the Donkey Mill Art Center for an afternoon of live music and new and old friends. Larger bowls will also available for sale, along with other handmade ceramic items. Proceeds will benefit Donkey Mill's Ceramics Department's mission to bring clay art to people of all ages and abilities in our island community. Donkey Mill Art Center, 78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy., Holualoa. Please call ahead to reserve your tickets: (808) 322-3362. Email DonkeyMill@gmail.com or visit donkeymillartcenter.org for more info.

September TBA, 2015
WILIWILI FESTIVAL - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
The Wiliwili Festival is a free, fun and educational event for all ages. This year The Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative, a non-profit organization that manages a 275 acre dry forest preserve and restoration project near Waikoloa Village, will be hosting five tours as well as a plant propagation workshop in the forest preserve, where guests will have a chance to see some spectacular rare wiliwili and uhiuhi trees, as well as restoration areas and a nursery. The festival will feature free interactive demonstrations and activities for all ages, informational booths sponsored by environmental, educational and cultural organizations, a silent auction, workshops, native plant sales and plant giveaways! There will be local food vendors and live music. For more information, call 808-494-2208, email jess@waikoloadryforest.org or visit waikoloadryforest.org.

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

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

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October

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

The `Ukulele Guild’s annual Handmade Instruments Exhibit will be held at the Wailoa Center. The `Ukulele Guild is comprised of members from across the island who build by hand, either recreationally or professionally. The mission of the guild is to share and promote the art and tradition of `ukulele making as it continues to evolve in modern day. Contact Guild President Chris Stewart thru the Guild's website at http://www.bigislandukuleleguild.org/ or get Wailoa Center info by calling 933-0416.

October TBA, 2015
KOHALA COUNTRY FAIR
Great for the entire family, with old-fashioned country fair games and contests, live music, more than 100 food and craft booths, and a keiki zone. To be held at the beautiful oceanview fairgrounds in Kapa`au, 1 mile east of the King Kamehameha statue, toward Pololu, makai from `Iole Road. Lots of off-street parking. For more information, email kcf@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.kohalacountryfair.com

October TBA, 2015
ANNUAL PATH 5K/10K RUN - KAILUA-KONA
The 30th Annual PATH 5K Walk/Run, 10K Run & Free Keiki Dash is Kona's Kickoff to Ironman Week. Time: 7:30am. Start at Hale Halawai on Ali`i Dr. (site of Ironman Expo), Kailua Kona. Fee. For more information, call 895-2442, email stefanie@pathhawaii.org or visit www.pathhawaii.org

October 9, 2015
"TASTE OF THE HAWAIIAN RANGE" AND AGRICULTURE FESTIVAL - HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
The time for this year’s Taste gala is 6-8 p.m. and the annual agricultural showcase will again sprawl both inside and out of the 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" or bull testicles. 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. They 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 isle chefs and consumers. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies and procedures to participate in this event should contact Russell Nagata at 808-969-8228 no later than September 7. Pre-sale tickets are $45; $60 at the door. Also visit http://www.TasteOfTheHawaiianRange.com.

October 10, 2015
IRONMAN TRIATHLON - KAILUA-KONA

This ultimate endurance event - a 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike and a 26.2 mile run - attracts thousands of the world's best athletes, and thousands of volunteers from the Big Island help make it happen! Watch West Hawaii Today newspaper for updates on the event.

October TBA, 2015
HULA KAHIKO AT HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant features a Big Island halau from 10:30-11:30am. This event will take place rain or shine at the hula platform located near Volcano Art Center Gallery. Audience is encouraged to bring sitting mat and sun/rain gear. On the same day, there are hands-on cultural demonstrations from 9:30Am to 1:30PM on the gallery porch. Free; park entrance fees apply. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org

October TBA, 2015
HAWAI`I BAMBOO SOCIETY'S 16TH ANNUAL BAMBOO FESTIVAL - PAPAIKOU
Vendors, artists, and lecturers will be featured at the event. There will be demonstrations and a silent auction. It is your opportunity to meet, ask questions, and talk with local bamboo enthusiasts and growers. Will be held at Papaikou Hongwanji Buddhist Temple on Hwy 19 between mile markers 7 & 8.Free to the public. For more information, call 808-238-5361, email hawaiichapterabs@gmail.com or visit hcabs.webs.com

October 18, 2015
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE'E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U`i O Hawai'i, on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

October TBA, 2015
ANNUAL TASTE OF HILO
Featuring more than 35 participating restaurants, chefs, pastry chefs, bakers, and beverage suppliers. To be held at Sangha Hall, Hilo. Sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawai`i. A portion of event proceeds go to support the Hawai`i Community College. Tickets may be ordered by calling the Chamber at 934-0177 or by emailing jccih@jccih.org. For more information, visit www.jccih.org

October TBA, 2015
ROTARY CLUB OKTOBERFEST
The Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise will be hosting an Oktoberfest at the Hawaii Big Game Fishing Club at Honokohau Harbor. There will be ono grinds, on-tap beers from Kona Brewing Company, and rockin' entertainment. A live auction will include works of art contributed by some of the island's finest artists. There will be a great silent auction as well; all items are donated by local artists and businesses to assist Rotary's work in the greater Kona community. Tickets are available at Kona Wine Market and Kailua Candy Company, or by calling Sylvia Owens at 937-3579. For more information, call 331-8191.

October TBA, 2014
HO`OKUPU HULA NO KA`U CULTURAL FESTIVAL - PAHALA
This will be the second year this cultural festival, which has been taking place annually on Lana`i, will be held in Pahala. There will be music, hula, cultural demonstrations, cultural practitioners, food and crafts. The organizers welcome artisans, crafters and informational displays. Entertainment will be free to the public, and will take place on the grounds of Pahala Plantation House. To sign up for workshops, call 808-315-7032.

October TBA, 2015
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY'S RELAY FOR LIFE - WAIMEA
Waimea's goal this year is to raise $40,000. For more info, contact American Cancer Society staff partner Sancie De Mattos at 938-8413 or Event Chairperson Bernie Kainoa at 938-2762.

October TBA, 2015
5th ANNUAL HAWAI`I ARTIST COLLABORATION AUCTION - HOLUALOA INN

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

October TBA, 2015
2nd ANNUAL LILIKO`I FESTIVAL/FUNDRAISER - HILO
This free, community focused, family friendly event will feature liliko`i cooking demonstrations, a liliko`i cooking contest, live music, and free keiki activities. At Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo. For more information, call 808-965-1866 or email sandi@alstrand.com.

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

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

October TBA, 2015
ANNUAL PAHOA GIFT AND CRAFT FAIR
All proceeds from booth fees will support the Kahakai neighborhood organized watch. Time: 8am to 3pm at Keonepoko Elementary School, Pahoa. Vendor cost: $30 for a 10x10 space. For more information, call 965-1672 or email know.craftfair@gmail.com

October TBA, 2015
HALLOWEEN JOURNEY EVENT - KEALAKEKUA
Meet Phileas Fogg and join him on a daring adventure! Costumes are welcomed; closed-toed shoes and a flashlight for the journey are strongly encouraged. For more information, call 808-854-6769, email Julie@ziemelis.com or visit www.kppcs.org

October TBA, 2015
`OHANA HALLOWEEN PA`INA - KEAUHOU, KONA
Free admission. Haunted House, playground, and vendors. Keiki Costume Contest; Adult Costume Contest, and live entertainment. For more info & parking details, visit Keauhou Shopping Center's website.

October TBA, 2015
HAWAI`I ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY'S ANNUAL HOWL'WEEN DOG WALKS - HILO & KONA
At King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona; Queen Lii`uokalani Park in Hilo. The Dog Walks encourage dog owners to exercise themselves & their dogs during this fun, family-friendly free event that includes contests and prizes. Walkers with or without pets are urged to raise pledges to support Hawai`i Island Humane Society. Registration for both events is free. Log on to www.FirstGiving.com/HIHSPetWalk and create your own fundraising page or team fundraising page. For more information, call 329-8002, email exec.dir@hihs.org or visit www.FirstGiving.com/HIHSPetWalk

October TBA, 2015
3rd ANNUAL EAST HAWAI`I JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL - HILO
Get your tickets now for the Annual East Hawai`i Jazz and Blues Festival! This swingin' event includes yummy pupus, beer, and wine! Proceeds benefit the Hawai`i Island Veterans Memorial. To be held at Nani Maui Gardens, 421 Makalika St. Hilo. For more information, call 808-964-5764, email bobwilliams63@msn.com.

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November

November TBA, 2015
45th ANNUAL KONA COFFEE CULTURAL FESTIVAL
The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival returns for its 45th 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, call 808-326-7820 or visit or visit www.konacoffeefest.com.

November TBA, 2015
HOLUALOA VILLAGE COFFEE TASTING AND ART STROLL - KONA
The Coffee Stroll is an annual event of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. Nearly two dozen farms' coffee will be featured at Holualoa's unique art galleries and shops, from 9am to 3pm. Gifts, live music and more. Free parking at Holualoa School and the Catholic church. There is also a public parking area across from the Holualoa `Ukulele Gallery.

November TBA, 2015
"WALK/RUN FOR LITERACY" - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
Sixth annual Friends of the Library 5K Walk/Run for Literacy will start and finish near playground end of Waikoloa School Complex. Register on site at 7am or on website www.flwr-runforliteracy.com. Time: registration 7:00am; race begins 7:30am at 68-1730 Ho`oko St. school parking lot, Waikoloa, HI 96738. Cost: $20 adults/$10, 13 & under. For more information, call 808-883-0764, email bettejgreen@yahoo.com or visit www.flwr-runforliteracy.com.

November TBA, 2015
ANNUAL WAIMEA SOLAR SYSTEM WALK
The Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope and Keck Observatory are sponsoring the Waimea Solar System Walk. 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.

November TBA, 2015
KOHALA `AINA FESTIVAL - NORTH KOHALA
The 6th Annaul Kohala `Aina Festival is Hawai'i Institute of Pacific Agriculture's annual harvest celebration and fundraiser. All proceeds from the event support youth education programs. Music and dance, a Permaculture Convergence with workshops in soil fertility, beekeeping, seed saving, plant medicine, community design, and Hawaiian culture. There will also be a Young Farmer's Forum, a 100% locally grown Hawaiian feast, and a Keiki Tent with fun activities for all ages! To be held at Kohala Fairgrounds (10 acre Fairgrounds, makai of `Iole Rd, Kapa`au). Purchase tickets online at http://kohalaaina2014.bpt.me/. For more information, call 808-889-6316, email hipagriculture@gmail.com or visit www.hipagriculture.org.

November TBA, 2015
45th ANNUAL KONA COFFEE FESTIVAL ALOHA MAKAHIKI CONCERT - MAKAE`O PAVILION, OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK
Traditional Hawaiian music and hula with renowned Hawaiian musicians. Festival button required. Visit konacoffeefest.com for more info.

November TBA, 2015
WINE, CHEESE, CHOCOLATE & MORE! BENEFIT - HILO
Hilo Medical Center Foundation's 13th 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. For more information, call 808-935-2957, email bmiller@hhsc.org or visit www.hilomedicalcenterfoundation.org.

November TBA, 2015
A TRIBUTE TO KING DAVID KALAKAUA "E MAU ANA KA HULA" - SHERATON KONA BAY RESORT, KEAUHOU
The "Merrie Monarch" King David Kalakaua will be feted with a celebration of hula held at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Kumu Hula and students from across the Hawaiian Islands, Japan, and Europe will present their art of style and tradition of hula with either hula kahiko (ancient) or hula `auana (modern) styles of dance. Each school will showcase the best integrity and quality of traditional hula steps, expressions, creativity and adornments with costumes and stories that support the hula traditions. Local arts and crafts vendors will be featuring quality handmade Hawaiian items, and ono food will be available too! Admission is free. No outside food or coolers please. Festival information and registration for workshops are available online at www.emauanakahula.org. For more information, call 808-348-7047 or email administrator@nawaiiwiola.org.

November 15, 2015
"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 & goes till 6pm), enjoy outdoor cafe's and 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, 2015
20th ANNUAL ARC OF KONA BAZAAR BENEFIT - KEALAKEKUA
Music and entertainment all day, "Trash and Treasure": clothing, household goods plants; craft vendors, Silent Auction with donations from Big Island businesses; ono food for sale: smoked turkey plate, chili dogs, pulled pork and salads. Call 323-2626. ARC of Kona is located just mauka of Konawaena High School. Park at the high school and you will get shuttled up the hill.

November TBA, 2015
14th ANNUAL KONA HOSPITAL FOUNDATION GALA BENEFIT - FOUR SEASONS HUALALAI
Musical entertainment by The Bill Noble Quartet. Exceptional Live and Silent Auctions - view online at www.biddingforgood.com/khfhawaii.For more info, and reservations, call 808-322-4587 or visit www.khfhawaii.org.

November TBA, 2015
HAWAI`I HONEY FESTIVAL - HILO
The Hawai`i Honey Festival will take place amid the 22 acres of tropical plants and flowers of Nani Mau Gardens (421 Makalika Street, Hilo). The event will include the 6th Annual Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge: beekeepers from throughout the State of Hawai`i will submit their best comb, liquid and solid honeys to be blind-tasted and judged by a panel of experts, with winning apiaries receiving recognition and award seals for their honey. Festivities include the "People's Choice" Honey Tasting, live Hawaiian and pop music, hula, crafts and honey vendors, "ono" food, many children's activities, beekeeping demonstrations and observation hives, other bee and agricultural exhibits, lectures and demonstrations, and bee-friendly plant sales. If you have questions or are interested in participating in this year's event, please contact Peggy Beckett at 808-963-6361, email peggy@TheBeeCompany.buzz or visit http://www.bigislandbeekeepers.com/.

November TBA, 2015 till beginning of January, 2015
CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY - VOLCANO ART CENTER
Special holiday celebrations include art demonstrations and print and book signings by gallery artists, plus a fine selection of quality handcrafted decorations and gifts offered only during the holiday season. Includes the 16th Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibit. Time: 9 AM to 6 PM at Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano. Free; Park entrance fees apply. For more information, call 808-967-7565 or email gallery@volcanoartcenter.org or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

November TBA, 2015
"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 TBA. You must call or email to register in advance. For information or to register, call 323-3318 or email agg@bishopmuseum.org.

November TBA, 2015
14th 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, 2015
MEET & EAT ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DINNER - KONA
The Kona Task Force on Feeding the Hungry announces the 22nd Annual Meet and Eat Thanksgiving Dinner. The public is invited to join us for a traditional Thanksgiving meal at the Kealakehe Intermediate School Cafeteria on Onipa`a Street. It is free, but if you can, please bring a bag of rice for the rice bag pyramid to help the Food Basket, as rice is normally at a minimum during this period of the year. The task force is made up of community organizations, churches and businesses joining together to feed the needy in West Hawai`i. Those wishing to volunteer or contribute can contact Ardie Ikeda at 987-1664.

November TBA, 2015
KAILUA VILLAGE HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING - KAILUA-KONA
Village Holiday Holiday festivities kick off with a traditional lighting of the Kailua Village Christmas tree. Meet friends and family, and bring the kids to Emma's Square, across from Hulihe`e Palace. For more information, call 808-936-9202 or visit www.historickailuavillage.com.

November TBA, 2015
VOLCANO VILLAGE ARTISTS HUI ANNUAL ART STUDIO TOUR & SALE
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, visitors are invited to meet the Volcano Village Artists in their studios and see artworks in a wide variety of media. Pottery, raku masks, hand blown art glass, wood & metal sculpture, hand-tooled metal and fiber art, as well as photographs, paintings, drawings and block prints will be on display and available for purchase. A special drawing for pieces contributed by the artists will be held on the last day of the event. For more information e-mail eherb@hawaii.rr.com. Maps to the artists' studios will be available at local businesses in Volcano Village, as well as at www.VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com.

Novemer TBA, 2015
ANNUAL KONA POTTERS GUILD SALE - HONAUNAU
The pottery utilizes Hawaiian-inspired colors, textures and motifs, with a variety of clays and techniques - iridescent Raku, porcelain underwater scenes, functional high fire and low fire stoneware. Taste some 100% Kona coffee, macnuts & brownies while you're shopping! Time: TBA. The studio is located on the lower level of SKEA (Society for Kona's Education and Art), between mile markers 105 and 106 on Mamalahoa Highway south of Captain Cook, and will be open after the sale throughout December. Call (808) 328-9665 for more info.

November TBA, 2015
21st ANNUAL NA LIMA HANA ART AND CRAFTS FAIR - HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
To be held in the Hilton's Kona Ballrooms. $5 validated Self-Parking. Local crafters from Hawai`i island will be on hand to showcase and sell their unique one-of-a-kind arts and crafts - Hawaiian quilts, wood carvings, holiday ornaments, jewelry, clothing and Kona coffee. Free to the public. For more information, call 886-2885.

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December TBA, 2015
ANNUAL NA MAKUA INVITATIONAL CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR - HILO
This fair features products that showcase the talents of local artists and offer a diverse selection of unique Christmas gifts that are not available anywhere else. All applicants are screened with consideration given to the uniqueness, quality and craftsmanship of the product. Items made in Hawai`i are preferred, but items are examined on a case by case basis. Live entertainment, along with ono kaukau, refreshments and prize drawings. Free admission. Time TBA 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, 2015
PAHOA CHRISTMAS PARADE - PUNA

Santa will hand out goodie bags to all the children. Enter the parade, or just come to watch! Call 965-2729 for more info.

December TBA, 2015
CHRISTMAS AT KAMAKAHONU BAY; DINING WITH THE CHEFS

The American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Association presents its 27th annual holiday scholarship fundraiser. The fundraiser benefits local culinary students attending HawCC in Kona, the "Equip the Kitchens" campaign for the future HawCC-Palamanui and members of the Kona Kohala Chefs who want to further their education. Twenty top Hawai`i chefs and confectioners will use primarily locally sourced ingredients to prepare tantalizing cuisine with a holiday twist - all accompanied by handcrafted ales, wines and 100 percent Kona coffee. Attendees can enjoy live music and dancing under the stars, plus an exciting silent auction. Purchase online at www.konakohalachefs.org or at Kailua Candy Company. Phone 329-2522 for info and to also charge tickets by phone.

December TBA, 2015
CHRISTMAS AT HULIHE`E PALACE - KAILUA-KONA
Kick off the Christmas holiday season at the annual Christmas at Hulihe`e Palace! There will be a royal holiday dinner, a live and silent auction, and musical entertainment. Proceeds from the evening benefit will help a local charity and assist with on-going restoration and preservation efforts at Hulihe`e Palace. To purchase tickets or a special reserved table, call 331-8010 or visit www.huliheechristmas.org For more information, call 331-8010 or email info@habitatwesthawaii.org.

December TBA, 2015
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, 2015
TWILIGHT CHRISTMAS PARADE - WAIMEA

Starting at Church Row, and ending at Waimea Town Park.

December TBA, 2015
ANNUAL CANADA-FRANCE-HAWAI`I TELESCOPE STARGAZING PARTY - WAIMEA
Right after the Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade, CFHT will host its annual stargazing party, with telescopes, hot beverages, keiki activities, and an opportunity to talk to the astronomers. Members of the West Hawai`i Astronomy Club will also be there with telescopes. 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, 2015
PARADISE ART STUDIO TOUR - KEA`AU, PUNA
The district of Puna's Hawaiian Paradise Park residential area will feature many local artists in studios around the area. The tour features over 25 artists in 8+ art studios with many fine artists and crafters selling works in clay, fiber, glass, pastel, silk, acrylic, oil painting, jewelry, clothing, cement, wood, and more. Free. The Paradise Studio Tour Artist Collective will donate 10% of all sales to the three Puna District Public High School's Art Departments. Free to the public. For more information call (808) 982-5150 or (808) 557-0931, or visit www.paradisestudiotour.com for a detailed map.

December TBA, 2015
ANNUAL POINSETTIA SALE/BENEFIT - HALE HALAWAI, KAILUA-KONA
Between 8am and 2pm, Kona Business and Professional Women wll offer a variety of poinsettias for sale in red, pink and white 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, with free delivery for plant orders of $100 or more. To preorder or for more information, call Cathy Shea at 425-269-2437 or Muriel Boot at 987-8412. This is a benefit for the Kona Business and Professional Women's high school scholarship fund and its Grant for Success, which is awarded to someone needing help with reentry into the workforce. For info, or to place orders, call Cathy at 425-269-2437 or Muriel at 987-8412.

December TBA, 2015
ANNUAL HAWAI`I ARTS, CRAFTS, GIFTS & FOOD CHRISTMAS FAIR
From 9 am-5 pm at Sangha Hall in Hilo. The fair will feature handmade crafts, gifts, jewelry, quilts, photographs, clothing, traditional Christmas gift items, as well as food. Admission; children 7 and under free. For more information, or if you are interested in participating in this holiday event, please call 981-0518. Visit www.hawaiiartsandcraftsfestival.com.

December TBA, 2015
31st ANNUAL KAILUA-KONA COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARADE
The parade will begin at the Kekuaokalani Gym next to Kona Pool, go south on Kuakini, down Palani Rd., and along Ali`i Drive to Walua Rd., just past Coconut Grove Marketplace. There will be numerous musical entries, and more than half of the entries will beautifully light up the evening, including HELCO's Toy's For Tots Train, and of course, Santa and his reindeer. The Kailua-Kona Community Christmas Parade will once again be supportive of Hawaii Island's Food Basket, and parade entrants and parade attendees are encouraged to contribute what they can to the 4th Annual Menehune Holiday Food Drive. Donations will be accepted at all of the west side food markets on the day of the parade, from Captain Cook to Waimea, as well as during the parade, when The Food Basket entry passes by. If you are not able to make it into town, you can watch the parade locally on Channel 53 or stream it on the web at www.naleo.tv beginning at 5:30pm. Entry applications and additional parade and food drive information is available online at www.paradesinkona.com or you may call Chauna Reese at 313-0025.

December TBA, 2015
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). Tours are at 8am, 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. Local artists will be selling their bird-related artwork and there will also be a silent auction and T-shirt sale. Refreshments will be provided. Free to the public; donations are welcome. Reservations are required. Please call (808) 985-7218 or emaili kbccopenhouse@gmail.com to reserve spots for a tour.

December 13, 2015
"KOKUA KAILUA" HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY SUNDAY PERFORMANCE AND VILLAGE STROLL/FREE CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian Music Concert featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U`i O Hawai'i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Concert, stroll thru Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy outdoor cafe's and restaurants, local musicians & artists. Special kama`aina pricing at participating restaurants & merchants. For more info about the Village Stroll, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

December 24, 2015
MOKUAIKAUA CHURCH'S CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE - KAILUA-KONA
Hawaii`s first Christian church (established in 1820) will hold its Christmas Eve Candlelight Service beginning at 8pm, with pre-service caroling under the front arch at 7pm. All are welcome to this beautiful celebration of Jesus' birthday with Christmas hymns and hula. Mokuaikaua Church is located at 75-5713 Alii Drive, across the street from Hulihee Palace. For more info, call 329-0655 or email office@mokuaikaua.com.

December TBA, 2015
17th 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 & calligraphy, floral arrangements, plantation stories, Okinawan taiko drumming, Hawaiian entertainment & more. Akiko's Buddhist Bed and Breakfast is at the 15-mile marker; Hwy. 19 on the Hamakua Coast, in Hakalau. Call (808) 963-6422 or e-mail msakiko@hawaii.rr.com for more info.

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January 1-9, 2015
WAIMEA OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL - SOUTH KOHALA COAST
Offering a breathtaking lineup of films, special guests, intimate coffee talks, Q&As, exhibits, receptions and morning activities, running non-stop January 1-9. The Festival will be held at various Waimea and Kohala Coast venues. For more information, call 808-854-6095, email info@waimeaoceanfilm.org or visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org.

January 10, 2015
BOOK SALE - KAILUA KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Proceeds from sales help support the needs of the Kona libraries. Lbrary DVD coupons and gift certificates available for purchase. Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. For information, call 322-0077, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

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

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

January 17, 2015
BASIC GRANT WRITING CLASS - HILO
Participants will learn all about the grant writing process - how to write a compelling statement of need, and learn what funders are looking for in grant proposals. Instructor Jeani Navarro has over 30 years of grant writing experience and has helped various community organizations secure needed funding. Lots of samples and handouts provided. A certificate will be given upon completion of the course. Tuition $75. Time: 9am to 3pm at the College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) Conference Room 116 at 895 Ululani Street, Hilo. For more information, call 808-895-4775, email ccecs@hawaii.edu or visit http://hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/ccecs/courses.

January 18, 2015
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. BIRTHDAY COMMEMORATION - OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK, KAILUA-KONA
This free event celebrating King's life will kick off with informational displays and a social hour at noon at the Makae`o Pavilion at Old Airport Beach Park, followed by a program at noon, and then a potluck, live entertainment, personal reflections on King and the civil rights movement. For more information, call Kathy at 808-325-5252 or Virginia at 808-325-1112.

January 18, 2015
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai'i County Band with kahiko hula by kumu Etua Lopes' Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i hula halau on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

January 23, 2015
PRESENTATION ON HUMPBACK WHALES/WHALE WATCHING - KAWAIHAE
Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site will be offering a special presentation about Hawai`i's humpback whales on Friday, January 23 from 10:30am to 11:00am. This informative and engaging program will be presented by volunteers from the Hawai`i National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. A whale watching program will also be offered from 9am to noon on this day and every Friday through March 27. A special "Underwater Explorer Junior Ranger Program" for children will be offered during these programs. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/puhe or call 882-7218 Ext. 1011.

January 24, 2015
"VEGAS NIGHT" BENEFIT FOR KONA AERIALS GYMNASTICS TEAM
Support your local gymnasts while enjoying a fun night! There will be Texas Hold'em, blackjack, roulette, craps and Wheel of Fortune. Each player starts out with 100 chips; additional chips may be purchased for a fee. There will be soft drinks and food for sale, and a Silent Auction. Tickets are $15 presale; $20 at the door. Time: 7-11pm at Hale Halewai, Kailua-Kona. For more information, call 808-854-4890, email dhadjes@yahoo.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/KonaAerialGymnastics.

January 24, 2014
JUDY COLLINS IN CONCERT - HONOKA`A PEOPLES THEATER
This modern day Renaissance women continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart. This is an opportunity to be in the presence of this singer/songwriter folk music icon, who has 50 album body of work to her name. Doors open 6:30pm; Show at 7:30pm. For the New York Times review of a recent engagement at the Cafe Carlyle in New York, go here. For more information and tickets, go to www.lazarbear.com, or phone (808) 896-4845.

January 25, 2015
ANNUAL GEOCACHING MEET & GREET EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
7th Annual Geocaching Meet & Greet Event" will again be taking place in the 'Kona Coast Shopping Center' on Palani Rd. in Kona on Sunday Jan.25th from 10 AM until Noon, followed by lunch at 1 PM at the Harbor House restaurant at Honokohau Harbor. Tribute to "Yellowbug" Bill Paul, who sadly passed away in 2013. Bill had been geocaching since 2002. All are welcome; there will be help available for anyone that has a a GPS that needs questions answered and help in finding a geocache. For more informationa bout the Meet & Greet, go to http://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC4YC3Z_winter-2015-mg-a-tribute-to-yellow-bug?guid=b61f5e0c-d1d2-4a81-a640-b6725a749307  and for lunch info, visit http://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC4YC4B_2015-winter-apres-geocaching-lunch?guid=bfff943e-c909-4ce1-be1d-e97ab6a00408 or call 808-365-6034.

January 25, 2015
SKEA ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DAY
Society for Kona's Education & Art Annual Membership Day. All are welcome to enjoy music, pupus, an art exhibit and a silent auction. Time: 2-5pm at SKEA on Mamalahoa Hwy. between mm 105 & 106, Honaunau. Free to the public. For more information, call (808)328-9392, email skea@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.skea.org.

January 25, 2015
VIOLINIST ROSALIE MACMILLAN WITH THE KAMUELA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA - HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE RESORT
Cash wine bar and light pupus prior to the concert. Come early, stay for dinner. Time: 4-6 pm at Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort's Grand Ballroom. Cost: $40, with discounts for seniors and students. For more information, call (808) 365-4466, email Kamuela_Philharmonic@mail.vresp.com or visit www.kamuelaphil.org.

January 30, 2015
"THE WHOLE COFFEE" SPECIAL WINE TASTING - DAYLIGHT MIND RESTAURANT, KAILUA-KONA
Experience a culinary adventure unlike any offered before: Daylight Mind's Executive Chef has created a tasting menu that uses every part of the coffee cherry, including the fruit, mucilage, and chaff! Special guest Harvey Steiman, editor-at-large of Wine Spectator magazine, will be organizing the wine pairing for the meal. Click here to see the details and menu. Time: 6:30pm. Seating is limited; reservations are required - phone (808) 339-7824. Don't miss out on this extraordinary dining experience!

January 30 & 31, 2015
`IOLANI LUAHINE HULA FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
The 13th annual `Iolani Luahine Hula Festival will be held January 30 & 31, 2015 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 workshops and presentations, and an educational challenge to Kumu Hula with a prize for the one who best demonstrates the values of `Iolani Luahine: education and Hawaiian culture. Friday will feature two hula workshops with Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, a Ni`ihau shell earrings and/or bracelet workshop with Kumu Kele Kanahele and a lei making workshop with Ben Mahi. Saturday will feature a hula workshop by Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and an ipu heke workshop with Kalim Smith. Registration fees and information for the workshops are available at www.iolaniluahinefestival.org. Hula presentations will begin at 5pm on Friday and feature makuahine, makuakane and kupuna hula presentations. Saturday's event will begin at 1pm and will feature the keiki, wahine and kane presentations. A new category this year will feature mixed group 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. On Saturday, the festival will offer quality Hawaiian arts and crafts by local artisans beginning at 11am. Evening musical entertainment on Saturday will feature five time Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning Hawaiian music group Waipuna. Tickets will be available online and at the door; General Admission $10 and Reserved Seating $15, which helps support the festival.

January 30 and 31, 2015
11th ANNUAL KONA SURF FILM FESTIVAL
Since 2003, the Kona Surf Film Festival 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. Time: 5-10pm at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. For information, call 808-936-0089, email chadkona@gmail.com or visit www.konasurffilmfestival.org.

January 31, 2015
KAHULANUI AT KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER FREE MONTHLY CONCERT
The featured entertainer will be Hawaiian Swing band Kahulanui this month! Admission is two cans of food for the Hawai`i Food Basket, per person. For each can over two, receive an entry win a prize from the event sponsors. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited. Opening with Hawaiian music at 5pm.

January 31 and February 1, 2015
DAVID NELSON BAND `OHANA TOUR - KONA
David Nelson `Ohana Tour Concerts at Big Game Fishing Club, Honokaa Harbor. David Nelson, founding member of New Riders of the Purple Sage and longtime musical partner of Jerry Garcia, returns with his band for two special all-ages concerts. Joining David Nelson will be Pete Sears (Rob Stewart and the Small Faces, Jefferson Starship...), Barry Sless (Phil and Friends, Moonalice...), Mookie Siegal ( Ratdog), and special guest drummer Wally Ingram (Timbuk 3...). Doors open 5:30PM; Showtime 6:30PM. Tickets $35 Advance/$40 Door (Keiki under 12 Free with paying adult). Local Ticket Outlets: CD Wizard in Hilo, Soundwave Music in Kailua-Kona and at the door. For more information, call 707-841-7665, email sheila@pacific.net or visit www.nelsonband.com.

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February 2-24, 2015
HAWAI`I MASTER FOOD PRESERVER CERTIFICATE PROGRAM - CAPTAIN COOK
The University of Hawai`i at Hilo's College of Continuing Education and Community Service in collaboration with Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers is proud to offer the Hawaii Master Food Preserver Certificate program in Captain Cook on February 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 23, 24 from 8:30am to 4:30pm. This is an 8 day, 64 hour certificate program and will cover everything from canning fruit and vegetables to pickling, fermenting and much more. All while practicing food safety and preventing foodborne illness. The course instructor is the renowned fruit guru Ken Love who will impart his knowledge, humor and frankness over 64 hours of hands on training. So, if you're a currently employed individual interested in getting certified as a Hawaii Master Food Preserver in food safety and preservation contact CCECS at 974-7664 by January 28th to request an application. Attendance is limited to 12 students. Tuition $100. Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 81-6393 Mamalahoa HWY, Captain Cook. For more information, call 808-974-7664, email ccecs@hawaii.edu or visit http://hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/ccecs/courses.php.

February 6 & 7, 2015
INTERNATIONAL NIGHTS - UNIV. OF HAWAII, HILO
A long-standing tradition at UH Hilo, International Nights showcases performances from cultures around the world. This year's show includes performances from Tahiti, Micronesia, Burma, Philippines, Japan, Solomon Islands, Ireland, Samoa, Kiribati, Palau, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Marshall Islands and the USA. Time: 7:30-9:30 PM at UH Hilo Performing Arts Center, Hilo. 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. Cost: $12 General Admission; $5 Students/Keiki/Seniors. For more information, email mellon@hawaii.edu or visit www.hilo.hawaii.edu/international/IN.php.

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

February 7, 2015
ANNUAL WAIMEA CHERRY BLOSSOM HERITAGE FESTIVAL - WAIMEA
The festival showcases the 60+ year old cherry trees planted at Church Row Park and the Japanese tradition of viewing them - hanami. The festival includes a variety of activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at venues throughout Waimea - look for pink banners identifying site locations from the Parker Ranch Historic Homes on Mamalahoa Hwy. 190 to the Hawaiian Homestead Farmer’s Market on Hwy. 19. Enjoy an all day lineup of Japanese and multi-cultural performing arts, plus hands-on demonstrations of bonsai, origami, traditional tea ceremony, and mochi pounding, and a host of colorful craft fairs. Enjoy free shuttle transportation among most venues. For more info, please call 808-961-8706.

February 7, 2015
ART AT THE PAVILION & KITE FESTIVAL BENEFIT - KAILUA-KONA
Presented by the Kona Community Hospital Auxiliary, from 9:30am to 5pm at the Makae`o Pavilion at the Old Airport Beach Park. The admission of $5 (children under 12 free) will be used for purchasing new fetal monitors and bassinets, and for nursing scholarships. The event will feature leading and emerging Big Island artists, and there will be food for sale and free entertainment. For more info, call Kirsten at (808) 937-9163 or visit KCHAuxiliary.org.

February 7, 2015
TAP DANCE PROGRAM - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Featuring the Damron Dancers. There will be a wide variety of music used for different style tap dances. The background and origin of the various pieces of music will be discussed and ample time will be allowed for questions and answers. Time: 3-4PM . Free to the public. For more information, call 331-1781, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

February 8, 2015
WHALE WATCH ADVENTURE W/JOHN KEAWE BENEFIT - KAWAIHAE
Purchase a 2 hour whale watch adventure ticket and help support West Hawai`i Community Health Center's mission to make quality, comprehensive and integrated health services accessible to all, regardless of income. Check-in time is noon at Kawaihae Harbor; Tour from 12:30-2:30pm. Famed island slack key guitarist John Keawe will be performing on board. $100 per person. Only 60 seats available. To purchase tickets call Terri at 808-329-0400, or email westhawaiicommunityhealth@yahoo.com.

February 8, 2015
`UKULELE PICNIC - MAUNA LANI BAY HOTEL & BUNGALOWS' KEKAHA LAWN
Grammy and Na Hoku award winners meet Japan's finest! Free admission. Opens at 11am; show begins at 11:30am and will go till sunset. Featuring Mark Yamanaka, John Keawe, Kris Fuchigami, Kohala, Sonny Lim, Kunia Galdeira, Kevin Kealoha, Britain Paiva, Kainani Kahaunaele, Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Kimiko Wakiyama, Hiroshi Okada, IWAO and more. Food will be available for purchase. For more info, visit www.ukulelepicnicinhawaii.org.

February 10, 2015
ASTRONOMY PROGRAM - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Kailua Kona Public Library will offer a program entitled "Detecting Key Ingredients that Support Life: The Origins of a Habitable World?" The speaker, Greg Doppmann, is a support astronomer at the W.M. Keck Observatory. Contact the library in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if other special accommodation is needed. Time: 5:30-6:30 PM. Free to the public. For more information, call 327-4327, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

February 12, 2015
FREE - HEART MONTH HEALTH FORUM - HILO
Dr. Lim will give a talk on prevention of cardiovascular disease-heart attack, cardiac failure and stroke. American Heart Association will focus on healthy eating habits and the simple 7 steps to a healthy heart. Sponsored by AAUW HILO and American Heart Association. Time: 5:30-7:00pm at UHH Science & Technology Bldg, Room 108. For more information, call 631-294-0021, email rcmuller27@hotmail.com or visit www.hilo-hi.aauw.net.

February 13, 14, 15, 2015
HEIVA I HAWAII TAHITIAN DANCE COMPETITION 2015 - OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK
Te `E`a O Te Turama, and Fun to Jump Kona, are proud to present Heiva I Hawai`i 2015, Tahitian Dance Competition, February 13th, 14th and 15th in Kailua Kona, Hawai`i. Groups from all over Hawai`i island will share the cultural dance and music traditions, from riveting drum dances to melodic `Ahuroa, cultural artisans and ono kine grinds. Free entry. Vendors and sponsors welcomed! Time: (Fri) 6-9p, (Sat)1-5pm, (Sun)10am-3pm at Kekuaokalani Gym (Old Airport). For more information, call 987-2354, email cristec@hawaiianhotels.com or visit http://cristec2.wix.com/heiva-i-hawaii2015.

February 14, 2015
BIG ISLAND'S GOT TALENT SHOW FUNDRAISER - KAWAIHAE
Share your love for Hawai`i and the performing arts at the 4th Annual Big Island's Got Talent Show fundraiser for One Holistic Place at the Kawaihae Canoe Club site on Valentine's Day from 6-10pm. Twenty talented keiki and adult performing artists, professional and amateur, will showcase a variety of entertainment. Local celebrity judges will give feedback and talk story.   Adult tickets, which include dinner, are $30 for general seating and $40 for reserved. All ticket prices increase at the door. This benefit will support OHP's mission in promoting health awareness, disease prevention, and holistic treatment of chronic illness in the Hawaiian population. Tickets are available at Gill's Lanai in North Kohala, Kamuela Liquor Store, Westside Wines in Kailua-Kona, Kiernan Music in Kainaliu or online at www.BIGT.EventBrite.com. Time: 6-10PM at Kawaihae Canoe Club Site, Kawaihae. For more information, call (808) 756-3883, email OneHolisticPlace@gmail.com or visit www.OneHolisticPlace.org.

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

February 15, 2015
12th ANNUAL CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL - HILO
From 10am to 3pm at Kalakaua Park in downtown Hilo. There will be food and craft vendors, live entertainment, information booths, live martial arts demonstrations, Lion Dance performance, and a fireworks show.

February 15, 2015
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE'E PALACE EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and kumu Etua Lopes' Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i hula halau on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

February 20-22, 2015
BIG ISLAND DUPLICATE BRIDGE TOURNAMENT - KAILUA-KONA
The annual ACBL sponsored duplicate Bridge Sectional Tournamentwill be held Thursday at 10:00 & 1:30; and Friday and Saturday at 9:00 & 1:00 at The Bridge Building on campus of Makua Lani Christian Academy High School, 74-4966 Kealakaa St., Kailua-Kona. Cost: $10.00 per session. For more info, call 808-443-7708, email lizholey@me.com or visit konabridge.org.

February 21, 2015
MUSIC, WINE AND ROSES BENEFIT CONCERT - KOHALA COAST
Hawai`i Performing Arts Festival, Eve Bernstein and Peggy Kent personally invite you to "Music, Wine and Roses." Enjoy fabulous food and drink, the sunset, crashing waves, and twinkling resort lights at the beautiful waterfront home of John and Ann Ryan, located in the exclusive Four Seasons Hualalai Resort. This will be a dazzling evening of classical, musical theatre and beloved favorites, featuring Ignace "Iggy" Jang, Concertmaster of the Hawai`i Symphony Orchestra; Rachel Schutz, acclaimed Welsh-born soprano; and Jonathan Korth, professor of piano at the University of Hawai`i-Manoa. Time: 5:30-9 PM at Four Seasons Hualalai Resort. Tickets $150/person; group of 6, $750; group of 10, $1000. Proceeds to benefit the HPAF 2015 Scholarship Fund and 2015 Season. Reserve now, as seating is limited. For tickets, visit http://www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org/event/an-evening-of-music-wine-and-roses-3/?instance_id=7116. Call 808-333-7378 for group tickets. For more information, call 808-333-7378, email info@hawaiipaf.org or visit https://hawaiiperformingartsfestival.yapsody.com/event/book/7799/29555.

February 21, 2015
MARDI GRAS 2015 - TERRANCE SIMIEN & THE ZYDECO EXPERIENCE - HONOKA`A
This celebration will be held at Honoka`a Peoples Theater, featuring two-time Grammy Award winner and Louisiana's Cultural Music Ambassador Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience with special guest, Terrance's daughter Marcella Simien from Memphis. Doors open 6:30pm; Show at 7:30pm. Tickets available at Soundwave Music, Kailua Kona; Kiernan Music, Kainaliu; Waimea General Store at Parker Square; Taro Patch Gifts, Honokaa; CD Wizard, Hilo; Hilo Guitar and Hilo Music Exchange. For tickets and more info, visit www.lazarbear.com.

February 25, 2015
TALK BY DENNIS FRANCIS, PRESIDENT, HAWAII ISLAND NEWSPAPERS - HILO
Dennis Francis, President of West Hawaii Today and Hawaii Island Tribune, will talk Wednesday, February 25, in a luncheon talk at Hilo Hawaiian. Sponsored by Big Island Press Club and Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce. Buffet lunch, talk, and questions in writing or from the floor. Time: 11:30 AM to 1 PM at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. Cost: $30 members, $35 non-members. To make reservations, call 808-935-7178. For more information, email admin@hicc.biz or visit www.hicc.biz.

Februray 27 & 28, 2015
BIG ISLAND ASSN. OF NURSERYMEN'S SPRING HORTICULTURAL & PLANT SHOW - HILO
Friday, February 27, from 5-9pm; Saturday, Februray 28, from 9am-2pm. More than 20 nurseries will be ready to present the largest selection and presentation of plants in the state. Location: Edith Kanaka`ole Stadium. Free admission. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.

February 28, 2015
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, from 9:00am-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 28, 2015
SWING INTO SPRING DINNER GALA/FUNDRAISER - KAILUA-KONA
A first-class live Cabaret Show and dinner, presented by the Kona Festivale Chorale. Featured music is a tribute to the Andrews Sisters, starring the Celebration Singers, with guest Red Johnson and emcee Dick Hershberger. Add prize drawings, and you have a winning combination for a fun-filled evening. "Swing Into Spring"will be held in the Kamakahonu Ballroom of the Courtyard Marriott's King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel, beginning at 6pm. Tickets are $65 per person; tables of 10, $585. Purchase tickets by calling the Ticket Hotline at 331-1115; all sales are final. "Swing Into Spring" is an annual fundraiser on behalf of the Kona Festivale Chorale 2015. For more information, call 331-1115, email kfchoral@hawaii.rr.com or visit http://www.kfchoral.com/.

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