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

May 1, 2016
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. Brunch seating starts at 10:30 a.m at the hotel's makai lawn. Cost: $39 for adults/$15 for children under 12. For more information, call (808) 936-9202, email hkvevents@gmail.com or visit www.historicalkailuavillage.com.

May 1, 2016
HILO HULI BENEFIT AT COCONUT ISLAND - HILO
The Rotary Club of South Hilo presents their annual Hilo Huli with live music and 25 food and drink vendors. This fundraiser raises funds for local non-profits. Time: 11:30am-2:30pm at Moku Ola (Coconut Island), Hilo. Cost: $50 presale/$60 door. Purchase tickets at hilohuli.org or contact the club by going to the club website: www.rotarysouthhilo.com.

May 3, 2016
HAWAI'I OPERA THEATRE PERFORMANCE - KAILUA KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
At the Kailua Kona public library on Tuesday, May 3rd at 5:30PM, Hawai'i Opera Theatre will present an abbreviated interactive opera featuring three singers performing six different roles from Mozart's The Magic Flute. To arrange a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation please call the library 10 days in advance at 327-4327. Children under five years must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Presented by Friends of the Libraries, Kona, this program is free to the public. For more information, call (808) 327-4327, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

May 5, 2016
BOYS' DAY AT THE KONA COFFEE LIVING HISTORY FARM
Tango no Sekku or Boys' Day is an honored holiday in Japan and Hawai'i. Each May 5th, families raise the carp-shaped koinobori flags. These fish-shaped wind socks resemble carp because of the legend of a carp swimming upstream becomes a dragon, a symbol of a strong and healthy boy. Visit the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, an outdoor museum in Captain Cook, and learn about this tradition and the Japanese coffee pioneers' story during the 1920s to 1940s in Hawai'i. On this day, the farm will display samurai dolls, samurai helmets and cloth carp wind socks will be hung up. Visitors can make their own origami samurai helmet and mini Koi Nobori (carp display). Visitors may walk through the coffee and macadamia nut orchards learning the methods used for farming back then, tour the historic farmhouse and visit with the farm animals. Along the way, costumed interpreters are available to "talk story" and answer questions. Cost: Included with paid admission. The farm is open Monday through Friday, 10:00am-2:00pm. For more information, call (808)-323-3222, email khs@konahistorical.org or visit http://www.konahistorical.org.

May 6 and 7, 2016
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 7, 2016
"WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT ELDER ABUSE" PRESENTATION - KONA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Lexi McKay will discuss the many forms and various aspects of elder abuse, how someone can recognize possible potential problems for an older friend, family member or neighbor, and simple ways to refer someone for immediate help or advice. Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm at Kona Community Hospital conference rooms, Kealekekua. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 324-6645, email KCHAuxiliary@hotmail.com or visit KCHAuxiliary.org.

May 7, 2016
4th ANNUAL HAMAKUA YOUTH FOUNDATION HULA FESTIVAL/FUNDRAISER - HONOKA'A
The event will begin at 4 p.m. at the historic Honoka'a Peoples Theatre, and will feature the Beamer Solomon Halau O Po'ohala, Kumu Hula Hulali Solomon Covington; Halau O Aloha, Kumu Hula Aloha Dela Rosa; Halau Na Lei Punahele, Kumu Hula Punahele Andrade; and Hula Me Ka Honua led by Lanakila Mangauil. With a wide variety of styles, tradition and hula lineage, these four troupes will showcase an exciting and diverse collection of hula, mele and oli, highlighted by authentic and colorful costumes, lei, and musical implements. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m.; performances begin at 4 p.m. with an opening chant by children from the Hamakua Youth Center. Admission is $20 for adults; $10 for students; keiki 12 and under free. Advance tickets are available at Taro Patch Gifts, the Sea Dandelion Cafe, the Hamakua Youth Center or from HYF Board members. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. For more info, call (808) 775-0976 or visit https://hamakuayouthcenter.wordpress.com.

May 7, 2016
MOTHERS DAY CONCERT/BENEFIT - PALACE THEATER, HILO
The Palace Theater's annual Mothers Day Concert will be on Saturday, May 7th at 7pm. Featuring Kris Fuchigami and his Mom Keiko, with Special Guests Mark Yamanaka and Brittni Paiva. Time: 7-9pm. Cost: $20-$35. This event is a benefit for the Palace Theater's air conditioning project. For more information, call (808) 934-7010, email meadowlambert@hilopalace.com or visit www.hilopalace.com.

May 12, 2016
INTRODUCTION TO MENTAL FIRST AID FOR YOUTH - WEST HAWAI'I CIVIC CENTER, KONA
Did you know that there are many factors that can put our youth at risk for mental health problems? There are many, many factors that protect our youth, regardless of the number of risk factors. Come to this one hour workshop presented by Children's Community Council to learn how to recognize risk factors and protective factors. Free dinner and supervised activities for children provided! Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm at West Hawaii Civic Center Hale G. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 322-1533 or email deanne.aoki@doh.hawaii.gov.

May 13, 2016
"MOTOWN: GREATEST HITS" HAWAI'I ISLAND BENEFIT CONCERT - HAPUNA BEACH PRINCE HOTEL
Featuring two Broadway stars form the hit "Motown's Greatest Hits." Best Dressed Contest and Best Dancing Contests. Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Ballroom. Doors open 6pm; concert 7pm. No host cocktails. Tickets at door or call Kona Hospital Foundation at 322-4587. $60 per person/$85 preferred seating. Proceeds benefit several non profits on the Big Island, including Hilo Medical Center Foundation, Family Support Hawaii, Hawaii Island Humane Society. Visit khfhawaii.org for more info.

May 13-14, 2016
BIG ISLAND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL - HAPUNA BEACH PRINCE HOTEL, SO. KOHALA
With the theme, Lavalicious - A Chocolate Salute to the 100th Birthday of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, the fifth Big Island Chocolate Festival includes a cacao plantation tour at Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, a college culinary competition and several public foodie and agriculture-themed seminars. Activities culminate with an indoor/outdoor festival gala on May 14, offering sweet and savory tastes presented by top isle chefs, chocolatiers and confectioners. See a large volcano created from fine chocolate, chocolate body painting and culinary booths decorated to the Park's centennial theme. Music, dancing, silent auction. Events' times and costs vary. Ticket sales online at www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com. For more information, call 808-324-6100.

May 13-22, 2016
KA'U COFFEE FESTIVAl
Ka'u Coffee Festival celebrates everything that makes Ka'u special. It kicks off with the Pa'ina Open House at Pahala Plantation House and continues with a recipe contest, pageant, the new Lobsterpalooza, Ka'u Mountain Water Systems Hike in Wood Valley, Coffee & Cattle Day at Aikane Plantation, and Ka'u Star Gazing. Fun culminates with the all-day Ho'olaulea May 21, and Coffee College May 22, at Pahala Community Center. The Ho'olaule'a offers Hawaiian entertainment; craft, coffee and food booths; Ka'u Coffee Experience with guided coffee tastings and farm tours. Some events are free, others have a fee. For event details, visit kaucoffeefest.com. For more information, call (808) 929-9550 or email cmanfredi@kaufarmandranch.com .

May 14, 2016
MAGIC, MAYHEM & ALOHA! BENEFIT - PALACE THEATRE, HILO
An amazing magic performance by international award-winning magicians, Bruce and Jennifer Meyers. Fun for the whole family. Bruce will surprise and amaze even the most skeptical! There will also be a special aerial performance by artist Luna Sophia. Magic tricks will be available for purchase in the lobby! This event is a benefit for the Palace Theater's air conditioning project, Time: 2-4pm. Cost: $12 Advance; $15 Day of Show. For more information, call 934-7010, email meadowlambert@hilopalace.com or visit www.hilopalace.com.

May 14, 2016
21st ANNUAL LAUHALA CONFERENCE/WORKSHOP - KAILUA-KONA
Aunty Elizabeth Maluihi Lee, founder and president of Ka Ulu Lauhala o Kona, who is a designated Living Treasure, plus dozens of master weavers from all over the state will gather to share their knowledge and skills to perpetuate the beloved and ancient art of lauhala weaving. Location: King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, from 8am-4pm. Students of all levels are welcome to attend, along with those who just love lauhala products. The conference will include a ho`olaulea (crafts fair), a talk story and more. For more information, call (808) 987-2243 or email kahananun001@hawaii.rr.com.

May 14, 2016
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, $25 age 18 and under. Afterward, 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 14, 2016
"MOTOWN: GREATEST HITS" BENEFIT - SHERATON KONA RESORT, KONA
The Hoku Concert Series and Kona Hospital Foundation proudly present the 15th Annual Hoku Concert "Motown's Greatest Hits," featuring Jarran Muse and Martina Sykes, two Broadway stars from the hit "Motown: The Musical." Saturday, May 14th, 2016 at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort Bayview Rooms. Cost: $85. Doors open at 7:00 PM; concert begins at 7:30 PM. No host bar. Room for dancing! Seating is limited. Call Kona Hospital Foundation to make your reservations, at 808-322-4587 or visit khfhawaii.org.

May 15, 2016
ANNUAL DAIFUKUJI SOTO MISSION BAZAAR - HONALO
This much-anticipated annual event will take place at the Mission (next to Teshima's restaurant in Honalo) from 9am-1pm. There will be food and preserves for sale, baked goods, fresh produce, orchids and plants, crafts, a rummage & white elephant sale, clothing, and more. Entertainment by Daifukuji Taiko drummers. For more info, call 322-3524, or visit www.daifukuji.org.

May 15, 2016
"BEYOND BORDERS" CONCERT - KEAUHOU, KONA
Kona Choral Society, under the direction of Susan McCreary Duprey will explore the "borders" of our musical experience. Singing gospel, Bob Chilcott's "A Little Jazz Mass" and several beautiful pieces in Japanese. Time: 4-5:30 PM at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa. Cost: Adults $2/Students $5. For more information, call (808) 334-9880, email Lynntbell@gmail.com or visit wwwkonachoralsociety.org.

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

May 17, 2016
LOCAVORE DINNER BENEFIT - PAHALA
I Ola Na 'Aina Momona Nonprofit cordially invites you to a Locavore Dinner to benefit Farmer Land Security, at the Pahala Plantation House on Tuesday, May 17 at 6:00 pm. Chefs Jonah Van Gieson of Ohelo Cafe in Volcano and Casey Halpern of Cafe Pesto will wield their culinary skills to create an evening of delight, fun and flavor, with music by talented musician Hawane Rios, in order to raise awareness of land security for Ka'u coffee farmers. The funds raised from the event will be used to send the farmers and their representatives to 'O'ahu to build support for their cause with lawmakers and potential donors. The dinner will be a gourmet, locally sourced sampling of fresh caught fish, locally raised meat, and fresh, local organic vegetables from Wood Valley Farm in Pahala. Big Island Brewhaus is sponsoring an open bar with a sampling of their craft beers. Reservations are available with a $48 tax deductible donation and can be purchased online at http://ionam.org or via check made out to I Ola Na 'Aina Momona, PO Box 871 Pahala, HI 96777.

May 21, 2016
ANNUAL WAIKOLOA LIONS CLUB GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
7:45AM Shotgun Start, 2 person Scramble, at Waikoloa Village Golf Course. Fee: $100 per person, includes lunch at Pueo Osteria, prizes, and Closest-to-the-Pin Contest. Entry deadline May 14, 2016. 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 21, 2016
COMMUNITY SEED LIBRARY PRESENTATION - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Sponsored by The Friends of the Libraries, Kona, the Community Seed Library invites you to a presentation by Calley O'Neill of the preliminary conceptual plan to create a living laboratory for learning, restoring the forest, and growing food at the community college at Palamanui. Time: 11AM-12PM. If anyone has gardening tools or hoses they are no longer using, please bring them that day to build a supply for those working on these projects. If you would like to get involved with this project, or have a question, please contact Natalie at 508-264-7335 or email Nehamah47@gmail.com. For more information, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

May 23-30, 2016
HONOKA`A WESTERN WEEK PARADE & BLOCK PARTY
Everyone is invited to dress up western-style and visit Honoka`a town merchants, plus join in different paniolo-themed activities every night. For more information, visit Honoka'a Western Week on facebook.

May 26-30, 2016
BIG ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL - THE SHOPS AT MAUNA LANI AND THE FAIRMONT ORCHID, KOHALA
This film festival celebrates independent, narrative, Hawaiian and international filmmakers and their films. There will be social, food & beverage events and entertainment as well as the film presentations and an award brunch. Kama`aina discounts for tickets are offered every night. There will be some great celebrity guest appearances. The "Best of the Fest" event will present the audience-voted best feature and best short film of this year's festival, with a concert featuring popular Hawaiian group HAPA. 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 29, 2016
HAMAKUA HARVEST ANNUAL FARM FESTIVAL - HONOKA'A
The first 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) on Sunday, May 29th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature more than 40 vendors, community groups, and exhibits; cooking contests with Sonia Martinez featuring locally grown or produced food; entertainment and educational events throughout the day; games and the Hiccup Circus for the keiki; and a Silent Auction. Hawai'i County Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter and the Department of Research and Development for provided funding to initiate this event. For more information, call (808) 775-8209, email loribeachhawaii@gmail.com or visit www.hamakuaharvest.org, facebook/hamkuaharvest, or Instagram at #hamakuaharvest.

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June 3-5, 2016
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 3-5. 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. Show hours are June 3, Friday 9 am-6 pm, June 4, Saturday 9 am-5 pm, June 5, Sunday 10 am-2 pm. Admission: Adult, $5; Child, 12 or under, Free; Superpass, good for 3 days, $8. Visit http://www.hiloorchidsociety.org for more info.

June 4, 2016
KRISPY KREME DONUT DASH BENEFIT - KAILUA-KONA
5k run/walk or 1/2 mile keiki dash benefit for Kuleana Education. All participants receive Krispy Kreme donuts at the finish line, a t-shirt, and medal! Also awards in several categories. Costume Contest! Fun for the whole family! Time: 8:00 AM at intersection of Ane Keohokalole and Puohulihuli (below Kealakehe High School). Cost: $20 adults/$10 keiki. For more information, call (808) 989-0986, email office@kuleanaeducation.com or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/krispy-kreme-donut-dash-tickets-25013969456.

June 4, 2016
1st ANNUAL WAIPI'O KALO FESTIVAL
The Festival will take place from 9am-4pm 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.) Kalo Contest Winners will be announced at 2pm, and will receive a gift basket and a gift certificate. In addition, homestyle Hawaiian plate lunches will be available for sale, with kalua pig, laulau, squid lu'au, chicken long rice, sweet potatoes, fernshoot salad, haupia, kulolo (taro/coconut pudding), poke and of course, poi. 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.

June 4, 2016
NA WAI IWI OLA'S ANNUAL HO'IKE - WAIKOLOA BOWL, WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
Na Wai Iwi Ola hula halau, under the direction of Kumu Keala Ching, presents an afternoon of music and hula, followed by dancing under the stars featuring the wonderful Hawaiian Swing band Kahulanui; local favorites The Ladies of Waiku'i & Konabob; and Na Ho'omana. Bring the family and share the joy of hula and music. Gates open at 2:30pm; show begins at 3 pm. $10 adults/$5 students (12-17 years)/keiki under 12 free. Lawn seating - bring mats or folding chairs. No coolers or alcohol please! There is no food at the event, but the venue is next to the Queens' Marketplace food court and other restaurants - wristbands allow attendees to come and go. Tickets are available online and at the door.For tickets and information please visit www. nawaiiwiola.org or email email administrator@nawaiiwiola.org.

June 4, 2016
BIG ISLAND JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL - SOUTH KOHALA
The 6th annual Big Island jazz and blues festival will bring in Grammy jazz and blues legends, from 5-9pm. 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 4, 2016
KAWAIHAE CANOE CLUB STEAK FRY
Kawaihae Canoe Club will host a Steak Fry on Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 5:30-10:30pm. A fun evening under the stars, with a steak dinner, country music, dancing, silent and live auctions. To be held at Kawaihae Canoe Club, small boat harbor, north end. Cost: $20 Advance; $25 at door. For more information, call (808) 345-6790 or email JLPaalua@gmail.com.

June 7, 2016
HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE OPERA: HA'UPU - HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Kamehameha Schools Hawai'i will present the Hawaiian language opera, Ha'upu, based on the legend of Hina and her son, Kana. This all-school production tells the story through beautiful and powerful mele (song), oli (chant) and hula (dance). Doors open at 6:30pm; performance at 7pm. Part of the park's ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free. Where: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.

June 8, 2016
WORLD OCEANS DAY AT HAPUNA BEACH STATE PARK
Join Hawai'i State Parks and partner organizations for World Oceans Day at the Hapuna State Beach Park Pavilion. Learn about Hawai'i incredible ocean resources and how to help protect them. The event is free, but there is a $5 per vehicle parking fee for out-of-state visitors. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the large beach pavilion at Hapuna Beach State Park. Free to the public. For more information call 209-0977 or email dena.m.sedar@hawaii.gov.

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

June 11, 2016
KING KAMEHAMEHA CELEBRATION PARADE AND FREE CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Adorned in the flowers and colors of the Hawaiian Islands, regal pa'u riders on horseback will represent each of the eight islands, led by their respective princesses and the pa'u queen. The floral parade will also feature hula halau, equestrian units, marching bands, and more. The parade begins at Walua Road and Alii Drive at 9am, and travels through Kailua Village to Palani Road past the pier, ending at noon. A Ho'olaule'a (crafts and music fair) featuring Hawai'i recording artists Hoku Zuttermeister and Sistah Robi 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, 2016
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 11, 2016
HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - KAILUA-KONA
7:30an-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 12, 2016
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai`i County Band with kahiko hula by kumu Etua Lopes' Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i hula halau on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawaii. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

June 14, 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. Part of the park's ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Where: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.

June 15, 2016
HULA PRESENTATION AT HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Halau (hula group) Na Pua o Uluhaimalama, from Hawai'i Island, is dedicated to perpetuating the culture and the art of hula. Led by kumu hula Emery Aceret, a student of the revered kumu hula Ray Fonseca, the halau has participated in many notable hula competitions, including the Merrie Monarch Festival. Part of Hawai'i Volcanoes' ongoing Na Leo Manu "Heavenly Voices" presentations. Free. When: Wed., June 15 from 6:30-8 p.m. Where: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.

June 25, 2016
VERMICOMPOSTING PRESENTATION - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Sponsored by The Friends of the Libraries, Kona, the Community Seed Library invites you to a presentation by Leona Kassel and Chris Pascual on Saturday, June 25th from 10-11AM. Nature's Zero Waste Superheroes will present information on using composting worms to recycle food waste. Free to the public. For more information, call 508-264-7335, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

June 25, 2016
2016 SUMMER CAR SHOW AND FITNESS EXPO - KAILUA-KONA
Over 250 cars, bikes and trucks are expected to compete for trophies in a dozen classes during the day and the main stage will host live music and physique competition for men and women, Zumba, a tug-of-war between the Hawai'i County police and firefighters and taiko drummers will also be featured. Over two dozen 10'x10' vendor spaces are planned for businesses wishing to participate in the 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. event being presented by Transmission Technology on the ball field at Kona's Old Airport Beach Park. Proceeds for all booth rentals will go to Teach for America, a national teacher corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach and to effect change in under-resourced urban and rural public schools on the Big Island and around the country. The event will be free to the public, but donations for the Hawai'i Island Food Basket to fill up Auto Body Hawai'i's giant "little red wagon" will also be encouraged. Application forms for vendors, as well as entry forms for the car show and physique competition and a field layout for the Show and Fitness Expo are online at www.transtechhawaii.com. Vendor booth information is also available from Chauna by calling 808-313-0025.

June 25 and 26, 2016
ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL - PU`UHONUA O HONAUNAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, HONAUNAU
Celebrate Hawaiian culture at this free, two-day, family friendly event. Learn about lauhala and coconut frond weaving, kapa beating, traditional lei making and more, both days. In order to protect fragile resources and preserve the historic setting, picnicking, coolers and chairs are not allowed in the Royal Grounds. No food is available in the park. Please visit www.nps.gov/puho for more details and view updates on www.facebook.com/PuuhonuaoHonaunauNPS. For more information, call 808-328-2326 x1702 or email marisa_fronda@nps.gov.

June 26, 2016
KONA MARATHON, HALF-MARATHON, 10k & 5k RACES - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT

Featuring all four traditional races: Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5 K. An estimated 2,000 runners of all ages and abilities will be participating for prizes, health and enjoyment, and raising money for charities. For more information and race route, call 808-967-8240, email raceinfo@konamarathon.com or visit www.konamarathon.com.

June 29, 2016
HANOHANO O KONA LECTURE - WEST HAWAI'I CIVIC CENTER
June 29, 2016, From 5:30-7:00 pm Kona Historical Society presents Allen Wall, Kona Historical Society Board President; kama'aina rancher, musician, Mauna Lani Cultural Affairs Director and kahu Daniel Akaka; and Alan Akaka, famous Hawaiian steel guitar player, in a discussion of Na Mele Paniolo o Kona - songs pertaining to the unique style of ranching in Hawai'i, place names of Hawaiian sites important to the cowboys who knew them, their relationship to Kona's history, and efforts to preserve them. This lecture is sponsored by Allen & Patty Wall and supported by West Hawai'i Today. For information call: 808-323-3222 or email khs@konahistorical.org or visit http://www.konahistorical.org.

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July

July 4, 2016
HILO BAY BLAST
Family activities around the Hilo Bayfront, including games, cook-offs, music and more. Hawai`i County Band concert at Mo`oheau Bandstand at 7pm, followed by fireworks at 8pm over Hilo Bay. For more info, call 961-8706.

July 4, 2016
FOURTH OF JULY PARADE & CELEBRATION - VOLCANO VILLAGE
The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Volcano Post Office and proceed for one half mile along Old Volcano Road to Cooper Community Center, featuring the Hawaii County Band, floats, antique cars, fire engines, bicycles, horses, and animals in costumes! Music, games, food booths, craft fair and more. For more info, call (808) 967-7800.

July 4, 2016
4th of JULY SILENT AUCTION BENEFIT - VOLCANO VILLAGE

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

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

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

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

July 4, 2016
FAMILY FOURTH & FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The event continues at Waikoloa Beach Resort throughout the afternoon until the Fireworks Extravaganza over Waikoloa Bowl at 8pm. This is an alcohol and drug free event. For more information, call 886-8822, email spelfrey@waikoloaland.com or visit waikoloabeachresort.com

July 4, 2016
TURTLE INDEPENDENCE DAY - KOHALA COAST

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

July 4, 2016
PARKER RANCH ANNUAL JULY 4th HORSERACES & RODEO
Big Island ranchers participate in fast-paced horseraces and rodeo events with Parker Ranch cowboys. Ribbon mugging, ranch mugging, dally team roping, Po'o Wai U and more. Keiki activities including roping practice and pony rides. Lots of food and mementos for sale at the Parker Ranch Store booth. Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena, Waimea. Pre-sale tickets available at the Parker Ranch Store in Waimea (at Parker Ranch Square). For more information, call 885-2323, email nguilloz@parkerranch.com or visit www.parkerranch.com.

July 8, 2016
8th 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. Tickets are $20; $30 at the door. To be held at the Courtyard at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. For tickets call (808) 747-9546. Time: 5:30 to 11pm. For more information, email Bigislandpridepageant@gmail.com.

July 9, 2016
CLUB REHAB 'OHANA 5K FUN RUN - KAILUA-KONA
"Out and back" 5K run, starting at Royal Kona Resort. Time: 7:00am at Kailua Kona, Kailua Kona, Cost: $35-$25. For more information, call (808) 329-7744, email bnakamura@clubrehabhawaii.com or visit www.clubrehabhawaii.com.

July 9-10, 2016
RELAY FOR LIFE OF KONA
There will be live entertainment, a silent auction, food, family fun and a chance to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Reservations for the dinner and reception should be made at 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 10, 2016
HILO TRIATHLON
Inaugural Olympic distance triathlon at James Kealoha Beach Park in Hilo. 1500 meter swim, 40km bike, 10km run. Time: 7:00 AM at James Kealoha Beach Park, Hilo. Fee. For more information, call 808-333-9128, email hilotriathlon@gmail.com or visit hilotriathlon.org.

July 10-24, 2016
KONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S 2016 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! The 2015 online auction included nearly $45,000 in auction items. KHS hopes this year's auction will be even bigger! The auction runs from 9 am Sunday, July 10 to 7 pm Sunday, July 24. 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 16, 2016
JOANN WILLIAMS 25th 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 17, 2016
34th ANNUAL KONA DAIFUKUJI ORCHID CLUB SHOW AND SALE
It’s an "Eruption of Orchids" at the 34th annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club (KDOC) show and sale Sunday, July 17 at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall. This year’s theme salutes the centennial of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park with a central blooming display backdropped by a volcano. 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 at 10 a.m. Enjoy an elaborate and colorful display of live blooming cattleya, cymbidium, dendrobium, phalaenopsis, miltonia, vanda and more. Cameras are welcome. In addition this year’s show will have a display of orchids appearing on "Plates, Platters and Plaques." 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. The club meets the second Wednesday of every month at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall on Hwy. 11 at mile marker 114, just north of Kainaliu. For information, visit www.kdoc.us, get club updates at www.facebook.com/orchidsinparadise or phone 808-325-3261.

July 17, 2016
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE'E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

July 27, 2016
MAYORAL CANDIDATES FORUM- HAWAI'I COUNTY - HILO
Moderator Sherry Bracken will ask Hawai'i County Mayoral candidates your questions. This is a free event sposored by the League of Women Voters and American Association of University Women. Time: 5-7PM at Auntie Sallie's Lu'au Hale, 799 Pilani St., Hilo, HI 96720, Hilo. Submit your questions for the candidates to sherryb@lava105.com. For more information, call 808-747-4665, email lizhansen222@gmail.com or visit hilo-hi.aauw.org.

July 27, 2016
LECTURE ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK - KONA
Travel back in time to 1916 with Integrated Resources Manager/Archeologist Dr. Jadelyn Moniz-Nakamura as she shares the story of the development of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park in The Establishment of Hawai'i National Park Historical Slideshow. Dr. Moniz-Nakamura's research interests are pre-contact Hawaiian archeology, specializing in faunal and paleoenvironmental analysis. Time: 5:30-7:00 pm at West Hawai'i Civic Center. Presented by Kona Historical Society, in cooperation with Hawai'i County, this free, public lecture series is a gift from the Society to the community. For more information call 808-323-3222 or visithttp://www.konahistorical.org or email khs@konahistorical.org.

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August

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

August TBA, 2016
7th ANNUAL MANGO FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
The Annual Mango Festival will take place on the beautiful bayfront lawn of the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay from 10am-5pm. The festival presents the magic of fresh, ripe, delicious Hawai`i Island grown mangos. There will be displays of the many varieties of mangos locally grown on Hawai`i Island. Hawaiian mangos, which are not exported to mainland USA, will be showcased in a variety of horticultural and culinary activities. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide array of mangolicious treats and smoothies offered by local vendors. Browse among arts and crafts booths and enjoy non-stop live entertainment. This is a Zero Waste Event. For more information, call 808 936-5233, email randyldna@earthlink.net or visit www.mangofest.org.

August TBA, 2016
8th ANNUAL BIKE MS EVENT - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT

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

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

August 13, 2016
PUA NA PUA ART FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU-KONA
Time: 10 am to 4 pm, at Keauhou Shopping Center. Admission: Free. Full Life Hawai'i, Abled Artists Hawai'i and the Donkey Mill Art Center announce the first annual Pua Na Pua art festival, dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to explore self employment through the arts. The event will feature arts, crafts and artisinal items, live music, demos, silent auction and more. Booths are available for artists of all levels of ability to market and sell their work. For more info, email Mar@fulllifehawaii.org.

August 13, 2016
DON THE BEACHCOMBER MAI TAI FESTIVAL - KAILUA-KONA
A full day of fun at Royal Kona Resort, including a Battle of the BBQ; a Marketplace; a Pool Party with live music 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 15-16, 2016
OBON AT THE KONA COFFEE LIVING HISTORY FARM - CAPTAIN COOK
Obon, the Festival of Souls, is a Japanese Buddhist tradition honoring ancestors. Visit the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, an outdoor museum in Captain Cook, and learn about this tradition and the Japanese coffee pioneers' story during the 1920s to 1940s in Hawai'i. On August 15 and 16, the Farm will hang paper lanterns to welcome home the spirits of deceased ancestors. Special food offerings will be made at the butsudan and interpreters will discuss the customs associated with obon. Visitors can create their own floating lantern and may walk through the Farm to learn past farming methods, crack and sample fresh macadamia nuts, and tour the historic farmhouse. Costumed interpreters are available to "talk story" and answer questions. The Farm is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Admission is free for Kona Historical Society members. Visit http://www.konahistorical.org or call 808-323-3222 for more information and directions or email khs@konahistorical.org.

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

Over 20 arts and craft workshops and demonstrations will be available for visitors to experience and learn hands-on, including Lei Haku Ame Lei Wili (ancient lei making), Ulana Lauhala (lauhala weaving), Holo Wa`a (canoe rides), and more. There will be local musicians playing songs of Hawai`i. Park Superintendent Daniel Kawaiaea, Jr., invites the public to join the festivities, with only one stipulation - that each visitor learns at least one craft to help preserve part of the Hawaiian culture. PNHP is located about a mile south of Kawaihae on the Kohala Coast. Parking will be on the coral flats south of Kawaihae Harbor. Call (808) 882-7218 for more info or visit www.nps.gov/puhe for more info.

August 21, 2016
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U`i O Hawai`i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

August TBA, 2016
19th ANNUAL TASTE OF LIFE BENEFIT - KAILUA-KONA
Savor food from the island's top chefs and support the Hawai`i Island HIV/AIDS Foundation in the fight against hepatitis and HIV. Live entertainment/dancing. For more information, call 808-331-8177 or visit www.hihaf.org.

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

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

August TBA, 2016
NORTH HAWAI`I HOSPICE FLOATING LANTERN CEREMONY - FAIRMONT ORCHID
A meaningful ceremony to honor and remember loved ones that have passed. There will be a sharing of music and hula, chanting, and prayers, followed by a lantern release into Pauoa Bay at sunset. Admission is free. Floating lanterns for decorating and inscribing messages will be provided for a donation (pre-reservation of lanterns is suggested since supply is limited). Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Complimentary self-parking will be provided by The Fairmont Orchid. For more info or to reserve a lantern, call North Hawai`i Hospice at 885-7547 or visit www.northhawaiihospice.org.

August TBA, 2016
GREAT WAIKOLOA CANOE RACE - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The Waikoloa Canoe Club will be holding their annual Great Waikoloa Canoe Race at Anaeho`omalu Bay. Dozens of teams will be competing from the islands and all over the world. For more information, call (808) 883-2447 or visit www.waikoloacanoeclub.com.

August 31, 2016
HOW TO CLEAN AND STORE PRECIOUS FAMILY PHOTOS AND HEIRLOOMS - KONA
How do you clean and store precious family photos, documents and heirlooms? Bring questions to share, when Kona Historical Society presents Malia Van Heukelem, who has worked with art and artifacts of all shapes and sizes as collections manager for the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts' Art in Public Places Program and 'Iolani Palace, and who is currently preservation management specialist with the University of Hawai'i's Hamilton Library. Time: 5:30-7pm at West Hawai'i Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy, Kailua-Kona. For more information, call (808) 323-3222, email khs@konahistorical.org or visit http://www.konahistorical.org.

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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 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 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 TBA, 2016
ANNUAL KUPUNA HULA FESTIVAL - SHERATON KONA RESORT AT KEAUHOU BAY
A very sweet and moving event featuring those over 55 years of age, held in the Kaleiopapa Convention Center. This event usually sells out, so get your tickets in advance! Vendors with Hawaiian crafts will be set up outside the event. There will be Hawaiian food for sale, as well.

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

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

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

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

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

September TBA, 2016
HAWAI`I ISLAND FESTIVAL'S ANNUAL POKE CONTEST - WAIKOLOA BEACH MARRIOTT
Both home cooks and top professional chefs compete against their peers for the championship recipe of this popular Hawaiian dish that is made from the freshest fish or shellfish plus seasonings - and after the judges announce the winners, the audience gets to taste too! For more info, visit hawaiiislandfestival.org.

September TBA, 2016
ANNUAL KINDY SPROAT FALSETTO & STORYTELLING CONTEST - WAIKOLOA BEACH MARRIOTT
This unique music competition features talented male singers of all ages who can not only sing in the unique falsetto style, but can also captivate the audience with the stories behind the songs. For more info, visit hawaiiislandfestival.org.

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

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

September TBA, 2016
PANIOLO PARADE AND HO`OLAULE`A - WAIMEA
One of our favorite yearly events, the Paniolo Parade will start at 10am at "Church Row" and proceed to Waimea Park, featuring princesses on horseback with attendees (complete with "Pooper Scooper" brigades!) decorated with the flowers of their respective islands. The Parade is followed by one of the best crafts show of the year, featuring island foods, games, arts & crafts, Hawaiian products and live entertainment in Waimea Ball Park at 11am. Free. A great local family event! Note: 1 hour road closure.

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

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

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

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

September TBA, 2016
ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ALOHA - HAPUNA BEACH PRINCE HOTEL
Mauna Kea Resort presents the 5th Annual Festival of Aloha at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel from 9:30am - 4pm. The free all-day event features activities for the entire family. There will be live Hawaiian music, hula performances, Hawaiian craft vendors, and food booths. Special appearance by the Royal Court. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food donations to benefit Hawai`i Island Food Basket. At Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Courtyard and Ballroom, 62-100 Kauna`oa Drive, Kohala Coast. Call (808) 880-1111 for more information, email vkometani@maunakeabeachhotel.com or visit www.HapunaBeachPrinceHotel.com.

September TBA, 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, 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 24-25, 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 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 TBA, 2016
FREE KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER CONCERT
This month's concert features a popular Hawaiian musician. Admission is 2 cans of food per person for the Hawai`i Island Food Bank. Each can over 2 per person enters you into a raffle for prizes offered by the sponsors of the event - Jams World, Kona Stories Bookstore and Paradise Found.

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

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October

October 1, 2016
KONA COFFEE LIVING HISTORY FARM'S OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATION - CAPTAIN COOK
On Saturday, October 1, from 10am-2pm, Kona Historical Society's Kona Coffee Living History Farm will open the farm for a free celebration honoring Kona's heritage. This free event promises to be a fun day with many coffee farm-related activities, including coffee tastings, traditional food, music, local produce, and tours of the historic 1920s farm and farmhouse. For more information, call (808) 323-3222, email khs@konahistorical.org or visit http://www.konahistorical.org.

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

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

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

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

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

October TBA, 2016
IRONMAN TRIATHLON - KAILUA-KONA

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

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

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

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

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

October TBA, 2016
RUN FOR THE DRY FOREST - PU`U WA`A
The annual Run for the Dry Forest at Pu`u Wa`awa`a is a 10km run, 5km run/walk and 1/4 mile keiki run. You can choose to run or walk a 5km course (suitable for most people) with a 5k start time at 8:00 am, or a 10 km run start time at 7:45 am which will be an "extreme trail running experience" featuring a 1200 ft elevation gain in the first 3 miles. Door prizes, and t-shirts for finishers are included. Proceeds from this event will be used to support natural resource conservation and management-related projects in West Hawaii. Registration is required. For information, call (808) 938-7795, email tina@pathhawaii.org or visit www.pathhawaii.org.

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

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

October TBA, 2016
ANNUAL WAIMEA SOLAR SYSTEM WALK
The Canada-France-Hawai`i Telescope and Keck Observatory are sponsoring the Waimea Solar System Walk from 10am-2pm. The walk turns Waimea into a scale model of our solar system with the sun at Keck and Pluto/dwarf planets at CFHT. Prizes for the keiki, refreshments for all. Event is free. To be held at Keck Observatory Headquarters along Mamalahoa Hwy to the Canada-France-Hawai`i Telescope offices, Waimea. For more information, call 885-3121 or email laychak@cfht.hawaii.edu.

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

October TBA, 2016
4th ANNUAL EAST HAWAI`I JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL - HILO
Get your tickets now for the Annual East Hawai`i Jazz and Blues Festival! This swingin' event on indoor and outdoor stages includes a lavish pupu buffet and dessert station, wine tasting and spirits. Proceeds benefit the Hawai`i Island Veterans Memorial. To be held at Nani Maui Gardens, 421 Makalika St. Hilo. For ticket info, visit www.hawaiiislandveterans.org. For more information, call 808-964-5764 or (808 961-6851, or email bobwilliams63@msn.com.

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

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

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

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November

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

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

November 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 7:00am; 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; 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 TBA, 2016
HOLIDAY BY THE SEA BENEFIT - KAILUA-KONA
Holiday By The Sea is an event to benefit the 39th annual Hawai`i Visitor Industry Charity Walk. Live music and a silent auction of crafts and certificates will also be held. All ticket and auction proceeds directly benefit the Charity Walk with all funds raised remaining on the Big Island to support our non-profit organizations. For more information, visit www.royalkona.wix.com/holidaybythesea.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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December

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

December TBA, 2016
ANNUAL NA MAKUA INVITATIONAL CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR - HILO
This fair features products that showcase the talents of local artists and offer a diverse selection of unique Christmas gifts that are not available anywhere else. All applicants are screened with consideration given to the uniqueness, quality and craftsmanship of the product. Items made in Hawai`i are preferred, but items are examined on a case by case basis. Free admission. Live entertainment, along with ono kaukau and prize drawings. To be held at at Ah Fook Chinen Civic Auditorium, Manono St., Hilo. For more information, call 808-966-4647, email puna@namakua.com or visit www.namakua.com.

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

December TBA, 2016
HOLUALOA MUSIC AND LIGHT FESTIVAL, KONA

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

December TBA, 2016
TWILIGHT CHRISTMAS PARADE - WAIMEA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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January

January TBA, 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 TBA, 2017
SOKO 3rd ANNUAL ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR & SALE - SOUTH KONA
Time: TBA. The South Kona Artists Collective brochure, and a map of eleven South Kona locations showcasing 18 artists is available at www.sokoartists.com, Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SOKOSouthKonaArtistCollective and various local venues. For more information, call (808) 328-9392 or email lpsatchell@yahoo.com.

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March

March 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 1-3, 2016
"ART OF THE BOX" WORKSHOP - HOLUALOA
Create a wooden box with internationally recognized teacher Michael Cullen. The nonprofit statewide Hawai'i Craftsmen organization and Tai Lake Studios present international teacher and professional wood worker Michael Cullen for a 3-day workshop April 1-3 in Holualoa, with a free slide lecture/reception March 31st, from 5:30-8:30pm at Donkey Mill Art Center, also in Holualoa. The workshop features exploring the forms that a box can take using both hand tools and machines, carving patterns and applying color. Carving tools, chisels, spoke shaves, files, rasps and band saws will be used. The workshop is open to all levels, and participants do not need to be woodworkers. Time: April 1, 5:30-9pm; April 2 and 3, 9-5pm at Tai Lake Studio, Holualoa. Cost: $350 non-member tuition plus $50 lab fee. Register at www,hawaiicraftsmen.org. For more information, call 808-324-1598 or email tai@tailake.net. For more info about Michael, visit http://www.michaelcullendesign.com

April 1, 2016
LAURIE LEWIS AND TOM ROZUM AT ALOHA THEATRE, KAINALIU
Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum return to the Aloha Theatre stage for a performance benefitting the Aloha Performing Arts Company. Since forming a musical partnership in 1986, when Tom first joined Laurie's acclaimed band, Grant Street, Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum have recorded 12 albums and performed around the globe. These Grammy-nominated artists (for their 1995 album The Oak and the Laurel) are widely regarded as among the leading lights of modern bluegrass and are highly-prized by their peers as sidemen and producers. Tickets $25; 7:30pm show. Tickets available online at apachawaii.org.

thru April 2, 2016
THE 53rd ANNUAL MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL - HILO
A week-long festival of cultural events including Hawaii's most prestigious hula competition at Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium. The festival begins with a Ho'olaule'a at the auditorium behind the Stadium on Easter Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lots of music, food and fun. Don't miss the by-invitation-only crafts fair that takes place beginning Wednesday, with incredible fresh lei, cream-of-the-crop Hawaiian crafts, and free, live music performances by some of Hawai`i's most beloved entertainers in the building adjacent to the Stadium (http://www.merriemonarch.com/merrie-monarch-invitational-hawaiian-arts-fair). On Wednesday, Ho`ike Night, there is also a free hula exhibition at the Stadium that begins at 6:30 pm (get there very early to stand in line!); Thursday is the solo Miss Aloha Hula competition; Friday & Saturday are the group Kahiko (ancient) and 'Auana (modern) hula competitions. A grand parade winds through Hilo-town on Saturday morning. Visit www.merriemonarch.com for more info. View the competitions online here: K5TV.

April 2, 2016
TALK STORY ON THE LAND - DRYLAND PLANTS, KEALAKEKUA
Lehua Lopez, head of the non-profit conservation group Ho'omalu Ka'a, will teach us about the cultural and historical uses of native dry land forest plants as well as help us learn to identify those native plants in the wild. Meet at Christ Church's Queen Emma Center, 81-1004 Konawaena School Road, Kealakekua, HI at 10 am. Free to the public. This will be a class, not a hike. Water and snacks provided. R.S.V.P. Janet Britt, Hawai'i Island Director of Hawai'i Island Land Trust: (808) 769-4343 or email janet@hilt.org. For more info, visit www.hilt.org.

April 2, 2016
30th ANNUAL MAGIC SPECTACULAR - ALOHA THEATRE, KAINALIU
Laugh and be amazed! Two shows: 2:30pm nad 7pm. Headliner Adam Flowers is flying in from Las Vegas to entertain Kona folks of all ages. He will share the stage with local talented magicians Barry 'The Great Barusky'Gitelson, Arnie 'Arneleo the Great' Rabin, Bruce and Jennifer Meyers, and Adrian Villasenor and family. Tickets are $10 for children 12 and under, and $15 for adults. Tickets are available at Kona Bay Books (Kailua-Kona), Kona Stories (Keauhou), Kiernan Music (Kainaliu), and Patel’s Spirit Station (Honaunau). Tickets are also available by calling the SKEA office at 328-9392 and online at apachawaii.org. 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. To learn about the magic of Adam Flowers, visit http://adam3350.wix.com. For more information, call 323-9707, SKEA at 328-9392, or email alohamagic@aol.com.

April 2 and 3, 2016
"TRY PADDLING!" WITH KAI OPUA CANOE CLUB - KAILUA BAY
Try paddling! This will be a great introduction to outrigger canoe paddling with some Hawaiian culture thrown in! Open to all ages, and free! On Saturday, April 2 from 8am to 10am, or Sunday, April 3 from 1pm to 3pm. Call Laura at (808) 896-9440 for more info or visit www.kaiopua.org.

April 8, 2016
HAWAI'I SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA RETURNS TO THE BIG ISLAND - WAIMEA
The Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra (HSO), formerly known as the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, was founded in 1900, and is the second oldest orchestra in the USA, west of the Rocky Mountains. In the '80s and '90s the orchestra performed at the Kahilu Theatre nearly every year. Recently, the renewed Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra has received State GIA funding to tour neighboring islands. HSO Artistic Advisor JoAnn Falletta will conduct the orchestra in an evening of musical masterpieces, including Suite from Pellets and Melisande by Faure, the Czech Suite by Dvorak, and Beethoven's Symphony No 2. Conductor Falletta, an effervescent and exuberant figure on the podium, has been praised by The Washington Post as having "Toscanini's tight control over ensemble, Walter's affectionate balancing of inner voices, Stokowski's gutsy showmanship, and a controlled frenzy worthy of Bernstein." She was acclaimed by The New York Times as "one of the finest conductors of her generation." The Kahilu Theatre doors open at 6pm for this event and there will be food and beverages available for sale. Tickets are $85 / $64 / $43 / $20 and available for purchase online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday-Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

April 8, 2016
"RARE PALMS OF EASTERN PENINSULAR MALAYSIA" PRESENTATION - UNIV. OF HI, HILO
I Internationally renowned Hawai'i Island palm expert Jeff Marcus braves leeches and snakes in search of beautiful and rare palms, possibly not described by science. Follow Jeff as he tramps through Malaysian forests sometimes only days before bulldozers and logging trucks. Time: 7:00pm at UH Hilo, UCB rm #100, Hilo Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 430-0401, email marylock@sbcglobal.net or visit hawaiiislandpalmsociety.com.

April 9, 2016
5th ANNUAL BIG ISLAND AIDS WALK - HILO
Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Big Island AIDS Walk being held from 8am until noon on Saturday, April 9th. 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. There is no registration fee; every registered walker who raises $20 or more will receive a commemorative event t-shirt. You can register to walk as an individual walker, start a team, join an existing team or support a walker. Please log on to http://bigislandaidswalk16.kintera.org/ to register now. For more information, call 808 982-8800, email david@hihaf.org or visit http://bigislandaidswalk16.kintera.org/.

April 9, 2016
WAIMEA OUTDOOR CIRCLE SPRING PLANT SALE
9am-1pm at Waimea Nature Park, behind the Canada/France/Hawai'i Telescope headquarters. A blessing of the new educational pavilion will take plac at 9am, followed by refreshments. WOC will offer free seeds and plants while supplies last, and free Tropical Dreams ice cream with cake at noon. Native plants, fruit trees, herbs & vegetable starts and ornamentals will be sold. Forod items will be sold as well. Demos and exhibits are planned. Attendees are encouraged to bring seeds from their gardens to share at the Seed Exchange. For more info, email wochawaii@gmail.com or call (808) 433-4482.

April 10, 2016
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 sopped 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 10, 2016
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF KONA CONCERT - KEAUHOU, KONA
The concert theme is "Around the World in 80 Minutes," and will feature famous songs from around the globe. Sunday, April 10 at 4pm at the Sheraton Kona Resort at Keauhou Bay. General Admission $10; Preferred Seating $15. Purchase tickets online at www.chamberorchestraofkona.com. For more info, call (808) 896-2512.

April 12, 2016
COMMUNITY SEED LIBRARY PRESENTATION/GARDENING Q&A - KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Sponsored by The Friends of the Libraries, Kona, the Community Seed Library invites you to a program with Jill Wagner of the Hawai'i Island Native Seed Bank, who will present "The Life of the Soil" on Tuesday, April 12th at 5:00PM. After Jill's presentation, she will moderate a "round table" discussion for questions on any gardening subject. Time: 5:00PM to 6:00PM. Free to the public. For more information, call 508-264-7335 or email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

April 16, 2016
2nd ANNUAL YOGA IN THE PARK - OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK
108 Sun Salutations with Andrea Hutchens. To be held at the north end of the park. Admission is free. Prizes and Giveaways! For more info, contact Andrea at (602) 930-3179.

April 16, 2016
17th ANNUAL WAIMEA HEALTHY KEIKI FEST
The annnual Waimea Healthy Keiki Fest will be helf from 9am-1pm at the Parker Ranch Center. Designed for children ages 3-12, kaiki an dthir parents will spend the day exploring more than 30 free, hands-on activities related to fitness, health, nutrition and safety. Free bicycle helmets will be distributed. There will also be a Glow Monster hand hygiene education, a bike safety course, Incredible Edible Art, car seat fitting, and collage art activity. Each child will receive a possport to track their participation at each learing booth. A completeted passport offers keikie th opportunity to choose from a host of activities such as the rock climbing wall or a bounce house.

April 16, 2016
CREAM OF THE CROP COFFEE TASTING COMPETITION 2016 - KEAUHOU
The Cream of the Crop Festival and Competition is an annual free event produced by the Kona Coffee Council than 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 each for Estate 100% Kona Coffee, Open 100% Kona Coffee, Professional Dessert, and Amateur Dessert. Time: 9:30am-1:30pm at Sheraton Kona Resort Bayview Grounds. For more information, call (808) 938-0142 or email gbiven@hicoffeeco.com.

April 16, 2016
KONA TOWN HOE DOWN - KING KAMEHAMEHA'S KONA BEACH' HOTEL LU'AU GROUNDS
A new outdoor country music festival, The Kona Town Hoe Down is an outdoor music festival featuring "get up and dance" live country music by the Dave Toland Band, southern rock and blues by Bottle Of Blue, plus hillbilly fashion contests, games, line dancing, and a free Maui Mule bar by PAU Maui Vodka. Cider, dogs and beer offered by Courtyard at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Time: 5-9:30pm. $5 validated parking at hotel. Cost: $20 advance, $25 at the door. For more information, call (808) 333-4341, email douglas.mallardi@gmail.com or visit www.konatownhoedown.com.

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

April 17, 2016
2nd ANNUAL "DOG PADDLE" - KAILUA-KONA
1 Dog, 1 Human, 1 SUP. 1/4 mile course with finish line at Kailua Pier. Awards for big, small, and stuffed dog divisions. Registration at 8 AM; Paddle at 9 AM. $15 entry fee. $5 of every entry will be donated to Hawaii Island Humane Society! Visit kaiopua.org for more details and to register.

April 17, 2016
KAI OPUA'S 17th ANNUAL PAU HANA REGATTA - KAILUA BAY
Kai Opua Canoe Club's annual Businessman's Regatta is back with a new name and new divisions - Bar/Restaurant/Hotel, Professional, Government, Retail, Construction. The teams will also compete for the Best Team Costume Awards. Early Registration by April 14th: $110/6-person crew. Race Day Registration: $120/6-person crew; Double Hull: $200/12-person crew (enter a 6 person crew and your Double Hull entry is only an additional $60!). Entry fee includes after-regatta lunch sponsored by Huggo's and Corona! Kai Opua will supply paddles and steersmen if desired. 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, email Gharazeddine@gmail.com or visit www.kaiopua.org/pauhanaregatta.asp.

April 17, 2016
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Merrie Monarchs Men's Glee Club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U`i O Hawai'i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

April 23, 2016
LAUPAHOEHOE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The 11th Annual Laupahoehoe Music Festival will take place at Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park, 36-1043 Laupahoehoe Point Rd., Laupahoehoe, Hawaii 96764, from 9am-6pm. Music, crafters, game booths - Hawaiian-style and Thai food will be available for sale. will be present. This is an alcohol and drug-free event; no coolers. Tickets are $10 in advance at Hilo Guitars, Basically Books, CD Wizard and Hilo Music Exchange in Hilo, and Sakado Store in Laupahoehoe, Taro Patch in Honokaa, and in Kona at Music Exchange, or $15 at the gate; age 10 and under, free. Buy tickets online at www.laupahoehoemusicfestival.org. For more information, call 808-962-2200 or email gerry.delgado@lcpcs.org.

April 16-24, 2016
NATIONAL PARK WEEK EVENTS - HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Celebrate the National Park Service's 100th anniversary - and the centennial of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park - during National Park Week, April 16-24. Entrance fees will be waived for the nine days, and a "National Park Rx Day" will be held on Sunday, April 24. From 10 a.m. to noon on the 24th the park will host a "National Park Rx Day," a community health initiative to "prescribe" time in parks to promote wellness. Join park rangers and Dr. Craig Kadooka on an easy one-mile roundtrip hike of upper 'Iliahi Trail. Meet at Kilauea Visitor Center lanai at 10 a.m. The first 200 walkers will receive a reusable water bottle and fresh fruit. Hawaiian practitioners Edna and Sam Baldado will demonstrate the heath benefits of kalo, and Ka'ohu Monfort will share how Hawaiians use plants to heal and cure. HMSA will also provide a table with health information. National Park Week event sponsors include Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ National Park, Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, and Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center. For more info, call Jessica at the Hawai'i National Park Office: (808) 985-6018.

April 18 - May 2, 2016
MOTHER'S DAY KONA COFFEE GIFT BASKETS FUNDRAISER - KEALAKEKUA
Kona Historical Society has put together a Mother's Day gift box of 100% Kona coffee. Delight your Mom's taste buds with one of Earth's tastiest coffees, known for its rich flavor with hints of caramel and chocolate, shipped directly to her house in a gift box. Your purchase directly supports the educational programs and preservation projects of the Kona Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. In order to ensure delivery by Mother's Day, order online by May 2 at store.konahistorical.org or call 808-323-3222. For more information, call (808) 323-3222, email khs@konahistorical.org or visit http://www.konahistorical.org.

April 23, 2016
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.

April 30, 2016
KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER FREE MONTHLY CONCERT
Featuring popular Hawaiian musician Darlene Ahuna at 5pm. Admission is two cans of food for the Hawai'i Food Basket, per person. For each can over two, receive an entry to win a prize from the event sponsors Jams World, Kona Stories Bookstore and Sheraton Kona. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited.

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