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September

September 1-5, 2016
45th ANNUAL QUEEN LILI'UOKALANI LONG DISTANCE OUTRIGGER CANOE RACES
The Queen Lili'uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races welcomes more than 2,500 outrigger canoe paddlers to Kona for its signature 18-mile long distance race, the world's largest long distance outrigger canoe race. Kai 'Opua Canoe Club, one of Hawai'i's oldest outrigger canoe clubs, will host crews from all over the world. Other official race events unfold throughout the holiday weekend. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-938-8577, email unclebo13@gmail.com or visit www.kaiopua.org.

September 1-30, 2016
BIG ISLAND MUSEUMS MONTH
The Kona Historical Society is celebrating Big Island Museums Month with free admission to all KHS programs with a membership card from any of these participating museums:
Kona Historical Society's H.N. Greenwell Store Museum (Open 10:00 am-2:00 pm Mon amp;& Tues, 10:00 am-3:30 pm Thurs)
Kona Historical Society's Kona Coffee Living History Farm (Open 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Mon-Fri)
Anna Ranch Heritage Center, Waimea
East Hawai'i Cultural Center, Hilo
'Imiloa Astronomy Center, Hilo
Laupahoehoe Train Museum
Lyman Museum, Hilo
Pacific Tsunami Museum, Hilo
Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens, Hilo
Volcano Art Center, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park For more information, call 808-323-3222, email khs@konahistorical.org or visit http://www.konahistorical.org.

September 3, 2016
ANNUAL KINDY SPROAT FALSETTO & STORYTELLING CONTEST - HAPUNA BEACH PRINCE HOTEL
This unique music competition features talented male singers of all ages who can not only sing in the unique Hawaiian falsetto style, but can also captivate the audience with the stories behind the songs. Doors open at 5:30pm. $10 entry fee with required $5 Festival ribbon. For more information, call (808) 217-2634, email dmkama@gmail.com or visit hawaiiislandfestival.org.

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

September 5, 2016
UP COUNTRY FAIRE - KEALAKEKUA
On Sept 5th (Labor Day Monday) Christ Church will hold its annual Community Up Country Faire. Games with prizes, horse rides, petting zoo, lots of food, fortune teller, balloon man, magic show, cemetery tours with Elizabeth Greenwell, shave ice, music - fun for everyone! Time: 9 am-2 pm at the corner of Konawaena School Rd; & Mamalohoa Hwy. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 769-4343, email janet@hilt.org or visit www.christchurchkona. org.

September 7, 2016
ELECTRICITY SAVINGS: SIMPLE SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS - KAILUA-KONA
Learn about money saving tips for your small business through energy efficiency and conservation. Disaster Preparedness will also be discussed. Time: 10-11 AM at Kuakini Tower, Ste 216. Free to the public. Presented by Hawaii Small Business Development Center. For more information, call (808) 327-3680, email jacqueline.muller@hisbdc.org or visit www.hisbdc.org.

September 8, 2016
"INSPIRATIONS OF A HAWAII WILDLIFE ARTIST" - VOLCANO VILLAGE
Volcano Art Center's Thursday Night at the Center features Patrick Ching's "Inspirations of a Hawaii Wildlife Artist." Get to know the life and stories behind the intricate paintings of Hawai'i's Nature artist Patrick Ching. Join Patrick as he shares his experiences of living among the animals in Hawai'i's forests and remote atolls. Time: 7-9pm at Niaulani Campus, Volcano Village. Free to the public. For information, call (808) 967-8222 or email workshops@volcanoartcenter.org or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

September 9, 2016
CAROUSEL OF CARE: A CAREGIVER'S CONFERENCE - SHERATON KONA RESORT
Caregiving for a loved one with a chronic illness is a big challenge. Learn how to take care of yourself, get connected with community resources and find support among other family caregivers. Hawaii Community Caregiver Conference is sponsoring this event. Noted author, writer and poet Frances Kakugawa will present the keynote address. Breakout sessions will cover topics such as Continuing the Conversation, Managing Complex Changes, Five Wishes at End of Life, Avoiding Caregiver Burnout, Legal Issues for Caregivers, and Understanding Dementia. Following lunch, self-care options are available, including art therapy, massage, tapping for stress release, tai chi, yoga and more. Time: 7:30 am to 3:00 pm. Free respite care is available for loved ones by calling 936-3191. Cost to attend the event is $25; advance registration is required by September 5. For more information visit www.hawaiicaregivers.org or call 322-5157. The HCCN conference is made possible through the generous support of West Hawaii Healthcare Council and in collaboration with AARP Hawaii.

September 9, 2016
HAWAI'I ISLAND PREVENT SUICIDE VIGIL - KAILUA-KONA
Hawai'i Island Suicide Prevention Foundation hosts a vigil where family or friends lost due to suicide are remembered. Please bring your own beach towel or beach chair on which to sit. Candles for floating will be provided. Time: 5:00 PM at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel's beach area. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 345-3961 or email ncabuag@hotmail.com.

September 9, 2016
"TASTE OF THE HAWAIIAN RANGE" AND AGRICULTURE FESTIVAL - HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
Time: 6-8pm. Culinary adventure seekers can taste and enjoy all the cuts of pasture-raised beef - everything from tongue to tail - prepared expertly by Hawai`i chefs. Enjoy familiar cuts like sirloin tip and ribs, plus beef cheek and the infamous "Rocky Mountain oysters." While "tasting," attendees can meet Hawai`i's food producers at booths and talk story with the ranchers and farmers who make a living growing our food. Attendees can also enjoy exhibits presenting topics related to local agriculture and food sustainability, including the University of Hawai`i's Mealani Research Station, where the event began. Local food producers also have an opportunity to hook up with island chefs and consumers. Watch for ticket giveaways on Facebook at Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Twitter #TasteHI. For general event information, phone (808) 322-4892. For more details, visit http://www.TasteOfTheHawaiianRange.com.

September 9-11, 2016
RUN FOR HOPE BENEFIT - HUALALAI RESORT/FOUR SEASONS RESORT
Run for Hope is a non-competitive 10K & 5K Run/Walk event. Proceeds from this event benefit cancer research in Hawai'i. Friday, Sept. 9 is the Annual Taste of Hawai'i Island; Saturday, Sept. 10 is the Hualalai Golf Scramble and Hualalai Tennis Tournamen; and Sunday, Sept. 11 is the 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 info, email linda.larsen@fourseasons.com. Time: 9/9, 6-9pm; 9/10, 1pm golf/2pm tennis; 9/11, 7am, at Hualalai Resort/Four Seasons Resort. Cost: 9/9 - $85 adults/$42.50 kids; $175golf; $65 tennis; $35-$25 race. Visit  www.runforhopehualalai.com for more info.

September 10, 2016
HAWAI`I ISLAND FESTIVAL'S ANNUAL POKE CONTEST - WAIKOLOA BEACH MARRIOTT
Featuring cube sized fish (poke) with various ocean delicacies, tako, opihi, loli and more. Doors open at 11am. $10 entry fee with required $5 Hawai'i Island Festival ribbon. For more information, call (808) 937-4896, email LPokipala@Queens.Org or visit http://www.hawaiiislandfestival.org/.

September 10, 2016
ELECTRIC CAR SHOW - KAILUA-KONA
The Big Island Electric Vehicle Association, along with the Kona Commons Shopping Center, will be hosting this year's National Drive Electric Week event in Kailua-Kona. This is a great opportunity to meet other EV owners, to learn about electric car benefits and ownership experiences, and see the latest EVs -- Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Teslas Model S and X, BMW i3, VW Golf EV, and others. The event will be located by the EV charging stations at the former Sports Authority store location, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. For more information, visit www.bigislandev.org.

September 14, 2016
LEGO JUNIOR MAKERS PROGRAM - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Kailua-Kona Public Library has received over 10,000 LEGO bricks, and will provide Making Programs for playing, exploring, tinkering, experimenting, and developing creativity. The program is limited to the first 20 children (ages 4-11) and their adult partners. For more information, or if you need special accommodation, contact the Kailua Kona Public Library Children's Librarian at 327-4327. Free. For more information, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

September 15-18, 2016
HAWAIICON CONVENTION - MAUNA LANI BAY HOTEL & BUNGALOWS
HawaiiCon brings together the best of science, sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, anime and cosplay. Celebrities join the top space scientists, voice actors and cosplayers in the country for four days of panels, workshops and adventures. For more info, visit www.hawaiicon.com.

September 16, 2016
AMBIENTE MEXICANO AT HONOKA'A PEOPLES THEATER
In observance of National Hispanic Heritage month, Comunidad Latina de Hawaii will be hosting a theater event at the Honoka'a Peoples Theater. Performances by Mexican folkloric group "Costa De Oro" from California; Mariachi; and Kailua-Kona's very own youth group "Arco Iris," who will be performing dances from various states in Mexico. Time: 5-7 PM at Honoka'a Peoples' Theater. Cost: Adults $15/Children 3-17 $10 at the door. For more information, call (808) 895-2052, email adean@comunidadlatinadehawaii.com or visit www.comunidadlatinadehawaii.com.

September 17, 2016
ELECTRIC CAR SHOW (HILO WIKI FRESH)
Join the Big Island Electric Vehicle Association for Drive Electric Week in Hilo! This meet-up is a great opportunity to meet other EV owners, to learn about electric car benefits and ownership experiences, and see the latest EVs - Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Tesla Models S and X, and others. The event will take place at 1145 Kilauea Ave in Hilo (the parking lot north of the KWXX Radio Station and WikiFresh), from 10:00 AM to Noon. For more information, visit www.bigislandev.org.

September 17, 2016
KA'U COFFEE TRAIL RUN 5K,10K & 1/2 MARATHON - WOOD VALLEY
Invite your family and friends to join you or cheer you on as you set out to meet your goal in the family-friendly 5K run/walk, take the challenge of the 10K or test your endurance in the 13.1 mile climb up to 3,100 feet. Set your stride as you run through fields of coffee and macadamia nuts and forests of eucalyptus and 'ohi'a trees, and cherish the breathtaking views of the Ka'u coastline. . Time: 7 AM at Ka'u Coffee Mill in Wood Valley, above Pahala, Cost: $10-$50, depending on the event. Organized by O' Ka'u Kakou (OKK), an all volunteer 501(c)3 community service organization. For more information, call (808) 464-2696, email candy.casper@gmail.com or visit okaukakou.org.

September 17, 2016
PANIOLO PARADE AND HO'OLAULE'A - WAIMEA
One of our favorite yearly events, the Paniolo Parade will start at 10am at "Church Row" and proceed to Waimea Park, featuring princesses on horseback with attendees (complete with "Pooper Scooper" brigades!) decorated with the flowers of their respective islands. The Royal Court will also be present, along with local hula halau and more! The Parade is followed by one of the best crafts show of the year, featuring island foods, games, arts & crafts, Hawaiian products and live Hawaiian musical entertainment in Waimea Ball Park till 4pm - drug and alcohol free. Free. A great local family event! Note: 1 hour road closure.

September 17, 2016
HULA KAHIKO AT HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Kumu Hula Chrissy Kama Henriques and Leilani Taka-Keana'aina with Halau E Hulali Mai I Ka La perform in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. This performance is presented authentically in a natural setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. This free event is supported in part by a grant from the Hawai'i Tourism Authority and the County of Hawai'i, Dept. of Research and Development.  Park entrance fees apply. Time: 10:30-11:30 am. For more information, call (808) 967-8222 or email alyssa@volcanoartcenter.org.

September 17, 2016
HILO WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S
Hundreds of Hilo residents will unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions at the Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's®. In 2015 the Hilo Walk contributed to more than $77 million raised nationwide for care, support and research efforts for those impacted by Alzheimer's. Walk to End Alzheimer's participants will learn about Alzheimer's disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony. Time: 7 am to 1pm at Lili'uokalani Gardens and Park, 191 Lihiwai Street, Hilo. For more information, call (808) 591-2771 or email arstuderus@alz.org or visit alz.org/hilowalk.

September 17, 2016
LIONS CLUB OF KONA HO'OLAULEA & AUCTION FUNDRAISER
Entertainment will be provided by Kumu Hula Aunty Lani Lee. A classic Hawaiian Lu'au lunch will be provided, and there will be a silent auction of items donated by local businesses and individuals. Time: 11:00 A.M. at Makaeo Pavillion, Old Airport Beach Park. Tickets are $40 per person. Funds raised are used to support various projects such as providing scholarships for Konawaena High graduates; vision and hearing screening in the West Hawai'i elementary schools; citizenship and flag essay contests; a Sight is Beautiful poster contest in island elementary schools, and ongoing maintenance in various county parks. For more information, call (808) 228-2791 or email Steven.Kaneko@boh.com.

September 17 and 18, 2016
4th ANNUAL HAWAI'I ISLAND ALL NATIONS POWWOW - HILO
A family centered A two day event of cultural exchange, with Native American inter-tribal dancing, arts and crafts, Native American frybread , food vendor, silent auction, exhibition dances, etc. Come out and dance. Time: 10 am - 4pm daily at Keaukaha Hawaiian Village. Free to the public. For more, information call (808) 747-2903 or email hawaiipowwow@hotmail.com.

September 18, 2016
17th ANNUAL BAMBOO FESTIVAL - HILO
A fun day at Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo featuring education about bamboo and building with bamboo, presented by the Hawai'i Chapter of the American Bamboo Society. Vendors will be there featuring bamboo and crafts. there will be a Silent Auction, as well. Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Nani Mau Gardens, Hilo. Cost: $4. For more information, call (808) 895-6758 or visit hcabs.webs.com.

September 18, 2016
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai`i County Band with kahiko hula by kumu Etua Lopes' Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i hula halau, on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

September 18, 2016
2nd ANNUAL HISPANIC CULTURAL FESTIVAL - KONA
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrate Hispanic culture at the Old Airport Beach Park's Large Pavillion, from 2-9pm. The goal of the festival is not only to celebrate Hispanic culture in Hawai'i, but to unite the Hispanic and Latino communities with our larger, local community. The event will feature authentic Latino cuisine, and there will be live music, entertainment and dancing throughout the day from local musicians and dancers. Special performances from "Costa de Oro" of California and a live Mariachi band will take place, as well. Community organizations will be present to share information with the community. Free to the public. For more info, call (808) 895-2052, email adean@comunidadlatinadehawaii.com or visit www.comunidadlatinadehawaii.com.

September 20, 2016
WEST HAWAI'I DEGREE PREPARATION WORKSHOP - HAWAI'I COMMUNITY COLLEGE, PALAMANUI CAMPUS
The University Center, West Hawai'i located at the Hawai'i Community College - Palamanui campus in Kona delivers over fifty degree and certificate programs from across the ten campus University of Hawai'i system. That means West Hawai'i residents can obtain degrees from UH Manoa, UH Hilo and UH West O'ahu without having to move away. At the Degree Preparation Workshop, prospective students can learn what degrees are offered in West Hawai'i, the necessary steps to move forward, key deadlines, methods of program delivery, what it takes to be a successful distance learning student, and more. Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Hawai'i Community College, Palamanui campus, Room A 102. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 969-8808, email carriekp@hawaii.edu or visit hawaii.hawaii.edu/palamanui.

September 21, 2016
MR. KNEEL HIP-HOP FOR FAMILIES - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Neil McIntyre uses his talents as "Mr. Kneel" to encourage children of all ages, creating Hip-Hop music which assists educators and parents in promoting children's social, emotional and cognitive development. Program is free and is suitable for ages 5 and up. Time: 3-4PM. For more information, call (808) 327-4327, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

September 21-24, 2016
MAULI OLA FESTIVAL - WOOD VALLEY
Mauli Ola Festival is a four-day gathering of musicians, coffee activists, and nature lovers to experience good music, discuss earth-centered politics, and learn nature skills. There will be live music and performance, shamanism, mind-body healing, fermented foods, holistic health, plus permaculture, natural building and "leave no trace" workshops. There will also be a Coffee and Human Rights Circle with Sunalini Menon; a Sufi coffee ceremony and a Chinese Gong Fu tea ceremony. For more info, visit http://mauliolafestival.com.

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

September 24, 2016
FESTIVAL OF 1000 BOWLS BENEFIT - KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER, KONA
Donkey Mill Art Center (DMAC) proudly presents its 10th Annual Cool Fusion: Festival of 1,000 Bowls - a celebration of ceramic, musical, and culinary arts in the courtyard of Keauhou Shopping Center on Saturday, September 24. Time: 11am-3pm. A dizzying array of ceramics will be on display so guests can shop for a handmade bowl, and fill it with savory cold noodles for a refreshing lunch. Each year, renowned ceramists from across the Big Island gather to create uniquely beautiful bowls to raise funds for the Mill. These skilled artists volunteer their time to create 1,000 hand-crafted stoneware bowls throughout the summer months. Additional bowls and many other pieces of ceramic art, including cups, vases, and large bowls, will also be available for as little as $10 each. There will be live entertainment on the courtyard stage. Innovations Public Charter School students will share their music and dance from school resource groups. BIMA (Big Island Music Academy), featuring Kona’s young musicians, will have their first public appearance, and The Latin Jazz Connection will round out the event by bringing a four-piece band to the stage. This year DMAC welcomes the opportunity to partner with Gypsea Gelato. Special gelato bowls will be created by ceramic artists and available for purchase for $15, which includes a serving of homemade Gypsea Gelato or sorbet! The Holualoa Foundation for Arts &jamp; Culture provides art education and experiences to people of all ages and abilities at its historic home at the Donkey Mill Art Center with classes for children and adults in pottery and sculpture, printmaking, painting, photography, fiber arts, and Hawaiian culture, with workshops taught by visiting artists from around the world. Tickets are $20 pre-sale, and $25 at the event ($15 for kids). For tickets or more information, call DMAC at 808-322-3362 or visit donkeymillartcenter.org. For more info, call (808) 322-3362, email DonkeyMill@gmail.com or visit donkeymillartcenter.org.

September 24, 2016
10th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE PARADE AND FESTIVAL - HONOKA'A
Celebrating the annual United Nations International Day of Peace, the town of Honoka`a will host a Parade down Mamane Street - a "moving stage" of bands, dancers, drummers and entertainers. The event then continues with a Peace Day Festival in the streets. For more details, visit www.peacedayparade.org, email info@peacedayparade.org, or call (808) 883-0669.

September 24-25, 2016
HAWAI'I ISLAND FESTIVAL OF BIRDS - KONA
The first annual Hawai'i Island Festival of Birds - Ha'akula Manu - brought to you as a program of PATH-Peoples Advocacy for Trails in Hawai'i, will signal the official opening of the Hawai'i Island Coast to Coast Birding Trail (another first for the state!). The Festival of Birds is an event where residents and island visitors with all levels of interest in birding and nature study can come together to discover and celebrate the diversity of Hawai'i's birdlife and the habitats that support them. Time: 7:00 AM to 4:00PM at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa on Saturday; Sunday's tours will depart from various locations in Kailua-Kona and Hilo to be determined for the convenience of participants. Sunday's Pau Hana dinner (limited seating of 50) will be held at the Waiki'i Ranch Clubhouse, approximately 45 miles from either Kailua-Kona or Hilo on Old Saddle Road (Hwy 200). Event costs: $10-$120. For more information, visit www.hawaiibirdingtrails.com.

September 25, 2016
MUSIC ON THE LAWN BENEFIT - SKEA, HONAUNAU
There will be Live Music at The Society for Kona's Education & Art (SKEA) on Sunday Sept. 25, from 2-6PM, with four bands (bluegrass, beatles, traditional Hawaiian and more). Bring your uke for kanikapila at the end. Cost: $5; keiki free. Proceeds will benefit SKEA and its art programs for children and adults. "Rain or shine" - there is a big tent! For more information, call (808) 328-9392, email skea@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.skea.org.

September 25, 2016
1st BIG ISLAND ROCK RACE - HILO
This is the first in a series of 1:10 scale radio control offroad crawler races open to all experience levels and ages. Prizes will be awarded, plus there will be a free raffle open to all drivers and spectators. Check-in starts at 9:00 AM and racing beings at 11:00 AM. Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Kings Landing (Lehia Park), Hilo. For more information, call (808) 989-5465, email mikebecher@gmail.com or visit http://goo.gl/SGA9Y4.

September 27, 2016
FREE KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER CONCERT
This month's concert features popular Hawaiian musician Christy Lassiter, and begins at 5pm. Admission is 2 cans of food per person for the Hawai`i Island Food Bank. Each can over 2 per person enters you into a raffle for prizes offered by the sponsors of the event - Jams World, Kona Stories Bookstore and Paradise Found.

September 28, 2016
ALI'I WAHINE: FEMALE LEADERSHIP AND SACRED PLACES OF ANCIENT KONA
On Wednesday, September 28, Pualani Lincoln Maielua will present a lecture on the Hawaiian chiefesses of Kona, whose lineages hailed from the gods, and the sacred places which ground them. Maielua is a long distance voyager aboard the voyaging canoe Makali'i, and an instructor at UHCWH. To be held at the West Hawai'i Civic Center from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at West Hawai'i Civic Center Presented by Kona Historical Society, in cooperation with Hawai'i County, this free, public series is a gift from the Society to the community. This lecture is sponsored by Balbi Brooks and supported by West Hawai'i Today. For more information call (808) 323-3222 email khs@konahistorical.org or visit http://www.konahistorical.org.

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October

October 1, 2016
KONA COFFEE LIVING HISTORY FARM'S OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATION - CAPTAIN COOK
Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm in Captain Cook hosts its annual Open House, October 1, 10 am-2 pm, sponsored by the Hawai'i Community Federal Credit Union. This year’s celebration honors Kona’s heritage. The theme is "Made In Kona," and promises a day filled with fun family activities revolving around amazing products made in Kona, including coffee, baked goods, farm produce, music, and hand-crafted items. Some of the highlights of this free event are traditional foods and goodies; local music by Aunty Diana Aki & Friends; "Hands on History" lauhala weaving, Japanese calligraphy, gardening and pan roasting coffee; Chicken Hekka demonstration and plate lunch by Sandy's Drive In (celebrating its 50th anniversary!); Kona coffee tastings and tours of the historic 1920s coffee mill and farmhouse. Enjoy the cultural celebration that surrounds 17 years as the only living history coffee farm in the nation. For more information, call (808) 323-3222, email khs@konahistorical.org or visit http://www.konahistorical.org.

October 1, 2016
HULA KANIKAPILA - KAILUA KONA LIBRARY
The will be hosting Na Kupuna O Kona Hema presenting a hula program (suitable for all ages) of traditional Hawaiian music. Sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, Kona, this program is free to the public. Time: 2:30-3:30PM. For more information, call (808) 327-4327, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

October 2, 2016
30th ANNUAL PATH 5K/10K RUN & KEIKI DASH - KAILUA-KONA
A fun 5k and 10k Run and a free Keiki Dash in downtown Kailua-Kona. Run/walk starts and finishes at Hale Halawai on Alii Dr. (start at 7:30am.) This event is a benefit for PATH's Bike Safety Education Program for Hawai'i Island. Fee. For more information, to download an entry form, or to register online, visit www.pathhawaii.org.

October 4, 2016
"LILI'UOKALANI AT WASHINGTON PLACE" ONE-WOMAN SHOW - HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Jackie Pualani Johnson performs an amazing, one-woman show taken directly from the writings of Queen Lili'uokalani, the queen's family, and other historical sources. Part of Hawai'i Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free. Time: 7pm. Part of the park's ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Where: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.

October 7, 2016
TROPICAL FLOWER ARRANGING CLASS - VOLCANO ART CENTER
This hands-on workshop with Kaipo Ah Chong will explore color and texture in three dimensions with tropical flowers. Each class will result in an arrangement to take home and enjoy. Time: 2-4pm at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano Village. Cost: $45. For more information, call (808) 967-8222 or email workshops@volcanoartcenter.org or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

October 8, 2016
PUNA HONGWANJI BAZAAR - KEA'AU
The Puna Hongwanji Mission annual bazaar, with a rummage sale, laulau, cinders, silent auction, boutique, baked goods, and smoked meat will take place from 8:00AM to 12:00PM at Puna Hongwanji Mission, Keaau. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 966-9981, email punahongwanji1937@yahoo.com or visit punahongwanji.org.

October 7-26, 2016
BIG ISLAND 'UKULELE GUILD EXHIBIT - HILO
Opening reception Oct 7, 5-8PM. Meet the makers; enjoy live music and hula with Konabob & Shirley Stoffer, Alan Hale and Sammi Fo (hula). The show runs Oct 7-Oct 26, Monday-Friday 8-4. Special Saturday programs TBA. For more information about the 'Ukulele Guild or the upcoming exhibit, contact coordinator Bob Gleason at pegasusguitars@hawaiiantel.net or visit BigIslandUkuleleGuild.org. For more information about the Wailoa Art Center, contact (808) 933-0416.

October 8, 2016
IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 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. Also visit www.ironman.com.

October 15, 2016
HULA KAHIKO AT HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Kumu hula Micah Kamohoali'i with Halau Na Kipu'upu'u perform in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. This performance is presented authentically in a natural setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. This free event is supported in part by a grant from the Hawai'i Tourism Authority and the County of Hawai'i Dept. of Research and Development. Park entrance fees apply. Time: 10:30-11:30 am. For more information, call (808) 967-8222, email alyssa@volcanoartcenter.org or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org .

October 15, 2016
4th ANNUAL LILIKOI FESTIVAL - PAHOA, PUNA
The 4th Annual Lilikoi Festival will be held on Oct. 15th from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Maku'u Farmers Market near Pahoa. This is a Zero Waste event. Admission is $2; keiki 11 and under free with a paying adult. Whether you already have a passion for passion fruit or are just getting to know this amazing fruit that is so plentiful in Hawaii, you are sure to enjoy this event which features a lilikoi-themed cooking contest, demonstrations, live music all day, vendor booths and keiki activities. Vendors and cooking contest entries, contact Tag at (808) 982-5683 or visit www.lilikoifestival.com.

October 16, 2016
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE'E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U`i O Hawai'i, on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

October 16, 2016
ANNUAL TASTE OF HILO
Featuring more than 30 participating restaurants, chefs, pastry chefs, bakers, and beverage suppliers. To be held at Hilo Honpa Hongwanji Betsuin, Sangha Hall, Hilo rom 1-3pm. Sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawai'i. A portion of event proceeds go to support the Hawai`i Community College. Tickets may be ordered by calling the Chamber at 934-0177 or by emailing jccih@jccih.org. For more information, visit www.jccih.org.

October 22, 2016
6th ANNUAL HAWAI'I ARTIST COLLABORATION AUCTION - HOLUALOA
39 artists from four countries and fourteen art disciplines collaborate with each other to create original works of art that no ONE person could imagine! Jewelers, painters, woodworkers, blacksmiths, ceramicists, sculptors and more, embark on a weeklong journey of artistic collaboration culminating in this auction event which showcases the artwork created during this unique experience. The auction will be held at the picturesque Malulani Pavilion & The Great Lawn at the Holualoa Inn from 4-7pm. The public is invited to experience and admire the results of the collaborations, meet and talk to the artists, as well as bid to win the art through both live and silent auctions. $30 Event Donation; Keiki free. For more info, call (808) 960-2805 or email hawaiicollaboration@gmail.com or visit www.HawaiiArtistCollaboration.org.

October 22, 2016
16th MAGICAL HALLOWEEN JOURNEY - KONA PACIFIC CHARTER SCHOOL, KEALAKEKUA
The Journey is the largest fundraiser for Kona Pacific Public Charter School and has become one of the "must attend" Halloween events in West Hawai`i. 600 attendees are expected to enjoy the skits put on by Kona Pacific teachers, community actors and parents. Tickets are sold in increments of time slots for each "journey." Attendees will also enjoy themed games, crafts and out-of-this-world food at the cafe while enjoying local live entertainment. Cost: TBA. For more information, call (808) 854-6769 or visit www.KPPCS.org .

October 22, 2016
1st ANNUAL PIG N' SWIG BENEFIT - KAILUA-KONA
Spend the evening dining on roast pork & mashed potatoes prepared by Big Island Grill, beer from Kona Brewing Co., wine, pupus, coffee and dessert. There will be a bacon cook-off featuring local chefs, great local entertainment, door prizes, live and silent auctions, all to support Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise's youth scholarships and community service in west Hawai'i. Tickets are available at Westside Wines at Kopiko Plaza in Kailua-Kona, Queen K Tesoro, and Kailua Candy Company near Costco. Location: Hale Halawai. Time: 5-9pm. Cost: $25. For more info, call KC Mahoney at 769-8148 or visit www.konasunriserotary.org/.

October 22, 2016
RUN FOR THE DRY FOREST - PU'U WA'AWA'A
The annual Run for the Dry Forest at Pu'u Wa'awa'a is a 10km run, 5km run/walk and 1/4 mile keiki run, with a 7:30am start. You can choose to run or walk a 5km course (suitable for most people), a 10 km run (an "extreme trail running experience" featuring a 1200 ft elevation gain in the first 3 miles). There is also a fun, non-competitive 1/4 mile run of flat surfaces; parents are welcome to join the kids. Proceeds from this event will be used to support natural resource conservation and management-related projects in West Hawai'i. Registration is required. PLEASE NOTE: No pets are allowed, as there are endangered nene geese in the area. For more info, visit www.pathhawaii.org.

October 22, 2016
HOWL'WEEN DOG WALK - HILO
Annual benefit for Hawai'i Island Humane Society. Registration (free) 7:30am at Queen Lili'uokalani Park (or online at https://www.firstgiving.com/HIHS/howlween-dogwalk-2016; 7:45am, Opening Program; 8am, Walk Begins; 8:30am, Pet Contests begin (Contest start time may change). This community event encourages pet owners to exercise themselves and their pets during this free, family-friendly event. All are invited to join in, wearing a costume. Walkers with or without pets are urged to raise pledges and support Hawai'i Island Humane Society. Teams and team challenges are encouraged! Show off your pet costume, join in games and contests and help HIHS raise funds. Earn at least $25 in pledges and receive a surprise gift; earn $50 in pledges and receive a free Dog Walk t-shirt! Pledge forms are also available at any HIHS shelter and from many island veterinarians. Proceeds from the Howl'ween Dog Walk benefit some of the many needs of HIHS, including pet supplies and low cost spay and neuter services to help eliminate pet overpopulation. Contact Whitney Sickels at 808-329-8002 or email fund.dev@hihs.org to become a sponsor, reserve vendor space, or to donate contest prizes.

October 26, 2016
HAWAIIAN QUILT LECTURE - WEST HAWAI'I CIVIC CENTER
Recognized the world over for their bright colors and bold graphic designs, Hawaiian quilts reflect the island lifestyle and flora where they were made. On Wednesday, October 26, from 5:30-7pm, Kona Historical Society hosts author Loretta G. H. Woodard, textile conservator Linda Hee, and Hawaiian Quilt Research Project Board President Deborah H. Dunn. They will present "Communities of Quilters on Hawai'i Island" and discuss the fascinating history and evolution of Hawaiian quilts and their care. This free, public lecture series is a gift from Kona Historical Society to the community on the last Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7 p.m. This lecture is generously sponsored by Rob & Barbara Kildow and supported by West Hawai'i Today. For more information, call (808) 323-3222 or or visit www.konahistorical.org.

October 29, 2016
HOWL'WEEN DOG WALK - KIM KAMEHAMEHA'S KONA BEACH HOTEL
Annual benefit for Hawai'i Island Humane Society. Registration (free) 7:30am at the Honu Lawn at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel (or online at https://www.firstgiving.com/HIHS/howlween-dogwalk-2016; 7:45am, Opening Program; 8am, Walk Begins; 8:30am, Pet Contests begin (Contest start time may change). This community event encourages pet owners to exercise themselves and their pets during this free, family-friendly event. All are invited to join in, wearing a costume. Walkers with or without pets are urged to raise pledges and support Hawai'i Island Humane Society. Teams and team challenges are encouraged! Show off your pet costume, join in games and contests and help HIHS raise funds. Earn at least $25 in pledges and receive a surprise gift; earn $50 in pledges and receive a free Dog Walk t-shirt! Pledge forms are also available at any HIHS shelter and from many island veterinarians. Proceeds from the Howl'ween Dog Walk benefit some of the many needs of HIHS, including pet supplies and low cost spay and neuter services to help eliminate pet overpopulation. Contact Whitney Sickels at 808-329-8002 or email fund.dev@hihs.org to become a sponsor, reserve vendor space, or to donate contest prizes.

October 29, 2016
ANNUAL WAIMEA SOLAR SYSTEM WALK
The Canada-France-Hawai'i Telescope and Keck Observatory are sponsoring the Waimea Solar System Walk from 10am-2pm. The walk turns Waimea into a scale model of our solar system with the sun at Keck and Pluto/dwarf planets at CFHT. Prizes for the keiki, refreshments for all. Costume contest at 1pm! 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 Mary Beth at 885-3121.

October 29, 2016
KONA ROCKTOBERFEST 2016
Live music, dancing, improv comedy, costume contests, chicken dance and fun games for cash and liquid prizes - "costumes, cocktails and..chickens?" Time: 5pm-9:30pm at King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel Lu'au Grounds, Kailua Kona, Cost: $20-$30. For more information, call (808) 333-4341, email douglas.mallardi@gmail.com or visit www.konarocktoberfest.com.

October 29-30, 2016
8th ANNUAL BIKE MS EVENT - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT

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

October 30, 2016
KAMUELA PHILHARMONIC FALL CONCERT - HAPUNA BEACH PRINCE HOTEL, SO. KOHALA
Enjoy this "Symphonically Spooky" concert, from 4-6 PM at the resort's Grand Ballroom. $25 General Admission; 18 and under, free. For more information, call 808/365-4466, email contact@kamuelaphil.org or visit www.kamuelaphil.org.

October 29, 2016
'OHANA HALLOWEEN PA'INA - KEAUHOU, KONA
Free admission. Haunted House, playground, and vendors from 4-9:30pm. Keiki Costume Contest; Adult Costume Contest, and live entertainment. For more info & parking details, visit Keauhou Shopping Center's website.

October 30, 2016
4th ANNUAL EAST HAWAI`I JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL - HILO
Get your tickets now for the Annual East Hawai`i Jazz and Blues Festival! This swingin' event on indoor and outdoor stages includes a lavish pupu buffet and dessert station, wine tasting and spirits. Proceeds benefit the Hawai`i Island Veterans Memorial, Inc. To be held at Nani Maui Gardens, 421 Makalika St. Hilo, from 1:30-6:30pm. For ticket info, visit www.hawaiiislandveterans.org. For more information, call 808-964-5764 or (808 961-6851.

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November 4, 2016
ANNUAL BLACK & WHITE NIGHT - HILO
Hilo's huge annual walk-about party will take place November 4th, with music in the streets, a selfie contest, shops open late, and an after-party at the Palace Theater. "Dress to impress in your best black & white." For event info, entertainment listings, selfie spots and contest rules, visit downtownhilo.com/blackand white.

November 4 and 7-11, 2016
KONA COFFEE LIVING HISTORY FARM - CAPTAIN COOK
Kona Coffee Living History Farm extends its hours to 10 am-3 pm during the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Week. Hands on History activities will be held at the Farm every day at 11 am, which may include Pan Roasting Coffee, Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden, Japanese Calligraphy, and others. This farm tells the story of Kona's coffee pioneers during the early 20th century. Meet a "Kona Nightingale," or watch how Japanese farmers used the kuriba and hoshidana to mill and dry coffee. Visit the 1920s farmhouse where you may find the homemaker starting the fire to cook rice or making musubi for the farmer's lunch. Talk story with living history interpreters and discover the story behind Kona's gourmet crop. Entrance with admission fee. Be sure to sample the farm's 100% Kona coffee and purchase some. Kona Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with all proceeds going directly to educational programs and preservation projects. For more information, visit www.konahistorical.org or call 808-323-3222.

November 5, 2016
9th ANNUAL HAWAI'I ISLAND VETERANS DAY PARADE - HILO
This year's parade will kick off at 10 am in downtown Hilo with a helicopter orchid drop near Pauahi Street in Wailoa State Park, and lead off with Hilo's own motorcycle version of Rolling Thunder. Three parade marshals will be honored in 2016: The Grand Marshal (a Veteran), the Community Parade Marshal (Veteran Support Group), and the Business Parade Marshal (new this year). Parade units will include active military; veterans organizations; ROTC units from local high schools; marching bands and other fun musical groups; military equipment; local businesses; civic clubs; community and children's groups; and much more. The parade route follows the same route as the Merrie Monarch Festival Parade. Donations welcome. Time: 10-11:30 AM. To register, or for more info, visit www.hivetparade.org or email support@hivetparade.org.

November TBA, 2016
WINE, CHEESE, CHOCOLATE & MORE! BENEFIT - HILO
Hilo Medical Center Foundation's 14th Annual Wine, Cheese, Chocolate & More Fundraiser will feature delectable chocolates; superior cheeses; fine wines with distinct properties, aromas & flavors; cold beer; and a magnificent array of delicious pupus and appetizers created with local ingredients that will be served by local physician "waiters." There will also be silent and live auctions. Location: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel's Moku`Ola Room. For more information, email HMCFoundation@hhsc.org or visit www.hilomedicalcenterfoundation.org.

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

November 12, 2016
7th ANNUAL FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY WAIKOLOA REGION 5K WALK/RUN FOR LITERACY - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
The race will start and finish at the Waikoloa Elementary School parking lot at 68-1730 Ho'oko St. school parking lot, Waikoloa, HI 96738. Time: registration 6:15am; race begins 7:30am. Cost: $20 adults/$10,12 & under, includes event t-shirt. Medals for top female and male categories. Time: 7am Registration/Race begins at 7:30am at at Waikoloa School parking lot, 68-1730 Ho'oko St, Waikoloa, HI 96738. Cost: Adults $20 online/$30 race day; 12 & under $10. For more information, call 808-238-0791 or email waikoloahilibrary@gmail.com or visit www.flwr-runforliteracy.com.

November 12, 2016
WAIKOLOA VILLAGE SILENT AUCTION & HEALTH FAIR
In conjunction with the annual 5K Walk/Run for Literacy and a Silent Auction Fundraiser, Friends of the Library, Waikoloa Region, presents a health fair. Participants include community and health organizations, as well as allopathic and complementary medical practitioners.You can bring your HMSA & Kaiser IDs for a covered flu vaccine. Time: 8 am-noon at Waikoloa School Cafeteria. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 883-3666, email bernsteina@hotmail.com or visit http://flwrhi.org/.

November 14, 2016
KONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOLIDAY WREATH MAKING JEEP TOUR
'Tis the season to create your own beautiful, natural wreath! KHS hosts its annual Holiday Wreath Making Jeep Trip, Saturday, November 14 from 8 am-3 pm. Participants will meet in Captain Cook and travel mauka, picking fresh ohia and other natural materials. All wreath making materials, besides those you pick, will be provided, along with a lunch of stew and hot drinks. Wreaths are easy to make and will last for many months. Reservations are required; you must be a current KHS member to attend. Joining and signing up is easy: call KHS at 808-323-3222 or make your reservation online at store.konahistorical.org. A 4WD vehicle is required for this excursion, but those wishing to participate who don't have a 4WD may call KHS to determine if there is space available in another attendee's vehicle. This trip is always popular, and space is limited, so sign up today! KHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all proceeds go directly to educational programs and preservation projects. See website for cost information: www.konahistorical.org. For more information, call (808) 323-3222 or email khs@konahistorical.org.

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

November TBA, 2016
46th ANNUAL KONA COFFEE CULTURAL FESTIVAL
The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival returns for its 46th annual celebration of Kona's world famous coffee. Hawai`i's oldest food festival combines a modern-day infatuation with coffee with Kona's old-world history as visitors, residents, artisans and farmers gather together to salute Hawai`i's preeminent coffee. Kona coffee farm tours, Native Hawaiian arts and culture events, keiki (child) friendly activities, and a celebration of cultural diversity all blended together in ten event-filled days honoring nearly 200 years of Kona coffee history. Cost: Festival Button for entry to most events. For more information, visit www.konacoffeefest.com.

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

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

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

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

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

November TBA, 201a6
"WALK/RUN FOR LITERACY" - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
7th annual Friends of the Library 5K Walk/Run for Literacy will start and finish at the Waikoloa Elementary School parking lot. For registration details, visit www.flwr-runforliteracy.com. Time: registration 7:00am; race begins 7:30am at 68-1730 Ho`oko St. school parking lot, Waikoloa, HI 96738. Cost: $20 adults/$10, 12 & under, includes event t-shirt. Medals for top female and male categories. For more information, visit www.flwr-runforliteracy.com.

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

November 16, 2016
BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT - KEALAKEKUA
A benefit golf tournament at the Club at Hokulia on Community Partnership Day, November 14, 2016, presented by the Big Island Sports Academy, will benefit high school sports and youth development programs. Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at The Club at Hokulia, Kealakekua. Cost: $250. For more information, call 808-322-9419, email billtrumbo@gmail.com or visit www.bigislandsportsacademy.com.

November 18-19, 2016
29th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA CRAFT FAIR- HILO
The Annual Christmas Extravaganza Craft Fair will be held at Edith Kanaka'ole Tennis Stadium in Hilo. Support over 100 artists and crafters showcasing their handcrafted works of art. Time: 5-9pm (Fri); 9am-3pm (Sat). Interested vendors can download the application at www.malamaponoevents.com. For questions please email email kim@malamaponoevents.com.

November 19 and 20, 2016
KONA PALISADES ARTISTS OPEN STUDIO TOUR
Saturday and Sunday, from 9am to 4pm. Take the self-guided driving tour to meet nine Big Island artists at five locations. Go from one art studio to the next, all located near Ka'iminani Drive in the Kona Palisades subdivision of Kailua-Kona. See the art displayed, demonstrations in the studios and get a jump on holiday shopping by buying directly from the artists. Look for the signs near Holoholo off Ka'iminani Drive to start your tour, or enter 73-4356 Holoholo St, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740 into your GPS. For more information, email KonaPalisadesArtists@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/Kona-Palisades-Artists-1505912829642725/.

November 20, 2016
"KOKUA KAILUA" HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT AND VILLAGE STROLL - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian Music event featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and the Hawai'i County Band on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai'i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Concert, stroll thru Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm and goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. Special kama`aina pricing at participating restaurants and merchants. For more info about the Village Stroll, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, visit www.kvbid.org.

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

November TBA, 2016
"E MAU ANA KA HULA": A TRIBUTE TO KING DAVID KALAKAUA - SHERATON KONA BAY RESORT, KEAUHOU
The "Merrie Monarch" King David Kalakaua will be feted with a celebration of hula held at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Kumu Hula and students from across the Hawaiian Islands, Japan, and Europe will present their art of style and tradition of hula with either hula kahiko (ancient) or hula `auana (modern) styles of dance. Each school will showcase the best integrity and quality of traditional hula steps, expressions, creativity and adornments with costumes and stories that support the hula traditions. Local arts and crafts vendors will be featuring quality handmade Hawaiian items, and ono food will be available too! Admission is free. No outside food or coolers please. Festival information is online at www.emauanakahula.org, or call 808-348-7047 or email administrator@nawaiiwiola.org.

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

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

November TBA, 2016
"KALUA YOUR TURKEY" WORKSHOP - AMY B.H. GREENWELL ETHNOBOTANICAL GARDEN, KEALAKEKUA
Participants will begin preparing their turkeys and the imu (pit) between 7 and 8am. When all the turkeys are ready, they will be put into the Garden imu, and the imu will be closed. Participants return to the Garden in the afternoon to help open the imu and take out their kalua turkey. The exact time for opening the imu will be determined on the day of the workshop, but it should be between 3 and 5pm. Cost per turkey $30/$25 for Bishop Museum or Amy Greenwell Garden members). You must call or email to register in advance. For information or to register, call 323-3318 or email agg@bishopmuseum.org.

November TBA, 2016
15th ANNUAL INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING EVE WORSHIP CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Many Big Island faith communities will join together for this concert. Free to the public, but canned food and monetary donations for Hawai`i Food Basket are encouraged - "2 Hands=2 Cans." Time: 6:30pm, at Lutheran Church of The Holy Trinity, 77-165 Lako St. For more info, call 987-4219.

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

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

November 25, 26 & 27, 2016
VOLCANO VILLAGE ARTISTS HUI ANNUAL ART STUDIO TOUR & SALE
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, from 10am-4pm, visitors are invited to meet the Volcano Village Artists in their studios and see artworks in a wide variety of media. Pottery; raku masks; hand blown art glass; wood & metal sculpture; hand-tooled metal and fiber art; as well as photographs; paintings; drawings and block prints will be on display and available for purchase. A special drawing for pieces contributed by the artists will be held on the last day of the event. Maps to the artists' studios will be available at local businesses in Volcano Village, as well as at www.VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com. Time: 10 AM to 4 PM at six artists' studios in Volcano Village. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 987-3472 or email eherb@hawaii.rr.com.

November TBA, 2016
21st ANNUAL NA LIMA HANA ART AND CRAFTS FAIR - HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
To be held in the Hilton's Kona Ballrooms, Saturday from 9am-5pm and Sunday from 9am-4pm. $5 validated Self-Parking. Local crafters from Hawai`i island will be on hand to showcase and sell their unique one-of-a-kind arts and crafts - Hawaiian quilts, wood carvings, holiday ornaments, jewelry, clothing and Kona coffee. Free to the public. For more information, call 886-2885.

November TBA, 2016
ANNUAL POINSETTIA SALE/BENEFIT - HALE HALAWAI, KAILUA-KONA
Between 9am and 2pm, Kona Business and Professional Women wll offer a variety of poinsettias for sale in a variety of colors in 6-inch or 8-inch diameter and 2-gallon pots. Crafts and jams will also be available. The organization is accepting advance orders of poinsettias in 6-inch, 8-inch and 10-inch diameter pots. To pre-order or for more information, call Carol at 985-0800 or Muriel at 987-8412. This is a benefit for the Kona Business and Professional Women's high school scholarship fund and its Grant for Success, which is awarded to someone needing help with reentry into the workforce.

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December

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

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December 2 & 3, 2016
ANNUAL NA MAKUA INVITATIONAL CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR - HILO
This annual two day event features products that showcase the talents of local artists and offer a diverse selection of unique Christmas gifts that are not available anywhere else. All applicants are screened with consideration given to the uniqueness, quality and craftsmanship of the product. Items made in Hawai'i are preferred, but items are examined on a case by case basis. Free admission. Live entertainment, along with ono kaukau by Liko Lehua Cafe and prize drawings. To be held at at Ah Fook Chinen Civic Auditorium, Manono St., Hilo. Time: Friday 4-9 pm, Saturday 9 am-3 pm. For more information, call Nelson Makua (808) 966-4647, email puna@namakua.com or visit www.namakua.com to download the vendor application.

December 4, 2016
HANDEL'S MESSIAH & J.S.BACH'S MAGNIFICAT IN D - KEAUHOU-KONA
Kona Choral Society and the Kona Choral Society Orchestra's annual holiday concert will feature their annual performance of Handel's Messiah and J.S. Bach's Magnificat. Time: 4 to 5:30 PM at Kaleiopapa Convention Center, Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Cost: $25; $5 students. For more information, call (808) 334-9880 or email Lynntbell@gmail.com.

December TBA, 2016
HOLUALOA MUSIC AND LIGHT FESTIVAL, KONA

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

December 10, 2016
ANNUAL KAILUA-KONA COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARADE
The annual Kailua-Kona Community Christmas Parade will begin at 5:00 p.m. at Kailua's Kekuaokalani Gym next to Kona Aquatic Center, go south on Kuakini, down Palani Rd., and along Ali'i Drive to Walua Road, just past Coconut Grove Marketplace. There will be approximately 75 entries in the parade, including community and corporate groups. There will be numerous musical entries, and more than half of the entries will beautifully light up the evening, including HELCO's Toys For Tots Train, and of course, Santa and his reindeer. The Parade will once again collect food for Hawai'i Island Food Basket, and parade entrants and parade attendees are encouraged to contribute what they can to the 5th Annual Menehune Holiday Food Drive. The Rotary Clubs of West Hawai'i will be collecting donations of food at many of the 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. Applications and additional parade and food drive information is available online at www.paradesinkona.com or you may call Chauna Reese at (808) 313-0025.

December 11, 2016
"JOY TO THE WORLD" FREE CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Get in the holiday spirit with Kona Choral Society's annual free concert. Bring a blanket or folding chairs and enjoy the show. Sing along.
Time: 4-5:30PM at Old Airport Beach Park Center Pavilion. For more information call (808) 334-9880, email Info@konachoralsociety.org or visit www.konachoralsociety.org.

December TBA, 2016
TWILIGHT CHRISTMAS PARADE - WAIMEA

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

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

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

The American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Association presents its 28th annual holiday scholarship fundraiser. The fundraiser benefits local culinary students attending HawCC in Kona and members of the Kona Kohala Chefs who want to further their education. More than twenty top Hawai`i chefs and confectioners will use primarily locally sourced ingredients to prepare tantalizing cuisine with a holiday twist - all accompanied by handcrafted ales, wines and 100 percent Kona coffee. Attendees can enjoy live music and dancing under the stars, plus an exciting silent auction. Buy tickets online or at several West Hawai`i locations. For details, visit www.konakohalachefs.org.

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

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

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

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

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

December TBA, 2016
"KOKUA KAILUA" HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY SUNDAY PERFORMANCE AND VILLAGE STROLL/FREE CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian Music Concert featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U`i O Hawai'i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Concert, stroll thru Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. Special kama`aina pricing at participating restaurants & merchants. A popular Hawaiian musician will take the stage at 5 pm for a free holiday concert under the monkeypod tree at Emma's Square. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

December TBA, 2016
HULA KAHIKO AT HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant will feature a local hula halau from 10:30-11:30am. The event will take place rain or shine at the hula platform located near Volcano Art Center Gallery. The audience is encouraged to bring sitting mat and sun/rain gear. Free; park entrance fees apply. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

December 20-22, 2016
THE NUTCRACKER BALLET - WAIMEA
West Hawaii Dance Theatre and Academy lights up the holidays by presenting Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Ballet." This delightful traditional holiday classic will be performed at the Kahilu Theatre on Tuesday, December 20, and Wednesday, December 21, at 6:00pm, and on Thursday, December 22 at 2:00pm. This visually stunning festive family-friendly production includes more than 60 local dancers, guest dancers from The Maui Academy of Performing Arts, and guest professional dancers from the Matsuyama Ballet, Carolina Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet. The dancers are accompanied by the music of Academy pianist Megumi Kopp, violinist Joel Gimpel, and guest musicians. Choreography is based on the original Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo version. A Silent Auction and Nutcracker Boutique will be held in the lobby; proceeds will benefit WHDT's ongoing programs, scholarship fund, and studio renovations. For tickets, please visit www.kahilutheatre.org. For more information, phone West Hawaii Dance Theatre at (808) 329-8876, email info@whdt.org or visit www.whdt.org.

December 24, 2016
MOKUAIKAUA CHURCH'S CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE - KAILUA-KONA
Hawaii`s first Christian church (established in 1820) will hold its Christmas Eve Candlelight Service beginning at 8pm, with pre-service caroling under the front arch at 7pm. All are welcome to this beautiful celebration of Jesus' birthday with Christmas hymns and hula. Mokuaikaua Church is located at 75-5713 Alii Drive, across the street from Hulihee Palace. Get there early! For more info, call 329-0655 or email office@mokuaikaua.com.

December TBA, 2016
18th ANNUAL WAILEA VILLAGE ANNUAL MOCHI POUNDING - HAMAKUA

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

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

Keauhou Bird Conservation Center is located near the Volcano Golf Course; shuttles will be offered from the main gate for each tour. Don't miss this once a year opportunity to get an up close look at some of Hawai`i's rarest birds and learn about the center's avian conservation efforts. Some of the birds you will see are the `Alala (Hawaiian crow), Palila, and Puaiohi (small Kaua`i thrush). Local artists will be selling their bird-related artwork and there will also be a silent auction and T-shirt sale. Refreshments will be provided. Free to the public; donations are welcome. Reservations are required. Please email kbccopenhouse@gmail.com ASAP with your name, number in your party, and the date and time you wish to reserve, as the tours fill up fast.

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January

January 2-10, 2017
WAIMEA OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL - VARIOUS LOCATIONS
The action-packed Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film) offers a stunning lineup of films, special guests, intimate coffee talks, Q&As, exhibits, receptions and morning activities, running non-stop. The festival immerses participants in a greater understanding and awareness of the ocean and island culture through exceptional films, talks, exhibits and activities. Films fall into the basic categories of ocean experience (such as surfing and paddling); ocean environment (things we do on land that impact the sea) and island culture. For the latest updates on films and speakers, follow the festival on Facebook, www.facebook.com/waimeaoceanfilmfestival, visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org or email info@waimeaoceanfilm.org. Festival passes can be purchased via the website or at 808-854-6095.

January TBA, 2017
6th ANNUAL KONA JAZZ EXPERIENCE - ALOHA THEATRE, KAINALIU
A benefit for Aloha Performing Arts Company, the Kona Jazz Experience proudly presents another great night of jazz at the Historic Aloha Theatre. For more information, call (808) 322-9924, email info@apachawaii.org or visit alohatheater.com.

January TBA thru February TBA, 2017
31st ANNUAL HAWAII WOOD GUILD SHOW - WAIMEA
This is the yearly juried show of the best of fine woodworking that Hawai`i island has to offer. To be held at the Isaacs Center, 65-1268 Kawaihae Rd., Kamuela. Opening Reception Jan. 9th, 5-8PM. Gallery hours Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm. For more info, call Marcus Castaing at 929-9974, or the Isaacs Center at 885-5884.

January TBA, 2017
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION - KAILUA-KONA
A community celebration, program & potluck. Please bring your favorite dish to share. The celebration will take place at the Old Kona Airport Beach Park's Maka'eo pavilion. This event is free and open to the public. For more info, please contact Virginia Halliday at (808) 325-1112 or Mamie Bramlett at (808) 331-1448, or email edavisyoung.ey@gmail.com.

January TBA, 2017
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai'i County Band with kahiko hula by kumu Etua Lopes' Na Pua U'i O Hawai'i hula halau on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

January TBA, 2017
'IOLANI LUAHINE HULA FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
The 15th annual 'Iolani Luahine Hula Festival will be held at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. The festival was established in 2003 with a vision to perpetuate the hula, and it also serves as a way to honor the memory of 'Iolani Luahine and her contributions to the preservation of hula and Hawaiian culture. The two day event will again include hula workshops by renowned Hawaiian Kumu Hula, Ni'ihau shell jewelry-making workshops, and more. A prize will be offered to the Kumu Hula who best demonstrates 'Iolani Luahine's values of Hawaiian cultural education. 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.Registration fees and details of the workshops are available at www.iolaniluahinefestival.org. For more info, email administrator@nawaiiwiola.org.

January TBA, 2017
13th ANNUAL KONA SURF FILM FEST - KAILUA-KONA
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. Live music, surf movies, and good vibes! To be held at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. For more information, call (808) 936-0089, email chadkona@gmail.com or visit www.konasurffilmfestival.org.

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February

February TBA, 2017
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 TBA, 2017
2017 BUILDING AND DESIGN EXPO - SHERATON KONA RESORT
More than 40 vendor booths will exhibit their goods and services in the three-day event. From general contracting and materials to home design and decor, including fine art, the expo often features furnishings, blinds and shutters, window-tinting, kitchen countertops, cabinets and flooring, pest control PC solar and financing. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-329-1758, email marketing@kona-kohala.com or visit http://www.kona-kohala.com/.

February TBA, 2017
HEIVA I HAWAI`I 2017 - KAILUA-KONA
Te 'E'a O Te Turama once again hosts amazing groups from all over Hawai'i Island. Visit www.heivaihawaii.com for more information and applications for competitors, vendors and sponsors.

February TBA, 2017
KONA ROTARY MAUKA VALENTINE'S WINETASTING EVENT
This event benefits Hawai'i island community service and high school scholarships. This event sells out every year. Tickets can be purchased by calling Carol at 808-896-2397 or emailing rotaryvalentines2016@gmail.com.

February TBA, 2017
INTERNATIONAL NIGHTS - UNIV. OF HAWAII, HILO
A long-standing tradition at UH Hilo, International Nights showcases performances from cultures around the world. To be held at UH Hilo Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Box Office Tuesday-Friday from 9 am-1 pm. Cash or checks only (no online, phone or credit/debit card orders). Call (808) 932-7490 for ticket information. For more information, email mellon@hawaii.edu or visit www.hilo.hawaii.edu/international/IN.php.

February TBA, 2017
DONKEY MILL ART CENTER'S 10th ANNUAL ART AUCTION - KAILUA-KONA
For more information, call (808) 322-3362, email donkeymill@gmail.com or visit www.donkeymillartcenter.org.

February TBA, 2017
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and kumu Etua Lopes' Na Pua U'i O Hawai'i hula halau on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

February TBA, 2017
11th ANNUAL AVOCADO FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU-KONA
To be held from 10am to 5pm at the Sheraton Kona Resort at Keauhou Bay. Live entertainment will be offered throughout the day, along with avocado presentations and food demonstrations, avocado variety sampling, and more. There will be food available for sale.

February 25 and 26, 2017
SOKO 3rd ANNUAL ARTIST STUDIO TOUR
South Kona Artisans will be presenting their fine art in their studios, homes and other venues from Keauhou to Honaunau, showcasing local photography, oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, giclee prints, cards, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, woodworking, glass, and quilts for sale. 20 artists, 10 locations. You are invited to meet local artists, view their work and see what inspires them. Time: 10 am-4pm. Free to the public. Brochure & map will be available at http://sokoartists.com, Facebook page www.facebook.com/SOKOSouthKonaArtistCollective, and at artist studios and various venues.

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March

March TBA, 2017
BIG ISLAND WOODTURNERS 18th ANNUAL EXHIBIT - HILO
To be held at the Wailoa Art Center, 200 Piopio St., Hilo. Free to the public. For more information, call 934-4254, email bill.crawford@hpmhawaii.com, or visit www.bigislandwoodturners.org.

March TBA, 2017
GREAT WAIKOLOA 'UKULELE FESTIVAL - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT

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

March TBA, 2017
THE KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL
The Kona Brewers Festival raises funds for charities through the celebration of handcrafted beers and local cuisine at a sustainable community gathering. Top chefs from some of the Big Island's favorite restaurants will offer their best food pairings for beer, ranging from fresh fish and smoked meats to deep fried avocados and tropical sweets, served up fresh on a banana leaf plate against a backdrop of passing paddleboards and canoes at the historic Kamakahonu Bay Beach. For more information, call (808) 938-7376 or email email@summercarrick.com.

March TBA, 2017
17th ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO KAMEHAMEHA III - SHERATON KONA RESORT, KEAUHOU
Enjoy a free concert on the Sheraton's Hawai'i Lawn, featuring some of Hawai'i's best musicians. There will also be a Vendor Marketplace, and more. Donations will be accepted at the door.

March TBA, 2017
18th ANNUAL BIG ISLAND INTERNATIONAL MARATHON - HILO

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

March TBA, 2017
KAILUA KANIKAPILA COMMUNITY PICNIC
Relax. Kick back. Bring your beach chair or mat. Celebrate why we love to live in Hawai'i with live entertainment all afternoon at the free Kailua Kanikapila Community Picnic on the seaside lawn at Hale Halawai on Ali'i Drive. Pack a picnic or enjoy on-site food vendors and bring the whole family. Unfolding concurrently with Kailua Kanikapila are Kokua Kailua and the new Village Marketplace (visit website for details). To be held at the seaside lawn at Hale Halawai on Alii Drive. For more information, call 808-936-9202 or email hkvevents@gmail.com or visit www.historickailuavillage.com.

March TBA, 2017
KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER FREE MONTHLY CONCERT
The featured Hawaiian music entertainer will be perform at 5pm. Admission is two cans of food for the Hawai'i Food Basket, per person. Each can over two, receive an entry win a prize from the event sponsors Jams World, Kona Stories Bookstore and Sheraton Kona. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited. Opening with local Hawaiian music at 5:30pm.

March TBA, 2017
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai'i County Band with kahiko hula by kumu Etua Lopes' Na Pua U'i O Hawai'i hula halau on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

March TBA, 2017
TROPICAL PAWS BENEFIT - FOUR SEASONS HUALALAI RESORT

Call 808-329-8002, email fund.dev@hihs.org, or visit www.hihs.org for more info or to purchase tickets.

March TBA, 2017
ANNUAL "DAY AT HULIHE`E" SPRING FUNDRAISER - HULIHE`E PALACE, KAILUA-KONA
Spend the day on the picturesque, seaside grounds of Hulihe'e Palace for the annual spring fundraiser, Day at Hulihe'e. An 8:30 a.m. traditional Hawaiian blessing kicks off the 9 a.m.-4 p.m. event, which is hosted by palace caretakers the Daughters of Hawai'i and the Calabash Cousins. Browse among tented arts and crafts booths, a tempting bake sale featuring Aunty Nona's scrumptious peach cake and the ever-popular Classy Tutu's Attic. Choose a fresh flower lei or floral arrangement made on-site by palace volunteers. The Kuakini Hawaiian Civic Club will offer ono food and local hula halau will provide cultural entertainment on the grassy lawn fronting Kailua Bay. Enjoy cultural demonstrations including pa'i 'ai (poi pounding) and 'upena (fish net making). Prize drawings throughout the day will be featured, including the chance to win a king-sized Hawaiian quilt for a $5 donation. Palace admission will be complimentary all day, although donations will be accepted. For more info, contact the Palace at 329-1877, the Palace office at 329-9555, or visit www.daughtersofhawaii.org.

March TBA-April TBA, 2017
THE 54th ANNUAL MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL - HILO
A week-long festival of cultural events including Hawaii's most prestigious hula competition at Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium. The festival begins with a Ho'olaule'a at the auditorium behind the Stadium on Easter Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lots of music, food and fun. Don't miss the by-invitation-only crafts fair that takes place beginning Wednesday, with incredible fresh lei, cream-of-the-crop Hawaiian crafts, and free, live music performances by some of Hawai`i's most beloved entertainers in the building adjacent to the Stadium (http://www.merriemonarch.com/merrie-monarch-invitational-hawaiian-arts-fair). On Wednesday, Ho'ike Night, there is also a free hula exhibition at the Stadium that begins at 6:30 pm (get there very early to stand in line!); Thursday is the solo Miss Aloha Hula competition; Friday & Saturday are the group Kahiko (ancient) and 'Auana (modern) hula competitions. A grand parade winds through Hilo-town on Saturday morning. Visit www.merriemonarch.com for more info. View the competitions online here: K5TV.

March TBA, 2017
HAWAI`I ISLAND C.R. KENDALL SCHOLARSHIP BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT - HILO
The 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 (Hawai'i Government Employees Association) members and their immediate families. For more information, call 935-6841, email hawaiidiv@hgea.org or visit www.hgea.org/hawaiigolftournament.

March TBA, 2017
24th ANNUAL HAWAI'I ARTS, CRAFTS AND FOOD FESTIVAL - HILO
The Annual Hawai'i Arts, Crafts & Food Festival will be held during Merrie Monarch Week at Sangha Hall, Hilo. The Festival will feature over 100 artisans, crafters and food vendors throughout the state. Admission: $2; children 7 and under free. For more information, contact Hawaii Arts & Crafts at (808) 981-0518, email hawaiiartsandcrafts@yahoo.com or visit www.hawaiiartsandcraftsfestival.com.

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April

April TBA, 2017
THE 54th ANNUAL MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL - HILO
A week-long festival of cultural events including Hawaii's most prestigious hula competition at Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium. The festival begins with a Ho'olaule'a at the auditorium behind the Stadium on Easter Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lots of music, food and fun. Don't miss the by-invitation-only crafts fair that takes place beginning Wednesday, with incredible fresh lei, cream-of-the-crop Hawaiian crafts, and free, live music performances by some of Hawai`i's most beloved entertainers in the building adjacent to the Stadium (http://www.merriemonarch.com/merrie-monarch-invitational-hawaiian-arts-fair). On Wednesday, Ho`ike Night, there is also a free hula exhibition at the Stadium that begins at 6:30 pm (get there very early to stand in line!); Thursday is the solo Miss Aloha Hula competition; Friday & Saturday are the group Kahiko (ancient) and 'Auana (modern) hula competitions. A grand parade winds through Hilo-town on Saturday morning. Visit www.merriemonarch.com for more info.

p>April 19-22, 2017
ANNUAL MERRIE MONARCH INVITATIONAL HAWAIIAN ARTS FAIR
This is the official fair for the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, featuring the finest collection of Hawaiian arts and handcrafts by Hawaii's Master artisans. Also offering cultural demonstrations and workshops in kapa making, ohe kapala, Ni'ihau shell lei making, pahu drums and native Hawaiian plants. Free Hawaiian entertainment daily by Hawai'i's top musicians and hula halau. You can also get the official Merrie Monarch Festival t-shirts, programs and posters here. This is a free event. You can download the vendor application at www.namakua.com/merrie-monarch. Time: Wed-Fri, 9am-5pm and Sat 9am-4 pm at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium and Butler Building in Hilo. For more information, call (808) 966-4647 or email mmcraftfair@hawaiiantel.net.

April TBA, 2017
31st ANNUAL MAGIC SPECTACULAR - ALOHA THEATRE, KAINALIU
Laugh and be amazed! Proceeds from the show benefit the Society for Kona’s Education & Art (SKEA), a non-profit arts organization dedicated to providing education and experiences in the arts to the people of Hawai'i Island. For more information about SKEA, please visit the website at www.skea.org. For more event information, call 323-9707, SKEA at 328-9392, or email alohamagic@aol.com.

April TBA, 2017
5th ANNUAL BIG ISLAND AIDS WALK - HILO
This exciting, family event is an easy 2 mile walk around the beautiful Lili'uokalani Gardens in Hilo. There will be a Community Organization Health Fair, live entertainment, raffle prizes and light refreshments. For more information, call 808 982-8800, email david@hihaf.org or visit http://bigislandaidswalk16.kintera.org/.

April TBA, 2017
WAIMEA OUTDOOR CIRCLE SPRING PLANT SALE
At Waimea Nature Park, behind the Canada/France/Hawai'i Telescope headquarters. For more info, email wochawaii@gmail.com or call (808) 433-4482.

April TBA, 2017
LAVAMAN TRIATHLON - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
Motorists are cautioned that approximately 1600 cyclists will be on the Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway between 8am and 11:30am on Sunday, between Waikoloa Beach Drive and the 88 Mile Marker. Cyclists will be crossing the highway at Waikoloa Beach Drive, and traffic will be stopped there to give right-of-way to the cyclists, resulting in significant delays between 8:30 and 10:30am. Motorists are encouraged to detour "up Waikoloa Drive at the north end of Ka'iminani Drive from the South end to the Upper Highway (190)." This will add approximately 25 minutes to travel time, but will avoid potentially longer delays. The speed limit on Queen Ka'ahumanu will be reduced to 45 mph during the race. Call 329-9718 for more info.

April TBA, 2017
18th ANNUAL WAIMEA HEALTHY KEIKI FEST
The annnual Waimea Healthy Keiki Fest will be held from 9am-1pm at the Parker Ranch Center. Designed for children ages 3-12, keiki and their parents will spend the day exploring free, hands-on activities related to fitness, health, nutrition and safety.

April TBA, 2017
CREAM OF THE CROP COFFEE TASTING COMPETITION - KEAUHOU
The Cream of the Crop Festival and Competition is an annual free event produced by the Kona Coffee Council that combines 100% Kona coffee, desserts, and art. A panel of professional chefs and the festival attendees rate both coffee and desserts to yield the Chef's Choice and Peoples Choice awards. Awards are given for Estate 100% Kona Coffee, Open 100% Kona Coffee, Professional Dessert, and Amateur Dessert. Held at Sheraton Kona Resort Bayview Grounds. For more information, call (808) 938-0142 or email gbiven@hicoffeeco.com.

April TBA, 2017
FREE ENTRANCE TO NATIONAL PARKS IN HONOR OF NATIONAL PARKS CENTENNIAL
There will be free access to all national parks during National Park Week.

April TBA, 2017
KAI OPUA'S 18th ANNUAL PAU HANA REGATTA - KAILUA BAY
Kai Opua Canoe Club's annual Businessman's Regatta is back - divisions are Bar/Restaurant/Hotel, Professional, Government, Retail, Construction. The teams will also compete for the Best Team Costume Awards. For more information, to register, or to set a practice time for your crew, call 938-8577. Registration at 8am; racing starts at 9am at Kailua Pier, Kailua-Kona. All proceeds go to the club's outrigger racing activities. Kai Opua Canoe Club is a 501c3 non-profit. For more, information call 938-8577, or visit www.kaiopua.org/pauhanaregatta.asp.

April TBA, 2017
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs Men's Glee Club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U`i O Hawai'i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

April TBA, 2017
LAUPAHOEHOE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The 12th Annual Laupahoehoe Music Festival will take place at Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park, 36-1043 Laupahoehoe Point Rd., Laupahoehoe, Hawaii 96764, from 9am-6pm. Music, crafters, game booths - Hawaiian-style food will be available for sale. This is an alcohol and drug-free event; no coolers. Buy tickets online at www.laupahoehoemusicfestival.org.

April TBA, 2017
HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - KAILUA-KONA
Time: 7:30am-2:30pm at the Kealakehe Recycling & Transfer Station. Accepted Items are motor oil, antifreeze, corrosives, poisons, corrosives, batteries, medicaiotns, solvents and thinners, fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermometers, oil-based paints, and compressed gas cylinders. Not accepted items are business waste, farm waste, electronics, explosives or flares, radioactive materials, shock sensitive items, controlled substances, fire extinguishers, bio/infectiours waste, non-toxics. More info at www.hawaiizerowaste.org, or call 961-8554.

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May

May 1, 2016
POSTPONED TILL 2017! - LEI DAY CELEBRATION - HILO

May 1, 2017
MAY DAY BRUNCH ON KAMAKAHONU BAY
May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii Nei. Since the first Lei Day on May 1, 1928, Hawai'i celebrates the season with the beauty of wearing a lei. Historic Kailua Village keeps the tradition alive with its May Day Brunch on Kamakahonu Bay on the makai lawn of the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel. Every attendee will be greeted with the sweet smell of plumeria as they make their way under the tent to scrumptious food stations and a no host bar in this unique oceanfront setting. Live musical entertainment. Brunch seating starts at 10:30 a.m at the hotel's makai lawn. For more information, call (808) 936-9202, email hkvevents@gmail.com or visit www.historicalkailuavillage.com.

May TBA, 2017
KONA ORCHID SHOW, PLANT & CRAFT SALE - OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK MAKA'EO PAVILION
Annual Mother's Day Weekend Orchid Show and Plant Sale. Many hand-made island craft items and fine arts, from 9 am till 6 pm on Friday, May 7th; from 8 am till 4pm on Saturday, May 7th. Orchid vendors from all over the island will be present, with exotic orchid species and new hybrids for sale. There will also be pottery, ceramics and lava pots; real flower jewelry; nurturing gemstones and jewelry, orchid & fine art, cards, fabric art, photography, driftwood sculptures; succulents; desert roses; dragon fruits; protea plants and flowers; air plants; native plants; day lilies; herbs; fruit trees and more. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-333-0889, email orchidbob1@gmail.com or visit http://www.konaorchidsociety.org.

May TBA, 2017
5th ANNUAL HAMAKUA YOUTH FOUNDATION HULA FESTIVAL/FUNDRAISER - HONOKA'A
This event will showcase an exciting and diverse collection of hula, mele and oli (chanting), highlighted by authentic and colorful costumes, lei, and musical implements. For more info, call (808) 775-0976 or visit https://hamakuayouthcenter.wordpress.com.

May TBA, 2017
MOTHERS DAY CONCERT/BENEFIT - PALACE THEATER, HILO
For more info, visit www.hilopalace.com.

May TBA, 2017
BIG ISLAND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL - HAPUNA BEACH PRINCE HOTEL, SO. KOHALA
Tastings, music, dancing, silent auction - everything chocolate! Ticket sales online at www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com.

May TBA, 2017
KA'U COFFEE FESTIVAl
Ka'u Coffee Festival celebrates everything that makes Ka'u special. Some events are free, others have a fee. For event details, visit kaucoffeefest.com.

May TBA, 2017
22nd ANNUAL LAUHALA CONFERENCE/WORKSHOP - KAILUA-KONA
Aunty Elizabeth Maluihi Lee, founder and president of Ka Ulu Lauhala o Kona, who is a designated Living Treasure, plus dozens of master weavers from all over the state will gather to share their knowledge and skills to perpetuate the beloved and ancient art of lauhala weaving. Location: King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Students of all levels are welcome to attend. The conference will include a ho`olaulea (crafts fair), a talk story, lu'au and more. For more information, call (808) 987-2243 or email kahananun001@hawaii.rr.com.

May TBA, 2017
ANNUAL VISITOR INDUSTRY CHARITY WALK - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The annual 3.1-mile run, walk (and snack) event was created by the Hawai'i Lodging and Tourism Association in 1978 as a way for the visitor industry to "walk their talk," and give back to community. Hotel and resort properties from across the island enjoy the friendly competition of Charity Walk, challenging each other to win the race, bring out the most participants, raise the most money, and serve up the best food. Visitors and residents are invited to join in the fun. In addition, those chosen as beneficiaries will support the runners and walkers with aid stations along the scenic route from Queens' MarketPlace to Kings' Land, and back to Waikoloa Bowl. Participants of all ages can join in the morning exercise and camaraderie for a minimum pledge of $35 adults, or $25 age 18 and under. Afterwards, the expansive lawn of Waikoloa Bowl will take on a county fair atmosphere with 20+ food stands from restaurant and hotel chefs, live entertainment and a radio broadcast. For more info, call (808) 333-9768 or visit charitywalkhawaii.com.

May TBA, 2017
ANNUAL DAIFUKUJI SOTO MISSION BAZAAR - HONALO
This much-anticipated annual event will take place at the Mission (next to Teshima's restaurant in Honalo) from 9am-1pm. There will be food and preserves for sale, baked goods, fresh produce, orchids and plants, crafts, a rummage & white elephant sale, clothing, and more. Entertainment by Daifukuji Taiko drummers. For more info, call 322-3524, or visit www.daifukuji.org.

May TBA, 2017
"KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

May TBA, 2017
ANNUAL WAIKOLOA LIONS CLUB GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
7:45AM Shotgun Start, 2 person Scramble, at Waikoloa Village Golf Course. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to fund community projects. For more info, call Sue at (808) 989-0215 or email sue.mccord@gmail.com.

May TBA, 2017
HONOKA`A WESTERN WEEK PARADE & BLOCK PARTY
Everyone is invited to dress up western-style and visit Honoka`a town merchants, plus join in different paniolo-themed activities every night. For more information, visit Honoka'a Western Week on facebook.

May TBA, 2017
BIG ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL - THE SHOPS AT MAUNA LANI AND THE FAIRMONT ORCHID, KOHALA
This film festival celebrates independent, narrative, Hawaiian and international filmmakers and their films. There will be social, food & beverage events and entertainment as well as the film presentations and an award brunch. Kama`aina discounts for tickets are offered every night. There will be some great celebrity guest appearances. The "Best of the Fest" event will present the audience-voted best feature and best short film of this year's festival, with a concert featuring a popular Hawaiian musician or band. 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, 2017
HAMAKUA HARVEST ANNUAL FARM FESTIVAL - HONOKA'A
The Annual Hamakua Harvest Farm Festival will be an inspirational event celebrating local agriculture and the community. The festivities will be held at the Hamakua Harvest site (44-2600 Hawai'i Belt Road, Honoka'a, at the intersection of Mamane Street and Mamalahoa Highway 19). For more information, call (808) 775-8209, or visit www.hamakuaharvest.org, facebook/hamkuaharvest, or Instagram at #hamakuaharvest.

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June

June TBA, 2017
HILO ORCHID SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW AND SALE
The Hilo Orchid Society will stage the largest and most comprehensive orchid show and sale in the state of Hawai`i this coming June. The show will take place at the Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium in Hilo. A selection of fantastic items will be auctioned off in the Hilo Orchid Society Silent Auction. Funds raised will support the Hilo Orchid Society Scholarship Fund. Visit http://www.hiloorchidsociety.org for more info.

June TBA, 2017
2nd ANNUAL WAIPI'O KALO (TARO) FESTIVAL
The Festival will take place at Koa'ekea, near the Waipi'o Valley Lookout. Presented by the grassroots state-recognized nonprofit, Ha Ola O Waipi'o Valley, the free event is a tribute to kalo (taro), Waipi'o, and the kupuna and others who live, work, and find inspiration there. There will be live music and hula, craft vendors, games and great food. In addition, there will be displays and "talk story" sessions about the region's rich history and its significance in Hawaiian culture. Agricultural exhibits and demonstrations will offer a chance to learn about varieties of kalo and how they are cultivated, prepared as food and taro's nutritional/health benefits. A Kalo Cookoff offers prizes to home chefs who bring their best kalo pupu, main dish or dessert for a friendly competition with prizes. Any part of the kalo plant may be used in the dish. (To enter, please bring at least five portions for judges to taste.) Hawaiian food will be available for purchase. Koa'ekea is located at 48-5546 Waipi'o Valley Road. Event parking will be available at Kukuihaele Park, with free shuttles provided. There will be no parking at the Lookout. For more information about the Kalo Festival, including the schedule, email HaolaoWaipioValley@gmail.com or follow Ha Ola O Waipio Valley on Facebook.

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BIG ISLAND JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL - SOUTH KOHALA
The 7th annual Big Island jazz and blues festival will bring in Grammy jazz and blues legends. To be held oceanfront at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala coast. Food and drink available for purchase; no coolers allowed. For more information, call 866-774-6236 or visit www.bigislandjazzandbluesfestival.com.

June TBA, 2017
KAWAIHAE CANOE CLUB STEAK FRY
A fun evening under the stars, with a steak dinner, music, dancing, silent and live auctions. To be held at Kawaihae Canoe Club, small boat harbor, north end. For more information, call (808) 345-6790 or email JLPaalua@gmail.com.

June TBA, 2017
HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - KAILUA-KONA
7:30am-2:30pm at the Kealakehe Recycling & Transfer Station. Accepted Items: motor oil, antifreeze, corrosives, poisons, batteries, medications, solvents and thinners, fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermometers, oil based paints, compressed gas cylinders. Not Accepted: business waste, farm waste, electronics, explosives or flares, radioactive materials, shock sensitive items, controlled substances, fire extinguishers, bio/infectious waste, non-toxics. For more info, call 961-8554.

June 11, 2017
NORTH KOHALA KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION
Lei Draping at the statue of King Kamehameha in Kapa`au, and a traditional Pa'u Parade, with horses and riders adorned in flowers and colors representing each Hawaiian Island. The parade will travel from downtown Hawi to Kamehameha Park in Kapa'au. There will also be a Ho'olaule'a (crafts fair) at Kamehameha Park, where you can eat local food, see masters create traditional arts and craafts, watch beautiful hula dancers and listen to award-winning Hawaiian musicians. For more info, call 808-557-6042 or visit www.kamehamehadaycelebration.org.

June 11, 2017
KING KAMEHAMEHA CELEBRATION PARADE AND FREE CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Adorned in the flowers and colors of the Hawaiian Islands, regal pa'u riders on horseback will represent each of the eight islands, led by their respective princesses and the pa'u queen. The floral parade will also feature hula halau, equestrian units, marching bands, and more. The parade begins at Walua Road and Alii Drive at 9am, and travels through Kailua Village to Palani Road past the pier, ending at noon. A Ho'olaule'a (crafts and music fair) featuring Hawai'i recording artists will be held after the parade on the Hulihe'e Palace grounds. For more information, call 322-9944, email KamehamehaDayParade@hawaii.rr.com, or visit www.konaparade.org.

June 11, 2017
KAMEHAMEHA FESTIVAL - HILO
The festival will feature sweet Hawaiian music and beautiful hula from various artists and hula halau, from 10am-4pm. There will also be ono (delicious) food, arts & craft vendors. Presented by the Royal Order of Kamehameha, Mamalahoa, the festival is free, open to the public, and remains a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free event. For more information, visit http://www.kamehamehafestival.org/.

June 17, 2017
ALOHA KEIKI RUN - KAILUA-KONA
Various race distances from 100 yards to 1 mile for youth ages 1-15. All participants receive a race t-shirt, finisher's medal, & goody bag. Games, music, and fun for the whole family! Time: 8:00am at Kona Commons Shopping Center. Cost: $15. For more information, call (808) 967-8240, email raceinfo@konamarathon.com or visit http://konamarathon.com/event-information/aloha-keiki-run/.

June TBA, 2017
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai'i County Band with kahiko hula by kumu Etua Lopes' Na Pua U'i O Hawai'i hula halau on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai'i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians and 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, 2017
ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL - PU'UHONUA O HONAUNAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, HONAUNAU
Celebrate Hawaiian culture at this free, two-day, family friendly event. Learn about lauhala and coconut frond weaving, kapa beating, traditional lei making and more, both days. In order to protect fragile resources and preserve the historic setting, picnicking, coolers and chairs are not allowed in the Royal Grounds. No food is available in the park. Please visit www.nps.gov/puho for more details and view updates on www.facebook.com/PuuhonuaoHonaunauNPS. For more information, call 808-328-2326 x1702 or email marisa_fronda@nps.gov.

June 25, 2017
KONA MARATHON, HALF-MARATHON, QUARTER-MARATHON & 5k RACES - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT

Featuring all four traditional races - Marathon, Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon & 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 race will start and finish at the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens' Marketplace. The Kona Marathon course has one gentle climb not exceeding 175 feet above sea level. For more information on times and details visit www.konamarathon.com.

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July

July 4, 2017
HILO BAY BLAST
Family activities around the Hilo Bayfront, including games, cook-offs, music and more. Fireworks at 8pm over Hilo Bay. For more info, call 961-8706.

July 4, 2017
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. For more info, call (808) 967-7800.

July 4, 2017
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, 2017
KAILUA-KONA INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA
The Annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade will take place on Monday, 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' Drive to Walua Road just past Coconut Grove Marketplace. The parade operates with an all-volunteer committee with the support of the Rotary Clubs of Kona. All are welcome, whether neighborhood and community groups, nonprofit groups or commercial entries. Along with musical entries and floats of all kinds, there will be multiple color guards and numerous members of the armed services as part of the parade. Immediately following the parade, there will be a grand Fireworks Extravaganza over Kailua Bay, starting at 8:00 p.m. For more information about entering the parade, email rcpreese@gmail.com , call 313-0025 or visit www.paradesinkona.com.

July 4, 2017
GREAT WAIKOLOA RUBBER DUCKIE RACE/BENEFIT - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT, KOHALA COAST

Held at the Kings' Shops at Waikoloa Beach Resort, this is a benefit for United Cerebral Palsy Assn. of Hawai'i. Free entertainment, fun games and exciting contests, from duck waddling to eating. Live entertainment and food booths too. Adopt a duckie for the Duckie Race for a chance to win one of many fantastic prizes.

July 4, 2017
FAMILY FOURTH & FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The event continues at Waikoloa Beach Resort throughout the afternoon until the Fireworks Extravaganza over Waikoloa Bowl at 8pm. This is an alcohol and drug free event. For more information, call 886-8822, email spelfrey@waikoloaland.com or visit waikoloabeachresort.com.

July 4, 2017
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, 2017
9th ANNUAL BIG ISLAND PRIDE PAGEANT - KAILUA-KONA
The Big Island Pride Pageant is currently the only LGBT pageant on the Island. Contestants come from various parts of the Island to compete in different categories mainly based on creativity, not beauty. It consists of two divisions, a Miss Category and a Mr. Category. Admission charge. For tickets call (808) 747-9546. For more information, email Bigislandpridepageant@gmail.com.

July TBA, 2017
5th ANNUAL LGBT PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL - HILO
This annual event will be held in downtown Hilo. The celebration will be followed by a festival at the Mo’oheau Bandstand Park featuring live music, food, crafts, information booths, and a play area for keiki. Any individuals or organizations who want to walk in the parade can submit a free parade entry form online at http://hawaiiislandpride.org/.

July TBA, 2017
RELAY FOR LIFE OF KONA
There will be live entertainment, a silent auction, food, family fun and a chance to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Reservations for the dinner and reception should be made at 935-0025; please call the same number if you are interested in having a team or to volunteer. For more information, email Sancie.DeMattos@cancer.org or visit www.RelayForLife.org/konahi.

July TBA, 2017
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, 2017
KONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S 2017 ONLINE AUCTION FUNDRAISER
Kona Historical Society will auction many fun and unique items including art, activities, dining, accommodations, jewelry, antiques and collectibles, to raise money for KHS's educational programs and preservation projects. Auction items are available only online; there is no live event so if you win the online bidding you win the item! Register to bid and preview auction items at http://www.biddingforgood.com/konahistorical. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all proceeds raised by KHS are used for its exciting new gallery, school programs, and ongoing community programs. For more information, call 808-323-3222 or email khs@konahistorical.org.

July TBA, 2017
JOANN WILLIAMS 26th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN JULY ART, GIFT & CRAFT FAIR - KONA
Approximately 100 local vendors from all over the state, with exclusive items for your early holiday shopping. Time: 9:00am to 5:00 pm at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Free to the public. For more information, call 1-808-325-5155 or email dagoose@hawaii.rr.com.

July TBA, 2017
11th ANNUAL FILAM TENNIS CHARITY TOURNAMENT - KEAUHOU, KONA
The Annual FilAm Friendship Tennis Tournament will be held at Holua Tennis Center. This is a free charity event that raises scholarship funds for eligible college bound West Hawai'i graduating high school students. This is the biggest non-sanctioned United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournament in the state of Hawai'i. In addition to fun competitive tennis, there are other fun activities such as Dunk for Prizes, a bake sale, Silent Auction, and much more. Time: 8am-5pm both days. For more information including sponsorship and donation opportunities, please go to www.gonnalove-it.com/tennis, or email email errol@gonnalove-it.com.

July TBA, 2017
35th ANNUAL KONA DAIFUKUJI ORCHID CLUB SHOW AND SALE - HONALO
The annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club (KDOC) show and sale will be held at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall. The free event offers attendees complimentary refreshments, plus an orchid boutonniere corsage - while they last, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The Daifukuji Taiko Drummers will perform. Enjoy an elaborate and colorful display of live blooming cattleya, cymbidium, dendrobium, phalaenopsis, miltonia, vanda and more. Cameras are welcome. Got growing questions? Veteran members will staff a Question and Answer Booth where attendees can get expert advice on caring for orchids. The club boasts eight charter members who each have been growing orchids at least 30 years at different Kona elevations. In addition to the other displays, the annual event offers an outdoor sale of high quality orchid species and hybrids grown by club members and Big Isle commercial growers. 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 ocated on Hwy. 11 at mile marker 114, in Honalo. For information, visit www.kdoc.us, get club updates at www.facebook.com/orchidsinparadise or phone 808-325-3261.

July TBA, 2017
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE'E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U'i O Hawai'i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai'i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

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August TBA, 2017
8th 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. 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 or email randyldna@earthlink.net.

August TBA, 2017
DON THE BEACHCOMBER MAI TAI FESTIVAL - KAILUA-KONA
A full day of fun at Royal Kona Resort, including a Battle of the BBQ; a Marketplace; a Pool Party with live music by Henry Kapono; and The Mai Tai Mix-off where 21 of the world's best bartenders will compete for the title of the world's best mai tai and a $10,000 first prize. Call 808/930-3255 or visit donsmaitaifest.com/ for more info.

August TBA, 2017
PU'UKOHALA HEIAU NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE'S ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL - KAWAIHAE

Over 20 arts and craft workshops and demonstrations will be available for visitors to experience and learn hands-on, including Lei Haku Ame Lei Wili (ancient lei making), Ulana Lauhala (lauhala weaving), Holo Wa'a (canoe rides), and more. There will be local musicians playing songs of Hawai'i. 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 x0 for more info or visit www.nps.gov/puhe.

August TBA 2017
HOSPICE OF KONA'S ROYAL TEA BENEFIT - FOUR SEASONS HUALALAI RESORT
Enjoy an afternoon tea at Four Seasons Hualalai. Proceeds to benefit Hospice Of Kona's Nakamaru Hale. Silent auction, gourmet goodies and...tea! Reservations required. Corporate tables available. For more information, call 808-324-7700, email adegress@hospiceofkona.org or visit http://hospiceofkona.org.

August 19, 2017
VOLCANO RAIN FOREST RUNS
Run a Half Marathon, 10K or 5K in the heart of Volcano Village. Traverse the quaint village roads through the beautiful native rain forest and ranch lands with stunning views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa in the distance. Free keiki run for ages 1-7. Time: 7:00am at Cooper Center, Volcano Village. Costs: Free to $85. For more information, call (808) 967-8240, email raceinfo@volcanorainforestruns.com or visit http://volcanorainforestruns.com/.

August TBA, 2017
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U'i O Hawai'i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai'i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

August TBA, 2017
ANNUAL HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK CULTURAL FESTIVAL
People of all ages are invited to engage in authentic Hawaiian cultural practices and learn how native Hawaiians lived closely to the land as its stewards. Enjoy hula and music, watch skilled practitioners demonstrate their arts, and try your hand at Hawaiian crafts. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 985-6011, email havo_interpretation@nps.gov or visit www.nps.gov/havo.

August TBA, 2017
6th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ALOHA - HAPUNA BEACH PRINCE HOTEL, SO. KOHALA
Hotel guests, visitors and residents are invited to enjoy a free family-friendly all-day festival to be held at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. The event will feature live music from multi Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners, hula performances, craft, jewelry, and clothing vendors. There will be an appearance by the Royal Court, food booths featuring Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Executive Chef Peter Abarcar Jr.'s famous Hawaiian plates, which include huli huli pig, fresh catch poke, haupia for dessert, and specialty foods from the chefs of Mauna Kea Beach Resort. Time: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. The event will benefit various non-profit organizations; attendees are encouraged to bring canned foods to support the Hawai'i Island Food Basket. For more information, call (808) 880-1111 or visit www.HapunaBeachPrinceHotel.com/Events.

August TBA, 2017
NORTH HAWAI'I HOSPICE FLOATING LANTERN CEREMONY - FAIRMONT ORCHID
A meaningful ceremony to honor and remember loved ones that have passed. There will be a sharing of music and hula, chanting, and prayers, followed by a lantern release into Pauoa Bay at sunset. Admission is free. Floating lanterns for decorating and inscribing messages will be provided for a donation (pre-reservation of lanterns is suggested, since supply is limited). Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Complimentary self-parking will be provided by The Fairmont Orchid. For more info or to reserve a lantern, call North Hawai'i Hospice at 885-7547 or visit www.northhawaiihospice.org.

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