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Calendar of Events

ONGOING EVENTS
Every Friday at Keauhou Shopping Center, Kona
Enjoy a free Hawaiian music and hula show in the center courtyard, from 6-7pm.

First Fridays in Holualoa
On the first Friday of every month, from 5:30-8:30pm, Holualoa Village comes together for a block party in and outside the town's art galleries and boutiques, with live music, gourmet "grab and go" food, and a chance to mingle with fellow art and culture lovers in the heart of Kona coffee country on the slopes of Hualalai. Rain or shine. Social Distancing, with face masks recommended.

Third Saturday Community Cardboard Shred Day at Ma'ona Community Garden
From 9 am to 2 pm, at 84-5097 Keala O Keawe Rd., Captain Cook, HI 96704.
"Got cardboard? Bring it to be shredded. Need cardboard? Come and get some. Don't send anymore cardboard to the landfill. When you put your cardboard in the recycling bins at the transfer stations none of it is recycled on island. What happens is that it is trucked to the harbor and loaded on a ship that then burns bunker fuel all the way to Taiwan. We can do better. We can use every piece of cardboard on this island to improve our soils and agricultural production through composting."

Kokua Kailua Village Stroll
Monthly, on Alii Drive near the Pier, the street is closed for the Stroll from 1-6pm, with local vendors and artists' booths. Leashed dogs welcome. Social Distancing, with face masks recommended.
Dates in 2022:
Sunday, January 16 - CANCELLED due to COVID surge
Sunday, February 20
Sunday, March 20
Sunday, April 10
Sunday, May 15
Sunday, June 12 (Kamehameha Day weekend)
Sunday, July 17
Sunday, August 21
Sunday, September 18
Sunday, October 16
Sunday, November 20
Sunday, December 11 (coincides with the Kailua Kalikimaka Christmas celebration)

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December

December 2, 2022
"JOY TO THE WORLD" ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Presented by the Kona Choral Society, this concert is FREE; donations are welcome/appreciated. To be held at St. Michael the Archangel Church, beginning at 7pm. Visit www.konachoralsociety.org for more info.

December 2-3, 2022
NA MAKUA INVITATIONAL GIFT FAIR - HILO
Join the company of some of Hawaii's best artist and producers of fine handmade crafts and gifts at this free annual event, to be held at their new location at Edith Kanaka'ole Tennis Stadium. There will be live performances by top local entertainers, ono food and door prizes. Friday, December 2nd, from 3-8pm; Saturday, December 3rd, from 9am-3pm. Visit www.namakua.com for more info.

December 3, 2022
WAIMEA CHRISTMAS PARADE
The Parade will start at 5:30pm and follow a different route this year. The Assembly, Starting Point and Check-in Station will be at Waimea Park. The Parade Route is as follows: Exiting Waimea Park onto Lindsey Road, heading toward the main intersection; Left onto Mamalahoa Highway, Right onto Pukalani Rd., Right onto Ala Ohia and disband at the Waimea District Park. Visit waimeatown.org for more details.

December 3, 2022
24th ANNUAL MUSIC & LIGHT FESTIVAL - HOLUALOA VILLAGE
Enjoy the lights and music of the holidays, from the historic Kona Hotel to the old Holualoa Library at this charming artists colony in the Kona coffee belt, from 5:30-8:30pm. There will be treats and holiday specials at the galleries and shops. Bring the keiki and camera for a visit with Santa!

December 3-4, 2022
16th ANNUAL PARADISE STUDIO ART TOUR - PUNA
Arts and fine crafts are in abundance at the 16th Annual Paradise Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm, December 3 & 4, 2022. The public is invited for free to visit artists in their home studios in Hawaiian Paradise Park, Keaau, Puna District. Seven studios with 25 local artists are showing oil painting, watercolors, collage, pastels, acrylic, wood, sculpture, jewelry making, pottery, ceramics, silk painting, fashion art, photography and more. Free, with featured demos and music. For more info, and map, visit www.paradisestudiotour.com for more info.

December 8-10, 2022
BIG ISLAND ART FAIR AND BENEFIT FOR FOOD BASKET - WAIMEA
The Big Island Art Fair and Silent Auction to benefit The Food Basket, to be held at Kahilu Town Hall in Waimea, is a three day art event with over 20 Big Island Artists. There will be art demonstrations, art classes, fair food, and a chance to win $100 to spend at the Fair. Saturday morning there will be Free Coffee and Holiday Craft provided by the Waimea Arts Council. The artists will be competing in an "Artist's Choice" Art Contest in which the winner will receive a $250 cash prize. Vote for your favorite and help your favorite artist win! Additionally, all the contest pieces are being offered in a Silent Auction, in which ALL PROCEEDS will be going to support The Food Basket. Buy some great art and help a great cause! Hours: Dec. 8th, 10am-5pm; Dec. 9th, 10am-6pm (2pm drawing for $100 to spend at the Fair); Dec. 10th, 9am-4pm (2pm art contest winner announced; 3pm Silent Auction winners announced). For more info call Kathy Sprinkle at 808-746-1223.

December 10, 2022
KAILUA-KONA CHRISTMAS PARADE
5 pm start. Please visit www.folkhawaii.com for more details.

December 17 and 18, 2022
HANDEL'S "MESSIAH" AND VIVALDI'S "GLORIA" ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Presented by the Kona Choral Society, this concert is FREE; donations are welcome/appreciated. To be held at Grace Lutheran Church, beginning at 4pm. Visit www.konachoralsociety.org for more info.

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January

January TBA, 2023
ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION

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February

February 4, 2023
ANNUAL WAIMEA CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
Headquartered from Church Row Park and Parker Ranch Center, the Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival is planning in-person festivities from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. Community organizers are planning a full lineup of fun in 2023 after cancellation of last year’s festival due to COVID concerns. Spend the day experiencing Japanese and multi-cultural performing arts, plus hands-on demonstrations of bonsai, traditional tea ceremony, food preparation by local chefs, and craft vendors. Festivites kick off with a blessing on the main entertainment stage behind Parker Ranch Center. Roberts Hawaii will provide a free transportation shuttle between Church Row Park and Parker Ranch Center, though walking is encouraged. The Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival is produced by the Hawai‘i County Parks and Recreation’s Culture and Education Section. The event is a community-wide effort by a dedicated team of volunteers. For more info, find updates on facebook: WaimeaCherryBlossomHeritageFestival.

February TBA, 2023
HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - WEST HAWAI'I CIVIC CENTER, KAILUA-KONA
From 7:30am-2:30pm. Accepted: motor oil, antifreeze, corrosives, poisons, batteries, medications, solvents and thinners, fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermometers, oil-based paints, and compressed gas cylinders (non-empty). Not accepted: business or farm waste, electronics (ie. TVs or computers), explosives or flares, radioactive materials, tires, latex paint, fire extinguishers, and bio/infectioius waste.
Physical Distancing Rules For Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events:
These rules are for your safety and the safety of the staff conducting these events. Please kōkua and thank you for doing your part to keep these events safe for all participants.
*Remain in your vehicle unless directed by authorized personnel.
*Prior to arriving at the event, place your HHW items in your trunk or truck bed. Make sure your trunk can be unlocked or opened remotely. If you don’t have a trunk or truck bed, preferably place your materials in unlocked unoccupied backseat area.
*There will be NO container returns. Due to infection transmission hazard all containers brought to the event will not be returned and should be disposable. If you want to keep your container transfer the material into a safe disposable container prior to the event.
*To minimize interactions, please label your HHW items (if possible) and make sure that your waste items are easily distinguishable and separate from anything else in your trunk or truck bed.
*Six (6) foot physical distancing is required. Facial masks (covering nose & mouth) are required.
*If you are feeling ill or showing symptoms of illness please consider postponing your participation in our event or designate someone else to drop off your materials.
Visit hawaiizerowaste.org for more info, or call (808) 961-8554.

February TBA, 2023
SOKO 7th ANNUAL ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR - SOUTH KONA
From 9am to 4pm both days, visit 20 South Kona artists in their studios at 15 locations along the winding and scenic Mamalahoa Highway from Keauhou throughout South Kona to Honaunau. Plan on a full day of learning and talking with the artists about their inspiration and techniques. A wide range of fine art, smaller items and gifts are available for sale. For directions, see map at SOKO Artists Studio Tour. For more info, email sokoartists@gmail.com.

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March

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all events are TBA. Be safe; think of others who are vulnerable.

March TBA, 2023
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARIES, KONA, BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.) is holding their Lanai Book Sale on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona Library from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. Proceeds from book sales help support special programs and the needs of the Kona libraries. As always, volunteers are welcome. For more information, visit www.folkhawaii.com.

March TBA, 2023
FRIENDS OF PANA'EWA ANNUAL PLANT SALE - HILO
From 8am to 2pm. To be held at the entry circle of Pana'ewa Zoo Equestrian Center. Masks and social distancing required. Vendors will be selling orchids, bamboo, Vireya, palms, heliconias, bromeliads, native plants, water garden plant, fruit trees, edibles and "a whole lot more!" There will also be a Silent Auction.

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April

April TBA, 2023
LAVAMAN TRIATHLON - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
Visit lavamantriathlon.comhttps://www. for updates.

April TBA, 2023
16th AVOCADO FESTIVAL - KAILUA-KONA
This free community event from 10am-4pm will be held at Hale Halawai on Ali'i Drive. There will be avocado grafting and growing presentations; avocado food preparation and tasting demonstrations; Hawaiian cultural music and hula; local artists and crafts; and delicious and healthful vegan foods. This is a zero-waste event with paper or recyclable food containers and utensils (attendees are encouraged to bring their own). Visit www.AvocadoFestival.org for more details.

April TBA, 2023
NATIONAL PARKS FEE-FREE DAY
Honoring the first day of National Park week there will be no entrance fee to the National Parks this day, including Pu'uhonua O Honaunau, and Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park!

April TBA, 2023
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARIES, KONA, BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.) is holding their first Lanai Book Sale of 2022 on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona Library from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. Book Sales have nice selections and great prices. Cash or check only. Lobby Sales at both the Kailua-Kona and Kealakekua Branch Libraries are available daily. Proceeds from book sales help support special programs and the needs of the Kona libraries. As always, volunteers are welcome. Visit www.folkhawaii.com for more details.

April TBA, 2023
BEST OF KONA FESTIVAL
The festival will feature the best of Kona with well-regarded local musical entertainers, a fashion show featuring local designers, cirque performers, and thoughtfully curated vendors to include professional services, art, food and non-profit organizations. The event is ticketed, is geared towards adults over 21, and will feature a beer garden. Please visit bestofkonafestival.com for more details.

April TBA, 2023
MERRIE MONARCH HULA FESTIVAL - HILO
The prestigious hula competition returns. Please visit www.merriemonarch.com for more details.

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May

May 14, 2022
MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH BASKETS AND JEFF PETERSON CONCERT FUNDRAISER FOR HIAC - HILO
Celebrate Mother’s Day early on Saturday, May 7th and support Hawaii Island Adult Care’s senior and adult day care programs! Reserve a brunch basket prepared by the culinary students at UH Hilo's HCC Culinary Arts Program. Enjoy scones, butter rolls, breakfast wraps and a refreshing spring salad! This assortment will feed up to 4 people so enjoy it with mom and the family! Drive up to Hawaii Island Adult Care (561 Kupuna Place Hilo, Hawaii) at the pick-up time you reserved and take your goodies home in time to log on for a live virtual Jeff Peterson concert at 11:00am. For full details, go to HIAC-2022MothersDayFundraiser. Baskets must be reserved in advance.

May 14, 2022
KITS & KATS ADOPTION EVENT - HAWAII PREPARATORY CAMPUS (HPA) - WAIMEA
CatSnip Hawaii is presenting this cat and kitten adoption event, hosted by HPA at the HPA Village Campus behind Isaac's Art Gallery, across from Long's in Waimea (follow the yellow signs) from 9am till 2pm. All animals are spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. Please bring a cat carrier if possible! More info on the CatSnip Hawaii facebook page, or call 808-238-8839.

May 21, 2022
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARIES, KONA, BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.) is holding their Lanai Book Sale on the lanai of the Kailua Kona Library from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. Book Sales have nice selections and great prices. Cash or check only. Lobby Sales at both the Kailua-Kona and Kealakekua Branch Libraries are available daily. With decreased protocols for Covid 19, enjoy coming in and browsing! Proceeds from book sales help support special programs and the needs of the Kona libraries. As always, volunteers are welcome. Visit www.folkhawaii.com for more details.

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June

June 4, 2022
BIG ISLAND JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL - MAUNA KEA BEACH HOTEL
The ninth annual Big Island Jazz and Blues Festival will take place on June 4, 2022, between 5-9 p.m. at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel's Oceanfront Stage. The main event will feature Grammy Award-winning Jazz, Blues, Rock, Zydeco, Cajun, and Soul musicians and there will be pre-festival events starting on June 2nd. Visit www.Bigislandjazzandbluesfestival.com for more details.

June 10-12, 2022
5th ANNUAL HAWAI'I KUAULI VIRTUAL PACIFIC & ASIA CULTURAL FESTIVAL - KAILUA-KONA
This 3 day event, which will be held at the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, will be packed with presentations of food, fashion, cultural expressions, keiki hula and cultural workshops. Visit https://www.hikuauli.com for more details.

June 11, 2022
KING KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION - NORTH KOHALA
Hawaiians set aside June 11 annually as a state holiday to honor the legacy of King Kamehameha I, who united the Hawaiian islands in 1795. As the king's birthplace, North Kohala plays a very special role in the celebration. The original statue of King Kamehameha I, which was once thought lost at the bottom of the sea, has stood proudly in North Kohala since 1912. This year, statue decoration ceremonies will begin at 8:00am, culminating with the King's statue in Kapaʻau being draped with 20-foot floral and ti lei, with hula, chant, history, and music. Ceremonies include participation by the Royal Order of Kamehameha, members of the Hawaiian Civic Club and Ka'ahumanu Society. From 9:00-10:00am, the colorful floral parade will take place, featuring traditional Hawaiian pāʻū riders and honorees. Due to COVID concerns, this year's hoʻolauleʻa festivities, customarily held in Kapaʻau's King Kamehameha Park, have been cancelled, but are expected to return next year.

June 11, 2022
KING KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION PARADE - KAILUA-KONA
Featuring more than 100 riders on horseback, the annual parade and ho‘olaule‘a (music and art festival) fittingly return this year on Kamehameha Day in Historic Kailua Village. Kamehameha Day is a state and county holiday established in 1871 to honor Kamehameha the Great, who united the Hawaiian Islands in 1810 and became Hawaii’s first king. He died in 1819. This year’s parade begins at 9 a.m. on Kuakini Highway, near the Palani Road intersection, and travels down Palani to Kailua pier, then southbound down Alii Drive through the village to Royal Kona Resort. Adorned in the flowers and colors of the Hawaiian Islands, pa‘u riders on horseback will represent each of the eight islands, led by their respective princesses and the pa‘u queen. The equestrian units are joined by cultural representatives, floats and other community entries. Currently, the committee has no non-equestrian entries. To participate in the parade, visit konaparade.org/applications. Other help needed includes volunteers to work with police officers to help secure road closures and vendors to participate in the ho‘olaulea at Hulihe‘e Palace following the parade. The committee is also hoping for a volunteer to spearhead community outreach for floats and donations. For more details on the parade, visit konaparade.org.

June 25, 2022
10th ANNUAL HAWAI'I ISLAND LGBTQ+ PRIDE PARADE & FESTIVAL - HILO
To be held at Moʻoheau Bandstand, Hilo. Will take place from 11am to 4pm.

June 25, 2022
ANNUAL HAWAIIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL - PU'UHONUA O HONAUNAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
On Saturday, June 25th 2022, from 9am-2pm, Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park will host its annual Hawaiian Cultural Festival and celebrate the park’s 61st anniversary as a unit of the National Park Service. Cultural practitioners will demonstrate lauhala and coconut frond weaving, kapa beating, traditional lei making, and more. This year’s festival theme is He Kīhoʻihoʻi Kanawai, A Law of Restoration, Acknowledging our Environmental Kinship. Practitioners will provide visitors with a uniquely Hawaiian experience, honor the culture and traditions of cultural experts and the Hawaiian people, and provide visitors and community members a time and place to gather, learn, and share. There will be a hula kahiko performance at 10:00am in the Royal Grounds by Hālau Kaʻeaikahelelani and special speakers in the amphitheater throughout the day. To protect fragile resources and preserve the historic setting, picnicking, coolers, and chairs are not allowed in the Royal Grounds. No food is available in the park.

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July

July 1-31, 2022
LOCAL ORIGAMI ARTIST TO BE FEATURED AT KAILUA VILLAGE ARTISTS GALLERY
Local origami designer and sculptor Shannon Nakaya will be the featured artist at the Kailua Village Artists Gallery. For more info, please Click here.

July 2, 2022
NA'ALEHU INDEPEDENCE DAY PARADE - NA'ALEHU PARK, KA'U
11am. After the Parade, enjoy pizza, shave ice, watermelon, a water slide, a bouncy house, Senior Bingo/Luncheon. There will also be vendors at the regular Farmers Market site in town. For more info, contact OKK at 808-929-9872 or visit www. okaukakou.org.

July 4, 2022
4th OF JULY FIREWORKS - KAILUA-KONA
Parade at 6pm; Fireworks over Kailua Bay at 8pm.

July 4, 2022
4th OF JULY FIREWORKS - HILO
At 8 p.m., the “Hilo Bay Blast” fireworks exhibition will begin with professional pyrotechnics set off from a barge moored in Hilo Bay. The Hawai‘i County Band will present a live accompaniment to the fireworks with a performance that begins at 7 p.m. at the Mo‘oheau Park bandstand. For those not near the bandstand, the fireworks display will be synchronized to patriotic music aired on KWXX.

July 9 and 10, 2022
NATIVE HAWAIIAN PLANT SALE - AMY GREENWELL ETHNOBOTANICAL GARDEN
Across from the Manago Hotel, at 82-6160 Hawaiʻi Belt Rd, Captain Cook, HI. Featuring hundreds of the rare and beautiful ālula (Brigamia Insignis), once nearly extinct and now endangered. Help preserve the rarest of the rare by purchasing your own nursery propagated ālula, or any of the Garden's other nursery grown native plant selections. All proceeds support the Garden, a not-for-profit community forest and legacy lands organization. Please visit www.amygreenwell.garden for more info.

July 29-31, 2022
HILO ORCHID SOCIETY SALE - EDITH KANAKA'OLE STADIUM
Each year the Hilo Orchid Society stages the largest and most comprehensive orchid show and sale in the state of Hawai`i. The show takes place at the Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium in Hilo. Hours: July 29, Friday, 9 am-6 pm; July 30, Saturday, 9 am-5 pm; July 31, Sunday 10 am-2 pm. Ticket prices are: Adult - $5, 18 or under - Free; Superpass good for 3 days - $8. Tickets will also be available from any member of the Hilo Orchid Society for $3 if purchased prior to the show.

July 30, 2022
3rd ANNUAL 'OHIA LEHUA RUN - VOLCANO
Time: 7:00 a.m.; Location: Volcano Village.
Cost of the event:
Half Marathon (13.1 miles) $90
5 km (3.1 miles) $50
Description: The 'Ohi’a Lehua Run will start and finish at The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences campus on Old Volcano Road. The race has been approved by the County office and will follow strict Covid-19 regulations. To register, and for more information about this event, please visit ohialehuahalf.com

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August

August 4, 2022
HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK/PU'UHONUA O HONAUNAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK FEE-FREE DAY
There will be no entrance fee to National Parks today.

August 6, 2022
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - HILO
Location: Waiākea High School Student Parking Lot (B). Bring your own automotive fluids, chemicals and poisons and other hazardous household wastes to the Waiākea High School Student (upper) Parking Lot collection area (via W. Kāwili Street). Certain restrictions apply. Not Accepted: business or farm waste, electronics, explosives or flares, radioactive materials, tires, latex paint, fire extinguishers, bio/infectious waste. No container returns. COVID safety rules apply: Wear masks and stay 6 ft apart from others; remain in your vehicle unless directed; place items (preferably labeled) in trunk or truck bed. For more info, visit HawaiiZeroWaste.org, or call (808) 961-8554.

August 8-13, 2022
50th ANNIVERSARY OF PU'UKOHOLA NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE - KAWAIHAE
Daily cultural demonstrations at the Visitor Center. For more information on festivities, call 808-882-7218 Ext. 1011, or visit Pu'ukohala Heiau.

August 13, 2022
12th ANNUAL MANGO FESTIVAL - KAILUA-KONA
From 10am-4pm at Hale Halawai on Ali'i Drive, downtown Kailua-Kona. This is a free, zero-waste event. Donations are appreciated. Featuring Local Arts and Crafts; Farmer's Market, Mango Grafting, Care and Growing Info/Demos; Mango Food Preparation and Tasting; Delicious Vegan Foods, Grafted Mango Trees for Sale; Panel Discussions. For more info, visit mangofest.org.

August 15-20, 2022
50th ANNIVERSARY OF PU'UKOHOLA NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE - KAWAIHAE
The celebration continues! Daily cultural demonstrations at the Visitor Center. For more information on festivities, call 808-882-7218 Ext. 1011, or visit Pu'ukohala Heiau.

August 20, 2022
KONA ORCHID SOCIETY SUMMER SHOW & SALE
Browse and talk story at the Kona Orchid Society Show & Sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Makae'o County Pavilion at the Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area. Admission is $2. Fun includes a display of blooming orchids by club members and a sale presenting a wide selection of healthy plants from Hawai‘i Island growers. In addition to numerous orchid varieties, choose from air plants, bonsai, protea, cactus, succulents, fruit trees, tropicals, water plants, herbs, vegetable starts and bedding plants. Jams, jellies and high-fire functional stoneware will also be sold. Veteran club members will start demonstrations on re-potting orchids at 10 a.m. Attendees are invited to chat with on-site master gardeners for expert growing tips and problem-solving remedies. Learn about invasive species from the non-profit organization, Plant Pono at noon. Visit the “plant doctor” at 1 p.m. with a photo of your sick plant or a sample leaf in a securely closed bag. For more info, visit konaorchidsociety.org

August 25-27, 2022
BIG ISLAND ART FAIR - WAIMEA
The Big Island Art Fair, being held at Kahilu Town Hall in Waimea, is a three day Art event with over twenty Big Island artists. There will be art demonstrations, food trucks and other fair food, and a daily chance to win $100 to spend at the Fair. Hours: Thursday, August 25th,10:00am - 5:00pm; Friday, August 26th, 11:00am - 7:00pm; Saturday, August 27th, 8:00am - 3:00pm. For more info, visit bigislandartfair.com.

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September

September 3, 2022
ANNUAL QUEEN LILI'UOKALANI OUTRIGGER LONG-DISTANCE CANOE RACE - KONA
The event’s signature 18-mile long-distance race is scheduled for 7:30 a.m., departing from Kailua Bay. The race will also be broadcast via livestream on Facebook. Follow @QueenLiliuokalaniCanoeRace for all the action. From Sept 1-5, the event’s five days, additional ocean races will include the Hulakai OC4 8 Person Relay, the teens single hull race, the Wa‘a Kaulua double-hull canoe races and the Kupuna Classic. Other activities will include the Historic Kailua Village Cultural Walk; International Paddlers’ Reception; arts, crafts and food booths; Torchlight Parade; and the Queen Lili‘uokalani Canoe Race Lu'au.

September 10, 2022
QUEEN LILI'UOKALANI BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION - LILI'UOKALANI GARDENS, HILO
From 10am-3pm, enjoy a thrilling "Mass Hula" with many local halau participating together; a flower drop; Hawaiian games and demos; children's games; tea ceremony; and more free family fun. Entertainment will include Darlene Ahuna, the Taishoji Taiko drum group, a jazz band, The Brown Boys, Just Us band, and the Kalapana Awa Band.

September 10, 2022
QUEEN LILI'UOKALANI BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION - GRAND NANILOA HOTEL, HILO
In partnership with the County of Hawaiʻi, Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo will honor the birthday of Queen Liliʻuokalani, during a special celebration taking place from 1- 9:30 pm on Saturday, September 10, 2022. An important figure in Hawaiian history, Queen Liliʻuokalani’s notable contributions include composing the Hawaiian anthem Aloha ‘Oe and authoring the book “Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen.” In alignment with the annual event conducted by the County at the Lili‘uokalani Gardens, locals and island visitors are invited to join hotel guests at the Hilo resort for a lively day of celebration in honor of the last sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi. The hotel will honor Queen Liliʻuokalani with an observance in concordance with its ongoing cultural programming centered around the history and culture of the Hawaiʻi Islands. Guests will enjoy an afternoon and evening of entertainment including Hawaiian music, Hula, and immersive cultural displays including hula Implements, lei hulu, and Hilo museums. KAPA radio host Tommy “Kahikina” Ching will serve as the event’s emcee, and entertainment will be provided by musician Ben Kaili, hula by dancers from Hālau Ke ʻOlu Makani ʻO Maunaloa, Hālau Hula Heleleʻi Pua O Waipiʻo (Kumu Hula Haleakalā Sakata), Hālau Nā Pua ʻO Uluhaimālama (Emery Aceret), and Ke Olo Pono No Nā Kūpuna. The Hotel’s Lobby Bar will be open to the public for popular pūpū’s, cocktails, wine, and beer, as well as non-alcoholic beverages from 12 pm to midnight. Complimentary valet and self-parking are available at Grand Naniloa Golf course across the street from the hotel. Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo is located at 93 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI. For more information, visit www.grandnaniloahilo.com or call (808) 969-3333.

September 17, 2022
KONA PRIDE FESTIVAL 2022
From 1-5pm at Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, Kailua-Kona. There will be events related to Kona Pride Festival happening all weekend. Visit Eventbrite for tickets.

September 17, 2022
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARIES, KONA, BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.) is holding their Book Sale on the lanai of the Kailua Kona Library from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. Book Sales have nice selections and great prices. Cash or check only. Proceeds from book sales help support special programs and the needs of the Kona libraries. As always, volunteers are welcome. Visit www.folkhawaii.com for more details.

September 18, 2022
25th ANNUAL HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY FESTIVAL - OUTRIGGER KONA RESORT, KEAUHOU
From 1-5pm, featuring Ledward Ka'apana and some of Hawai'i's best slack key players. $10 at the door; no pre-sale tickets. Llivestream at www.facebook.com/slackkeyfesivals; youtube.com/hawaiianslackkeyguitarfestivals.

September 21 and 24, 2022
PEACE DAY AND PEACE OUT SATURDAY - HONOKA'A
Peace Day, September 21, is the United Nations International Day of Peace, celebrated annually with concerts, cultural gatherings, religious services, dance and art happenings worldwide. On Hawai‘i Island, peace festivities take place September 21-October 1. Events are produced by the Peace Committee of Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, the Honoka‘a Business Association and others, to bring the community together in celebration of peace, compassion, and inter-dependence. At 8:30 a.m., Ring Your Bell for Peace. With the magic of Zoom, join over 1,000 people around the world, ringing bells from church, temple, school, home or favorite place. A time-honored tradition, the ringing of the bells sends a message of hope and unity. Special appearance by Hawaii's Ambassador for Peace, Jake Shimabukuro. Register in advance at bit.ly/PeaceDay2022. At 12 noon, the Peace Pole dedication will take place with North Hawai'i Rotary, Waimea Preservation Association (65-1291 Kawaihae Rd., Kamuela) taking part.. Lunch to follow. Please call 808-987-9611 for lunch reservations.
Saturday, September 24, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m, celebrate Peace Out Saturday. Everyone’s invited to break out your biggest bell bottoms and your brightest tie dye to join the beautiful people on Mamane Street in downtown Honoka‘a. Enjoy sidewalk vendors, food trucks, live music, and much more. Peace Out Saturday is presented by the Honoka‘a Business Association, and is free and open to all.

September 21-24, 2022
KA ULU LAUHALA O KONA 25th ANNUAL LAUHALA CONFERENCE
For more information, visit the Ka Ulu Lauhala O Kona page on facebook.

September 24, 2022
HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK/PU'UHONUA O HONAUNAU HISTORICAL NATIONAL PARK FEE-FREE DAY
Honoring Public Lands Day there will be no entrance fee to National Parks today.

September 24, 2022
HIGASHIHARA'S KAMAKANA PLAYGROUND CELEBRATION - KONA
The Playground at Higashihara Park turns 25! The Park is located on the makai side of Queen Ka'ahumanu Hwy., just south of Kailua-Kona. Lions Club of Kona is offering this free celebration at the Park from 9am-3pm, which will feature game booths, food booths, face painting, a jumping castle, live entertainment, and vendor booths. Bring canned food for the Food Basket for extra game scripts! If you are interested in having a vendor booth, please call 808-796-1340.

September 25, 2022
KAMUELA PHILHARMONIC CONCERT - WAIMEA
The Kamuela Philharmonic will present their Season Opener Concert at the Kahilu Theatre (67-1186 Lindsey Rd, Kamuela, HI 96743) at 2pm on Sunday, September 25. Ticket prices are $65 and $35, and the program will include Felix Mendelssohn's The Hebrides; Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7; and the Hawai'i premier of David Stern's Rhapsody for Violin and Strings, featuring the Philharmonic's concertmaster Ursula Vietze. For more info, please visit kamuelaphil.org or email contact@kamuelaphil.org.

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October

October 6 and 8, 2022
IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2022
After a 3 year hiatus, 5,000 athletes will take part in this year's 2-day race, which includes swimming, bicycling, and running (140.6 miles total). The most iconic endurance sporting event in the world, it is the culmination of 40 global IRONMAN events with over 94,000 athletes around the world striving for one of the coveted qualifying slots, and ultimately, to be crowned IRONMAN World Champion. Visit ironman.com for road closure schedules, etc.

October 15, 2022
KONA HONGWANJI 125th ANNIVERSARY BON DANCE & CRAFTS FAIR
5-10pm - Dancing, ono food, shopping and fun for the whole family. Bon Odori, AKA Bon Dance, originally from Japan, has been a Hawaiian tradition for over 130 years. Bon Odori is a style of folk dance performed at festivals in Japan during the Obon season. Deeply important and influential in Japanese culture, Obon is as important as other cultures' New Years celebrations. Kona Hongwanji Mission's Address: 81-6630 Hawaiʻi Belt Rd, Kealakekua, HI 96750.

October 15, 2022
1st ANNUAL UNITY CUP GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER - KONA COUNTRY CLUB
The event will include a 2-person scramble, lunch at The View restaurant and awards receptions. Individual Golfer - $125.00 ($150.00 after 10/8/22) Foursomes - $450.00 ($500.00 after 10/8/22) Includes Awards luncheon - 2 players per team/ 2 teams per hole. Lunch Only at The View - $30.00 ($35.00 after 10/8/22) includes Awards Lunch and Silent Auction at the beautiful The View Bar & Grill at 12:00 PM (opens at 11:30AM) - enjoy live music and a raffle! Register online at Unity Golf. Online registration includes a 1 year subscription to Golf Digest.

October 15, 2022
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARIES, KONA, BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.) is holding their Book Sale inside the Kailua Kona Library this time instead of the lanai, from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. Book Sales have nice selections and great prices. Cash or check only. Proceeds from book sales help support special programs and the needs of the Kona libraries. As always, volunteers are welcome. Visit www.folkhawaii.com for more details.

October 22, 2022
RUN FOR THE DRY FOREST: DASH TO THE TOP! 5K/10K OR 1/4-MILE KEIKI RUN - PU'UWA'AWA'A FOREST RESERVE
The race will take place from 6:45am till noon at 71-1646 Hawai'i Belt Rd. After two years of Covid-related cancellations and postponements the Run for the Dry Forest (RDF) is back at Pu'uwa'awa'a! RDF is a 10km run, 5km run/walk and 1/4-mile keiki run. You can choose to run or walk a 5km course (suitable for most people) or do a 10km run (an "extreme trail running experience" featuring a 1200 ft elevation gain in the first 3 miles). There is also a free fun, non-competitive 1/4-mile keiki run on flat surfaces; parents are welcome to join the kids. Pu'uwa'awa'a is home to several species of endangered birds and many endangered plants, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. Proceeds from the race events contribute to conservation of these species. Registration is required. PLEASE NOTE: No pets are allowed, as there are endangered nene geese in the area. Cost: $35 per entrant for 5k/10k. For more information, contact the race director at 808-315-5101, email edith.d.adkins@hawaii.gov or visit the­ Pu‘uwa‘awa‘a Facebook page.

October 23, 2022
WEST HAWAI'I COUNTY BAND CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
The West Hawai'i County Band will present an hour of free band music at Hale Halawai on Alii Drive in its monthly Free Concert Series. Since it’s Halloween week, plenty of spooky music will be included, but the mood will be lightened with a toe tapping dance medley called “A Little Tango Music.” To round out the concert there will be a march or two by the likes of Karl King and John Philip Sousa. As part of the band's cultural heritage and the brass band tradition in Hawai’i, there will also be selected traditional tunes arranged by the band’s own Bud Dant, who arranged many compositions for this band's predecessor, the Palace Band. The Band will be led by guest director Richard Shields. This concert series is brought to you in part by the County of Hawai’i Parks and Recreation Department and the West Hawai’i County Band Friends. Special Note: While the band will continue to set up chairs for the audience please note that many of these chairs are not in their prime. Consider bringing along your favorite beach/camp chair for maximum comfort while enjoying the music.

October 29, 2022
PLANT PEOPLE ROAD SHOW - KAILUA-KONA
Find out from Big Island growers what plant varieties thrive best in your location at the Plant People Road Show, to be held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Makaeo Pavilion at Old Kona Airport State Park. The popular Road Show returns after a nearly three-year hiatus due to COVID-19. Admission is free. During the sale, talk story with growers from the island’s different regions. In addition, growers will offer plant selections geared for fall planting, and blooming plants for gift giving. Available will be bedding plants, veggie starts, herbs, roses, air plants, warm-tolerant varieties of cymbidium orchids, select and hard-to-find orchid varieties, assorted cactus and succulents, palms, fruit trees, bamboo and heliconia. In its eighth year, the Plant People Road Show offers two sales annually, around Valentine’s Day and Halloween. For more info, phone 808-987-3231.

October 29, 2022
ABLED HAWAI'I ARTISTS 15th ANNUAL ART FESTIVAL
Hawai‘i County celebrates a renaissance of inclusion in the arts on Saturday, October 29th 2022, with Abled Hawai‘i Artists (AHA) 15th annual art festival, held at the Puna Kai Shopping Center in Pahoa, 10am to 3pm. AHA promotes disability awareness and pride by celebrating the spectrum of creativity, while promoting inclusive entrepreneurship in the arts. This is a free event also incorporates speeches by disability self advocates and important community leaders. Enjoy FREE healing arts demonstrations, express the artist in you with various free all-ages and abilities art making activities - fun for the entire `ohana. Saturday, October 29th 10am-3pm in Pahoa, at the Puna Kai Shopping Center.

October 30, 2022
HALLOWEEN TRUNK OR TREAT EVENT AT KONA COMMONS
This free event, which will take place from 4-6 pm at the Kona Commons Center parking lot near Office Max/Petco, will be hosted by Hawaii Racing Assn. Cars will be decorated for Halloween and will offer treats, music, a costume contest, and give aways.

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November

November 4, 2022
BIG ISLAND BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION'S PEOPLE'S CHOICE HAWAII HONEY CHALLENGE - HILO
The 11th annual Challenge will be held from 5:30-8:30pm (during First Friday Black & White Night) at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, 76 Kamehameha Ave. Categories are Liquid Honey (light, medium, dark), Solid Honey, and Honeycomb. Stop by and vote for your favorite raw honey!

November 4-13, 2022
KONA COFFEE CULTURAL FESTIVAL
The annual celebration of one of Hawai'i's most famous products. For a list of events, visit Kona Coffee Festival Events.

November 5, 2022
HOLUALOA COFFEE & ART STROLL
Check out this popular Coffee Festival event in the artists' colony of Holualoa. From 9am-3pm there will be 35+ Hawai'i coffee farm vendors represented, tasty treats and local goods. Kona Coffee Festival Events.

November 5, 2022
MAUKA MAKAI DRAG SHOW - HONOKA'A
From the mountains to the sea, Denver and Hawai‘i Island award-winning artists join forces for the Mauka Makai Drag Show, Saturday, November 5, at Honoka‘a People’s Theatre. This Honoka’a Business Association fundraiser promises to be an evening of fashion, fun and fabulousness.Mauka Makai Drag Show was created by HBA treasurer, Marysue Joyce, affectionately known in the drag community as Momma Itried. Admission is $20 for adults, $7 for those 18 and under ($25 and $10 at the door). Tickets are available online at https://MaukaMakai.eventbrite.com. Doors open at 7 p.m.

November 11, 2022
HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK/PU'UHONUA O HONAUNAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK FEE-FREE DAY
Honoring Veterans Day there will be no entrance fee to National Parks today.

November 12, 2022
KONA COFFEE FESTIVAL HO'OLAULEA
At Maka'eo Pavilion at Old Airport State Park from 9am-3pm (Annual Lei Contest from 10am-1pm). Live entertainment, an ethnic food market, and arts & crafts. for more info, visit Kona Coffee Festival Events.

November 12, 2022
HAWAI'I ISLAND VETERANS DAY PARADE - HILO
10 am start time at Wailea State Park and Pauahi St., downtown Hilo. Grand Marshal this year is Gold Star Families and Their Loved Ones. For more information, visit www.hivetparade.org.

November 13, 2022
16th ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO KING DAVID KALAKAUA - KEAUHOU, KONA
A tribute to the "Merrie Monarch King" will take place at the Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa's Bayview Grounds, with kumu hula from Hawai'i and Europe presenting their styles and traditions of hula. Arts and crafts vendors will be featuring quality locally made items, and food will also be available for sale. The hula presentations will take place from 8am. 3pm. Admission is free, so bring the 'ohana! No outside food or coolers, please. For more info, visit emauanakahula.org.

November 18 & 19, 2022
20th ANNUAL 'UKULELE & SLACK KEY GUITAR FESTIVAL - WAIMEA
A festival like no other, musicians will take the stage together to talk story, play music, and share their experiences as award-winning Hawaiian music artists. November 18 is Ho'olaulea Night: Each of the artists will take the stage individually as well as invite small groups to join them as they showcase their favorite songs and one-of-a-kind musical collaborations. 7pm; tickets $65/35. November 19 is Kanikapila Concert Day: At 4pm, the musicians take the stage in a slightly less formal concert setting. After intermission, audiences with tickets with an instrument will be invited to join the guest artists on stage. (Please note there are limited tickets to play on stage with the artists.) The artists take turns leading each other in both song and story, finding new inspiration in the music they love to share. $30 (Kanikapila - playing an instrument) / $25 (General Audience seating - not playing an instrument). This fantastic festival will feature Hawaiian musicians Jeff Peterson, Sonny Lim, Honoka Katayama, Ledward Kaapana, Nathan Aweau, Mike Kaʻawa, and more! visit kahilutheatre.org.

November 18 & 19, 2022
33rd ANNUAL HILO CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA CRAFT FAIR
The 33rd Annual Hilo Christmas Extravaganza Craft Fair will be held on Friday, November 18, 2022 from 5-9pm and Saturday, November 19, 2022 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm at the Edith Kanaka`ole Multipurpose Stadium, 350 Kalanikoa St, Hilo, HI. Entry fee is $2; keiki under 12 free. Shop local with all your favorite artists and crafters! For more information or if you are interested in becoming a vendor, visit malamaponoevents.com.

November 19, 2022
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARIES, KONA, BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.) is holding a "mini" Book Sale inside the Kailua-Kona Library from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. Book Sales have nice selections and great prices. Cash or check only. Proceeds from book sales help support special programs and the needs of the Kona libraries. As always, volunteers are welcome. Visit www.folkhawaii.com for more details.

November 19 and 20, 2022
KONA PALISADES OPEN STUDIO ART TOUR AND SALE
Self-guided art tour for local artists hosted at locations in Kona Palisades from 10 am to 4pm. Visit the artists' facebook page for details.

November 20, 2022
WEST HAWAI'I COUNTY BAND CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
The West Hawai'i County Band will present an hour of free band music at Hale Halawai on Alii Drive, at 4pm, in its monthly Free Concert Series. This concert series is brought to you in part by the County of Hawai’i Parks and Recreation Department and the West Hawai’i County Band Friends. Special Note: While the band will continue to set up chairs for the audience please note that many of these chairs are not in their prime. Consider bringing along your favorite beach/camp chair for maximum comfort while enjoying the music.

November 21, 2022
GALAXY FORUM HAWAII 2022 - WAIMEA
A free, educational event geared to inspire teachers, parents, keiki and all Earthlings, from 3:30-5:30pm at Mana Christian Ohana (mauna of Kahilu Theatre). For more information, call 808/885-3474, email the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) at info@iloa.org or visit https://galaxyforum.org/.

November 25-27, 2022
VOLCANO ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR
The Volcano Village Artists Hui Annual Studio Tour and Sale returns this year with a full slate of artists. Now in its 36th year, the Studio Tour will take place over Thanksgiving weekend. Four studio and gallery locations will open their doors to the public, with a wide range of artwork on display and available for purchase. Included will be original painting and prints; hand blown art glass; vintage silk clothing and bags; quilts; ceramic tiles; jewelry; stained glass; and pottery, all in a variety of styles and price ranges. Participating Hui members will be Joan Yoshioka, Ricia Shema, Ira Ono, Mike & Misato Mortara, Elizabeth Miller, Emily Herb, Charlotte Forbes Perry and Margaret Barnaby, with guest artists Phan Barker & Scott Pincus. Please check the Hui website at VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com for more information and a map to the studios. For a less crowded, and more relaxed shopping experience, please consider attending on Saturday or Sunday. For everyoneʻs health and safety, masks may be required at some studios.

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