(For a more complete listing of events, go to KONAWEB's Big Island Events Calendar).
May 26-30, 2016
BIG ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL - THE SHOPS AT MAUNA LANI AND THE FAIRMONT ORCHID, KOHALA
This film festival celebrates independent, narrative, Hawaiian and international filmmakers and their films. There will be social, food & beverage events and entertainment as well as the film presentations and an award brunch. Kama`aina discounts for tickets are offered every night. There will be some great celebrity guest appearances. The "Best of the Fest" event will present the audience-voted best feature and best short film of this year's festival, with a concert featuring popular Hawaiian group HAPA. The majority of BIFF events take place at various locations within The Fairmont Orchid, including daytime film screenings in the air-conditioned amphitheatre, filmmaker workshops, celebrity receptions and salutes, as well as "festival films" (up to R) and Best of the Fest, at Plantation Estate. Family films (up to PG-13) are shown at The Shops at Mauna Lani Center Stage, where admission is free. For more information, call 808/557-5200, 808/883-0394 office or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For complete schedule information and tickets, visit BigIslandFilmFestival.com.
May 27, 2016
FOOD BANK FOOD DRIVE AT KAILUA-KONA KTA, 2-6PM
The Friends of The Big Island Drug Court will be conducting a food drive for the Hawai'i Island Food Bank. Donations of canned goods and non-perishable food items would be greatly appreciated. Time: 2-6pm at KTA in Kailua-Kona. For information call (808) 443-2201 or email Grayson.K.Hashida@courts.hawaii.gov.
May 28-29, 2016
ANNUAL BONSAI CLUB EXHIBITION - WAIMEA
The Waimea Bonyu-Kai Bonsai Club presents is annual exhibition from 9am-4pm May 28 & 29 at the Waimea Community Center from 9am-4pm. A variety of trees will be displayed, and enthusiasts will be able to "talk story" with club members.
May 29, 2016
HAMAKUA HARVEST ANNUAL FARM FESTIVAL - HONOKA'A
The first Annual Hamakua Harvest Farm Festival will be an inspirational event celebrating local agriculture and the community. The festivities will be held at the Hamakua Harvest site (44-2600 Hawai'i Belt Road, Honoka'a, at the intersection of Mamane Street and Mamalahoa Highway 19) on Sunday, May 29th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature more than 40 vendors, community groups, and exhibits; cooking contests with Sonia Martinez featuring locally grown or produced food; entertainment and educational events throughout the day; games and the Hiccup Circus for the keiki; and a Silent Auction. Hawai'i County Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter and the Department of Research and Development for provided funding to initiate this event. For more information, call (808) 775-8209, email email@example.com
or visit www.hamakuaharvest.org,
facebook/hamkuaharvest, or Instagram at #hamakuaharvest.
June 4, 2016
KRISPY KREME DONUT DASH BENEFIT - KAILUA-KONA
5k run/walk or 1/2 mile keiki dash benefit for Kuleana Education. All participants receive Krispy Kreme donuts at the finish line, a t-shirt, and medal! Also awards in several categories. Costume Contest! Fun for the whole family! Time: 8:00 AM at intersection of Ane Keohokalole and Puohulihuli (below Kealakehe High School). Cost: $20 adults/$10 keiki. For more information, call (808) 989-0986, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/krispy-kreme-donut-dash-tickets-25013969456.
June 4, 2016
1st ANNUAL WAIPI'O KALO FESTIVAL
The Festival will take place from 9am-4pm at Koa'ekea, near the Waipi'o Valley Lookout. Presented by the grassroots state-recognized nonprofit, Ha Ola O Waipi'o Valley, the free event is a tribute to kalo (taro), Waipi'o, and the kupuna and others who live, work, and find inspiration there. There will be live music and hula, craft vendors, games and great food. In addition, there will be displays and "talk story" sessions about the region's rich history, and its significance in Hawaiian culture. Agricultural exhibits and demonstrations will offer a chance to learn about varieties of kalo and how they are cultivated, prepared as food and taro's nutritional/health benefits. A Kalo Cookoff offers prizes to home chefs who bring their best kalo pupu, main dish or dessert for a friendly competition with prizes. Any part of the kalo plant may be used in the dish. (To enter, please bring at least five portions for judges to taste.) Kalo Contest Winners will be announced at 2pm, and will receive a gift basket and a gift certificate. In addition, homestyle Hawaiian plate lunches will be available for sale, with kalua pig, laulau, squid lu'au, chicken long rice, sweet potatoes, fernshoot salad, haupia, kulolo (taro/coconut pudding), poke and of course, poi. Koa'ekea is located at 48-5546 Waipi'o Valley Road. Event parking will be available at Kukuihaele Park, with free shuttles provided. There will be no parking at the Lookout. For more information about the Kalo Festival, including the schedule, email HaolaoWaipioValley@gmail.com or follow Ha Ola O Waipio Valley on Facebook.
June 4, 2016
NA WAI IWI OLA'S ANNUAL HO'IKE - WAIKOLOA BOWL, WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
Na Wai Iwi Ola hula halau, under the direction of Kumu Keala Ching, presents an afternoon of music and hula, followed by dancing under the stars featuring the wonderful Hawaiian Swing band Kahulanui; local favorites The Ladies of Waiku'i & Konabob; and Na Ho'omana (bands begin at 6:30pm). Bring the family and share the joy of hula and music. Gates open at 2:30pm; show begins at 3 pm. $10 adults/$5 students (12-17 years)/keiki under 12 free. Lawn seating - bring mats or folding chairs. No coolers or alcohol please! There is no food at the event, but the venue is next to the Queens' Marketplace food court and other restaurants - wristbands allow attendees to come and go. Tickets are available online and at the door. For tickets and information please visit www. nawaiiwiola.org or email email@example.com.
June 4, 2016
BIG ISLAND JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL - SOUTH KOHALA
The 6th annual Big Island jazz and blues festival will bring in Grammy jazz and blues legends, from 5-9pm. To be held oceanfront at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala coast. Food and drink available for purchase; no coolers allowed. For more information, call 866-774-6236 or visit www.bigislandjazzandbluesfestival.com.
June 7, 2016
HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE OPERA: HA'UPU - HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Kamehameha Schools Hawai'i will present the Hawaiian language opera, Ha'upu, based on the legend of Hina and her son, Kana. This all-school production tells the story through beautiful and powerful mele (song), oli (chant) and hula (dance). Doors open at 6:30pm; performance at 7pm. Part of the park's ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free. Where: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.
June 8, 2016
WORLD OCEANS DAY AT HAPUNA BEACH STATE PARK
Join Hawai'i State Parks and partner organizations for World Oceans Day at the Hapuna State Beach Park Pavilion. Learn about Hawai'i incredible ocean resources and how to help protect them. The event is free, but there is a $5 per vehicle parking fee for out-of-state visitors. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the large beach pavilion at Hapuna Beach State Park. Free to the public. For more information call 209-0977 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(More events can be found on KONAWEB's Big Island Events Calendar).