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April

Wednesday mornings
THE FINAL "HAWAI`IANA LIVE!" PROGRAM - PALACE THEATER, HILO

Funding has run out for this "Hawaiian variety show," which has a a run of 365 different programs. Join Leilehua Yuen in this local's-eye-view of Hawai'i Island at Hilo's historic Palace Theater. Through traditional chant and storytelling, music, hula, and video featurettes, Leilehua explores different facets of Hawai`i Island. Surprise guests and musicians often appear. A few of the past guests are Mary Ann Lim, Keoki Kahumoku, Leina`ala Lassiter, Diana Aki, and Stan Kaina. Sometimes there is hula! The show also features renditions of some of Hawai`i's most beloved melodies played on the theater's historic pipe organ. Wednesday 11-11:45am. Admission: $5; kids free. Palace Theater, 38 Haili St. Hilo. Call 934-7010 for more information.

April 2, 2014
KONA JOB FAIR - KING KAMEHAMEHA'S KONA BEACH HOTEL
Located at King Kamehameha Beach Hotel in the Kamakahonu Ballrooms 1 & 2. Over 30 employers participatiing, from Kuki`o, Lowe's of Kona, Starbucks, Fairmont Orchid, Aloha Petroleum, Ltd., HELCO, and many more...Anyone looking for employment is recommended to attend. Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm. Free to the public. For more information, call 808 327 4797, email Lori.E.Sasaki@hawaii.gov or visit kona-job-fair-tickets

April 4-6, 2014
BIG ISLAND OPEN TENNIS TOURNAMENT - WAIMEA
A USATT sanctioned 1 star table tennis tournament with players coming from other islands & the mainland. Time: 9am to 5pm each day at Waimea Community Center, 65-1260 Kawaihae Road, Kamuela. Free to the public to watch; fee to play. For more information, call 808-889-1099, email len@tabletennisandmore.com or visit http://www.tabletennisandmore.com/2014bigislandopen.htm

April 5, 2014
8th ANNUAL HAWAI'I AVOCADO FEST - SHERATON KONA RESORT
To be held from 10am-5pm on the front lawn of the resort. This is a free, zero waste event. Event festivities include educational displays on growing avocados; an avocado recipe contest and culinary demonstration; free avocado sampling; arts, crafts and food booths; healing arts; and a full lineup of performing arts. Recipe and vendor entry forms are posted at www.avocadofestival.org. Also on display will be original festival art and event t-shirts. For more info, contact Randyl Rupar at 808-936-5233.

April 5, 2014
9th ANNUAL LAUAPHOEHOE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Festival is a fundraiser to provide scholarships for high school students as well as help the senior citizens at Laupahoehoe along with other community programs. Featuring many local artists such as Times 5 and Kainani Kahaunaele. this is an alcohol and drug-free event. Time: 9AM-4PM at Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park. Cost: $12 advance/$15 at gate; 10 yrs. and under, free. For more information, call 808-640-6947 or email charliew179@gmail.com or visit www.laupahoehoemusicfestival.com.

April 12, 2014
BOOK SALE - KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK) will hold its next Book Sale from 9 AM to 1 PM on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona Library. Proceeds from these sales help provide funding that includes educational and entertainment programs, community summer reading programs, visiting authors, magazine subscriptions, CDs, DVDs and new book purchases. Volunteers are needed to assist with the sale and preparations. If you find yourself willing and able, please email FOLK@folkhawaii.com or call 322-0077.

April 12, 2014
ANNUAL BIG ISLAND AIDS WALK - HILO
The Hawai`i Island HIV/AIDS Foundation is proud to host the Big Island's Annual AIDS Walk. The event will be an easy 2 mile walk around Lili`uokalani Gardens. Walk registration opens at 8am and the walk starts at 9am. All funds raised will provide services for nearly 300 men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS on the island of Hawai'i. Funds will also go to support education, community outreach and free, confidential 20-minute HIV & Hepatitis C testing. Time: 8am to noon. Free to the public. For more information, call 808/982-8800, email david@hihaf.org or visit Hawaii Island HIV / AIDS Foundation on facebook.

April 12, 2014
5th ANNUAL PRINCE KUHIO HO`OLAULE`A - KAILUA-KONA
"Celebrating a Legacy & the Modern Day `Ohana." From 9:30am-2pm at West Hawai`i Civic Center. Live local music and hula, Hawaiian crafts, keiki fun jumpers, lomilomi massage, food. Call 327-1221 for more info.

April 12, 2014
HULA KAHIKO PERFORMANCE - HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Ancient hula, featuring kumu hula Micah Kamohoali`i with Halau Na Kipu`upu`u, beginning at 10:30 am. The kahua hula (platform) is located just a short walking distance from the Volcano Art Center Gallery. The performance is free and open to the public and is presented authentically in a natural setting, rain or shine, without electronic amplification. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats.

April 12, 2014
WAIMEA OUTDOOR CIRCLE 25TH ANNIVERSARY AND PLANT SALE
Tour the Waimea Nature Park, learn about native Hawaiian plants, hike the Waimea Streamside Trail and find out how you can eliminate coqui frogs from your neighborhoods. A wide variety of plants and trees will be available for purchase, and much more. Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Waimea Nature Park. Free to the public. For more information, call 936-1468 or email wochawaii@gmail.com

April 12, 2014
KAWAIHAE CANOE CLUB BAZAAR
Kawaihae Canoe Club announces its spring Heritage Bazaar and Silent Auction to be held at Kawaihae Harbor, Saturday, April 12th from 10am until 4pm. It will be a day of fun on the beach at Kawaihae Harbor! Rummage Sale and Silent Auction Extraordinaire, Canoe Rides, Local Crafts and Homemade Goodies, Music and Food. Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Kawahaihae Canoe Club, Small Boat Harbor. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-756-3883, email Email, or visit www.kawaihaecanoeclub.org

April 12, 2014
13th ANNUAL HOKU BENEFIT CONCERT - KONA
This is a soiree to benefit the Kona Hospital Foundation, and raises funds solely for the benefit Kona Community Hospital. It will be held at a private venue in Kona. The evening will commence with a wine and pupu reception at 6:30pm, followed by Bocelli and Groban's hits sung in English and Italian by Cody Austin, tenor. Mr. Austin will be accompanied by concert pianist Elisabeth Ellis. Seating is limited. Please contact the Foundation office for reservations at 808-322-4587; . For more information, email info@hokuconcertseries.com or visit hokuconcertseries.com

April 12, 2014
EARTH DAY HIKE AND FARM-TO-TABLE PICNIC FUNDRAISER - KEALAKEKUA
Please On April 12th there will be a 40 minute interactive hike led by 7th grade students at Kona Pacific Public Charter School. Hikes will run every 20 minutes from 10am until 1:40 pm for a suggested donation of $5 to $10 per person; Children under 5 free for all events. After your hike, you can enjoy a Farm to Table Picnic featuring local island products! Price for picnic lunch and hike is $20 donation. Hour-long Family Nature Play Classes will begin at 10am and 12noon, with a suggested donation per family of $10. The school is situated on over 40 beautiful acres of private forested and old Kona field systems land. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a refillable water bottle. There will also be a farmers market and bake sale. Time: 10am-2pm. For more information, call 808-989-3227, email email

April 12, 2014
NORTH KOHALA COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER'S 2ND ANNUAL RECOGNITION EVENING - HAWI
To be held at the historic Puakea Ranch in Hawi from 5-9:30pm. Musical entertainment will be provided by the popular group Kapena. There will be a live auction, pupu provided by eleven Kohala restaurants, including Sushi Rock, Merriman's, Bamboo, & Tommy Bahama Cafe, cash bar and much, much more. Cost: $65 Reserved Table Seating/$50 Open Seating. Proceeds benefit the North Kohala Community Resource Center. For more information, call 808-889-5523, email info@northkohala.org or visit www.northkohala.org

April 13, 2014
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 Ui O Hawai'i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

April 15, 2014
BOOK CLUB MEETING - KAILUA KONA LIBRARY
Time: 11am-Noon on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona Public Library. This month's selection is Honolulu by Alan Brennert. For more information, call 331-1781, email Folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

April 17, 2014
SPECIAL EASTER BREAD BAKE AT THE PORTUGUESE STONE OVEN - KEALAKEKUA
This Thursday's bread baking is special because the Kona Historical Society's stone oven baking crew will be putting the traditional egg in each loaf to celebrate Easter. Join the process of panning the dough and baking 96 loaves of the traditional sweet, white and whole wheat this Thursday between 10am-12:30pm. The program is free; the bread is $7 per loaf (sorry, loaves cannot be reserved; first come, first served). Bread sales begin around 1:00pm until sold out. Bring your lunch and make a day of it with an oven-side picnic in the pasture! This event is held at the Portuguese Stone Oven in the pasture below KHS's headquarters in Kealakekua. For more information, call 808-323-3222, email khs@konahistorical.org or visit www.konahistorical.org

April 17, 2014
SOROPTIMIST FUNDRAISER - BLUE DRAGON RESTAURANT, KAWAIHAE
This fundraiser featuring local artists and artisans of Hawai`i will benefit women and children, and victims of gender-based violence. There will be an Arts and Crafts Sale featuring original affordable art from $25-$250, pottery, wood products, jewelry, paniolo children's clothing, and handmade linens and quilts. No host bar and menu; live music by Sean Robbins. Time: 6-9:30 p.m. Blue Dragon Coastal Cuisine, Kawaihae Road and Highway 270. For Reservations call 882-7771

April 18, 2014
THE BIG SMILEY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Everyone is invited to the Big Smiley Event. The heart and vision behind the event is to raise funds for children in Thailand who need surgery for cleft lip and cleft palate. There will be free dinner & Easter egg hunt, face painting and fun smiley photo booth, Register for the egg hunt at 3:30pm or email bigsmileyevent@gmail.com with your children's names and age. There will also be opportunity to participate in a silent auction and buy raffle tickets. Time: 4-6pm at University of the Nations Preschool, Kailua-Kona. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-756-4367, email bigsmileyevent@gmail.com or visit http://www.morethansport.org/team/the-big-smiley-event

April 19, 2014
EASTER EGG RUSH - OLD AIRPORT SOCCER FIELD, KAILUA-KONA
Solid Rock Ministries annual egg rush is a fun and free event for children, newborn to 11 years old. Free refreshments, games, and prizes. Must be present to win. Registration begins at 7:30am. First rush at 9 am. Time: 7:30-10:30am. For more information, call 327-6543, email jnsaraki@gmail.com or visit srmkona.org

April 19, 2014
HAKALAU FOREST NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE OPEN HOUSE
Guided rainforest hikes will be offered between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to observe rare and colorful native birds and plants. This is a great family oriented opportunity to see the refuge and the cooperative reforestation work, tour the greenhouse operation, and walk in high elevation ancient forest habitats at Hakalau Forest NWR. Visitors must provide their own four-wheel-drive transportation to the Refuge, which is a two-hour drive from Hilo, Waimea or Kona. Reservations are required and may be obtained by calling the refuge office in Hilo at 443-2300 by Wednesday, April 16th. Location: Hakalau Forest NWR, Keanakolu (AKA Mana) Rd, East Slope of Mauna Kea. Free to the public. For more information, email cashell_villa@fws.gov or visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/hakalau_forest/

April 19, 2014
ANNUAL MAC-A-THON FOOT RACE - HONAUNAU
Hawai`i Island's oldest foot race, Keoua Honaunau Canoe Club's "Mac-A-Thon" takes place annually, the day before Easter. The race start is at 7 a.m. Early registration (before April 15) is only $30, and convenient online registration is available at http://www.keouacanoeclub.com/mac-a-thon/">http://www.keouacanoeclub.com/mac-a-thon/. The Mac-A-Thon offers races of 5K or 10K on the old government road that extends from the sacred waters of Honaunau Bay to Napo`opo`o. Each race course is the same, except that the 5K turn-around is halfway into the 10K course. An award ceremony, famous Mac-Nut Pancake Breakfast (included with entry fee), entertainment, a silent auction, and lots of fun await at the finish line. Event time: 7am to Noon. For more information, call 808-328-8721 or email reinerhawaii@aol.com

April 19, 2014
COMMUNITY EASTER EGG HUNT - KAILUA-KONA
Sponsored by Kuleana Education. There will be food, games, prizes, kids' activities and crafts, and a book drive. Bring good condition, used kids books (pre-K- 8th grade) for free tickets! Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Hualalai Academy. For more information, call 808-989-0986, email contact@keouacanoeclub.com or visit www.kuleanaeducation.com

April 19, 2014
COMMUNITY PICNIC AND FREE CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Free! Bring your own chairs & mats, and have a picnic while enjoying the music of award-winning entertainers Darlene Ahuna and John Cruz. There will be games for the keiki too. Picnic option: A food truck will be available for purchases. It takes a Village! Let's bring community back to Hale Halawai. Brought to you by Kailua Village Business Improvement District, Hawaii Tourism Authority and County of Hawai`i. Time: 4 pm to sunset at the oceanfront lawn at Hale Halawai County Pavilion, Kailua Kona. For more information, call 808-936-9202, email hkvevents@yahoo.com or visit www.historickailuavillage.com

April 19-20, 2014
FREE ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARKS
In honor of National Park Week's opening weekend there will be no entry fees charged this weekend at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park or Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

April 19, 26; May 3 & 10, 2014
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM BASIC TRAINING - KAILUA-KONA
The Hawaii County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program trains community members in disaster preparedness for hazards that likely will impact their community and equips them in basic disaster response skills such as fire suppression, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Graduates of the CERT training may apply to join the one of 25 CERTeams on the Big Island, often in your neighborhood. Volunteer CERT members are first responders in their neighborhood or workplace during disasters when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Time: 8:30AM to 2:30PM at 75-5851 Kuiakini Hwy., Kailua-Kona. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 345-0940, email or visit www.facebook.com/uofncert

April 20, 2014
6th ANNUAL ROYAL TEA BENEFIT - FOUR SEASONS HUALAI RESORT

A benefit for Hospice of Kona, to be held in the Four Seasons' Hualalai Ballroom A, featuring tea served with assorted pastries, finger sandwiches, scones and clotted cream, with a fabulous Silent Auction, Easter Bonnet Contest and live music. Tickets $47; Reserved tables of 10, $500. For reservations and information, call 324-7700.

April 20, 2014
ANNUAL KONA COMMUNITY EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE - OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK
All are welcome to come to this community ecumenical "Son Rise" service held at the Old Airport Beach Park, Kailua-Kona at 6am. Brought to you by Kona Ministers' Fellowship.

April 21-26, 2014
THE 50th ANNUAL MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL - HILO
A week-long festival of cultural events including Hawaii's most prestigious hula competition at Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium. The festival begins with a Ho'olaule'a at the auditorium behind the Stadium on Easter Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lots of music, food and fun. Don't miss the by-invitation-only crafts fair that takes place beginning Wednesday, with incredible fresh lei and cream of the crop Hawaiian crafts in the building adjacent to the Stadium. On Wednesday there is also a free hula exhibition night at the Stadium that begins at 6:30 pm; Thursday is the solo Miss Aloha Hula competition; Friday & Saturday are the group Kahiko (ancient) and 'Auana (modern) hula competitions. A grand parade winds through Hilo-town on Saturday morning. Visit www.merriemonarch.com for more info. View the competitions online here: K5TV

April 22, 2014
EARTH DAY AT THE MILL - HOLUALOA
From 4 - 6pm, on the Lawn at Donkey Mill Art Center. $5 to print a t-shirt: Please bring your own t-shirts if you would like to print an Earth Day shirt; various designs by I Love Ninja and Earth Inspired Arts available for printing. There are small changes we can make in our lives to reduce our carbon footprints and improve the health of our planet. Come to the Mill to celebrate Earth Day and have fun making this celebration part of your every day Earth Day Activities: Plant something, design an Earth Day card and send it to a local congress member, or bring an old t-shirt and make it new by silk screening an Earth Day design. On sale: Edible plants grown by DMAC students, origami earrings made from recycled paper, good luck bamboo and more. All proceeds will go toward sustaining DMAC after-school programs.

April 23, 24 & 25, 2014
SPECIAL CULTURAL PRESENTATIONS - IMILOA ASTRONOMY CENTER, HILO
April 23: A panel of celebrated Hawaiian poets, orators and songwriters will discuss the art of composing in Hawaiian language and provide insight into the practice of documenting history through poetry song and performance at 10am; a musical performance by Manu Boyd will follow at 1pm.
April 24: Oiwi TV will present their new film,"Na Loea: The Masters at 10am. The film promotes Hawaii through engaging stories of a select group of Hawaiian masters; Hoku Zuttermeister will perform at 1pm.
April 25: A presentation by Taupouri Tangaroa and Kekhi Kealiikanakaoleohaililiani will focus on the sacredness of the waonahele, or upland forst and its importance to hula at 10am; a musical performance by Kuana Torres Kahele will follow at 1pm.
Tickets are $8 per session or $6 for Imiloa members and include admission to the exhibit hall. Seating is limited. For tickets, call 808-969-9703 or visit the guest service desk at Imiloa. imiloahawaii.org for more info.

April 23, 24 & 25, 2014
MERRIE MONARCH KAMA`AINA CRAFT FAIR - HILO
This craft fair during the Merrie Monarch Festivities in Hilo features local crafters selling sewn items, jewelry, photography, goodies and much more. Time: 9am-5pm Wed. & Thurs.; 9am-4:30 on Fri. at Hilo Shopping Center. Free to the public. For information, call 808-959-7707 or email mmprose@hawaiiantel.net

April 24, 2014
FROM NOTHING, SOMETHING: A DOCUMENTARY ON THE CREATIVE PROCESS - HOLUALOA
This documentary (79 minutes, HD, USA, English,16:9, color), which traces creative thinkers across a variety of disciplines and finds common methods, habits, mindsets and neuroses that help bring breakthrough ideas into being, will be shown at Donkey Mill Art Center. Time: 6-8pm. Suggested donation, $5. For more information, call (808) 322-3362, email donkeymill@gmail.com or visit www.donkeymillartcenter.org

April 24-26, 2014
21st ANNUAL HAWAI`I ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL - HILO
An island tradition for the past 20 years, the Hawai`i Arts, Crafts & Food Festival During Merrie Monarch Week. The Festival celebrates the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawai'i's people and its environment. This year's celebration will be held from 9 am-5pm, at Sangha Hall (along the Parade Route) at 398 Kilauea Avenue, Hilo. The three-day event showcases over 100 of the finest artisans, crafters and food vendors from the Big Island, O`ahu, Maui, Moloka`i, Kaua`i and the Pacific Nations. Hourly prizes, performances and demonstrations will be held during the event. For more information, call 808/981-0518, email hawaiiartsandcrafts@yahoo.com or visit www.hawaiiartsandcraftsfestival.com

April 26, 2014
PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE DAY - KAWAIHAE
Celebrate the traditional Pacific Island cultures of Samoa, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Hawaii & others at this annual event! The day will feature various cultural demonstrations and activities, including lauhala weaving, coconut weaving, music, games, dance, special presentations, traditional weapons displays, and more. Free. Time: 10am to 3pm at Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site's visitor center. For more info, contact park staff at 882-7218, x1004 or visit nps.gov/puhe

April 26, 2014
ANNUAL HAWAII ISLAND HIV/AIDS FOUNDATION "UPSCALE SALE" - KAILUA-KONA
From 8am-2pm at Pines Plaza, Suite 1. New merchandise, antiques, gently used items, collectibles and art will be sold. No early admittance will be allowed. Those who have items to donate may call Gene at 331-8177.

April 26, 2014
SINGSPIRATION CONCERT - KONA FESTIVALE CHORALE
SingSpiration, presented annually at Mokuaikaua Church, the oldest Christian church in the state of Hawaii, is a concert of inspirational sacred music and featured artists. This unique one of a kind event is presented to the public, free of charge, as the Chorale's way of saying thank you for the continued support and patronage of the public throughout their Chorale season. Time: 7:00 PM. For more information call 331-1115 or email kfchoral@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.konafestivalechorale.org

April 27, 2014
HUGGO'S BENEFIT BRUNCH - KAILUA-KONA
Friends of the Children of West Hawai`i invite you to their annual Benefit Brunch at Huggo's restaurant on Alii Dr. Enjoy a wonderful brunch at one of Kona's premiere dining spots while sipping champagne and enjoying the outstanding view. Reservations are required. All proceeds will go to helping those children in the community who have been neglected, abused, or have witnessed violent crime. The goal is to "help a victim become a child again." Time: 10:00am to 1:00 pm. Cost:$35 per person. For more information, call 808-331-2425, email friendscwh@gmail.com or visit www.friendsofthechildrenwh.com

April 27, 2014
KONA MUSIC SOCIETY MISA CRIOLLA & YOUTH CHORUS CONCERT
4:00 pm at the Sheraton Kona Convention Center, 78-128 Ehukai St., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez, "The Misa," is a mass for tenor, chorus and orchestra, and is based on folk genres such as chacarera, carnavalito and estilo pampeano, with Andean influences and instruments. It is also one of the first masses to be celebrated in a modern language.It was written in 1963-1964. Featured tenor soloists will be Bernaldo Evangelista and Kaweo Kanoho. The Youth Chorus will also perform, followed by Hawaiian music selections by the Adult Chorus. Tickets: Adults $20, Children $5. Tickets available from Kona Stories Bookstore and Kona Bay Books. Call 808-334-9880 for more info, or visit www.konamusicsociety.org

April 28, 2014
DIVE FOR EARTH DAY AT MOKU OLA - HILO
Join divers, kayakers & debris monitors to record the debris in Hilo Bay. Time: 10 AM to 2 PM at Moku Ola (Coconut Island), Hilo. Free to the public. For more information call 808-982-7292 or email cyost@hawaii.edu or visit http://www.projectaware.org/about-movement

April 30, 2014
HAWAII FARMERS MARKET AND AGRITOURISM VENDORS INFORMATIONAL - KAINALIU
Join this session of networking and education about the most current topics on being a farmers market and agritourism vendor. Learn best food handling and business practices for selling at markets. Leave the session with practical tips, recommendations, and resources for increasing sales and keeping food safe. Time: 12:00 to 3:00 pm at Univ. of Hawai`i's CTAHR (College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources), located at 79-7381 Mamalahoa Hwy, across from and mauka of the Aloha Theater in Kainaliu. Cost: $20. For more information, call 974-7664, email ccecs@hawaii.edu or visit http://hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/CCECS/HawaiiFarmersMarketInfoSession.php

April 30, 2014
CONSERVATION AND CHANGING CLIMATE IN KONA LECTURE - WEST HAWAI`I CIVIC CENTER
This free lecture features the subject of incorporating indigenous ways and modern approaches for resource conservation. Hanohano o Kona: Honoring Kona, a free community lecture series, spotlights local and state speakers on a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. Time: 5:30-7pm. For more information, call 808-323-3222 or email khs@konahistorical.org or visit www.konahistorical.org

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May

May 1, 2014
LEI DAY CELEBRATION - HILO
The celebration in Hilo's old Town Square, Kalakaua Park, begins with Hawaiian music, hula, lei-making demonstrations, and features the heritage, history and culture of the lei. Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Kalakaua Park, Hilo. Free to the public. For more information, call 961-5711 or visit www.LeiDay.net

May 2 & 3, 2014
BIG ISLAND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL - FAIRMONT ORCHID RESORT
The two-day chocolate decadence opens with a student competition on Friday, followed by public culinary and agriculture-themed, hands-on seminars and demonstrations on Saturday. Fun culminates 6-10 p.m. May 3 with the festival gala in the Grand Ballroom - indulge at a host of sweet and savory culinary stations presented by top isle chefs, chocolatiers and confectioners. Culinary stations will be vying for awards in a variety of categories judged by a panel of celebrity chefs led by Torres. Attendees can get in on the friendly voting by casting a ballot for the People's Choice Award. Also on tap will be fine wines and handcrafted ales, chocolate sculptures, live entertainment, dancing and a silent auction. Presented by the Kona Cacao Association (KCA), event proceeds benefit the $150,000 "Equip the Kitchens" campaign for the future Hawai`i Community College - Palamanui and efforts to build a community amphitheatre at the Waldorf-inspired Kona Pacific Public Charter School in Kealakekua. Early bird tickets for Hawai`i's premiere chocolate gala are $65 until sold out or through Feb. 28. Pre-sale tickets are $75 and will be $100 at the door. New this year is the VIP Fast Wine Pass with early event admission and personalized wine service. For more info, visit www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com or phone Phone 808-324-6400.

May 4, 2014
ANNUAL DAIFUKUJI SOTO MISSION BAZAAR - HONALO, KONA
The much-awaited annual event that features food, preserves, baked goods, fresh produce, orchids and plants, crafts, a rummage & "white elephant" sale, clothing, massage and more. Live entertainment. Time: 9am-1pm. For more info, call 322-3524.

May 4-10, 2014
PUNA MUSIC FESTIVAL

Workshops, music intensives, concerts throughout Puna. Presented by KAPA FM; stewarded by Kalani Oceanside Retreat. The open concert on Sunday, May 4th, is "the only festival concert of its kind in Hawaii, helping to showcase local artists who have applied to perform in one of the open concert time slots". For more info, visit punamusicfestival.com

May 9, 2014
HEALTHY FROM HEAD 2 TOE - KAILUA-KONA
To help raise awareness of children's mental health concerns and garner support for children and youth in foster care, resource information will be available to the community on May 9, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Lanihau Center in Kailua-Kona. Information about local programs and agencies that promote healthy living for families in our neighborhood will be provided, as well as a few keiki activities. Free to the public. For information call: 322-1532 or email deanne.aoki@doh.hawaii.gov

May 10, 2014
KA`U COFFEE FESTIVAL HO`OLAULE`A - PAHALA
A full day of music, hula, food, local crafts, coffee tastings and farm/mill tours at the Pahala Community Center. Festival entry is free; Ka`u Coffee Experience with guided coffee tasting $5; farm tours $20. Call 808-929-9550 or visit www.KauCoffeeFest.com for more info about the 10 days of Festival activities leading up to this weekend.

May 10, 2014
ANNUAL VISITOR INDUSTRY CHARITY WALK - MAUNA LANI BAY HOTEL

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

May 10, 2014
BOOK SALE - KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK) will hold its next Book Sale on Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona Library. Proceeds from these sales help provide funding that includes educational and entertainment programs, community summer reading programs, visiting authors, magazine subscriptions, CDs, DVDs and new book purchases. F.O.L.K. Members receive 20% off lanai sales. Volunteers are needed to assist with the sale and preparations; if you find yourself willing and able, please email FOLK@folkhawaii.com or call 322-0077.

May 10-11, 2014
KONA ORCHID SOCIETY'S ORCHID SHOW & PLANT SALE - OLD AIRPORT PAVILION
The Show will open at 9 am on Friday; 8 am on Saturday; and will close at 6 pm Friday, and 5pm Saturday. There will be several island orchid vendors selling their plants. A nice selection of craft vendors will also be offering jewelry, scarves, and lavapots for purchase Free to the public. For more information, email kos@konaorchidsociety.org or visit konaorchidsociety.org.

May 16, 2014
MAGIC SHOW BENEFIT - HILO
Come enjoy a magical night of entertainment featuring international award winning magicians Bruce and Jennifer Meyers! Three magic shows available on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 5:00pm, 6:30pm, and 8:00pm at the East Hawaii Cultural Center. Tickets are $10 pre-sale or $12 at the door. Portion of proceeds to benefit the keiki of Halau Hula Napunaheleonapua, who are performing this year at the 39th Annual Queen Lili`uokalani Keiki Hula Competition on O`ahu. Get tickets by calling (808) 345-3191 or online at http://www.brucemeyers.com/public-shows-calendar.html. For more information, call (808) 345-3191 or email kimberly.shimabuku@ggp.com

May 17, 2014
LANTERN FLOATING CEREMONY - KAILUA-KONA
Gather along Kamakahonu Bay, fronting King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, for Kona's first Lantern Floating Ceremony. Embrace this personal moment to reflect on and remember those who have gone before you. The Ikaikamauloa Youth Foundation, along with friends and family, would like to invite you and share this moment of faith, hope and love. Time: 5pm-8pm. Presale Lanterns, $10. For more information, call 808-854-4469 or email teamsamson@yahoo.com or visit www.teamsamson808.com

May 18, 2014
"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 Ui O Hawai`i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawaii. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

May TBA, 2014
KAILUA-KONA LIBRARY BOOK CLUB MEETING
New members are welcome. Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Kailua-Kona Public Library Lana. Free to the public. For more information, call 325-5445, email FOLK@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

May 17-26, 2014
HONOKA`A WESTERN WEEK PARADE & BLOCK PARTY
Everyone is invited to dress up western-style and visit Honoka`a town merchants, plus join in different paniolo-themed activities every night. The Western Week Parade will be held at 4pm on Friday, May 23rd, followed by a Block Party and Steak Fry at 5pm, and the Saloon Girl and Cowboys Got Talent Contests and Dancing in the Street. May 24-26, the Hawai`i Saddle Club Rodeo will take place. Rodeo tickets $7; $8 at the gate. For more information, call Jeanne at 808-775-0530 or follow Honoka`a Western Week on Facebook.

May 21-24, 2014
19th ANNUAL LAUHALA CONFERENCE/WORKSHOP - KAILUA-KONA
To be held at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Aunty Elizabeth Maluihi Lee, founder and president of Ka Ulu Lauhala o Kona, a Living Treasure, plus dozens of master weavers from all over the state will gather to share their knowledge and skills, to perpetuate the beloved and ancient art of lauhala weaving. Students of all levels are welcome to attend, along with those who just love lauhala products. The conference will include a ho`olaulea (crafts fair), a talk story, a lu'au, and a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones. For more information, or to request a registration packet (registration deadline Monday, April 15), please contact Barbara Kossow at 808-938-0806 or email bkossow@co.hawaii.hi.us

May 22-26 2014
BIG ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL - THE SHOPS AT MAUNA LANI AND THE FAIRMONT ORCHID, KOHALA
This "Talk Story" 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 every night. There will be some great celebrity guests. The "Best of the Fest" event will present the audience-voted best feature and best short film of this year's festival at 5:30pm, with a concert featuring a popular Hawaiian musician. The majority of BIFF events take place at various locations within The Fairmont Orchid, including daytime film screenings in the air-conditioned amphitheatre, filmmaker workshops, celebrity receptions and salutes, as well as "festival films" (up to R) and Best of the Fest, at Plantation Estate. Family films (up to PG-13) are shown at The Shops at Mauna Lani Center Stage, where admission is free. For more information, call 808/557-5200, 808/883-0394 office or email bigislandff@aol.com. For complete schedule information and tickets, visit BigIslandFilmFestival.com

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June

June 6-8, 2014
3rd ANNUAL BIG ISLAND JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL - MAUNA BEACH HOTEL
VIP Meet and Greet on June 6, $40. Main event on June 7 at the North Pointe Lu`au Grounds at the Mauna Kea Hotel - $60 General Admission; $85 Premium Seating. Performers include Grammy winner Skip Martin, The Iguanas from New Orleans, jazz sax legend Donald Harrison, American Jazz Ambassador Jason Marsalis, New Orleans harmonica player Johnny Sansone, Saturday Night Live Band trombonist Steve Turre, and Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Benny Uyetake. The festival will conclude with a Sunday brunch at Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar, accompanied by live jazz and blues entertainment. For more info, call 866-977-4589 or visit maunakeabeachhotel.com/jazz.

June 7, 2014
WALK MS 2014 - HILO
Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them. When you participate in Walk MS, the funds you raise give hope to the more than 50,500 people affected by MS in our community. The dollars raised support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. Location: Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium, 799 Pi'ilani Street, Hilo. Opening Ceremony at 5pm. For more info, visit http://walkcas.nationalmssociety.org/site/PageServer?pagename=WLK_CAS_HIH_Day_of_Details .html, email Candice.Schwalbach@nmss.org or phone (808) 532-0805.

June 8, 2014
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai`i County Band on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawaii. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

June 8 & 9, 2014
LOVE AND PEAS GOLF AND TENNIS TOURNAMENT - SOUTH KOHALA COAST RESORTS
The Annual Love and Peas Golf Tournament (4 person Scramble) and Tennis Tournament at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel will include a live and silent auction and a tennis exhibition match, benefiting The Food Basket, Hawai`i Island's Food Bank. For more information, call 808-937-3727, email loveandpeasfoundation@gmail.com or visit www.loveandpeasfoundation.com

June 9-25, 2014
HAWAII PHOTO EXPO 2014, HILO
Hawai`i Photo Expo is the premier photography exhibition for Big Island photographers and the largest photographic contest in the state of Hawai`i. The Expo offers an opportunity for students and novices as well as established professionals to showcase their best images. For complete information on how to enter, go to www.hawaiiphotoexpo.com. There will be a reception on June 7th from 5-7 pm at Wailoa Center, 200 Piopio Street, Hilo. Time: 8:30 am to 4:30pm; Wednesdays noon to 4:30pm. Free to the public.. For more information, call (808) 345-0280 or email andrewbisset@hawaii.rr.com

June TBA, 2014
BOOK SALE - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK), will hold a book sale on Saturday, from 9 AM to 1 PM on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona library. Proceeds from sales help support the needs of the Kona libraries, with funding that includes educational and entertainment programs, community summer reading programs, visiting authors, magazine subscriptions, CDs, DVDs and new book purchases. Volunteers are welcome; if you find yourself willing and able, please call 322-0077. For more information, email folk@folkhawaii.com

June TBA, 2014
O-BON FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
Dance the night away to the beat of Taiko Drums! Presented by Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, and featuring the Kona Hongwanji Taiko Group. 6-10pm, Keauhou Shopping Center's lower parking lot. Free admission. Free Bon Dance towels while supply lasts. Food for sale. For more info, call 323-2993.

June TBA, 2014
TAIKO DRUM FESTIVAL - HILO
The Univ. of Hawai`i at Hilo Performing Arts Center presents Big Island Taiko Festival 2014. For more info, call 974-7310 or order tickets online at artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu

June 11, 2014
NORTH KOHALA KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION
8:00am Lei Draping at the statue of King Kamehameha in Kapa'au; 9:00am Floral Parade from Downtown Hawi thru Kapa'au; 10:00am-4:00pm, Ho`olaule`a (crafts fair) at Kamehameha Park. For more info, call 808-557-6042 or visit www.kamehamehadaycelebration.org

June 11, 2014
KAMEHAMEHA FESTIVAL - HILO
This festival features features a ho`olaule`a with top Hawai`i recording artists, hula halau, and various cultural presentations. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Moku Ola (Coconut Island) in Hilo. Free. A drug, alcohol and smoke-free event. For more information, visit http://www.kamehamehafestival.org/festival/62/schedule

June 14, 2014
KING KAMEHAMEHA CELEBRATION PARADE - KAILUA-KONA
Adorned in the flowers and colors of the Hawaiian Islands, regal pa`u riders on horseback will represent each of the eight islands, led by their respective princesses and the pa`u queen. The floral parade will also feature hula halau, equestrian units, marching bands, a horse-drawn carriage and more. The parade begins near Royal Kona Resort at 9 a.m. and ends near West Hawai`i Today at noon. For more information, contact Barbara Nobriga at 322-9944, email bnobriga@hawaiiantel.net or visit www.konaparade.org

June TBA, 2014
ALOHA KEIKI RUN - KAILUA-KONA
A fun-filled day for children ages 1-15 to participate in age specific runs/walks. All entrants receive t-shirt, a finisher medal, and goodie bag. Time: 8:00 AM to Noon at Kona Commons Shopping Center, Kailua-Kona. Fee. For more information, call 808-967-8240, email raceinfo@konamarathon.com or visit www.Alohakeikirun.com

June TBA, 2014
2nd ANNUAL PHILIPPINE CULTURAL FESTIVAL - OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK, KAILUA-KONA
From 10am-3pm at Makae`o Pavilion. Food and cultural booths, games, live entertainment, and more.

June TBA, 2014
KAILUA-KONA LIBRARY BOOK CLUB
The Kona Library Book Club sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, Kona, will meet at 11:00 AM on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona Library. New members are welcome. Free to the public. For more info, call 325-5445,email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

June TBA, 2014
ALOHA FRIDAY RUN/WALK - KAILUA-KONA
Get a headstart on the weekend running events with an evening race. Walk, jog or run 3 miles, meet runners from the Big Island and around the world who are in town to participate over the weekend at the Kona Marathon and Family Runs. A sampling of great food awaits you at the finish line provided by the restaurants at Kona Commons shopping center. Time: 5:30-7:30 PM at Kona Commons, Kailua-Kona. For more information, call 808-967-8240, email raceinfo@konamarathon.com or visit www.konamarathon.com

June TBA, 2014
KONA MARATHON HEALTH & FITNESS EXPO - KEAUHOU, KONA
Everyone is invited to this Health Expo. It's a place to find more information on health and fitness for your life and have a gerat time doing it. This is also the Race Packet Pick Up for all weekend Kona Marathon events (see calendar entry below). Time: 9am-5pm at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-967-8240, email raceinfo@konamarathon.com or visit www.konamarathon.com

June TBA, 2014
KONA MARATHON & FAMILY FUN RUNS - KEAUHOU, KONA

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

June TBA, 2014
ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL - PU`UHONUA O HONAUNAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
This two day event is free to all (entrance fee waived). There will be dozens of craft demonstrations throughout the two day festival. Pack a lunch and plenty of drinks and spend a fun filled day at the park and leave with a nose flute, coconut leaf hat, a lei, lauhala bracelet, a hula gourd, or another traditional craft item that you have learned to make at the festival. For more information, please call the park at (808) 328-2326 ext 1702 or visit www.nps.gov/puho

June 21, 2014.
HOT SIZZLING SUMMER CAR SHOW & RALLY - KAILUA-KONA
Show & Rally for the Kona Motorsport Park, sponsored by Transmission Technology. Time: 10 am to 3 pm. Entry form and sponsor information at the HRA website. Promotional and sponsor spaces available; car space & club space available. Come see it all in one place, at the Big K (K-Mart) parking lot. Cost: Varies. For more information, visit www.hawaiiracingassoc.org, call 808-326-7709 or email zoom96740@gmail.com

June 25, 2014
THE HISTORY AND BIOLOGY OF HUMPBACK WHALES LECTURE - KAILUA-KONA
This free lecture features the subject of humpback whales' basic biology and their history in Hawai`i. Hanohano o Kona: Honoring Kona, a free community lecture series, spotlights local and state speakers on a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. Time: 5:30-7:00pm at West Hawai`i Civic Center. For more information, call 808-323-3222 or email khs@konahistorical.org or visit www.konahistorical.org

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July

July 4, 2014
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 from Coconut Island. Parking shuttles will be available from the County Aupuni Center and Afook-Chinen Auditorium to downtown.

July 4, 2014
FOURTH OF JULY PARADE & CELEBRATION - VOLCANO VILLAGE
The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Volcano Post Office and proceed for one half mile along Old Volcano Road to Cooper Community Center, featuring the Hawaii County Band, floats, antique cars, fire engines, bicycles, horses, and animals in costumes! Music, games, food booths, dunking pond, craft fair and prizes to follow. Call Betsy Mitchell for more info at (808) 967-7800.

July 4, 2014
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, from 9 to 11:30am. Auction items for 2010 include air, sea, and land adventures; overnight stays; massage, reiki, and acupuncture sessions; admissions to area attractions; and restaurant and retail gift certificates. There is something for everyone at this fun and popular silent auction! Jewelry, fine arts, gift baskets, crafts, clothing, books, DVDs, computer software, printer ink, and more make up the diverse array of goods and services up for bid. 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, callÊ985-7373, email admin@fhvnp.org, or visit www.fhvnp.org

July 4, 2014
KAILUA-KONA INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & FIREWORKS
The 19th Annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade will take place on Friday, July 4, at 6:00 p.m., starting at the Kekuaokalani Gym/Pool Complex on Kuakini Highway. It will proceed south on Kuakini Highway, to Palani Road, to Ali`i Drive, and then south on Ali`i Drive to Walua Road just past Coconut Grove Marketplace. This year's Grand Marshal will be the Hawai`i National Guard. The theme of this year's parade is "United As One!" Immediately following the parade, there will be a grand Fireworks Extravaganza over Kailua Bay, provided by Hawai`i Pyrotechnics and Explosives, starting at 8:00 p.m. For more information, visit paradesinkona.com, email rcpreese@gmail.com or call 313-0025.

July 4, 2014
GREAT WAIKOLOA RUBBER DUCKIE RACE

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

July 4, 2014
FAMILY FOURTH & FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The event begins at 12:30 pm, and continues throughout the day 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, 2014
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, 2014
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. Time: 9 am to 12 noon at Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena, Waimea. Pre-sale tickets available at the Parker Ranch Store in Waimea (at Parker Ranch Square). For more information, call 885-2323, email nguilloz@parkerranch.com or visit www.parkerranch.com

July TBA, 2014
ANNUAL HAWAI`I ISLAND PRIDE FESTIVAL - HILO
Celebrating Hawai`i island's LGBT population, the parade will begin at 11am, from Kamehameha Ave. to Ponahawai St. to Keawe St. to Waianuenue Ave., back down to Kamehameha Ave., ending at Mo`oheau Bandstand. Following the parade, there will be live music and entertainment in the park, with food and vendor booths; games and bouncy rides for the keiki. For more information, call 808-217-1288 or email hawaiiislandpride@gmail.com.

July 13, 2014
INAUGURAL 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,. Cost: $95-$175. For more information, call 808-333-9128, email hilotriathlon@gmail.com or visit hilotriathlon.org

July TBA, 2014
HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NAT'L PARK'S ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park's annual cultural festival will feature Hawaiian music, hula, crafts sales and demonstrations by local artists and practitioners from 10am to 3pm at the Hula Platform near Volcano Art Center. The event is free; Park admission is free for the entire day. Contact 808/985-6011 or visit www.fhvnp.org for more info.

July TBA, 2014
BOOK SALE - KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK) will hold its next Book Sale on Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona Proceeds from these sales help provide funding that includes educational and entertainment programs, community summer reading programs, visiting authors, magazine subscriptions, CDs, DVDs and new book purchases. Volunteers are needed to assist with the sale and preparations. If you find yourself willing and able, please email FOLK@folkhawaii.com or call 322-0077.

July TBA, 2014
RELAY FOR LIFE - KAILUA-KONA
Event begins at 6pm at Old Airport Beach Park with a cancer survivors' reception and dinner, followed by "the survivors lap," which starts the relay. Teams start walking at 6pm, continuing till 6am the next morning. The luminaria ceremony at 9pm honors survivors and those lost to the disease. There will be live entertainment, a silent auction, food, family fun and a chance to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Reservations for the dinner and reception should be made at 895-3168. Call the same number to start a team or to volunteer.

July TBA, 2014
BIG ISLAND HAWAIIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL - HILO
Enjoy authentic Hawaiian music, including `ukulele, slack key and steel guitar & and falsetto singing at this always popular two-day event featuring artists from around Hawai`i. At the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. From noon -6pm each day. Contact the East Hawai'i Cultura Center at (808) 961-5711 or visit www.ehcc.org for more information.

July TBA, 2014
8th ANNUAL FIL-AM FRIENDSHIP DOUBLES TENNIS TOURNAMENT - KEAUHOU, KONA
The Kona Visayan Club (KVC) will host the Annual Philippine American Friendship Doubles Tennis Tournament at the Holua Tennis Center at Mauna Loa Village. The event categories of the tournament are recreational, men's, women's and mixed doubles. KVC is a non-profit organization and proceeds from this fund-raising will support scholarship grants to high school graduates in Kona. For details about the event, please visit the website http://www.gonnalove-it.com/tennis, call Lovette Llantos at 217-9671, or email lovette@hawaii.rr.com for more info.

July TBA, 2014
KAILUA-KONA LIBRARY BOOK CLUB MEETING
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Kailua-Kona Public Library Lanai. Free to the public. For more information, call 325-5445, email FOLK@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

July 20, 2014
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 Ui O Hawai`i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawaii. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

July TBA, 2014
HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA - HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
From 10:30-11:30am, enjoy hula featuring a Big Island halau. This inspired outdoor presentation will take place rain or shine at the hula platform located near VAC Gallery in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. The audience is encouraged to bring sitting mat and sun/rain gear. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service should call (808) 967-8222 or email julie@volcanoartcenter.org with at least two weeks notice. This program is supported in part by the County of Hawai`i Department of Research and Development and the Hawai`i Tourism Authority. Event is free (donations welcome); park entrance fees apply. For more info, call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org

July 26, 2014
ANNUAL MANGO FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
On the Hawai`i Lawn of the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay from 10am-5pm. Mangos will be showcased in a variety of horticultural and culinary activities. Mango treats and smoothies will be offered by vendors. For more information, visit www.mangofest.org.

July TBA, 2014
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN JULY CRAFT FAIR - KAILUA-KONA
Vendors from all over the state with unique & exclusive crafts & gifts for 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: 808-325-5155 or email dagoose@hawaii.rr.com

July 27, 2014
32nd ANNUAL DAIFUKUJI ORCHID SHOW AND SALE - HONALO
This yearÕs theme, "Celebrate with Orchids," is in conjunction with Daifukuji Soto MissionÕs 100th anniversary year. The free event offers attendees complimentary refreshments, plus an orchid boutonniere corsageÑwhile they last. Time is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. with the Daifukuji Taiko Drummers performing 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 yearÕs show will have a display of orchid-themed vases and a sampling of ways to integrate the plants into lanai decor. Amid orchids, relax on benches while browsing through orchid-themed magazines and books. Got growing questions? Veteran members will staff a Question & 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. The annual event also offers an outdoor sale of high quality orchid species and hybrids. The Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club is West Hawai`i's oldest orchidaceae organization with a mission to learn and foster orchid culture and promote fellowship among orchid collectors. Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall is on Hwy. 11 at mile marker 114, just north of Kainaliu. For more information, visit www.kdoc.us, www.facebook.com/orchidsinparadise, or call 808-354-8847.

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August

August 1-3, 2014
HILO ORCHID SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW AND SALE
The 62nd Annual Hilo Orchid Society Show and Sale. Thousands of orchids in displays created by top notch growers and amateurs will entice audiences in this three day spectacle at Edith Kanaka`ole Stadium. Visitors can expect to see exotic species, beautifully grown specimen plants and the latest hybrids, many created by Big Island orchid breeders. There will be opportunities to purchase living orchid plants and orchid-related merchandise. Refreshments and entertainment. For more information, call 333-1852 or go to www.hiloorchidsociety.org.

August TBA, 2014
6th ANNUAL BIKE MS EVENT - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT

The Bike MS: Go BIG or Go Home event focuses on bringing more awareness about MS and raising funds for programs and services for those living with MS in Hawai`i. This ride is fully supported with catered rest stops, bike support, and 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.

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HAWAI`I HORSE EXPO - WAIMEA
To be held at At the Pukalani Stables in Waimea. Internationally-known equine experts share their knowledge in a variety of horse-related disciplines during clinics and demonstrations. Proceeds to benefit Hawai`i Island Humane SocietyÕs Horse Rescue Fund and the Paniolo Preservation Society. For more info, call 808-887-2301 or visit www.hawaiihorseexpo.com

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

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VOLCANO RAIN FOREST RUNS
5th Annual Volcano Rain Forest Runs. This family event presents a half marathon, 10K run and 5k walk in Volcano Village at 4,000 feet elevation near Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities, this event promotes fitness and the natural environment. It is co-sponsored by Volcano Art Center, Cooper Center, and the Kona Marathon. Race day begins and ends at Cooper Center, 19-4030 Wright Road, Volcano Village. Registration fees. For more information, call 808-967-8240 or email www.rainforestruns.com or visit www.rainforestruns.com

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VOLCANO RAIN FOREST RUNS - KEIKI RUNS
A free youth running event. Kids under age seven race to cross the finish line, and everyone's a winner. Time: Approximately 10 AM at Cooper Center, 19-4030 Wright Road, Volcano Village. For more information, call 808-967-8240 or email www.rainforestruns.com or visit www.rainforestruns.com

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ESTABLISHMENT DAY HAWAIIAN FESTIVAL - KAWAIHAE

The public is invited to join the to participate in the cultural demonstrations and workshop activities at Pelekane (royal courtyard) located near the beach below Pu'ukohola Heiau with only one stipulation: that each visitor learns at least one craft before leaving the area to help preserve a part of the Hawaiian culture. Parking will be on the coral flats south of Kawaihae Harbor. On Saturday only there will be a special sunrise cultural event at the heiau itself at 6:30am followed by a reinactment of a battle with warriors and spears below the heiau. Arts and craft workshops and demonstrations will take place from 10am-3pm both days. There will be Hawaiian double hulled canoe rides and much more. Local musicians will play songs of Hawaii. Bring water and lunch if planning to stay the entire day. It is recommended that comfortable clothing be worn and the use some type of sunscreen. PNHP is located about a mile south of Kawaihae on the Kohala Coast. Call (808) 882-7218, Ext. 1011 for more info.

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GREAT WAIKOLOA CANOE RACE - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The Waikoloa Canoe Club will be holding their 25th Annual Great Waikoloa Canoe Race at Anaeho`omalu Bay. Racing starts at 8 AM and will last until noon. Approximately 80 teams will be competing from the islands and all over the world. It will be the Waikoloa Canoe Club's 5th Hoe Wa`a Ho`ola, Paddle For The Cure. The club supports the American Cancer Society, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to our local American Cancer Society to fund patient services for the people on the island of Hawai`i. For more information, call (808) 883-2447 or visit www.waikoloacanoeclub.com

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ANNUAL "CREAM OF THE CROP" COFFEE AND DESSERT TASTING - FOUR SEASONS RESORT
From 9:30am to 1:30pm, the Kona Coffee Council will be holding its annual Cream of the Crop coffee and dessert tasting competition at the Hualalai Four Seasons Resort in the Haku Amphitheater. Admission is free. Twenty-one select Kona coffee growers will each have booths in the amphitheater providing sample cups of their brewed coffee along with education about coffee growing and processing in the Kona region of the Big Island of Hawaii. The competition is divided into three categories of coffee growing: Organic, Estate and Open, which allows all growers an opportunity to participate in the event. To complement the delicious coffee there will be live Hawaiian music. Chefs from local restaurants and resorts, as well as amateurs, will be offering desserts made with Kona coffee as one of the ingredients. Visitors to the event will be encouraged to vote for their favorite coffee in the three categories. Local chefs will be voting for their favorite coffees as well, so visitors can see how their votes compare to those of professionals. Finally, the desserts will be judged by a panel, and the results of the voting will be announced before the end of the day. Interspersed with the coffee and dessert booths will be a number of local artists who will be demonstrating, and have for sale, coffee related arts. For more information, call 808/328-1666 or email jimmonk@alum.mit.edu

August 23-24, 2014
HAWAI`I ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY HAWAI`I HORSE EXPO - WAIMEA
Hawai`i Island Humane Society's Hawai`i Horse Expo presents internationally renowned equine experts for two days of clinics, demonstrations and hands-on learning. Benefits HIHS Horse Rescue Fund and Paniolo Preservation Society. Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Paniolo Heritage Center, Pukalani Stables, Waimea. For more information, ongoing program updates and ticket purchases, visit http://www.hawaiihorseexpo.com or email hawaiihorseexpo@gmail.com

August 24, 2014
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 Ui O Hawai`i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

August 25, 2014
FREE ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARKS
In honor of the National Park Service's 98th Birthday, there will be no entry fees charged on this day at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park or Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

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16th ANNUAL TASTE OF LIFE BENEFIT - KEAUHOU, 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 music. There will also be a silent auction. If you would like to volunteer, please email or call. VIP tables and sponsor packages are available. For more information, call 808-331-8177 or email tol@hihaf.org

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NORTH HAWAI'I HOSPICE FLOATING LANTERN CEREMONY - FAIRMONT ORCHID
From 5-7:30pm. A meaningful ceremony to honor and remember loved ones that have passed. There will be a sharing of music and hula, Taiko drummers, chanting, and prayers, followed by a lantern release into Pauoa Bay at sunset. Admission is free. Floating lanterns for decorating and inscribing messages will be provided for a suggested donation of $10 (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 27, 2014
KONA'S SCENIC BYWAYS LECTURE - WEST HAWAII CIVIC CENTER
This free lecture features the subject of Hawai`i's Scenic Byways, specifically Alii Drive and Mamalahoa Highway. Hanohano o Kona: Honoring Kona, a free community lecture series, spotlights local and state speakers on a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. Time: 5:30-7:00 pm. For more information, call 808-323-3222 or email khs@konahistorical.org or visit www.konahistorical.org

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KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER "FREE" MONTHLY CONCERT - KONA

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

August 28-September 1, 2014
43rd QUEEN LILI'UOKALANI LONG DISTANCE CANOE RACES - KAILUA-KONA

This is the world's largest long-distance canoe race, attended by paddlers from all over the world. Two days of racing, with single-hull canoe races on the first day, followed by double-hull and one-person canoe races on Sunday. Crews from Hawai`i, the US mainland, and around the world come to enter this world class event. Kai `Opua Canoe Club will hold a cultural crafts fair on the Pier Saturday and Sunday. Time: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm at Kailua Pier. For information call: (808) 937-3255, email no1paddle@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.kaiopua.org

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

$10 admission will benefit The Ki-Ho`Alu Foundation (501-C3). This annual festival, which features masters of slack key guitar, will be held at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa Convention Center from 12-6pm. Food and drink will be available for purchase; no outside food or beverages allowed. Visit www.slackkeyfestival.com

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

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HAWAI`I ISLAND FESTIVAL'S ANNUAL POKE CONTEST - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
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 information, call 808-886-8822 or email spelfrey@waikoloaland.com or visit www.waikoloabeachresort.com

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"COOL FUSION; THE FESTIVAL OF 1000 BOWLS" BENEFIT - DONKEY MILL ART CENTER, HOLUALOA
"To slurp or not to slurp, that is the question." Escape the heat of summer and head up the hill for the 8th annual "Cool Fusion." Enjoy hiyashi somen (chilled Japanese noodles) served in a handmade bowl of your choice to keep. Relax on the lawn behind the Donkey Mill Art Center for an afternoon of live music and new and old friends. Larger bowls will also available for sale, along with other handmade ceramic items. Proceeds will benefit Donkey Mill's Ceramics Department's mission to bring clay art to people of all ages and abilities in our island community. To be held at Donkey Mill Art Center, 78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy., Holualoa. Please call ahead to reserve your tickets: (808) 322-3362. Email DonkeyMill@gmail.com or visit donkeymillartcenter.org for more info.

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ANNUAL KINDY SPROAT FALSETTO & STORYTELLING CONTEST - WAIKOLOA BEACH MARRIOTT
Part of the Hawai`i Island Festival, this event will be held at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott's Naupaka Ballroom.This unique folk 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 on this and other events, call 886-8822, email joinus@waikoloaland.com or visit hawaiiislandfestival.org

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ANNUAL KUPUNA HULA FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU
A very sweet and moving event featuring those over 55 years of age. The theme for this year's festival, to be held at the Sheraton Kona Resort, is Noho Ali`i Ka Lani or "The Heaven Reigns Above." Each halau will choose a song that incorporates elemets of the heavens or sky; stars; moon; wind; air; heavens; clouds, etc. Ho`okupu presentation to the Royal Court will be held at the start of the event at 5:00pm on Sept 12th.

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

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BOOK SALE - KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK) will hold its next Book Sale from 9 AM to 1 PM on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona Library. Proceeds from these sales help provide funding that includes educational and entertainment programs, community summer reading programs, visiting authors, magazine subscriptions, CDs, DVDs and new book purchases. Volunteers are needed to assist with the sale and preparations. If you find yourself willing and able, please email FOLK@folkhawaii.com or call 322-0077.

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KAILUA KONA LIBRARY BOOK CLUB MEETING
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Free to the public. Join in a lively discussion of Blonde, by Joyce Carol Oates, and share light refreshments. New members are welcome. For more information, contact Barbara Sosna at 325-5445, email FOLK@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

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KAILUA-KONA LIBRARY BOOK CLUB MEETING
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Kailua-Kona Public Library Lanai. Free to the public. For more information, call 325-5445, email FOLK@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

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CHAIRS FOR CHARITY ART AUCTION - KONA
The Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise will be hosting the 4th Annual Chairs For Charity Art Auction. There will be chairs and much more, created and donated by Big Island artists. Live entertainment, food, beer, and wine. For more information call Barbara Kossow at 938-0806.

September 20 & 21, 2014
2nd ANNUAL HAWAI`I ISLAND ALL NATIONS POWWOW - HILO
This event is a cultural education and celebration of the sharing of cultures. It is a community-centered alcohol and drug free event. Special tribal/nations dances; intertribal dancing, vendors, frybread concessions, and more. Time: 10am-5pm daily at Keaukaha Hawaiian Village. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-747-2903, email hawaiipowwow@hotmail.com or visit www.Nichehawaii.org

September 21, 2014
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring 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 Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

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PANIOLO PARADE AND HO`OLAULE`A - WAIMEA
The 10am Paniolo Parade will start 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, from 11 am to 4 pm. Free. A great local family event! Note: 1 hour road closure. Ph: 936-4376. For more information on this and other 30 Days of Aloha events, visit hawaiiislandfestival.org

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

September TBA, 2014
21st ANNUAL KWXX HO`OLAULE`A - HILO
A fun, exciting, free event in downtown Hilo. Great live entertainment from 5-10:30pm. For more info, visit http://downtownhilo.com

September 26, 2014
"TASTE OF THE HAWAIIAN RANGE" AND AGRICULTURE FESTIVAL - HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
Time: 5-8pm. This event showcases the isle's grass-fed beef industry while bringing together local ranchers, farmers, restaurateurs and eager eaters to celebrate a bounty of locally produced food. Many of the state's top chefs will prepare delectable dishes using grass-fed beef, pork, lamb, goat, mutton and wild boar, plus a cornucopia of fresh island fruit, veggies, honey, spices and beverages. Culinary adventure seekers can taste and enjoy all the cuts of grass-fed beef - everything from tongue to tail. While "tasting," attendees can meet Hawai`i's food producers at gaily decorated vendor booths and talk story with the ranchers and farmers who make a living growing our food. The event also affords local food producers an opportunity to hook up with isle chefs and consumers. Tickets are $45 through Thursday, Sept. 25 and $60 on event day. They will be sold online and at a dozen islandwide locations starting July 1st, and will also be available at the door. Watch for ticket giveaways on Facebook at Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Twitter #TasteHI. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies and procedures to participate in this event should contact Jeri Moniz at 808-960-8411 no later than August 26. For general event information, phone (808) 969-8228. Also visit http://www.TasteOfTheHawaiianRange.com.

September 27, 2014
FREE ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARKS
In honor of National Public Lands Day there will be no entry fees charged on this day at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park or Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

September 27, 2014
HAWAI`I ELECTRIC LIGHT'S CLEAN ENERGY FAIR - HILO
This is a free and fun educational event for the entire family. Learn about energy, electricity and how it is generated right here on our island. Win prizes and more. Time: 10 am-2pm at Prince Kuhio Plaza, Hilo. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-969-0137 or email virginia.aragon-barnes@helcohi.com

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HILO WAYFINDING FESTIVAL - IMILOA ASTRONOMY CENTER
Celebrating the feats of Pacific navigators, this event also reinforces ongoing efforts to revive and expand skills and interest in long-distance canoe voyaging. Free talks, workshops, demonstrations and opportunities to learn about wayfinding and the legacy of the Hokulea voyaging canoe. For more info, call 969-9704 or visit www.imiloahawaii.org

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KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER "FREE" MONTHLY CONCERT - KONA

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

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October TBA 2014
BIG ISLAND 'UKULELE GUILD'S 10th ANNUAL EXHIBITION - HILO

This event will be held in conjunction with the annual Wailoa Center Invitational Woodworkers Show daily from 9am-4pm, Wed. & Sat. noon-4pm, closed Sundays. For more info about the Ukulele` Guild show, contact Bob Gleason at 966-6323 or email pegasusguitars@hawaiiantel.net. Wailoa Center info at 933-0416 or email wailoa@yahoo.com.

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KOHALA COUNTRY FAIR - KAPA`AU, NORTH KOHALA

Fun for the whole family. The fairgrounds will be comfortable rain or shine, with a large tented dining pavilion and a covered amphitheater for entertainment. A day filled with art & craft vendors, local entertainment throughout the day, ono food and drinks, and lots of keiki activities. In Kapa`au, 1 mile east of the King Kamehameha statue, toward Pololu, makai from `Iole Road. Lots of free, off-street parking. Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, email info@kohalacountryfair.com or visit www.kohalacountryfair.com

October TBA, 2014
3rd ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ALOHA - HAPUNA BEACH PRINCE HOTEL, KOHALA COAST
A day of Hawaiian cultural festivities filled with keiki activities for all ages, from Makahiki games to petroglyph rubbings, sand art, unique island crafts, food booths and entertainment. At Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, 62-100 Kauna'`Oa Dr, Kohala Coast, HI 96743. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-880-1111 or email fp.olelo@gmail.com

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ANNUAL PATH 5K/10K RUN - KAILUA-KONA
The 29th Annual PATH 5K Walk/Run, 10K Run & Free Keiki Dash is Kona's Kickoff to Ironman Week. Time: 7:30am Start at Hale Halawai on Ali`i Dr. (site of Ironman Expo), Kailua Kona. Cost: Adult $30/Child $20/Late Fee $10. For more information, call 895-2442, email stefanie@pathhawaii.org or visit www.pathhawaii.org

October 11, 2014
IRONMAN TRIATHLON - KAILUA-KONA

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

October TBA, 2014
KAILUA KONA LIBRARY BOOK CLUB MEETING
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Light refreshments. New members are welcome. For more information, call 325-5445, email FOLK@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

October TBA, 2014
HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA - HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This outdoor presentation of traditional hula and chant features a Hula Kahiko "Informance" with kumu Leilehua Yuen and Manu Josiah - a 50-minute narrated demonstration of preparation, protocol and offering of traditional hula and chant, from 10:30-11:30am. This event will take place rain or shine at the hula platform located near Volcano Art Center Gallery. Audience is encouraged to bring sitting mat and sun/rain gear. On the same day, there are hands-on cultural demonstrations from 9:30Am to 1:30PM on the gallery porch. Free; park entrance fees apply. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org

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23rd ANNUAL PUMPKIN PATCH FESTIVAL & SILENT AUCTION - WAIMEA
Fun for the whole family! Hundreds of pumpkins, games & prizes, swimming pool games (bring suits!), bake sale, pro-football challenge, horse rides, climbing wall, haunted house, silent auction, Annual Chili Cook-off, food for sale, community organization booths, and live entertainment. Free entry/free parking. At Hawai`i Preparatory Academy's Upper Campus. For more information, email hpohana@gmail.com or visit www.hpapumpkinpatch.com

October 19, 2014
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 Ui O Hawai'i, on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawaii. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

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ANNUAL TASTE OF HILO
More than 30 participating restaurants, chefs, pastry chefs, bakers, and beverage suppliers. To be held at Sangha Hall, Hilo. Sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawai`i. Tickets may be ordered by calling the Chamber at 934-0177 or by emailing jccih@jccih.org. For more information, call 987-8328 or email miyahira@hawaiiantel.net or visit www.jccih.org

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10th ANNUAL BUILDING & DESIGN EXPO - KEAUHOU, KONA
Free admission; 9am-5pm. The expo sprawls both inside and out of the Sheraton Kona Resort's Convention Center. Browse among 60 exhibits featuring home design, construction and remodel ideas including home decorating; roofing and decking; flooring and window treatments; kitchen and baths; solar products and more. Vendor booths offer products, services and information relating to the building and improvement of homes, apartments and condos. Browse through a variety of local plants for sale and enjoy a cooking demonstration with Chef Ivan Whitworth. For additional information about the Expo, go to www.kona-kohala.com or call the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce office at 329-1758.

October TBA, 2014
RUN FOR THE DRY FOREST - NORTH KONA
5K Run/Walk, 10K Run & Keiki Run at Pu'u Wa`awa`a Ranch. Run for the Dry Forest supports conservation and preservation of dry forests in Hawai`i. Entry Fee (includes a T-shirt, refreshments and drawing for door prizes) is $30 Adults/$15 Children 14 & under. Registration between 6 and 7:15 am ($10 late fee and no T-shirt guarantee). Bringing a picnic lunch is suggested, as there will be no food vendors on site. Time: 10K, 7:45am; 5K, 8am; Keiki Run, 9:30am. For more information, call 895-2442, email stefanie@pathhawaii.org or visit www.pathhawaii.org

October TBA, 2014
4th ANNUAL HAWAI`I ARTIST COLLABORATION AUCTION - HOLUALOA INN

An exciting auction of one-of-a-kind works created by 30 local and international visual artists collaborating together for 4 days. This is a highly esteemed not-for-profit event, to be held at the Malulani Pavilion of the beautiful Holualoa Inn (75-5932 Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa). All proceeds will benefit art scholarships and future events. For more info, email hawaiicollaboration@gmail.com or phone 331-0813.

October 26, 2013
`OHANA HALLOWEEN PA`INA - KEAUHOU, KONA
Free admission. Haunted House, playground, and vendors. 4pm Keiki Costume Contest check-in; 4:30pm Keiki Costume Contest. 5pm Adust Costume Contest check-in; 8pm Adult Costume Contest. Live entertainment 5-9pm: 5pm, Kainaliu; 6pm `Ol School BAnd; 7pm LT Smooth. For more info & parking details, visit Keauhou Shopping Center's website.

October TBA, 2014
`OHANA HALLOWEEN PA`INA - KEAUHOU, KONA
Free admission. Haunted House, playground, and vendors; costume contests and live entertainment. For more info & parking details, visit Keauhou Shopping Center's website.

October 29, 2014
"AMY GREENWELL AND HER GARDEN" LECTURE - KAILUA-KONA
This free lecture features the story of Amy Greenwell's garden legacy. Hanohano o Kona: Honoring Kona, a free community lecture series, spotlights local and state speakers on a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. Time: 5:30-7:00pm at West Hawaii Civic Center. For more information, call 808-323-3222, email khs@konahistorical.org or visit www.konahistorical.org

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HAWAI`I ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY'S ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PET WALKS - HILO & KONA
Pet Walk encourages pet owners to exercise themselves & their pets during this fun, family-friendly free Halloween weekend event that includes contests and prizes. Walkers with or without pets are urged to raise pledges to support Hawai`i Island Humane Society. Registration for both events is free and begins at 8:00 a.m.; Walks begin at 9:00 a.m. Log on to www.FirstGiving.com/HIHSPetWalk and create your own fundraising page or team fundraising page. For more information, call 329-8002, email exec.dir@hihs.org or visit www.FirstGiving.com/HIHSPetWalk

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November TBA, 2014
13th ANNUAL BLACK & WHITE NIGHT - HILO
Dress up or dress down, but dress in black & white! This event takes place in Downtown Hilo, from the Bayfront to Kapiolani Street, and from Ponahawai Street to Wailuku Drive. Live music! Dancing in the Street! Treasure Hunt! Produced by the Hilo Downtown Improvement Association. Call (808) 935-8850, email askalice@downtownhilo.com or visit www.downtownhilo.com for more information.

November 7-16, 2014
44th ANNUAL KONA COFFEE CULTURAL FESTIVAL
The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival returns for its 44th annual celebration of Kona's world famous coffee. Hawai`i's oldest food festival combines a modern-day infatuation with coffee with Kona's old-world history as visitors, residents, artisans and farmers gather together to salute Hawai`i's preeminent coffee. The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is adding new, exciting events in 2014 including innovative Kona coffee farm tours, native Hawaiian arts and culture events, keiki (child) friendly activities, and a celebration of cultural diversity all blended together in ten event-filled days honoring nearly 200 years of Kona coffee history. Cost: $3 Festival button for entry to most events. For more information, call 808-326-7820 or visit or visit www.konacoffeefest.com

November TBA, 2014
HOLUALOA VILLAGE COFFEE TASTING AND ART STROLL - KONA
The Coffee Stroll is an annual event of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. Nearly two dozen farms' coffee will be featured at Holualoa's unique art galleries and shops, from 9am to 3pm. Gifts, live music and more. Free parking at Holualoa School and the Catholic church. There is also a public parking area across from the Holualoa 'Ukulele Gallery.

November 11, 2014
FREE ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARKS
In honor of Veterans Day there will be no entry fees charged on this day at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park or Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

November TBA, 2014
2nd ANNUAL LILIKO`I FESTIVAL/FUNDRAISER - KEA`AU
This free, community focused, family friendly event will feature liliko`i cooking demonstrations, a liliko`i cooking contest, live music, and free keiki activities. A community created liliko`i cookbook, "The Lilikoilicious Cookbook: Ways to Add Passion To Your Life," will also be for sale. Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.at the Hawaiian Paradise Park Activity Center, Maku`u Dr. between 16th and 17th St, Kea`au, HI. For more information, call 808-965-1866 or email sandi@alstrand.com

November TBA, 2014
WINE, CHEESE, CHOCOLATE & MORE! BENEFIT - HILO
Hilo Medical Center Foundation's 12th Annual Wine, Cheese, Chocolate & More Fundraiser will feature delectable chocolates; superior cheeses; fine wines with distinct properties, aromas & flavors; cold beer; and a magnificent array of delicious pupus and appetizers created with local ingredients that will be served by local physician "waiters." There will also be silent and live auctions. For more information, call 808-935-2957, email bmiller@hhsc.org or visit www.hilomedicalcenterfoundation.org

November TBA, 2014
MOKU O KEAWE INTERNATIONAL HULA COMPETITION/CULTURAL WORKSHOPS - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The 9th Annual Moku O Keawe International Festival will take place at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, with top level hula competition in kahiko (ancient), `auana (contemporary) and kupuna (elders) hula, an expanded Made-in-Hawai`i Marketplace and unique Hawaiian cultural workshops. Advance registration required for workshops. Register online or at the Festival registration area. For more information and to purchase tickets or register for workshops, visit http://mokif.com

November TBA, 2014
ANNUAL 5K WALK/RUN FOR LITERACY - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
For more information, call 808-747-4982, email bkoranda@gmail.com or visit http://library.waikoloacommunity.org

November TBA, 2014
44th ANNUAL KONA COFFEE FESTIVAL ALOHA MAKAHIKI CONCERT - SHERATON KEAUHOU BAY RESORT
From 1:30-3:30pm. Ancient Hawaiian Makahiki blessing by Kumu Mika Keale-Goto with Halau Keale Keauhou, Kona and Tokyo. Traditional Hawaiian music and hula with renowned musicians Martin Pahinui, Aaron Mahi, George Kuo, Stephen Akana and more. Free with Festival button. Visit konacoffeefest.com for more info.

November TBA, 2014
A TRIBUTE TO KING DAVID KALAKAUA "E MAU ANA KA HULA" - SHERATON KONA BAY RESORT, KEAUHOU
On this special occasion, tribute will be paid to the "Merrie Monarch," King David Kalakaua, with a celebration of hula from 8am - 5pm. Kumu Hula and students from across the Hawaiian Islands, Japan, and Europe will present their style and tradition of hula with either hula kahiko (ancient) or hula auana (modern) styles of dance. Each school will showcase their 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! Admission is free, so bring the family and share in the joy of hula! On Friday and Saturday, hula workshops will be held, featuring several of the presenting Kumu Hula. Everyone is welcome to attend! Festival information and registration for workshops is available online at www.emauanakahula.org. For more information, call 808-348-7047 or email administrator@nawaiiwiola.org

November TBA, 2014
BOOK SALE - KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK) will hold its monthly Book Sale from 9 AM to 1 PM on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona Library. Proceeds from these sales help provide funding that includes educational and entertainment programs, community summer reading programs, visiting authors, magazine subscriptions, CDs, DVDs and new book purchases. Volunteers are needed to assist with the sale and preparations. If you find yourself willing and able, please call 322-0077 or email FOLK@folkhawaii.com

November TBA, 2014
3rd ANNUAL HAMAKUA YOUTH FOUNDATION HULA FESTIVAL - HONOKA`A
The program will feature both kahiko and `auana hula performances. Groups and halau represent some of the best that North Hawai`i offers. For more information, call 769-4490, email ptarail@hawaii.rr.com or visit hamakuayouthcenter.wordpress.com

November 16, 2014
"KOKUA KAILUA" HULIHE'E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT AND VILLAGE STROLL - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian Music event featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and the Hawai'i County Band on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawaii. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Concert, stroll thru Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy outdoor cafe's and restaurants, local musicians & artists. Special kama'aina pricing at participating restaurants & merchants. For more info about the Village Stroll, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit www.kvbid.org

November TBA, 2014
KAILUA-KONA LIBRARY BOOK CLUB MEETING
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Kailua-Kona Public Library Lanai. Free to the public. This month's book will be The Fish Can Sing by Halldor Laxness. Light refreshments. New members are welcome. For more information, call 325-5445, email FOLK@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

November TBA, 2014
ARC OF KONA BAZAAR & CAR SHOW KEALAKEKUA-
The 18th annual Bazaar and Car show is a major fundraiser for the Arc of Kona. Funds raised are used to enhance services for people living with a disability. Craft vendors from over the island, a robust silent auction, ono food, a giant rummage sale and entertainment all day. Above Konawaena HS. Park and ride. Time: TBA at ARC of Kona, Kealakekua. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-323-2626, email xan@arcofkona.org or visit www.arcofkona.org

November TBA, 2014
HAWAI`I HONEY FESTIVAL - HILO
The Hawai`i Honey Festival will take place amid the 22 acres of tropical plants and flowers of Nani Mau Gardens (421 Makalika Street, Hilo). The event will include the 5th Annual Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge: beekeepers from throughout the State of Hawai`i will submit their best comb, liquid and solid honeys to be blind-tasted and judged by a panel of experts, with winning apiaries receiving recognition and award seals for their honey. The festival will take place Other festivities include the "People's Choice" Honey Tasting, live Hawaiian and pop music, hula, crafts and honey vendors, "ono" food, many children's activities, beekeeping demonstrations and observation hives, other bee and agricultural exhibits, lectures and demonstrations, and bee-friendly plant sales. Made possible by a grant from the Hawai`i State Dept. of Agriculture. For more information, call 808-982-3780, email cconne2010@gmail.com or visit http://www.bigislandbeekeepers.com/

November TBA, 2014
CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY - VOLCANO ART CENTER
Special holiday celebrations include art demonstrations and print and book signings by gallery artists, plus a fine selection of quality handcrafted decorations and gifts offered only during the holiday season. in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Free; park entrance fees apply. Time: 9 AM to 6 PM at Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano. For more information, call 808-967-7565 or email gallery@volcanoartcenter.org or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org

November TBA, 2014 through January TBA, 2015
15th ANNUAL INVITATIONAL WREATH EXHIBIT - VOLCANO ART CENTER
Gallery artists working in a wide variety of media, materials, and techniques present their highly creative concepts of wreath. Don't miss this unique collection of one-of-a-kind, handcrafted wreaths, from the traditional to the whimsical! Free; park entrance fees apply. Time: 9 AM to 6 PM daily at VAC Gallery, Hawai'i Voclanoes National Park, Volcano. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-967-7565, email gallery@volcanoartcenter.org or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org

November TBA, 2014
LAVAMAN KEAUHOU
Swim 1.5K; Bike 40K; Run 10K. Entry fee applies. There will be an Awards Banquet & Beach Party at the end of the day. Hosted by the Sheraton Kona Resort at Keauhou Bay. For more info, and to register, visit http://lavamantriathlon.com/keauhou/

November TBA, 2014
"KALUA YOUR TURKEY" WORKSHOP - AMY B.H. GREENWELL ETHNOBOTANICAL GARDEN, KEALAKEKUA
Participants will begin preparing their turkeys and the imu (pit) at 7:30am. 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 no later than 5 p.m. The cost for the workshop TBA. You must call or email to register in advance. For information or to register, call 323-3318 or email agg@bishopmuseum.org

November TBA, 2014
MEET & EAT ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DINNER - KONA
The Kona Task Force on Feeding the Hungry announces the 21st Annual Meet and Eat Thanksgiving Dinner. The public is invited to join us for a traditional Thanksgiving meal at the Kealakehe Intermediate School Cafeteria on Onipa`a Street on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 from 5:15-7:00pm. It is FREE, but if you can, please bring a bag of rice for the rice bag pyramid to help the Food Basket, as rice is normally at a minimum during this period of the year. The task force is made up of community organizations, churches and businesses joining together to feed the needy in West Hawai`i. Under the leadership of coordinator Ardie Ikeda, the program called Meet and Eat expects to serve 400 dinners this year and will be dedicated to the many volunteers who have made this program successful for the past 20 years. Those wishing to volunteer or contribute can contact Ardie Ikeda at 987-1664, Margo Takata at 960-1392 or Elaine Watai at 896-2785.

November TBA, 2014
20th ANNUAL NA LIMA HANA ART AND CRAFTS FAIR - HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
Hours: Friday, November 29, 3-9 pm; Saturday, November 30, 9am-4 pm, in the Hilton Waikoloa Village's Grand Ballroom. 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 or email nalima.hana@hilton.com

November TBA, 2014
VOLCANO VILLAGE ARTISTS HUI ANNUAL ART STUDIO TOUR & SALE
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, visitors are invited to meet the Volcano Village Artists in their studios and see artworks in a wide variety of media. Pottery, raku masks, hand blown art glass, wood & metal sculpture, hand-tooled metal and fiber art, as well as photographs, paintings, drawings and block prints will be on display and available for purchase. A special drawing for pieces contributed by the artists will be held on the last day of the event. For more information e-mail eherb@hawaii.rr.com. Maps to the artists' studios will be available at local businesses in Volcano Village, as well as at www.VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com.

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December

thru December TBA, 2014
VOLCANO VILLAGE ARTISTS HUI ANNUAL ART STUDIO TOUR & SALE
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, visitors are invited to meet the Volcano Village Artists in their studios and see artworks in a wide variety of media. 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.

December 6, 2014
CHRISTMAS AT KAMAKAHONU BAY; DINING WITH THE CHEFS

The American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Association presents its 26th annual holiday scholarship fundraiser with a new name and location on Saturday, Dec. 6 at The Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Overlooking the twinkling lights of Kailua Village and the slopes of Hualalai, Christmas at Kamakahonu Bay-Dining with the Chefs will sprawl on the hotel's historic, seaside lu`au grounds. The setting sun will kick off the event from 5:30-8 p.m. The fundraiser benefits local culinary students attending HawCC in Kona, the "Equip the Kitchens" campaign for the future HawCC-Palamanui and members of the Kona Kohala Chefs who want to further their education. Twenty top Hawai`i chefs and confectioners will use primarily locally sourced ingredients to prepare tantalizing cuisine with a holiday twist - all accompanied by handcrafted ales, wines and 100 percent Kona coffee. Attendees can enjoy live music and dancing under the stars, plus an exciting silent auction. Tickets remain $85 each or $1,000 for a reserved table for 10, and will be sold starting October 1. Purchase online at www.konakohalachefs.org or at Kailua Candy Company. Phone 329-2522 for info and to also charge tickets by phone.

December TBA, 2014
ANNUAL POINSETTIA SALE/BENEFIT - HALE HALAWAI, KAILUA-KONA
6" and 8" and 2 gallon pots of winter rose and red poinsettias, will be for sale between 9am and 2pm. This is a benefit for the Kona Business and Professional Women's high school scholarship fund and its Grant for Success, which is awarded to someone needing help with reentry into the workforce. For info, or to place orders, call 895-0800 or 425-269-2437.

December TBA, 2014
HANDEL'S MESSIAH CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Kona Music Society presents the annual Handel's Messiah Concert and audience "sing along." For more information, visit www.konamusicsociety.org

December TBA, 2014
ANNUAL NA MAKUA INVITATIONAL CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR - HILO
This fair features products that showcase the talents of local artists and offer a diverse selection of unique Christmas gifts that are not available anywhere else. All applicants are screened with consideration given to the uniqueness, quality and craftsmanship of the product. Items made in Hawai`i are preferred, but items are examined on a case by case basis. Live entertainment, along with ono kaukau, refreshments and prize drawings. Free Admission. Time: Fri 4-9 pm, Sat 9 am-4 pm at Ah Fook Chinen Civic Auditorium, Manono St., Hilo. For more information, call 808-966-4647, email puna@namakua.com or visit www.namakua.com.

December TBA, 2014
WAIMEA CHRISTMAS CRAFT AND GIFT FAIR - THELMA PARKER GYM
From 10am-4pm. Waimea's biggest indoor craft, gift, and food fair, featuring many local artists, food, and lucky number drawings. Free admission. Accepting food donations for local food banks. For more info, call 808-887-1533.

December 6, 2014
CHRISTMAS AT HULIHE`E PALACE - KAILUA-KONA
Kick off the Christmas holiday season at the annual Christmas at Hulihe`e Palace! There will be a royal holiday dinner, a live and silent auction, and musical entertainment. Proceeds from the evening benefit will help a local charity and assist with on-going restoration and preservation efforts at Hulihe`e Palace. To purchase tickets or a special reserved table, call 331-8010 or visit www.huliheechristmas.org For more information, call 331-8010 or email info@habitatwesthawaii.org.

December TBA, 2014
HOLUALOA MUSIC AND LIGHT FESTIVAL, KONA

From 5:30-8:30pm. Witness the lighting of the town Christmas tree, listen to various musicians perform Christmas music thru the evening at stages around the village, and receive treats from the galleries and shops in this charming little artists' colony in the middle of Kona coffee country. Santa will show up too! For information, call Holualoa Village Assn. at 808/322-8484, or visit www.holualoahawaii.com

December TBA, 2014
TWILIGHT CHRISTMAS PARADE - WAIMEA

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

December TBA, 2014
ANNUAL CANADA-FRANCE-HAWAI`I TELESCOPE STARGAZING PARTY - WAIMEA
Right after the Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade, CFHT will host its annual stargazing party, with telescopes, hot beverages, keiki activities, and an opportunity to talk to the astronomers. Members of the West Hawai`i Astronomy Club will also be there with telescopes. Time: 7pm at 65-1238 Mamalahoa Hwy, CFHT front lawn, Waimea. Free to the public. For information call: 808-885-3169 or email outreach@cfht.hawaii.edu

December TBA, 2014
PAHOA CHRISTMAS PARADE - PUNA

Time TBA. Santa will hand out goodie bags to all the children. Enter the parade, or just come to watch! Call 965-7592 for more info.

December TBA, 2014
PARADISE ART STUDIO TOUR - KEA`AU, PUNA
The district of Puna's Hawaiian Paradise Park residential area will feature many local artists in studios around the area. The tour features multiple home art studios with many fine artists and crafters selling works in clay, fiber, glass, pastel, silk, acrylic, oil painting, jewelry, clothing, cement, wood, and more. Free, featured demos. The Paradise Studio Tour Artist Collective will donate 10% of sales (over the first $100 each artist) to a worthy cause. Free to the public. For more information call (808) 982-5150 or (808) 557-0931, or visit www.paradisestudiotour.com for a detailed map.

December TBA, 2014
KONA POTTERS GUILD ANNUAL HOLIDAY SALE - HONAUNAU
From 9am-5pm both days. The charm of Kona coffee country surrounds the Guild's quaint workshop within a building that was once a Japanese schoolhouse. The Guild is located on the lower level of SKEA (Society for Kona's Education and Art), between mile markers 105 and 106 on Mamalahoa Highway south of Captain Cook. The studio will be open after the sale throughout December. For more info, call 328-9665.

December TBA, 2014
"MYSTERY OF THE CHRISTMAS STAR" PROGRAM - IMILOA ASTRONOMY CENTER, HILO
Annual holiday planetarium show, featuring questions and events that may have prompted the vision of the bright star in the skies at Christmas-time; a possible scientific explanation for the star the Wise Men followed to reach the baby Jesus. 7-8pm. Tickets available at front desk, or by phone at 969-9703 during regular hours of 9am-5pm, Tuesdays - Sundays. Imiloa Center of Hawai`i is located at the Univ. of Hawaii at Hilo Science and Technology Park at 600 Imiloa Place, off Komohana and Nowelo streets. For more info, visit www.imiloahawaii.org.

December TBA, 2014
15th ANNUAL MONTESSORI KEIKI WINTERFEST - HALE HALAWAI, KAILUA-KONA
Families can kick off the holiday season with a day of craft-making, games, face painting, music and more at the Annual WinterFest. WinterFest is put on by Hawai`i Montessori Schools - Kona Campus, and is one of the school's largest fundraisers. For more information, visit www.hawaiimontessori.org or call 329-0700 in Kona, and 885-7683 in Waimea.

December TBA, 2014
30th ANNUAL KAILUA-KONA COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARADE
For more information, visit www.paradesinkona.com

December 14, 2014
"KOKUA KAILUA" HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY SUNDAY PERFORMANCE AND VILLAGE STROLL/FREE CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian Music Concert featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Na Pua Ui O Hawai'i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawaii. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Concert, stroll thru Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy outdoor cafe's and restaurants, local musicians & artists. Special kama'aina pricing at participating restaurants & merchants. Special Free Holiday Concert to follow the Hulihe`e Palace event, beginning at 5pm. For more info about the Village Stroll, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit www.kvbid.org

December TBA, 3014
KEAUHOU BIRD CONSERVATION CENTER ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE - VOLCANO
Keauhou Bird Conservation Center is located near the Volcano Golf Course. 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, Kiwikiu (Maui parrotbill) and Puaiohi (small Kaua`i thrush). Tours are at 8am, 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. Local artists will be selling their bird-related artwork and there will also be a silent auction and T-shirt sale. Refreshments will be provided. Free to the public; donations are welcome. Please call (808) 985-7218 to reserve spots for a tour.

December TBA, 2014
KONA LIBRARY BOOK CLUB
New members are welcome. Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Kailua Kona Public Library. Free to the public. For more information, call 331-1781, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

December TBA, 2014
SHERATON KONA RESORT HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR - KEAUHOU
A highlight of the holiday season, this annual event is a great, last-minute shopping opportunity to find unique gifts for those special loved ones. A sleigh-full of noted Big Island artists and artisans will be on hand offering a locally-made assortment of quality artwork and handicrafts, including oils, acrylics and and watercolors, ceramics, photography, pottery, jewelry, koa and tropical woodworks, quilts and pillows, blown glass and beadwork. Located at the Sheraton Kona at Keauhou Bay Resort's Convention Center. Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Free parking. For more information, call Roma Marks at 326-4152.

December TBA, 2014
HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA - HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Featuring a local halau from 10:30-11:30AM. This outdoor presentation takes place rain or shine at the hula platform located near Volcano Art Center Gallery. The audience is encouraged to bring sitting mats and sun/rain gear. On the same day, there are hands-on cultural demonstrations from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm on the VAC Gallery porch. Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. All events are free (donations welcome); park entrance fees apply.

December 24, 2014
MOKUAIKAUA CHURCH'S CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE - KAILUA-KONA
Hawaii`s first Christian church (established in 1820) will hold its Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, featuring the annual "Silent Night" hula during the candlelight portion of the service. The service will begin at 8pm. All are welcome to this beautiful celebration of Jesus' birthday. For more information, call 329-0655 or email office@mokuaikaua.com

December 28, 2014
16th ANNUAL WAILEA VILLAGE ANNUAL MOCHI POUNDING - HAMAKUA

Join what has now become a tradition for many locals & visitors alike at the quiet little plantation village of Wailea, Hakalau. Make traditional rice cakes the "old-fashioned" way. Everyone takes their turn at pounding the glutinous sticky rice for good luck. From 8-2pm; fire building starts at 7 a.m. to steam the rice. Hearty local-style lunch available for $5. New Years crafts & calligraphy, floral arrangements, plantation stories, Okinawan taiko drumming, Hawaiian entertainment & more. Akiko's Buddhist Bed and Breakfast is at the 15-mile marker; Hwy. 19 on the Hamakua Coast, in Hakalau. Call Miss Akiko at (808) 963-6422 or e-mail msakiko@hawaii.rr.com for more info.

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"HAWAI`IANA LIVE!" - PALACE THEATER, HILO

Join Leilehua Yuen in this local's-eye-view of Hawai'i Island each Wednesday in Hilo's historic Palace Theater. Through traditional chant and storytelling, music, hula, and video featurettes, Leilehua explores different facets of Hawai`i Island. Topics and films change weekly as the program revolves around the Hawaiian lunar calendar, and surprise guests and musicians often appear. A few of the past guests are Mary Ann Lim, Keoki Kahumoku, Leina`ala Lassiter, Diana Aki, and Stan Kaina. Sometimes there is hula! The show also features renditions of some of Hawai`i's most beloved melodies played on the theater's historic pipe organ. Wednesday mornings, 11-11:45am, except Christmas and New Year weeks. Admission: $5; kids free. Palace Theater, 38 Haili St. Hilo. Call 934-7010 for more information.

January 2-5 and 6-10, 2013
WAIMEA OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL - SOUTH KOHALA COAST
The Waimea Ocean Film Festival returns to Waimea and the Kohala Coast January 2-10, 2014. Enjoy films and programs showing in Waimea, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and The Fairmont Orchid January 2-5, and at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai January 6-10. The combination of exceptional and award-winning films, intimate breakfast talks, Q&A filmmaker sessions, compelling speakers, artistic exhibits and receptions is not to be missed. In its fourth year, Ocean Film also offers a culinary event, Taste of the Island, and early morning activities such as yoga on the beach. For more information, call 808-854-6095, email info@waimeaoceanfilm.org or visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org

January 11, 2014
BOOK SALE - KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK) will hold its next book sale from 9 AM to 1 PM on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona Library. Funds from sales help support the needs of Kona libraries, with funding that includes educational and entertainment programs, community summer reading programs, visiting authors, magazine subscriptions, CDs, DVDs and new book purchases. F.O.L.K. Members receive 20% off Lanai Sales. Volunteers are welcome; if you find yourself willing and able, please email Booksales@folkhawaii.com. For more information, call 329-3440 or visit www.folkhawaii.com

January 14, 2014
KONA LIBRARY BOOK CLUB
This month's selection is Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. Join us for light refreshments and a lively discussion. The Book Club will meet in February to discuss Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walker. Time: 11 AM to 12:00 PM at Kailua Kona Public Library. Free to the public. For more information, call 331-1781 or email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

January 14, 2014
BROWN BAG BRIEFING TO FOCUS ON LEGISLATIVE PROCESS - WEST HAWAI`I CIVIC CENTER'S COMMUNITY HALE
Opening Day of the 2014 Legislative Session is right around the corner - Hawai`i's constitution mandates that the regular session start at 10 a.m. on the third Wednesday in January, this year's session falls on January 15. Thus will begin three and a half months of bill introductions; grant and subsidy requests; committee hearings; testimony; first, second and third deckings, crossovers and referrals; resolutions; amendments; and perhaps, if all goes correctly, enrollment of bills to the Governor. Not sure how this process works? Attend this briefing on Tuesday, January 14 from 12 noon to 1pm at the West Hawai`i Civic Center Community Hale. Also included will be a discussion on past bills your Chamber advocated for (or against) and what bills are expected to surface this year. Free to Chamber members; $15 non-members. For more information and to register to attend, go to http://www.kona-kohala.com/ or call the office at 808.329.1758.

January 17, 2014
FREE BANANA SLUG STRING BAND CONCERT - WAIMEA
Hawaii Preparatory Academy presents the award-winning Banana Slug String Band at 6:30pm. the children's "eco-music" group concert, which is free and open to the public, kicks off the school's Ohana Sustainability Event series. for more info, call 443-9231.

January 17, 2014
RAGA & KIRTAN: SACRED MUSIC OF INDIA AND NEPAL - WAIMEA
This is the Indian Classical Music Circle year opener extravaganza, with Special Guests, sitar virtuoso Dhrubesh Regmi, ecstatic chant with Gina Sala (former Cirque du Soleil lead singer), tabla master Daniel Paul, sarangi master Parashuram Bhandari, and Babette Ackin on tanpura. $20 advance/$25 day of event; Seniors/students $2 off. Time: 6:30pm at Waimea Events Salon. For more information or to buy tickets, call 808-965-1053, email icmchawaii@gmail.com or visit www.IndianClassicalMusicHawaii.com

January 18, 2014
"GET CULTURED" VEGETABLE FERMENTATION CLASS - KAINALIU
Better health AND more fun by eating Kimchi and Sauerkraut? Vegetable fermentation expert Ryan Peters will lead a class on how to make these common fermented foods easily at home. Participants will make their own kimchi and sauerkraut while also learning the cultural history and scientific health benefits of these "functional foods." Time: 1:30-4:30 PM at UH at Manoa, CTAHR Bldg. across from the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu. Cost: $49. For more information, call 934-2700, email jsam@hawaii.edu or visit www.hawaii.hawaii.edu/ocet

January 18, 2014
SWINGIN' SIXTIES MUSICAL VARIETY SHOW BENEFIT - KAILUA-KONA
A theatrical comedy concert at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel's lu`au grounds benefiting the Hawaii Island Humane Socity's Second Chance Fund and The Kohala Center's ReefTeach Program will feature David Lawrence and the Green Machine Band and an "all-star Big Island cast," beginning at 7pm. Tickets are $20, and are available at Soundwave Music, Cloud 9 Emporuim and Rumley Art and Frame in Kailua-Kona. For more info and to charge tickets, please call (808) 326-2297.

January 19, 2014
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. BIRTHDAY COMMEMORATION - OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK, KAILUA-KONA
This free event celebrating King's life will kick off with informational displays and a social hour at noon at the Makae`o Pavilion at Old Airport Beach Park, followed by a program at 12:30pm, and then a potluck, live entertainment, personal reflections on King and the civil rights movement. For more information, call Kathy at 808-325-5252 or Virginia at 808-325-1112.

January 19, 2014
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring 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 Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

January 19, 2014
KAMUELA PHILHARMONIC CONCERT - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society, ten years old this year, presents its "Blast From the Past" concert, featuring highlights from previous seasons - Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, Mendelssohn's Schweizer Sinfonie, and Barber's Adagio for Strings. Tickets range from $5 to $20 based on seat selection. Time: 4:00 pm. For more information, call 808-896-1289, email lcthielbar@gmail.com or visit http://www.kamuelaphil.com/

January 20, 2014
FREE ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARKS
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr, Day there will be no entry fees charged on this day at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park or Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

January 23, 2014
HAWAI`I FARMERS UNION UNITED SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING/POTLUCK - CAPTAIN COOK
Join in a Locavore Potluck! Everyone is invited! Guest speakers include Paul Streiter, owner of Jackie Rey's Ohana Grill, discussing local sourcing; and Mike DuPonte and Vincent Mina, who will discuss concepts of Korean Natural Farming. Bring your favorite dish to share with a farmer! Time: 5 to 7 PM at Tropical Edibles Nursery, Captain Cook. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-327-3680 or email hazel.beck@hisbdc.org

January 24-25, 2014
'IOLANI LUAHINE HULA FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
The 12th annual 'Iolani Luahine Hula Festival will be held on on the grounds of Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay The `Iolani Luahine Festival was established in 2003 with a vision to perpetuate the hula, and it also serves as a way to honor the memory of `Iolani Luahine and her contributions to the preservation of hula and Hawaiian culture. This year the festival will again include hula workshops and presentations, and an educational challenge to Kumu Hula, with a prize for the one who best demonstrates the values of `Iolani Luahine - education and Hawaiian culture. Friday will feature a Ni`ihau shell earrings and bracelet workshop with Kumu Kele Kanahele in the morning; in the afternoon he will teach a hula about the lovely shells of Ni`ihau. Advance registration for the bracelet and earrings workshop is required; registration deadline is January 10. Saturday morning will feature a hula workshop by Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett teaching E ike i ka nani o Hopoe. Kumu Rolinda Bean will teach the same song at an `ukulele workshop at the same time. At the conclusion of the workshops, the two groups will combine for practice for a performance later in the day. Registration fees and information for the workshops are available at www.iolaniluahinefestival.org. Hula presentations will begin at 4pm on Friday, and will feature makuahine, makuakane and kupuna hula presentations. Saturday at 1pm will feature the keiki, wahine and kane presentations. The hula presentations on both days are offered free to the public. Registration fees and information about the workshops and events are available at www.iolaniluahinefestival.org. Evening musical entertainment on Friday and Saturday will be open for everyone to enjoy - tickets will be available at the door for a $10 donation, which helps support the festival. Aunty Diana Aki, the Songbird of Miloli`i, along with the Ladies of Waiku`i and Konabob will take the stage on Friday night. Saturday night, several of Maui's treasures - Lei`ohu Ryder & Maydeen Iao, along with Ahumanu will be featured. On Saturday, the festival will offer quality Hawaiian arts and crafts by local artisans along with free entertainment all day from 9am-6pm. For more info about the festival, please visit the festival website.

January 25, 2014
KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER FREE MONTHLY CONCERT
Featured solo entertainer will be wonderful singer/bass player Nathan Aweau, formerly of HAPA and recently touring with slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson to promote their new duo album, at 6pm. Admission is two cans of food for the Hawai'i Food Basket, per person. Each can over two, receive an entry win a prize from the event sponsors. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited. Opening with Hawaiian music at 5:30pm.

January 25, 2014
LAURIE LEWIS AND TOM ROZUM BENEFIT CONCERT - ALOHA THEATRE, KAINALIU
15th annual fundraiser for the Arc of Kona, a non-profit organization that helps people with learning challenges participate in our commuty. Exceptional bluegrass performance by internationally known singer/songwriter Laurie Lewis with Tom Rozum - Laurie on guitar, fiddle and vocals; Tom on mandolin, mandola, guitar & vocals. Fun, funny and fabulous. 7pm; $20 advance/$25 day of show, general seating. Tickets available at Kiernan Music in Kainaliu, Kona Wine Market in Kailua-Kona, ARC of Kona in Kealakekua, and at the door (cash) one hour prior to showtime. To purchase tickets online or for more info, visit this website.

January 26, 2014
SKEA ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DAY
Society for Kona's Education & Art Annual Membership Day. All are welcome to enjoy music, pupus, an art exhibit by West Hawai`i Artists Tribe and a silent auction. Time: 2-5pm at SKEA on Mamalahoa Hwy. between mm 105 & 106, Honaunau. Free to the public. For more information, call (808)328-9392, email skea@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.skea.org

January 26, 2014
LAURIE LEWIS AND TOM ROZUM IN CONCERT - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
Exceptional bluegrass performance by internationally known singer/songwriter Laurie Lewis with Tom Rozum. Laurie on guitar, fiddle and vocals; Tom on mandolin, mandola, guitar & vocals. Fun, funny and fabulous. 4:00pm Prices $64/$44/$34/$20 Box Office 885-6868.

January 26, 2014
BIG ISLAND GEOCACHERS ANNUAL "MEET & GREET"- KAILUA-KONA
Anyone who is interested in Geocaching or who owns a GPS is encouraged to attend this event at Kona Coast Shopping Center's Food Court. No experience necessary, as volunteers will show you how and where to find a geocache. Time: 10am-12pm. Free to the public. For more information, visit this website.

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February

Wednesday mornings
"HAWAI`IANA LIVE!" - PALACE THEATER, HILO

Join Leilehua Yuen in this local's-eye-view of Hawai'i Island each Wednesday in Hilo's historic Palace Theater. Through traditional chant and storytelling, music, hula, and video featurettes, Leilehua explores different facets of Hawai`i Island. Topics and films change weekly as the program revolves around the Hawaiian lunar calendar, and surprise guests and musicians often appear. A few of the past guests are Mary Ann Lim, Keoki Kahumoku, Leina`ala Lassiter, Diana Aki, and Stan Kaina. Sometimes there is hula! The show also features renditions of some of Hawai`i's most beloved melodies played on the theater's historic pipe organ. Wednesday mornings, 11-11:45am, except Christmas and New Year weeks. Admission: $5; kids free. Palace Theater, 38 Haili St. Hilo. Call 934-7010 for more information.

February 1, 2014
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 FarmerÕs 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 1, 2014
NATIVE HAWAIIAN EDUCATION COUNCIL COMMUNITY LISTENING SESSION - KONA
The Native Hawaiian Education Council is sponsoring a series of community listening sessions to gather information that will be given directly to the U.S. Department of Education. Your participation may directly impact federal grant-making decisions for your `ohana and your community. Please add your voice to this important conversation. Take the survey online at www.nhec.org or by visiting the Council on Facebook. Time: 4:00-6:30 pm at Kealakehe Elementary School Cafeteria, Kealakehe. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-523-6432 or email lisa@nhec.org

February 1, 2014
CHINESE NEW YEAR AT KEALAKEKUA RANCH CENTER - CAPTAIN COOK
Kealakekua Ranch Center in Captain Cook invites you to celebrate Chinese New Year - Year of the Horse, February 1 from 4-6pm. Bring the family down for the fun! Traditional Chinese Lion Dancers with drums, gongs, and small fireworks bring blessings, wealth, and prosperity for the new year. Shopping center shops, restaurants, and supermarket will be running specials and hosting giveaways including food samples and free chair massage. Kealakekua Ranch Center is located in Captain Cook with anchor stores ChoiceMART supermarket and Ace Hardware. For information call: 323-3188 or email kaukai@kealakekuaranch.com

February 7 & 8, 2014
INTERNATIONAL NIGHTS - UNIV. OF HILO
Each year the International Student Association produces shows that feature performances from the many different cultures and countries represented at UH Hilo. This year's show includes performances from Tahiti, Samoa, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Europe, Micronesia, Japan, Yap and China. Advance purchase is recommended. To be held at University of Hawaii at Hilo Performing Arts Center, Hilo. Tickets can be purchased at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Box Office from 9am-1pm, Tues-Fri. Only cash and checks will be accepted. Cost: $10 General Admission; $5 Students, Keiki and Seniors. For more information, call 808-932-7490, email mellon@hawaii.edu or visit http://hilo.hawaii.edu/studentaffairs/international.

February 8, 2014
NORTH HAWAI`I HOSPICE MEET 'N GREET - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
Enjoy coffee, tea and muffins with the hospice staff and learn what the North Hawai`i Hospice program provides and who is eligible for the services. More volunteers are needed to support the hospice families in Waikoloa and to help recruit volunteers for the March Volunteer Training. Time: 10-11am at Waikoloa Community Room, Waikoloa Village. Free to the public. For more information, contact Catrinka Holland, volunteer services coordinator, by email at volunteer.coordinator@northhawaiihospice.org or call 808 885-7547.

February 8, 2014
12th ANNUAL CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL - HILO
From 10am to 3pm at Kalakaua Park in downtown Hilo. There will be food and craft vendors, live entertainment, information booths, live martial arts demonstrations, Lion Dance performance, and a fireworks show.

February 8, 2014
ROTARY CLUB OF KONA MAUKA'S VALENTINE WINE TASTING FUNDRAISER
Join Rotary Club of Kona Mauka for the wonderful annual "Valentine Wine Tasting" fundraiser, which will take place at a beautiful oceanfront estate in Kailua-Kona from 4-8pm. Fine wines, excellent food, live music and a Silent Auction. Tickets $85. Proceeds go toward Rotary scholarships and other Rotary programs. Tickets available at Rotaryhonu@gmail.com or by calling Don at (808)854-1762. For more information, visit Www.clubrunner.ca/konamauka

February 13, 2014
KALO (TARO) DEMONSTRATION - HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NAT'L PARK
Join Sam and Edna Buldado as they share the cultural uses of the kalo (taro) plant. Kalo is used for many things, including food, medicine, glue, and dyes, making it one of the most important plants in all of Hawai`i. Free. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the Kilauea Visitor Center lanai.

February 14, 15 &16, 2014
3rd ANNUAL HEIVA I HAWAI`I TAHITIAN DANCE COMPETITION & BEAUTY PAGEANT - KAILUA-KONA
To be held at Kekuaokalani Gym.
February 14th, 6-9pm: Mr. & Miss Heiva Pagaent at Kekuaokalani Gym. Also featuring music and dance by Te `E`a O Te Turama. Free entry.
February 15th & 16th, 10am-3pm: Tahitian solo, group and drumming competition. Free entry. Also featuring a Polynesian Village of food & craft vendors from 9am-5pm and Fun to Jump Kona's Mahalo Fun Day of inflatables from 10am-2pm daily.
For more information, call (808)987-2354, email cristec@hawaiianhotels.com or visit www.teeaoteturama.com

Feb. 14, 15, 16
THE PUNA MEN'S CHORUS' LOVE & LIGHT CONCERTS
This series of three concerts celebrating Valentine's Day with the Puna Men's Chorus and special guests James Mack and John Arterton will highlight heart stirring love songs by your favorite artists! Time: 7-8:30 PM at First United Protestant Church at 1350 Wainuenue Ave in Hilo (Feb. 14); East Hawai`i Cultural Center in Hilo (Feb. 15), and Kalani Oceanside Retreat in Puna (Feb. 16). Cost: $15 general; $12 seniors and students. For more information, call 808-965-1866 or email sandi@alstrand.com

February 14 thru March 9, 2014
"FIDDLER ON THE ROOF" AT THE ALOHA THEATRE, KAINALIU
This iconic musical is set in Tsarist Russia in 1905. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempt to maintain his family while outside influences encroach upon their lives. Time: 7:30 p.m; Sunday matinees at 2:30pm. Cost: $25 adults; $20 seniors/young adults; $10 for students. For more information, call 808-336-1122 or email donchinery@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.alohatheatre.com

February 15 and 16, 2014
SKEA QUILT AND FIBER ARTS SHOW - HONAUNAU
This years' quilt and fiber arts show at the Society for Kona's Education & Art (SKEA) is entitled Na Nani O Ka `Aina "The Beauties of the Land." It celebrates the natural beauty & wonders of Hawai`i Island. Time: Saturday 9am-4pm; Sunday 9am-2pm. Free to the public. SKEA is located on the Mamalahoa Hwy. in Honaunau, between mile markers 105 & 106. For more information, visit www.skea.org or call 328-9392. For more information, call 328-9392 or email skea@hawaii.rr.com.

February 15-17, 2014
FREE ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARKS
In honor of Presidents' Day weekend there will be no entry fees charged this weekend at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park or Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.

February 16, 2014
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 Hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Na Pua Ui O Hawai`i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawaii. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

February 17, 2014
"JIVE FOR WILDLIFE" BENEFIT FEATURING KAHULANUI - HILO
Conservation Council for Hawai`i presents Jive for Wildlife, a benefit concert to protect native wildlife and wild places. Featured will be the unique Hawaiian swing style of 2013 Grammy Nominee, Kahulanui, and renowned jazz and blues recording artist, Keahi Conjugacion. The concert will be held on Monday, February 17, 2014 (Presidents' Day), from 12 noon to 4 pm at the Moku Ola Ballroom in the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. Enjoy the music, heavy pupu, no-host bar, door prizes, silent auction, and wildlife store. Tickets are $50 ($25 of which is tax-deductible). To purchase tickets or to help sponsor the event, please contact Julie Leialoha at jakleialoha@gmail.com or 443-4039.

February TBA, 2014
KONA LIBRARY BOOK CLUB
Sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, Kona. Light refreshments will be served. New members are welcome. Time: 11 AM to 1 PM on the Kailua-Kona Library Lanai. Free to the public. For more information, call 325-5445 or email FOLK@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

February 21 and 22, 2014
GROW HAWAIIAN WEEKEND - AMY B.H. GREENWELL ETHNOBOTANICAL GARDEN
The 10th Annual Grow Hawaiian Weekend on Friday and Saturday, February 21, and 22 is a celebration of Hawaiian cultural and natural history at Amy Greenwell Garden in Captain Cook. Admission to the Garden and all of the activities are free. On Friday, February 21, visitors can take the Guided Native Plant Walk at 1 p.m. and stay for hands-on poi pounding (1-4 p.m).) On Saturday, February 22, (9 a.m. to 2:30 pm), there will be presentations, demonstrations, and booths on Hawaiian cultural traditions, and displays and booths on plant identification, insects, and conservation. There are many hands-on activities for adults and children. Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden is Bishop Museum's native and Polynesian introduced plant collection, located 12 miles south of Kailua-Kona on Highway 11, just south of mile marker 110. More information about the Festival, and a schedule, is posted at www.bishopmuseum.org/greenwell. For more info, please call 323-3318 or email agg@bishopmuseum.org

February 22, 2014
CULINARY ARTS UNDER THE STARS BENEFIT - KINGS' SHOPS, WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT

A benefit for the American Culinary Federation Chef and Child Nutrition Program on Hawai`i Island. Top chefs from the Kohala Coast present samplings of some of the finest cuisine on the island at tasting stations throughout the center. Tickets can be purchased online at KingsShops.com or at Maui Divers Jewelry for $45/$55 at the door. Call (808) 886-8811 for more info.

February 22, 2014
PRIDE IN HAWAIIAN ARTS EVENT - WAIMEA

Presented by the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Kohala Chapter, from 8am-3pm at the Kahilu Town Hall. Free to the public. The event will feature locally made products suh as lauhala items, sculptures, decorated gourds, hula implements and Hawaiian clothing. Live Hawaiian music by Sonny and Lorna Lim, Divid Kaio and Komakakino. Food will be available. There will also be a silent auction and an opportunity to win a Queen Emma koa rocking chair. Proceeds will go toward providing scholarships and preserving ancient Hawaiian historic sites and cultural practices.

February 22, 2014
SWING INTO SPRING DINNER GALA - KAILUA-KONA
Kona Festivale Chorale presents its 25th Season's dinner gala fundraiser, featuring the Celebration singers, a sumptuous dinner buffet, silent auction, dancing and more at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. For more information, call 331-1115, email kfchoral@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.konafestivalechorale.org

February 25, 2014
"COMPOSTING DEMYSTIFIED" PRESENTATION - KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Melissa Chivers will present simple composting methods to get your soil jumping and your plants pumping! She will cover the who, what, where, when, and whys of composting and will talk about the simple methods used by students at Honaunau Elementary School. Time: 5:30-6:30 PM at Kailua-Kona Public Library. Free to the public. For more information, call 331-1781, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

February 26, 2014
"CARING FOR YOUR FAMILY TREASURES IN HAWAII" LECTURE - KAILUA-KONA
This free lecture features the subject of how to store and care for family photos, documents and objects like an archivist. Hanohano o Kona: Honoring Kona, a free community lecture series, spotlights local and state speakers on a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. Time: 5:30-7:00pm at West Hawaii Civic Center. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-323-3222, email development@konahistorical.org or visit www.konahistorical.org

February 26, 2014
FEATHER LEI MAKING DEMO - HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NAT'L PARK
Join master lei maker Kilohana Domingo as he demonstrates the intricate art of lei hulu, or feather lei making. His mother, Lehua Domingo, also a famous weaver, will share the detailed `anoni style of weaving pandanus leaves into an exquisite hat. Both styles will be on display. Free. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the Kilauea Visitor Center lanai.

February 27, 2014
FOCUS LUNCHEON WITH MAYOR KENOI AND CABINET - KAILUA-KONA
Mayor Kenoi and select members of his Cabinet will speak on current issues of importance to Hawai`i County from 11:30am-1:30pm. at Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Questions relating to the following topics will be asked:
* Why the Council of Mayors is asking the Legislature for the flexibility to raise the general excise tax (GET) with a county surcharge. The request asks to allow the counties to add a surcharge of up to one percent on the current 4% GET.
* The County's plan for solid waste management
* Reasons for supporting the controversial GMO bill
* Results of attendance at US Conference of Mayors in Washington D.C.
* Update on efforts to reopen Kona International Airport's international arrivals facility
This is the community's opportunity to meet with Cabinet members and share questions or concerns. Cost: $45 for Chamber of Commerce & Rotary members; $55 for non-members. Reservations for tables of 8 are being accepted; reservation deadline is Monday, February 24. No refunds or cancelations after registration deadline. Please no walk-ins. A $3 Parking Validation will be offered. To register, please click here. For more information, call 808-329-1758 or email marketing@kona-kohala.com

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March

Wednesday mornings
"HAWAI`IANA LIVE!" - PALACE THEATER, HILO

Join Leilehua Yuen in this local's-eye-view of Hawai'i Island each Wednesday in Hilo's historic Palace Theater. Through traditional chant and storytelling, music, hula, and video featurettes, Leilehua explores different facets of Hawai`i Island. Topics and films change weekly as the program revolves around the Hawaiian lunar calendar, and surprise guests and musicians often appear. A few of the past guests are Mary Ann Lim, Keoki Kahumoku, Leina`ala Lassiter, Diana Aki, and Stan Kaina. Sometimes there is hula! The show also features renditions of some of Hawai`i's most beloved melodies played on the theater's historic pipe organ. Wednesday mornings, 11-11:45am, except Christmas and New Year weeks. Admission: $5; kids free. Palace Theater, 38 Haili St. Hilo. Call 934-7010 for more information.

March 1, 2014
ANNUAL WEST HAWAI`I COMMUNITY BEACH CLEAN-UP
Annual Beach Clean-up of West Hawai`i beaches from Anaeho'omalu Bay to Honaunau. Meet at Old Airport Beach Park's last pavilion on left at 8:00 am to sign in and get your garbage bags, gloves, and raffle ticket. Lunch at 12 noon. For more information, call 808-896-6966 or email dadwouldgo@yahoo.com

March 1, 2014
GREAT WAIKOLOA 'UKULELE FESTIVAL - QUEENS' MARKETPLACE, WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT

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

March 1, 2014
HAWAI`I ISLAND C.R. KENDALL SCHOLARSHIP BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT - HILO
The 2nd Annual Hawai`i Island Charles R. Kendall Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament will take place at Hilo Municipal Golf Course on Saturday, March 1, 2014. It is a 3-man modified scramble, with check-in at 6:00 a.m. and shotgun start at 7:00 a.m. There will be great food, prizes, awards and it's open to the public! All proceeds will go towards educational scholarships and awards for HGEA (Hawaii Government Employees Association) members and their immediate families. Cost: $80 per person ($240 per team). For more information, call 935-6841, email hawaiidiv@hgea.org or visit www.hgea.org/hawaiigolftournament

March 2-8, 2014
INVASIVE SPECIES AWARENESS WEEK EVENTS - HILO
Make a difference in your community - volunteer today! Take a stand against the giant Albizia trees. Big Island Invasive Species Committee will demonstrate the safe and easy way to kill Albizia trees. Tools, training and herbicide will be provided. All ages and abilities welcome. Please bring sturdy shoes, long pants, long sleeve shirt, hat, bug spray, sunscreen and water. Time: 9:00am-12:00pm daily. For more information, call 808-933-3340, email hkon@hawaii.edu or visit www.biisc.org

March 3, 2014
AN EVENING WITH NORTH HAWAII HOSPICE - WAIMEA
Learn about the services and support North Hawaii Hospice provides. Hear first hand information from the staff and those who have received hospice care about Hospice's mission to provide compassionate, professional services at home while supporting empowerment, comfort and peace for those served. Anyone wishing to help with events or special projects is encouraged to attend this two-hour program, and those in the hospice 'ohana who would like to polish their skills as good will ambassadors for North Hawaii Hospice. If you or someone you know thinks that enrolling for hospice care means "giving up," this program may help shed new light on that misconception. There will be time for questions from the audience. Time: 5-7 PM at Tutu's House, Waimea. Free to the public. Attending this presentation is a pre-requisite for the core Volunteer Training for North Hawaii Hospice continuing on the evenings of March 5th, 10th and 12th. For more information, call 930-6625 or email volunteer.coordinator@hospice.org or visit northhawaiihospice.org.

March 4, 2014
SPECIAL FAT TUESDAY BREAD BAKE - KONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Everyone knows that on Thursdays you can come down to Kona Historical Society's Portuguese Bread Oven and get some history and an armload of baked goodness. But on Tueday, March 4th, also known as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, the KHS oven crew will be making their long awaited Cinnamon Bread. Time: 1-3:30pm at Kona Historical Society, Kealakekua. Cost: $7/loaf. For more information, call 808-323-3222, email development@konahistorical.org or visit www.konahistorical.org

March 6, 2014
KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL'S PA`INA DINNER AND ART AUCTION
Ocean-side feast served under the stars at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. Each course is expertly paired with Kona Brewing Company beers. Most dishes on the luscious, imaginative menu feature fresh, locally sourced ingredients and incorporate craft brew in the recipes. Live Hawaiian music by the Ladies of Waiku`i with Konabob, and a silent art auction. Proceeds benefit nonprofit organizations working on behalf of children and the environment. Tickets $75: http://konabrewersfestival.com/schedule/a-brewers-paina-and-art-auction/

March 7, 2014
LIANE CARROLL BENEFIT CONCERT - WAIMEA
This is the tenth anniversary of Hawai`i Performing Arts Festival's gala event featuring concert jazz legend Liane Carroll. Winner of British Jazz Awards Vocalist of the Year and a BBC Double Award winner, Liane will be joined by local favorites, the Olliephonics band. Time: 5:30-9:00PM. Tickets are $70, $50, $30 and $20, and include the champagne reception. Pupus and cash bar also available. Buy tickets online through the Kahilu Theatre's online box office at www.kahilutheatre.org, by telephone at (808) 885-6868, or in person at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office. Box Office hours are 9-12 weekdays. HPAF is chartering a bus from Kona to Waimea for fans who want to attend but don't want to drive. Hawai`i Performing Arts Festival is supported by the Richard Smart Fund, the Flex Fund of the Hawai`i Community Foundation, as well as the State of Hawai`i Foundation on Culture and the Arts. For more information, call 808-333-7378, email freemangenette@gmail.com or visit www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org

March 7 and 8, 2014
BIG ISLAND ASSN. OF NURSERYMEN'S 34TH ANNUAL HORTICULTURAL & PLANT SHOW - HILO
Friday, March 7, from 5-9pm; Saturday, March 8, from 9am-2pm. Location: Edith Kanaka`ole Stadium. Free admission. Cash, checks and credit cards now accepted.

March 7-28, 2014
BIG ISLAND WOODTURNERS 16th ANNUAL EXHIBIT/DEMONSTRATIONS - HILO

The Big Island Woodturners show will be held at the Wailoa Center, 200 Piopio St., in Hilo. This year's show will kick off with the Meet the Artists Reception on March 7th from 5-7 pm. The Woodturners Exhibit is free to the public, and will be open Monday-Saturday from 8:30 am-4:30 pm from March 8 thru March 28, 2014. There will be Woodturning Demonstrations on Saturday March 8, 15 and 22 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. There is also an Online Auction of some of the members turnings, running from March 8-28. Please visit www.bigislandwoodturners.org

March 8, 2014
KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL 2014
The 19th annual Kona Brewers Festival will indulge both craft beer aficionados and foodies alike from 2:30 to 6:30pm. The annual fundraising event, held rain or shine on the beach and lu`au grounds of King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona, taps up brews from 40 of the country's best breweries and serves them alongside a host of island cuisine from 40 Hawai`i chefs. Kona Brewers Festival is presented by Alaska Airlines, First Hawaiian Bank, and Keauhou Veterinary Hospital. Cost: $75. Brewfest tickets often sell out within a week after going on sale. For more information, call: 503-735-5943, email sally.murdoch@konabrewingco.com, or visit www.konabrewersfestival.com

March 8, 2014
BOOK SALE - KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK) will hold its next Book Sale on from 9 AM to 1 PM on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona Library. Take advantage of great prices while supporting your public libraries. Funds from these sales help provide funding that includes educational and entertainment programs, community summer reading programs, visiting authors, magazine subscriptions, CDs, DVDs and new book purchases. 20% discount to all F.O.L.K. members. Volunteers are desperately needed to assist with the sale and preparations. If you find yourself willing and able, please email FOLK@folkhawaii.com or call 322-0077.

March 8, 2014
TAP DANCING PROGRAM - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
An educational as well as entertaining program on tap dance and its music by the Damron Dancers. There will be a wide variety of music used for different styles of tap dances. The background and origin of the various pieces of music will be discussed and ample time will be allowed for questions and answers during the presentation. Time: 3-4 PM. Free to the public. For more information, call 331-1781, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com

March 10, 2014
HAWAI'I SONS OF THE CIVIL WAR DOCUMENTARY PREVIEW - HILO
Researcher and writer Nanette Napoleon presents a preview of the upcoming documentary about the men from Hawai`i who served in the Civil War. Time: 7-8:30 PM at Lyman Museum, Hilo. Cost: $3; free to Museum members. For more information, call (808) 935-5021, email rpierson@lymanmuseum.org or visit www.lymanmuseum.org

March 13, 2014
PUBLIC HEARING MEETING FOR PROPOSED NEW CHARTER SCHOOL - HONALO
Learn more about Hawaii Arts Repertoire & Tech (HART), a proposed new free public charter school for the Kona area serving grades 6-12. Time: 10 AM to 12 PM at Honalo Business Center, 79-7266 Mamalahoa Hwy. Suite #8, Honalo. Attendees will gather to give public testimony via Skype to the Charter School Commission at their Public Hearing on the school's application. If you desire to support the school with written testimony prior to the day of the meeting, please follow the guidelines on the Commission's website. For more information, call 760-715-2370, email newhawaiicharterschool@gmail.com or visit HawaiiCharterSchool.blogspot.com

March 13, 2014
"HOW TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN" WORKSHOP - KAILUA-KONA
Participants will learn how to develop a business plan or revise an existing one with the Hawai`i Small Business Development Center's successful step-by-step instructions. (Also see calendar listing below.)The session will include business plan financials. Time: 9-11:30 AM at Kuakini Tower, Ste. 213, Kailua Kona, Cost: $20. For more information, call 808-327-3680, email jacqueline.muller@hisbdc.org or visit www.hisbdc.org

March 13, 2014
"HOW TO START A BUSINESS IN HAWAII" WORKSHOP - KAILUA-KONA
Have you ever thought about owning your own business? Is entrepreneurship right for you? How do you get started? All these questions and more will be answered at this workshop sponsored by the Hawai`i Small Business Development Center. Time: 3-5:30 PM at Kuakini Tower, Ste. 213, Kailua Kona. Cost: $20. For more information, call 808 327 3680, email jacqueline.muller@hisbdc.org or visit www.hisbdc.org

March 15, 2014
14th ANNUAL FREE CONCERT CELEBRATING THE BIRTHDAY OF KAMEHAMEHA III - SHERATON KONA RESORT - KEAUHOU
A fun, outdoor concert featuring wonderful Hawaiian music and hula, from 4:30-10pm on the Hawai`i lawn of the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort. Free Concert Trolley from 4-10:30 PM; pickup at Keauhou Shopping Center. (Park at Keauhou Shopping Center Makai Side of Phase II. Get on trolley at LongÕs Drug Store.) Mats and beach chairs welcome. No coolers, please.

March 15, 2014
ST. PATRICK'S DAY BLAST - HONOKOHAU HARBOR
The Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise will be hosting its 3rd Annual St. Patrick's Day celebration at the Hawai`i Big Game Fishing Club at Honokohau Harbor.Time: 5-8pm. Beer will be provided by the Kona Brewing Company, and food will include traditional corned beef and cabbage, pupus, and dessert. Live musical entertainment by rock band Jack & the Rippers. There will also be a Silent Auction and a Grand Raffle. All money raised will support Rotary's local community projects. Tickets can be purchased at the Kona Wine Market, Queen K Tesoro, and the Kailua Candy Company. For more information call Sylvia at 937-3579.

March 15 & 16, 2014
50th ANNUAL KONA STAMPEDE RODEO - HONAUNAU
All Buckle Rodeo events, such as Dally Team Roping, Double Mugging, Tie Down Roping, Breakaway, Keiki Barrels Racing, Kane Wahine Ribbon Mugging, & Bull Riding. Food concession, snack booths, T-shirts and lots of fun! Time: 12 noon at Honaunau Arena Grounds. Cost: Adults to 12 yrs., $7.00. Sponsored by Kona Roping Club. For more information, call 808-896-0363 or email.

March 15, 2014
"ENCORE! ENCORE!" FUNDRAISING GALA - ALOHA THEATRE, KAINALIU
Aloha Performing Arts Company proudly presents their sixth annual gala fundraiser, this year entitled "Encore! Encore! A Quarter Century with APAC." The benefit event will feature gourmet food, fine wine, and locally brewed beer, as well as live and silent auctions and live entertainment. Time: 6-10pm at Aloha Theatre, Kainaliu. Cost: $85. Funds raised will be used to refurbish the back-stage areas, dressing/green rooms. For more information, call 808-322-9924, email donchinery@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.alohatheatre.com

CORRECT DATE: March 16, 2014
KONA LIONS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST - KAILUA-KONA
Cost: $8. Time: 6:30-11am. Live music, pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit, juice...Supports the Lions Club charity efforts. Hale Halawai on Alii Dr.

March 16, 2014
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music featuring 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 Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy oceanside cafes and restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For info about For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com

March 16, 2014
17th ANNUAL BIG ISLAND INTERNATIONAL MARATHON - HILO

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

March 16, 2014
FIRST ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S EVE BBQ FUNDRAISER - HILO

The public are invited to attend the Friends of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park's "St. PatrickÕs Day Eve BBQ" at the Hilo Coffee Mill, 17-995 Volcano Hwy. in Mountain View on Sunday, March 16, from 11 am to 3 pm. The event will feature a BBQ ribs & chicken lunch, live music and other surprise entertainment. Door prizes include an overnight stay at the historic Volcano House, Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Circle of Fire & Waterfall tour for two, Body Glove Cruise for two, Umauma Zipline adventure for two, jewelry, art, and much more. Tickets are $45 (includes BBQ & entertainment) or $50 (includes BBQ, entertainment & one beer/wine - 21 and older only). FHVNP is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. For tickets, please call 985-7373 or visit www.fhvnp.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.

March 17, 2014
SENDING ALOHA ABROAD PRESENTATION - LYMAN MUSEUM, HILO
Film director, Sean Aronson, presents the contributions of Hawai`i residents to the Peace Corps from 1962 to 1972. Time: 7-8:30 PM at Lyman Museum, Hilo. Cost: $3; free to Museum members. For more information, call (808) 935-5021, email rpierson@lymanmuseum.org or visit www.lymanmuseum.org

March 20, 2014
VOZ A VOZ BACHATA LATIN CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Latin Billboard and Grammy nominee Voz a Voz returns for their 2nd Big Island at Big Daddy's Pupus & Beers at King Kamehameha Mall beginning at 8pm. Bachata & Salsa dance class available at 7pm. Voz a Voz writes, composes, produces, and directs their own music, which is a combination of Pop-Bachta mixed with a tropical element of R & B harmonies. Made up of Gio D'oleo and Ronny Mercedes, Voz a Voz is based out of New York City, bringing a fresh sound to the Latin Music industry, as well as to world music. They have toured all over Latin America, the US and Europe; this year they will be in Japan prior to Hawaii. Cost: $15 Presale by Reservation/$20 Door /$25 with CD Single. For information call: 808-428-3521 or email bachatahisian@gmail.com or visit vavkona.ticketleap.com

March 22, 2014
28th ANNUAL MAGIC SPECTACULAR - ALOHA THEATRE, KAINALIU
Times: 2:30pm & 7pm. This year's Special Guest Star is Bizarro, from Las Vegas. To benefit Society for Kona's Education and Art in Honaunau (SKEA) and their Childrens' Art Programs. Expect to laugh as well as be amazed! For more information, call 323-9707, SKEA at 328-9392, or email alohamagic@aol.com

March 26, 2014
2014 FOCUS LUNCHEON WITH GOVERNOR ABERCROMBIE - KAILUA-KONA
Luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Governor Abercrombie will speak on issues of importance to our community and, time permitting, may answer questions from the floor. This event is timed to coincide with the Legislative Session so we may hear his priorities and attendees can share theirs. Cost: Chamber of Commerce and Rotary members $45; non-members $55. Reservations for tables of 8 are being accepted. Reservation deadline Friday, March 21; no refunds or cancellations after registration deadline. Please, no walk-ins. $3 Parking Validation. Presented by Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce; co-sponsored by Parker Ranch Center and Bank of Hawaii. For more information, call 808-329-1758, email marketing@kona-kohala.com or visit http://www.kona-kohala.com/

March 26, 2014
2014 BUSINESS EXPO - KAILUA-KONA
Held in conjunction with this year's Governor's Luncheon, the Business Expo is free and open to the public. 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Courtyard Marriott, King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Booth reservations are being accepted on a first come-first serve basis. Space is limited. Cost: $90 for a tabletop-only vendor space. Must be a Chamber of Commerce member to reserve a booth. For more information, call 808-329-1758, email marketing@kona-kohala.com or visit http://www.kona-kohala.com/

March 28, 2014
TROPICAL PAWS BENEFIT - FOUR SEASONS HUALALAI RESORT

This annual fundraiser for Hawai`i Island Humane Society will begin at 6pm, and feature a Silent and Live Auction; buffet dinner; live music and dancing. Ticket purchases are not tax deductible. Call 329-2135 x3, or visit www.hihs.org for more info or to purchase tickets.

March 28, 2014
LEARN TO PLAY GUITAR IN A DAY! WORKSHOP - HOLUALOA
"Learn to Play Guitar in a Day!" with Marlene Hutchinson, as seen on PBS, is a one day workshop for busy adults who would like to learn to play guitar but don't have time for weekly lessons. Time: 10am-3pm at Donkey Mill Art Center, Holualoa. Cost: $79 member; $95 non-member, plus $30 materials fee. For more information, call (808) 322-3362, email anne@donkeymillartcenter.org or visit http://www.donkeymillartcenter.org/programs_workshops.php

March 29, 2014
ANNUAL "DAY AT HULIHE`E" SPRING FUNDRAISER - HULIHE`E PALACE, KAILUA-KONA
From 9 a.m.-4 p.m, hosted by Palace caretakers, the Daughters of Hawai`i and the Calabash Cousins. Browse among arts & crafts booth tents, a tempting bake sale featuring Aunty Nona's scrumptious peach cake, and the ever-popular "Classy Tutu's Attic." Choose a fresh flower lei made on site by Palace volunteers. The Kuakini Hawaiian Civic Club will offer ono food, and local hula halau will provide cultural entertainment. Prize drawings will take place throughout the day. For more info, contact the Palace at 329-1877, the Palace office at 329-9555, or visit www.daughtersofhawaii.org

March 29, 2014
GET CULTURED: VEGETABLE FERMENTATION WORKSHOP - KAINALIU
Better health and more fun by eating Kimchi and Sauerkraut? Vegetable fermentation expert Ryan Peters will lead a class on how to make these common fermented foods easily at home. Participants will make their own kimchi and sauerkraut while also learning the cultural history and scientific health benefits of these "functional foods". Time: 1:30-4:30pm at University of Hawaii at Manoa, CTARH across from the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu. Cost: $49. For more information, call 969-8836 or email carriekp@hawaii.edu or visit www.hawaii.hawaii.edu/ocet

March 29, 2014
"ALMOST APRIL FOOL'S" IMPROV & SKETCH COMEDY NIGHT - KONA
The Alohahas improv company are back on stage at Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu with a new improv & sketch comedy night. Show's line up consists of hilarious improvisation games driven by audience suggestions and participation. Original comedy sketches written and performed by the members will also be featured. Tickets are $15 (Adults 18 yrs & over only). Box Office opens at 6:30pm; doors open at 7:00pm; show starts 7:30pm. Discounted $10 tickets available - call today! For more information, call 808-938-2091, email thealohahas@gmail.com or visit www.thealohahas.com

March 29, 2014
KEAUHOU SHOPPING CENTER FREE MONTHLY CONCERT
Featured solo entertainer will be Sista Robi Kahakalau at 6pm. Admission is two cans of food for the Hawai'i Food Basket, per person. Each can over two, receive an entry win a prize from the event sponsors Jams World, Kona Stories Bookstore and Sheraton Kona. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited. Opening with Hawaiian music at 5:30pm.

March 30, 2014
INTRODUCTION TO INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC WORKSHOP - WAIMEA
Raga is music for the soul. Learn how tradition, mood, raag (melody) and tal (rhythm) create this transcendent form. Rare workshop opportunity to learn about raga compositions and rhythms (how to count the 16 beat cycle). Taught by sarangi master Parashuram Bhandari of Nepal who has been teaching workshops across the US since 1999. Singers and dancers welcome. Non-musical people welcome. Bring any instrument (optional). Presented by the Indian Classical Music Circle of Hawaii, a non-profit organization for the first time on the west side of the island. Time: 2-5pm at Waimea Events Salon, 66-164 Waiaka St., Kamuela. Cost:Door $35/$30 seniors/$5 advance registration discount. For more information or to reserve your space, call 808-965-1053 or email icmchawaii@gmail.com. Visit www.IndianClassicalMusicHawaii.com.

March 30, 2014
LAVAMAN WAIKOLOA TRIATHLON FESTIVAL - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The Lavaman Triathlon will be held at the Waikoloa Beach Resort. This Olympic distance triathlon starts at 7:30am with a 1.5k swim in Anaeho'omalu Bay, continues with a 40k bike on the Queen K Highway and then a 10k run through the resort's hotel grounds and lava fields, finishing on the beach. (First finishers will reach Anaeho'omalu Bay at 9am.) The event is a major fundraiser for Team in Training as well as local area non-profit organizations. For more information about the race, call 329-9718 or visit www.lavamantriathlon.com for more info.

March 30, 2014
POPS MENAGERIE CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
"Pops Menagerie" is a potpourri concert showcasing the Celebration Singers and Kona Festivale Chorale. It's a fun-filled trip down Memory Lane. The concert will be Sunday, March 30 at 3pm at the Kamakahonu Ballroom at the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Reserved seating is $25 and general seating is $20 in advance. For tickets or more information, call 331-1115 or email kfchoral@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.konafestivalechorale.org

March 30, 2014
REAL WOMEN CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION: WINNERS LUNCHEON - HAPUNA BEACH PRINCE HOTEL
March is National Women's History Month, a special time for schools, work sites and communities to recognize and celebrate the lives of countless women of all races, ages, cultures, ethnic traditions and ways of life. Celebrate with the winners of the Real Women Creative Writing Competition. Tickets are $30 (Adults) and $20 (5-12 years old). The program will feature the students reading their winning essays, recognition of their teachers, fun and surprises. Time: 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Presented by the Hawaii County Committee on the Status of Women, and the District of Hawai`i Department of Education. For more information, call (808) 934-3345 or email.

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