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September

September 4, 2019
DEPT. OF VETERAN AFFAIRS TOWN HALL & RESOURCE FAIR - NELHA, KONA
Veteran Affairs Pacific Island Health Care System Director Jennifer Gutowski, Honolulu Veterans Affairs Regional Office Director Sergio Chao and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific ("Punchbowl") Director Jim Horton welcome veterans, their families and survivors, and any organization or individual who works with or on behalf of veterans to share information, resources and get feedback on VA health care, benefits and memorial affairs. To be held at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai'i's Gateway Building, 73-4485 Kahilihili St. Kaillua-Kona, HI 96740, from 5-6:30pm. For more info, call (808) 208-5544 or (808) 433-0901.

September 6, 2019
FIRST FRIDAY CELEBRATION - HOLUALOA VILLAGE
Holualoa Village galleries will feature new art and artists, tasty street eats and music all along Mamalahoa Highway through town during the monthly Art-After-Dark event from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. The village block party features art and artists in over a dozen galleries and shops, as well as free live music and a great selection of local food vendors. This month featuring beloved Big Island entertainer LT Smooth from 6-8:30pm, next to the Holualoa Gallery.

September 7, 2019
COMMUNITY SEED LIBRARY PRESENTATION ON BENEFICIAL INSECTS - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
On Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 10-11AM, at the Kailua Kona Public Library, the Community Seed Library will present Christine Young, botanist, soil scientist and permaculture designer who will be comparing conventional management of soil fertility and pest control and the advantages of transitioning toward a more natural plan. For more information, contact the Kailua Kona Library at 808-327-4327. Free to the public. For information call: 8083274327 or email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

September 7, 2019
FREE SCREENING OF "THE HUMAN ELEMENT" - WAIMEA
From wildfires to hurricanes, deep below the earth and high above the atmosphere, James Balog uses his camera to reveal how the four elements – earth, air, water and fire – are impacting everyday Americans. Join the Hawaii Island Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) to learn about our climate crisis and what we can do about it in this free screening of “The Human Element”. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion with local climate leaders. Citizens' Climate Lobby is a non-partisan, non-profit organization empowering people to become effective advocates for climate policy. Time: 2-5 PM at Tutu's House, 64-1032 Mamalahoa Hwy, Ste 305, Kamuela. For more information, email email rrcomm@hawaii.rr.com.

September 7, 2019
20th ANNUAL QUEEN LILI'UOKALANI CELEBRATION - HILO
Time: 10am-3pm at Lili'uokalani Gardens in Hilo. Entertainment by the Kalapana Awa Band with Ikaika Marzo, Randy Lorenzo & Friends, Taiko Drumming, Darlene Ahuna, Waiakea Intermediate 'Ukulele Band, and Bruddah Waltah Aipolani. There will also be a "mass hula"; food trucks; a tea ceremony, keiki games and activities; and cultural activities and demos.

September 7, 2019
TASTE OF THE HAWAIIAN RANGE AGRICULTURE FESTIVAL AND GALA - WAIMEA
Outdoor fun is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the YMCA Minuke Ole Park behind Parker Ranch Center. Geared for families, the Taste Agriculture Festival includes educational exhibits under the big top and vendors offering products using locally sourced plants and animals. Attendees can view livestock animals provided by 4-H; horseback rides will be available for a nominal fee and youth can visit the free Keiki Farm Hands tent sponsored by the Hawaii Farm Bureau. Admission to the daytime agriculture festival is free as well as the annual Cooking Pasture-Raised Beef 101 demonstration with sampling from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the classrooms behind the adjacent Old Kahilu Town Hall. The ticketed Taste Gala is 5:30-7:30 p.m. inside and out of Old Kahilu Town Hall. Enjoy local, pasture-raised meats and produce prepared by Hawai'i Island chefs and culinary students for $50 presale and $60 at the door. Ticket sales start July 1 online and at Parker Ranch Store.Time: 10 am-7:30 pm at Mana Christian Ohana (Old Kahilu Town Hall) and YMCA Minuke Ole Park , 67-1182 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743. For more information, visit https://tasteofthehawaiianrange.com.

September 8, 2019
DAIFUKUJI SOTO MISSION BAZAAR - HONALO
From 9am-1pm, enjoy the bazaar, which will include food, preserves, baed goods, orchids, plants, crafts, rummage sale, "white elephant" sale, massage, clothing, and more. Entertainment by the Daifukuji Taiko Drummers! 79-7241 Mamalahoa Hwy., next to Teshima's restaurant. For more info, call 322-3524.

September 9, 2019
"YOUR VOICE: DISCOVER YOUR POWER IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE" - KAILUA-KONA
Ever wonder how laws are made in our State? And how you can try to affect them? Each year approximately 3,000 bills are introduced at the State Capitol. One or more of those bills bills may be of interest to you. If you're interested in getting involved or learning more about how things work during the legislative session, attend this free presentation put on by staff of the Legislative Reference Bureau's Public Access Room. Time: 6-7 p.m. at West Hawaii Civic Center, Liquor Conference Room. For more information, email k.young@capitol.hawaii.gov or visit lrbhawaii.org/par.

September 10, 2019
"SEARCHING FOR OTHER WORLDS" PRESENTATION - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona, is hosting an astronomy program from 5:30-6:30PM on Sept. 10, 2019 at the Kailua Kona Public Library. Astronomer Dr. Elena Manjavacas will discuss the search for planets outside our solar system. She will summarize the latest findings on the great diversity of exoplanets around other stars in our own galaxy, the Milky Way, and what the search for exoplanets might find in the future. For more information, contact the Kailua Kona Public Library at 808-327-4327. Free to the public. Time: 5:30PM to 6:30PM at Kailua Kona Public Library, Kailua Kona, Cost:Free to the public. For information call: 8083274327 or email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

September 11, 2019
FREE SCREENING OF "THE HUMAN ELEMENT" - KAILUA-KONA
From wildfires to hurricanes, deep below the earth and high above the atmosphere, James Balog uses his camera to reveal how the four elements – earth, air, water and fire – are impacting everyday Americans. Join the Hawaii Island Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) to learn about our climate crisis and what we can do about it in this free screening of “The Human Element”. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion with local climate leaders. Citizens' Climate Lobby is a non-partisan, non-profit organization empowering people to become effective advocates for climate policy. Time: 5-8 PM at West Hawaii Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy, Kailua-Kona. For more information, email rrcomm@hawaii.rr.com.

September 11 and 12, 2019
37th ANNUAL KUPUNA HULA FESTIVAL - SHERATON KONA RESORT
A very popular event featuring hula performed by halau with members 55 years and up. This event always sells out, so reserve your tickets in advance by calling (808) 323-4340. There will be a Hawaiian crafts fair in conjunction with the festival in the foyer of the ballroom and the adjacent conference rooms both days.

September 14, 2019
KONA PRIDE FESTIVAL 2019 - KING KAMEHAMEHA'S KONA BEACH HOTEL, KAILUA-KONA
Time: 1-5:30pm. Celebrate equality, diversity, love, and community. This year's theme is "Spread Your Wings with Pride" at this annual festival that brings awareness and support to our LGBTQ community and supporting allies! Enjoy an amazing day full of entertainment, vendors, food, cocktails, and some amazing fun in the sun activities (so wear something that can get wet!). For more KONA PRIDE Weekend activities check out konapride.com.

September 14, 2019
OLD HAWAI'I ON HORSEBACK PAGEANT - WAIKI'I RANCH, NO. KOHALA
The Old Hawaii On Horseback pageant was staged multiple years by Waimea’s “First Lady,” Anna Lindsey Perry-Fiske, on the front lawn of her landmark white house in Waimea. The event drew as many as 1,000 spectators per performance, eager to see the event for the spectacle it was — dozens of heavily costumed riders on horse back, men and women, portraying significant events in Waimea’s history such as Captain George Vancouver bringing the first cattle to Hawaii in 1793. This year’s pageant will feature nearly 100 riders, many of them among the state’s more accomplished horsemen and horsewomen, dressed in magnificent period costumes, with two narrators telling of the history. Attendees will enjoy the sounds of Grammy Award winner John Cruz from 10-11 a.m., followed by the pageant from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A portion of proceeds from this year’s Old Hawaii on Horseback Pageant will benefit the Paniolo Preservation Society. Some bleacher seating will be available, however, patrons are encouraged to bring folding lawn chairs and sun and weather protection, as needed. Paniolo lunches and snacks will be available; no coolers please. Advance tickets for adults are $30 or $35 at the gate. Keiki 12 and under are free. More information and ticket purchasing information is available at www.paniolopreservation.org.

September 14, 2019
NATIONAL DRIVE ELECTRIC WEEK CELEBRATION - WAIMEA
Presented by the Big Island Electric Vehicle Association’, this event will be held at the Waimea Center parking area behind KTA (location of the Fast Charger). This is a great opportunity to meet other electric car owners, to learn about electric car benefits and ownership experiences, and see the latest electric cars. There will be representatives from local electric car dealers in attendance who will share information about the latest electric cars. National Drive Electric Week is an annual event that is sponsored by Plug In America, Sierra Club, and Electric Auto Association. It is a nation-wide celebration to raise awareness of the benefits of electric vehicles. Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at KTA Super Stores - 65-1158 Mamalahoa Hwy.,Kamuela. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 987-7428 or visit https://www.bigislandev.org/event/national-drive-electric-week-2019-waimea.

September 15, 2019
AFTERNOON AT THE PALACE CONCERT/HULA AND VILLAGE STROLL - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music and hula on the grounds of Hulihe'e Palace on Alii Drive from 4-5pm. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For more info about the Stroll, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

September 19, 2019
CONFERENCE FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS - KEAUHOU, KONA
Hawaii Community Caregiver Network (HCCN) will host a Conference for Family Caregivers on Thursday, September 19, 2019, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, at the Sheraton Kona Resort. Hawai'i’'s first female TV news reporter and anchor Linda Coble is the keynote speaker. Coble shares her story of life as colleague, wife and caregiver of former TV newsman Kirk Matthews, who died in 2016 from lung cancer. The conference includes breakout sessions on Active Listening, Advance Directive/POLST, Building Social Support, Caregiving Tips, Healthy Brain and Body, Our Care/Our Choice, Overcoming Isolation, Stress Reduction. New AARP Hawaii State President Keali'i Lopez will give an update on advocacy issues. Among the more unusual exhibitors at the resource fair are vendors providing iPods for the elderly, hemp oil, and death doula services. Cost to attend the event is $30, which includes a light breakfast and buffet lunch. To register online, please visit www.hawaiicaregivers.org. To pay by check, please call (925) 487-3232 or email info@hawaiicaregivers.org. A limited number of scholarships are available.

September 21, 2019
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE PARADE AND FESTIVAL - HONOKA'A
The main event takes place at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 21, as the Peace Day Parade entertains its way through town with an energetic rhythm that spotlights Taiko and drummers of all kinds, along with bon dancers, cirque performers, singers, and multicultural music and exhibits. This year, the parade will also include floats and entries from Honoka‘a High & Intermediate School, as part of their Homecoming celebration. The Parade ends at the Honoka‘a County Sports Complex, where the Peace Day Festival takes place, starting at noon with the Honoka‘a Jazz Band. This popular event includes food booths, silent auction, taiko drummers, magic, community bon dancing and great live music. Admission is free and all are welcome. In addition, a free Community Meal will be served at the Honoka‘a People's Theater on Saturday at 11 a.m during the Peace Day Parade. This popular offering started last year when Ravi Singh approached the Peace Committee requesting to provide “Langar,” the traditional Sikh free meal, to the community. That act of kindness (“dana”) continued throughout the year as the Peace Committee adapted the concept via the project which has become known as “Feeding Our Keiki and Kupuna.” Since February, the Committee has provided a total of approximately 3,000 free meals to the community at large, afternoons in the temple kitchen. Last year, Ravi and his volunteers prepared and served 300 meals during the Peace Day Parade. This year the Peace Committee, Reverend Bruce and Ravi have committed to increasing the offering to 500 meals, consisting of vegetarian Indian food along with meat dishes provided by the Buddhist Women's Association. To apply to participate in the Parade, or for a Festival booth, please visit www.peacedayparade.org.

September 21, 2019
PANIOLO PARADE AND HO'OLAULE'A - WAIMEA
One of our favorite yearly events, the Paniolo Parade will start at 10am at Waimea Cherry Blossom Park, ending at Waimea Baseball Field, featuring princesses on horseback with attendees (complete with "Pooper Scooper" brigades!) and horses 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 (the fried fish booth is always very popular!), games, arts & crafts, Hawaiian products and live Hawaiian musical entertainment in Waimea Ball Park. Drug and alcohol free. A great local family event!

September 21, 2019
2019 WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S - HILO
This is a one to three mile walk to raise awareness of Alzheimer's and raise support for Alzheimer's Association. The mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. To be held at Queen Lili'uokalani Park; Registration at 7am. Free to the public. For more information, visit act.alz.org.

September 21, 2019
NATIONAL DRIVE ELECTRIC WEEK CELEBRATION - HILO
Presented by the Big Island Electric Vehicle Association’, this event will be held at the Home Depot Garden Center, 380 Makaala Street, Hilo. This is a great opportunity to meet other electric car owners, to learn about electric car benefits and ownership experiences, and see the latest electric cars. There will be representatives from local electric car dealers in attendance who will share information about the latest electric cars. National Drive Electric Week is an annual event that is sponsored by Plug In America, Sierra Club, and Electric Auto Association. It is a nation-wide celebration to raise awareness of the benefits of electric vehicles. Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 987-7428 or visit https://www.bigislandev.org/event/national-drive-electric-week-2019-hilo.

September 21, 2019
KA'U COFFEE TRAIL RUN 5K,10K & 1/2 MARATHON - WOOD VALLEY
Invite your family and friends to join you or cheer you on as you set out to meet your goal in the family-friendly 5K run/walk, take the challenge of the 10K or test your endurance in the 13.1 mile climb up to 3,100 feet. Set your stride as you run through fields of coffee and macadamia nuts and forests of eucalyptus and 'ohi'a trees, and cherish the breathtaking views of the Ka'u coastline. Start at Ka'u Coffee Mill in Wood Valley, above Pahala. Cost varies by event. For more information, call (808) 938-5124, (808) 928-0027, or visit okaukakou.org.

September 26-29, 2019
HAWAIICON - SHERATON KONA RESORT
HawaiiCon brings together the best of science, sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, anime, gaming, and cosplay. Celebrities join top space scientists, voice actors and cosplayers in the country for four days of panels, workshops and adventures. Time and cost vary by day. For more information, email customerservice@hawaiicon.com or visit www.hawaiicon.com.

September 28, 2019
FEE FREE DAY AT ALL NATIONAL PARKS
Fee-Free Day: National Public Lands Day (NPLD). NPLD is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. At Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, help ensure the future of the Hawaiian rainforest: volunteers will help remove invasive, non-native plants that prevent native plants from growing. Meet at Kīlauea Visitor Center at 8:45 a.m. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools are provided. Under 18? Parental or guardian accompaniment or written consent is required. No advance registration is required. Park entrance is free, and NPLD volunteers will receive a pass to return and enjoy the park fee-free on another day of their choosing. When: Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 8:45 a.m. to noon. Meet at Kīlauea Visitor Center lanai.

September 30-October 1, 2019
ART FAIR AT ANNA RANCH HERITAGE ASSOCIATION - WAIMEA
A three day art event with classes, workshops and local art for sale. A portion of the proceeds goes directly to support the ongoing restoration of Anna Ranch. Time: Sunday 10am-4pm, Monday and Tuesday 1-6pm at Anna Ranch Heritage Center, Anna's Hall, Waimea. Free to the public. For more information, call 808/746-1223 or email Kathy@SprinkleOfAloha.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/BigIslandArtFair/.

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October

October 4, 2019
FIRST FRIDAY "ART AFTER DARK" EVENT - HOLUALOA VILLAGE
From 5:30-8:30pm, this little artists colony in the Kona Coffee Belt welcomes locals and visitors to their monthly celebration of art, music and food. The village block party features art and artists in over a dozen galleries and shops, as well as free live music and a great selection of local food vendors. This is an event for all ages.

October 5, 2019
33rd ANNUALPATH RUN - KAILUA-KONA
This annual 5k walk/run, 10k run and FREE keiki dash benefits PATH's (Peoples Advocacy for Trails~ Hawaii) Bike Education Program on Hawaii Island. Early number pick-up Friday, 10/4 from 9 AM to 1 PM at Big Island Running Company, Coconut Grove. Time: 7:30 AM start at Hale Halawei on Alii Dr. Cost: Under 15, $20; 15 and over, $30. For more information, email joe.loschiavo@pathhawaii.org visit pathhawaii.org.

October 12, 2019
IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TRIATHLON - KAILUA-KONA

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

October 19, 2019
KINGS' SHOPS CULTURAL FESTIVAL - SO. KOHALA

Bring the whole family for a day of free entertainment, free activities and demonstrations showcasing Hawaiian culture. There will be kapa stamping, lauhala weaving, coconut frond weaving, info booths by Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative, Hawaiʻi Wildlife Center, Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hāmākua, Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association and DLNR-DAR Marine Wildlife Program. Beginning at 10am, enjoy music of popular Hawaiian music group Waipuna, and Grammy award winners Kalani Pe'a, and Sonny Lim. The show will open with hula by Mana'olana O Kohala led by kumu Hope Keawe, accompanied by John Keawe. Scheduled activities include a 9am Guided Petroglyph Tour, 10am Basic Flower Lei Making, 12pm Introductory Hula Lessons, and 2pm Beginner 'Ukulele Lessons.

October 19, 2019
1st ANNUAL BIG ISLAND UBE FESTIVAL - HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE

A celebration of the much loved purple yam. Enjoy live entertainment; prize giveaways; local food and retail vendors; and chefs from all over the island competing in the Ex-UBE-rant Cook Off! The festival isn’t only to taste and learn about this delicious root vegetable, but also to give back to communities on Big Island and Philippines. 10% of net proceeds will go to the Hawaii Food Basket and Child Hope Philippines.

October 20, 2019
ANNUAL TASTE OF HILO
Featuring more than 30 participating restaurants, chefs, pastry chefs, bakers, and beverage suppliers. To be held at Hilo Honpa Hongwanji Betsuin Sangha Hall (398 Kilauea Ave Hilo, 96720), from 1-3pm. Sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawai'i, event proceeds go to support the Hawai'i Community College culinary program. Each year, a different local ingredient is featured, and culinary students participate by hosting a food station. Tickets are $55 Advance or $70 at the Door, and may be ordered by calling the Chamber at 934-0177 or by emailing jccih@jccih.org. For more nformation, visit www.jccih.org.

October 20, 2019
AFTERNOON AT THE PALACE CONCERT/HULA AND VILLAGE STROLL
Free Hawaiian music and hula on the grounds of Hulihe'e Palace on Alii Drive from 4-5pm. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For more info about the Stroll, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

October 24-28, 2019
HAWAI'I ISLAND FESTIVAL OF BIRDS - KEAUHOU, KONA
The Annual Hawai'i Island Festival of Birds will be held October 24 to 28, 2019, headquartered at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa. The 2019 theme, “Wanderers and Migrants--Hawai'i's Unique Avian Visitors,” highlights migratory and accidental avian visitors that arrive in Hawai'i each year. Festival includes education on Papahanaumokuakea National Marine Monument, reception, film festival, guided birding excursions on land and sea, a Bird Fair and gala. Beneficiaries are Hawai'i Wildlife Center and The Hawai'i Island Coast to Coast Birding Trail. Sponsors include Hawai'i Tourism Authority, County of Hawai'i, Hawaii Forest & Trail, Destination Marketing, Hawaii Wildlife Center and Alaska Airlines. Time: Varies at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa. Cost: Caries (some free and some paid events). For information call: 808-331-3655 or email info@birdfesthawaii.org.

October 25-28, 2019
1st TRADITIONAL TATTOO FESTIVAL - KOHALA INSTITUTE, HAWI & KAPA'AU
Hawaii's first Traditional Tattoo Festival will be held on the Big Island Oct. 25-28. Celebrate the ritualistic and ceremonial practice of traditional tattooing with master indigenous tattoo artists from Pacific and Arctic cultures, including Hawai'i's own Keone Nunes and renowned tattoo anthropologist Lars Krutak. This four-day event includes an all-day cultural fair with traditional tattoo demos, workshops, a fireside 'awa ritual, music, food and free tattoo films. Time: 6 pm-pau, Oct. 25; 9 am-3 pm, Oct. 26; 9 am-4 pm Oct. 27-28 at GRACE Center at the Kohala Institute, Hawi and Kapa'au, Cost Varies: Free to $295 for full Conference Registration. Sponsored by Kohala Institute and supported by grants from Hawaii Tourism Authority Community Enrichment Program and Hawai'I Council for the Humanities. Learn more about the master artists, and register for a two-day conference designed for traditional tattoo enthusiasts at https://www.traditionaltattoofestivalhi.com.

October 26, 2019
RUN FOR THE DRY FOREST - PU'U WA'AWA'A
The annual Run for the Dry Forest at Pu'u Wa'awa'a is a 10km run, 5km run/walk and 1/4 mile keiki run, with a 7:30am start. You can choose to run or walk a 5km course (suitable for most people), or do a 10 km run (an "extreme trail running experience" featuring a 1200 ft elevation gain in the first 3 miles). There is also a fun, non-competitive 1/4 mile run of flat surfaces; parents are welcome to join the kids. Pu'u Wa'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. Time: 6:45am to noon. Cost: $30 Adults/$15 Children 14 & under. For more information, visit https://www.kona-kohala.com/events/details/run-for-the-dry-forest-2666.

October 26, 2019
'OHANA HALLOWEEN PA'INA - KEAUHOU, KONA
Free admission. Haunted House, playground, and vendors from 5-9:30pm. Keiki Costume Contest; Adult Costume Contest, Family Costume Contest, and live entertainment. There will be trick-or-treating at participating merchants, a keiki fun zone, food trucks, and live entertainment. For more info &; parking details, visit Keauhou Shopping Center's website.

October 27, 2019
7th ANNUAL EAST HAWAI'I JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL BENEFIT - HILO
Get your tickets for the Annual East Hawai'i Jazz and Blues Festival! This swingin' event takes place on indoor and outdoor stages at Nani Maui Gardens, 421 Makalika St. Hilo. Proceeds benefit the Hawai'i Island Veterans Memorial, Inc. For ticket info, visit www.hawaiiislandveterans.org. For more information & tickets, call 808-964-5764 or (808) 961-6851.

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November

November 1-10, 2019
KONA COFFEE CULTURAL FESTIVAL
For nearly 200 years much has been celebrated, discussed and enjoyed over a cup of Kona's world famous coffee. Praised for its fine, light and memorable taste, Kona coffee once again takes center stage at the Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. Celebrate the harvest, as Kona coffee farms offer a firsthand look at growing this world-famous crop, the coffee art scene fills with inspiration, and music and dance enrich cultural exchanges. Kona coffee and food events offer tastings, and hands-on cultural events help tell the story of Kona's rich coffee history. A $3 festival button is required for some events. For more information, visit www.konacoffeefest.com.

November TBA, 2019
ANNUAL BLACK & WHITE NIGHT - HILO
Hilo's huge annual walk-about party will have music in the streets, shops open late, and an after-party at the Palace Theater. "Dress to impress in your best black & white." All proceeds from the event will go to support the annual Downtown Hilo Christmas Parade. For event info, entertainment listings, selfie spots and contest rules, visit downtownhilo.com/blackand white.

November 9, 2019
100% PURE KONA COFFEE MARATHON & HALF MARATHON - KAILUA-KONA
Run the scenic coast of Kailua-Kona, beginning at Coconut Grove Marketplace and heading south on Ali'i Drive. This is the first year for the Marathon distance. A fun run, followed by coffee and awards! The southbound lane of Ali'i Drive will be closed for the race. Time: 5:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. Begins/Ends at Coconut Grove Marketplace, Kailua-Kona. Cost: https://flpregister.com/414. For more information, email 100percentkonahalf@gmail.com or visit https://www.purekonahalf.com/.

November 9, 2019
10th ANNUAL FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY-WAIKOLOA REGION WALK/RUN FOR LITERACY
Friends of the Library-Waikoloa Region will hold its 10th Annual 5K Walk/Run for Literacy to promote library causes and to support various literacy projects. Time: registration at 6:15 AM; race at 7:30 AM till 12:30pm at Waikoloa School, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738. Online registration. For more information, visit www.flwr-runforliteracy.com.

November 16, 2019
2nd ANNUAL HABITAT FOR HUMANITY FUNDRAISING GALA - KAILUA-KONA
You are invited to join Habitat for Humanity Hawai'i Island for the Second Annual Fundraising Gala on Saturday, November 16, 2019, from 5-10 pm. Habitat Hawaii Island is hosting the Gala on the beautiful lu'au grounds of the Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. The funds raised will go towards building affordable homes for needy families and the Puna disaster recovery efforts. Cost: $125. For more information, call (808) 331-8010 ext 106, email margo@habitathawaiiisland.org or visit habitathawaiiisland.org/.

November 17, 2019
HOLUALOA VILLAGE COFFEE & ART STROLL - KONA
From 9am-3pm, stroll through the art district of quaint Holualoa Village and visit galleries exhibiting an extensive collection of local artists. Over 30 Kona coffee farms join the festivities offering tastings and products for purchase. For more information, visit www.konacoffeefest.com.

November 17, 2019
'OHANA WELLNESS EXPO & 5K/10K SUNSET FUN RUN - KAILUA-KONA
ClubRehab is presenting the inaugural 'Ohana Wellness Expo and Sunset 5k/10k fun run. On Sunday, November 17th, 2019 we are inviting local businesses to educate the community on how they might assist in improving an individual's physical, environment, education, connection, and financial wellness.The purpose of the Ohana Wellness Expo is to educate the community on the different dimensions of wellness and the options they have to improve in these areas. The Expo is being held Hale Halawai, coinciding with Historic Kailua Village Sunday Stroll! During the Wellness Expo we will having keiki friendly activities and outdoor entertainment! Following the Ohana Wellness Expo, we will be holding a non-profit 5k/10k fun run to raise money for Go Wild and IRONMAN Foundations. Time: 12:00PM to 4PM at Hale Halawai, Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona. Free to the public.. For more information call: 8083297744 or email rguy@clubrehabhawaii.com or visit clubrehabhawaii.com/.

November TBA, 2019
WINE, CHEESE, CHOCOLATE & MORE! BENEFIT - HILO
Time: 5-8pm, at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel's Moku'ola Room. For 18 years old and up. Hilo Medical Center Foundation's 14th Annual Wine, Cheese, Chocolate & More Fundraiser will feature delectable chocolates; superior cheeses; fine wines with distinct properties, aromas and flavors; cold beer; and a magnificent array of delicious pupu and appetizers created with local ingredients that will be served by local physician "waiters." There will also be silent and live auctions. The Physician of the Year will be honored. Tickets: $125. For more information, email HMCFoundation@hhsc.org or visit www.hilomedicalcenterfoundation.org.

November TBA, 2019
KONA COFFEE CULTURAL FESTIVAL LANTERN PARADE - KAILUA-KONA
Time: 6pm. The popular Lantern Parade returns! Parade route starts on Alii Drive at Hale Halawai County Pavilion and travels through historic Kailua Village to Kailua Pier. For more info, visit konacoffeefest.com.

November TBA, 2019
HAWAI'I ISLAND VETERANS DAY PARADE - HILO
Time: 10am, beginning at Wailoa State Park statue to Kilauea Ave to Waianuenue Ave. to Kamehameha Ave. Enjoy a wide variety of exciting marching units, along with the music of island marching bands and Taiko drummers. For more information, email andreajeanrice@yahoo.com or lewisadams80@gmail.com or visit www.hivetparade.org.

November TBA, 2019
KONA COFFEE RECIPE CONTEST - HAWAI'I COMMUNITY COLLEGE, PALAMANUI
Amateurs, culinary students and professional chefs present their favorite sweet and savory recipes featuring 100% Kona Coffee. Keiki (children) showcase sweet or savory snacks. Recipe contest opens with cooking demonstrations, judging and award presentations. Public tasting to follow. For more information, visit www.konacoffeefest.com.

November TBA, 2019
VETERAN'S DAY CELEBRATION - NA'ALEHU COMMUNITY PARK, KA'U
An event honoring veterans with lunch, and entertainment. This is a drug and alcohol-free event. For more info, call Wayne at (808) 937-4773.

November TBA, 2019
KONA COFFEE FESTIVAL CUPPING FINALS - OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK
Time: 9am-3pm, at Maka'eo Pavilion. Kona’s top 10 farms move into the prestigious Kona Coffee Cupping Competition finals. The action heats up as judges taste their way to the winning cup. Educational seminars and exciting commentary keep Festival goers interested. Art booths, including winning Festival artists, will set up shop. Kona coffee farms will have samples for tastings. The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Cupping winner presentation and reception will take place, as well. For more information, visit www.konacoffeefest.com.

November TBA, 2019
The 31st ANNUAL HILO CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA CRAFT FAIR
Hilo's popular Christmas craft event, featuring quality handmade crafts from the Big Island, and the states of Hawai'i, California - and Las Vegas! Time: Nov. 16, from 5-9pm; Nov. 17, from 9am-3pm. To be held at the Edith Kanaka'ole Tennis Stadium. For more information, please visit www.malamaponoevents.com. For more information, call (808) 896-1620 or email malamaponoeventsmgmt@gmail.com.

November TBA, 2019
0ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO KING DAVID KALAKAUA - SHERATON KONA RESORT, KEAUHOU
Time: 8am-3pm. This is a celebration of hula in honor of "The Merrie Monarch," King David Kalakaua. 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. Free hula performances; local art and crafts. Food will be available for sale; no outside food or coolers, please. For more info, visit http://www.emauanakahula.org.

November TBA, 2019
ANNUAL HOLOKU BALL/HAWAIIAN MUSIC CONCERT - SHERATON KONA RESORT, KEAUHOU
The ball will feature beautiful holoku gowns, delicious food, music, dancing and warm aloha. Includes concert by a popular Hawaiian music group, which may be attended singly or in addition to the ball. For tickets and more info, visit http://www.emauanakahula.org/The-Celebration.html.

November TBA, 2019
KONA COFFEE FESTIVAL HO'OLAULE'A - OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK
To be held at Maka'eo Pavilion. Enjoy a multi-generational, multi-cultural celebration of all things Kona coffee. Hands-on cultural demonstrations, popular ethnic food market, the Festival of Arts & Crafts and all-day live entertainment. Take in the beautiful lei contest, participate in traditional Hawaiian poi making, ikebana, traditional Japanese calligraphy and visit the heritage display. For more information, visit www.konacoffeefest.com.

November TBA, 2019
KAWAIHAE CANOE CLUB'S 25th ANNUAL LU'AU BENEFIT
Enjoy a wonderful evening of Hawaiian food and entertainment. Gate opens at 5pm at Kawaihae Canoe Club Small Boat Harbor; dinner starts at 6pm. Contact Izzy 987-2819 for tickets and more information, or email kccluau@yahoo.com.

November TBA, 2019
5th ANNUAL GOING NUTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS FESTIVAL - HALE HALAWAI, KAILUA-KONA
A free, community Zero Waste event highlighting Hawaiian island-grown macnuts and coconuts. Live entertainment featuring Hawaiian and local musicians. Local arts, crafts, deliciously healthful food preparations. Coconut and macnut food and recipes. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 936-5233 or email randyldna@earthlink.net or visit www.hawaiisanctuary.org.

November TBA, 2019
MEET & EAT ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DINNER - KONA
Presented by the Kona Task Force on Feeding the Hungry. The public is invited to a traditional Thanksgiving meal at the Kealakehe Intermediate School Cafeteria on Onipa'a Street from 5:15-7pm. It is free, but if you can, please bring a bag of rice for the rice bag pyramid to help the Food Basket, as rice is normally at a minimum during this time of year. Canned goods are also welcome. The task force is made up of community organizations, churches and businesses joining together to feed the needy in West Hawai'i.

November TBA, 2019
KAILUA-KONA HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING
The annual tree lighting will take place at 5:45pm at Emma's Square (across from Hulihe'e Palace on Alii Drive) with holiday hula and music.

November TBA, 2018
KAMAHALO CRAFT FAIR - VOLCANO VILLAGE
Shop handcrafted artisans and home grown products during this 2-day craft fair at The Cooper Center in Volcano which coincides with the Volcano Village Art Studio Tour and Sale. Time: 9AM-4PM. For more information, call 808/936-9705, email kilaueatutu@gmail.com or visit http://thecoopercenter.org/.

November TBA, 2019
37th ANNUAL JOANN WILLIAMS' CHRISTMAS TREASURES ART, JEWELRY GIFT & CRAFT FAIR - KAILUA-KONA
Times: Friday, 9 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, in the Foyer, Ballrooms, Herb Kane Foyer (where canoes are), and Garden Tent Area. Free admission; donated prizes from each vendor will be given away throughout the fair. Featuring vendors from all over Hawai'i with a wide assortment of unique items.

November TBA, 2018
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. Maps to the artists' studios will be available at local businesses in Volcano Village, as well as at www.VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 987-3472 or email eherb@hawaii.rr.com.

November 23-24, 2019
KONA PALISADES ARTISTS OPEN STUDIO TOUR AND SALE
Take the self-guided tour to meet eight Big Island artists at four locations within the Kona Palisades area. See the art displayed, demonstrations in the studios and buy directly from the artists. Preview artists work and view a map on Kona Palisades Artists facebook page. There will be glass mosaics and acrylic painting; stained glass; photography, watercolors; acrylic photo transfer mixed media; watercolors and jewelry; sandblasted glass vessels; and gyotaku (fish prints on paper and garments). Look for the signs near Holoholo off Ka'iminani to start your tour or enter 73-4356 Holoholo St, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740 into your GPS. For more information, email KonaPalisadesArtists@gmail.com.

November TBA, 2019
HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE'S 'OHANA CHRISTMAS CRAFT FESTIVAL - GRAND BALLROOM
Hilton Waikoloa's 'Ohana Christmas Craft Festival will be held from 9am to 5pm (Sat) and 9am to 4pm (Sun). It will be a day of Christmas spirit and aloha, with amazing and unique Christmas gifts, entertainment, Silent Auctions, Santa Claus, a "football room," children's crafts, hula lessons, lei making and more! Free to the public. For more information, email trina.ashcraft@hilton.com.

November TBA, 2019
NA MAKUA INVITATIONAL CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR - HILO
The Annual Na Makua Invitational Christmas Gift Fair showcases Hawai‘i's best artists and producers with their finest one-of-a kind holiday gifts. Enjoy free entertainment by some of Hawai'i's top entertainers, hourly drawings for prizes and ono food. This is a FREE event. Time: Friday, 12 pm-6 pm; Saturday, 9 am-6 pm at Ah Fook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, Hilo. For more information, call 808-966-4647, email puna@namakua.com or visit www.namakua.com.

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December

December TBA, 2019
HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - HILO
Time: 7:30am-2:30pm at the Hilo Recycling & Transfer Station collection area. Accepted Items are motor oil, antifreeze, corrosives, poisons, corrosives, batteries, medications, solvents and thinners, fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermometers, oil-based paints, and compressed gas cylinders. Not accepted items are business waste, farm waste, electronics, explosives or flares, radioactive materials, shock sensitive items, controlled substances, fire extinguishers, bio/infectiours waste, non-toxics. More info at www.hawaiizerowaste.org, or call 961-8554.

December TBA, 2019
22nd ANNUAL ARC OF KONA BAZAAR - KEALAKEKUA
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 81-1065 Konawaena School Road, Kealakekua. Featuring delicious food, craft vendors, trash and treasure, live entertainment and more. Info: 323-2626.

December TBA, 2019
HOLUALOA MUSIC AND LIGHT FESTIVAL, KONA

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

December TBA, 2019
TWILIGHT CHRISTMAS PARADE - WAIMEA

Starting at Church Row, and ending at Waimea Town Park at 5:30pm. Visit with Santa at Parker Ranch Center immediately after the parade and have a free picture taken with him. There will be goody bags for all children, while supplies last. Charitable donations will be accepted to benefit the Waimea Lions Club and North Hawai`i Hospice.

December TBA, 2019
ANNUAL CANADA-FRANCE-HAWAI'I TELESCOPE STARGAZING PARTY - WAIMEA
Right after the Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade from approximately 7-9pm, CFHT will host its annual stargazing party, with telescopes, hot beverages, keiki activities, and an opportunity to talk to the astronomers. Members of the West Hawai'i Astronomy Club will also be there with telescopes. 65-1238 Mamalahoa Hwy, CFHT front lawn, Waimea. Free to the public. For information, call 808-885-3121 or email outreach@cfht.hawaii.edu.

December TBA, 2019
CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHEFS - KAILUA-KONA
The annual gala is on the seaside grounds of Courtyard King Kamehameha’'s Kona Beach Hotel. Members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Association will delight attendees with plates of expertly prepared savory cuisine and delectable holiday treats—all accompanied by handcrafted ales, choice wines and 100 percent Kona coffee. Live music and dancing under the stars fronting historic Kamakahonu Bay. A silent auction will tempt would-be Santas with an array of holiday gift ideas, while supporting local businesses. The annual fundraiser benefits local culinary students attending Hawai‘'i Community College— Palamanui and members of the Kona Kohala Chefs wanting to further their education The silent auction is a benefit for the Palamanui culinary program through the ACF Kona Kohala Chefs and Jean Hull Endowment fund. Tickets are sold online at www.konakohalachefs.orgkkacf2011@gmail.com.

December TBA, 2019
NA MAKUA INVITATIONAL CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR - HILO
The Annual Na Makua Invitational Christmas Gift Fair showcases Hawai‘i’'s best artists and producers with their finest one-of-a kind holiday gifts. Enjoy free entertainment by some of Hawaii’'s top entertainers, hourly drawings for prizes and ‘ono food. This is a free event. Time: 9 am-6 pm at Ah Fook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, Hilo. For more information, call 808-966-4647, email puna@namakua.com or visit www.namakua.com.

December TBA 2019
FIRST FRIDAY IN HOLUALOA
This Friday from 5:30 to 8:30, Holualoa village hosts the festive holiday edition of its monthly community event, First Friday Art After Dark. Village galleries will feature new art and artists, tasty street eats, and a range of musical performances. This community event is free and for all ages.

December TBA, 2019
HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - KAILUA-KONA
Time: 7:30am-2:30pm at the Kealakehe Recycling & Transfer Station. Accepted Items are motor oil, antifreeze, corrosives, poisons, corrosives, batteries, medicaiotns, solvents and thinners, fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermometers, oil-based paints, and compressed gas cylinders. Not accepted items are business waste, farm waste, electronics, explosives or flares, radioactive materials, shock sensitive items, controlled substances, fire extinguishers, bio/infectiours waste, non-toxics. More info at www.hawaiizerowaste.org, or call 961-8554.

December TBA, 2019
KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.) is holding their next book sale on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona Public Library on December 8, 2018 from 9:00AM to 1:00PM. Proceeds from book sales help support special programs and the needs of the Kona libraries. Do your Christmas shopping for gift quality books and tote bags. Teachers will receive special discounts with their official school ID, and F.O.L.K. members receive a 20% discount. As always, volunteers are welcome. Book donations are accepted at the library. If you wish to see our book sales continue, please help. For more information, call 808-322-0077, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

December TBA, 2019
ANNUAL KAILUA-KONA COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARADE
The annual Kailua-Kona Community Christmas Parade will begin at 5:00 p.m. at Kekuaokalani Gym next to Kona Aquatic Center, go south on Kuakini, down Palani Rd., and along Ali'i Drive to Walua Road, ending at Royal Kona Resort. Applications and additional parade information is available online at www.paradesinkona.com or you may contact Renee Kraft at 808-345-2108.

December TBA, 2019
HOLIDAY BLOCK PARTY - KAINALIU
This holiday block party in historic Kainaliu town will be fun for the whole family. Santa, face painting, crafts, food, live music, giveaways, and much more! Time: 5-8:30pm, from Aloha Theatre to Sandy's Drive-In. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 747-4239.

December 15, 2019
AFTERNOON AT THE PALACE CONCERT/HULA, VILLAGE STROLL AND FREE CONCERT!
Free Hawaiian music and hula on the grounds of Hulihe'e Palace on Alii Drive from 4-5pm. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. The Kailua Business Assn. will present a free holiday concert with a popular Hawaiian musician to the public from 5-6pm in Emma's Square across from the Palace. A Lighted Boat Parade will follow, at 6pm in Kailua Bay! For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For more info about the Stroll, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

December TBA, 2019
15th ANNUAL JINGLE BELL BEACH 5K FUN RUN/BENEFIT - KAILUA-KONA
The Annual Jingle Bell Beach Run has grown into the largest 5k run/walk on the Big Island. This fun and festive holiday-themed event encourages participation from all ages and fitness levels, and benefits Kiwani Club of Kailua-Kona. The event starts and finishes along the stunning oceanfront setting of historic Ali'i Drive at the Coconut Grove Marketplace. Time: 7:30-10:30 AM. Entry fee. For more information, call 808-345-6214, email penn@hawaiisportevents.com or visit www.kona5k.com.

December TBA, 2019
THE NUTCRACKER BALLET - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
Going to see The Nutcracker Ballet is a holiday tradition. The dedicated students of West Hawaii' Dance Theatre will showcase their talent and dance skill. Guest dancers will join in to complete the festive event. For more information, call 808-329-8876, email info@whdt.org or visit whdt.org.

December TBA, 2019
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF KONA HOLIDAY FAVORITES CONCERT - ALOHA THEATRE, KAINALIU
The chamber orchestra will play a variety of holiday songs. For more info, visit http://www.chamberorchestraofkona.com/concerts.html. Tickets will also be available at the door beginning at 6pm.

December 24, 2019
CANDLELIGHT SERVICE AT STATE OF HAWAI'I'S OLDEST CHURCH - KAILUA-KONA
Mokuaikaua Church, on Ali'i Dr. in Kailua-Kona will celebrate Christ's birth with their annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 8pm. For more information, call (808) 329-0655 or email office@mokuaikaua.com or visit http://mokuaikaua.com/.

December 28, 2019
WAILEA VILLAGE 22nd ANNUAL MOCHI POUNDING
Time: 8AM-2PM. A traditional Japanese mochi-pounding event that started with 23 people, mostly neighbors that now welcomes between 600-700 people. Time: 8 a.m-2 p.m. at Akiko's Buddhist B&B, Hakalau. Free to the public. Saturday is the Mochi Pounding celebration, making traditional rice cakes the "old-fashioned" way: everyone takes their turn at pounding the delicious sticky rice for good luck. Fire building starts at 7 a.m. to steam the rice. Hearty local-style lunches will be available for $5. New Year's crafts, food vendors, fortune telling, massage, I Ching readings, floral arrangements, plantation stories, Okinawan taiko drumming, Hawaiian entertainment & more. Great cultural mix of everything that makes Hawaii so special. Call Miss Akiko for more info, at (808) 963-6422, email msakiko@hawaii.rr.com or visit http://www.akikosbnb.com/activities/activities.html#mochi for more information.

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January

January 1-8, 2020
WAIMEA OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL - SO. KOHALA RESORTS
The 2020 annual Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Waimea Film) is January 1-8 with screenings and programming January 1-4 in Waimea, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and the Mauna Kea Resort before moving January 5-8 to the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Festival passes are available online starting mid-August 2019 at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org with extra early purchase pass rates available August through mid-September and early purchase pass rates available through mid-November. The Waimea Ocean Film Festival brings an action-packed lineup of films, filmmaker Q&As, speakers, exhibits and presentations to the island each January, providing an immersive film festival experience complete with heart-pounding adventure, giant waves, wildlife, ocean panoramas, important topics and all-around inspiration. Over 70 films feature ocean experience, ocean environment, island culture, inspiring stories and tales of epic adventure. Breakfast Talks and presentations provide a rare opportunity for guests to hear from filmmakers and speakers as they share up-to-date information or stories behind-the-scenes. The 2020 Festival Program will be posted to the website in PDF format for convenient download around December 20. In addition, the daily lineup of festival offerings will be posted on facebook each morning throughout the festival. For event updates, visit waimeaoceanfilm.org or follow the Waimea Ocean Film Festival on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. For questions, contact the festival at (808) 854-6095 or email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

January TBA, 2020
6th ANNUAL "SERVE IT FORWARD" TENNIS TOURNAMENT/BENEFIT - KEAUHOU, KONA
The Serve It Forward Tennis Tournament, put on by local non-profit Family Support Hawaii, will be a weekend filled with all kinds of great fun for all ages! There will be tennis matches for people of all skill levels (even if you've never picked up a racket before), fun carnival games for a chance to win some cool prizes, a,silent auction with some amazing items, information on connecting with community partners, and much more. Time: 8:00 AM until pau at Holua Tennis Resort, Keauhou. Free to the public. All proceeds from this event go to help support the families of West Hawai'i that are served through Family Support Hawaii. If you would like more information about the tournament (how to register to play in it, how to volunteer to help with it, how to donate silent auction items, sponsorship opportunities, or any info at all), please visit https://familysupporthawaii.org/blog/events/serve-it-forward-tennis-tournament/ or call Catherine Abellera at (808) 334-4120. For more info about Family Support Hawaii, visit www.familysupporthawaii.org.

January TBA, 2020
HOSPICE OF KONA'S "CIRCLE OF REMEMBRANCE" - KAILUA-KONA
The community is invited to share in warm and loving tributes to family and friends who have died, at Hospice of Kona's annual Circle of Remembrance. Free to the public, and held at the Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel's Lu'au Grounds from 5-7pm, the program includes live music, inspirational readings and more. Complimentary heavy pupus and soft beverages will be available. The program is open to the community but space is limited, so please RSVP to Hospice of Kona at 324-7700. Those attending are invited to send their loved ones' names and photos to jschroedel@hospiceofkona.org, to be commemorated in a "Recitation of Loved Ones" memorial slideshow.

January TBA, 2020
13th ANNUAL COMMUNITY CARES EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
This is an event highlighting cancer care resources. This year's theme is "Over the Rainbow; Wizard of Oz Style," so come as you are, or as a Wizard of Oz character! There will be live music and surprise guests. The event will feature community outreach programs, face painting, massages, haircuts, a silent auction, delicous food, photo booth and other vendors. Donations are much appreciated toward this non-profit, all volunteer group's annual $10,000 budget. Mail checks to Community Cares, ATTN: Donations, 74-5500 Luhia St., D4; Kailua-Kona, HI 96740-1677. Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 PM at Old Airport Beach Park's Maka'eo Pavillion (75-5560 Kuakini Hwy). For more information, call (808) 896-6310, or email communitycareshawaii@gmail.com.

January TBA, 2020
40th ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION - OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK, KAILUA-KONA
This annual observance to honor the great civil rights leader will take place in Maka'eo Pavilion. There will be a complimentary luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; the program will start at 1:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The celebration will consist of displays of art, songs, and music by our local schools and the community. For additional information contact Virginia Halliday at (808)325-1112 or Mamie Bramlett, at (808) 331-1448.

January TBA, 2020
MONTHLY "KOKUA KAILUA" VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian music and hula on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

January TBA, 2020
'IOLANI LUAHINE HULA FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
The 18th annual 'Iolani Luahine Hula Festival will be held at the Sheraton Kona Resort and 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 kumu hula 'Iolani Luahine and her contributions to the preservation of hula and Hawaiian culture. This year the festival will again include hula presentations, and a challenge to kumu hula with a prize for the one who best demonstrates the values of 'Iolani Luahine: education and Hawaiian culture. The festival will feature hula workshops. Hula presentations will feature makuahine, makuakane and kupuna hula presentations. The hula presentations on both days are a free community event and everyone is invited to attend! Donations will be gratefully accepted to support the festival. There will be a Friday evening Hawaiian music concert which helps support the festival. Tickets will be available online and at the door. On Saturday, the festival will offer quality Hawaiian arts and crafts by local artisans beginning at 11:00 am. For tickets, workshop registration, or more information about the festival, please visit www.iolaniluahinefestival.org. For more information, email administrator@nawaiiwiola.org.

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February

February TBA, 2020
FIRST FRIDAY CELEBRATION - HOLUALOA VILLAGE
Holualoa Village galleries will feature new art and artists, tasty street eats and music all along Mamalahoa Highway through town during the monthly Art-After-Dark event from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. The village block party features art and artists in over a dozen galleries and shops, as well as free live music and a great selection of local food vendors. This community event is free, and for all ages.

February 8-9 2020
SERVE IT FORWARD TENNIS FUNDRAISER - KEAUHOU, KONA
Time: 8am-5pm at Holua Tennis Center Keauhou HI, Keauhou, Kona. Registration varies. For information call: (808) 334-4120 or email cabellera@fsswh.org or visit serveitforward.tennis.

February TBA, 2020
ASIAN FEST - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
Time: 5-8pm. Lions and Taiko Drums! Welcome the Year of the Pig at the exciting “Asian Fest” at Queens’ MarketPlace. Celebrate with vibrant Lion Dancers and the driving rhythms of drums from around the world. And, make sure you have your lycee (red envelope) ready with “lettuce” to feed the Lion and ensure good health and fortune in 2019. More than Chinese New Year, Asian Fest brings together the fun and fascinating Far East traditions that came to Hawai`i and still inspire residents and visitors from everywhere!

February TBA, 2020
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 during the day at venues throughout Waimea - look for pink banners identifying site locations from the Parker Ranch Historic Homes on Mamalahoa Hwy. 190 to the Hawaiian Homestead Farmer's Market on Hwy. 19. Enjoy an all day lineup of Japanese and multi-cultural performing arts, plus hands-on demonstrations of bonsai, origami, traditional tea ceremony, and mochi pounding, and a host of colorful craft fairs. Free shuttle transportation among most venues. For more info, please call 808-961-8706.

February TBA, 2020
"CULINARY ARTS UNDER THE STARS" BENEFIT - KINGS' SHOPS, WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
A benefit for the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative. Stroll under the stars at Kings' Shops and sample fine cuisine from local chefs at tasting stations throughout the center. Entertainment by Grammy award-winning slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson. Time: 5:30-7:30pm. Cost: $45 per person. For more information, call (808) 494-2208, email jen@waikoloadryforest.org or visit waikoloadryforest.org.

February TBA, 2020
PLANT PEOPLE ROAD SHOW - OLD AIRPORT BEACH PARK, KONA
Find out from Big Island growers what plant varieties thrive best in your location at the 7th annual Plant People Road Show, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Maka'eo Pavilion at Old Kona Airport State Park. "Talk story" with twelve growers from the island’'s different climates during the sale. Growers will also offer cut, blooming, flower stems and plant selections geared for Valentine gift-giving. Admission is free. For more information, email orchidpeople.jennifer@gmail.com.

February TBA, 2020
KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.) is holding their next book sale on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona Public Library from 9:00AM to 1:00PM. Proceeds from book sales help support special programs and the needs of the Kona libraries. Teachers will receive special discounts with their official school ID, and F.O.L.K. members receive a 20% discount. As always, volunteers are welcome. Book donations are accepted at the library. If you wish to see our book sales continue, please help. For more information, call 808-322-0077, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

February TBA, 2020
9th ANNUAL WILIWILI FESTIVAL - WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
The Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative will be hosting the annual Wiliwili Festival from 9am-3pm at the Waikoloa Stables. The Wiliwili Festival is a fun, free, educational event for all ages and a great opportunity to learn more about the unique environment of Hawai'i island. This year, guided tours of the Waikoloa Dry Forest Preserve, on-site workshops, educational talks, music, food, vendors, and a silent auction will be offered. Celebrate Hawai'i island's beloved wiliwili trees! Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 494-2208, email jen@waikoloadryforest.org or visit waikoloadryforest.org.

February TBA, 2020
KONA MAUKA ROTARY'S VALENTINE WINE TASTING EVENT
Time: 4-8pm at Holualoa Inn. To feature a Poke Station by Sam Choy; fine wines; delicious food; music and dancing; live and silent auctions.The proceeds from this event go toward scholarships for local students and other community projects.; This event sells out every year. Silent Auction. Live music. Delicious food. For more info, call Carol at (808) 896-2397.

February TBA, 2020
HEIVA I HAWAI'I TAHITIAN DANCE COMPETITION
Free cultural event featuring Tahitian groups and soloists competing in dance, drumming and pageant. There will be food and craft vendors, a kids fun zone with inflatable bouncers, and much more. The event begins with the Mr. and Miss Heiva I Hawaii Beauty Pageant on Friday night from 6-9pm. The Tahitian dance competition in solo, couple and group categories will be held from 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. Kekuaokalani Gym and field (Kona Community Gym, next to the pool). Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 937-8214, email funtojumpkona@yahoo.com or visit heivaihawaii.com.

February TBA, 2020
28th ANNUAL PANAEWA STAMPEDE RODEO - HILO
This large and diverse rodeo features Team Roping, Barrel Racing, Bronc Riding and Bull Riding. In addition, there are special events presented only in Hawai'i: cowboys and cowgirls will compete in Double Mugging and Po'o Wai U just like it was done in the early paniolo days of old Hawai'i. Time: 12:00pm till finished at Panaewa Equestrian Center. For more information, call (808) 937-1004 or visit www.hawaiirodeostampede.com.

February TBA, 2020
AFTERNOON AT THE PALACE CONCERT/HULA AND VILLAGE STROLL
Hawaiian music and hula on the grounds of Hulihe'e Palace on Alii Drive from 4-5pm. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For more info about the Stroll, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

February TBA, 2020
INTERNATIONAL NIGHTS - HILO
Performances by UH Hilo international students, spanning the globe. An annual favorite among students, the community, and visitors, held at UH Hilo Performing Arts Center. Tickets may be purchased at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Box Office from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday. Advance ticket purchase is recommended as tickets typically sell out prior to the shows. (Sorry, no phone or online orders.) For ticket information, contact the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Box Office at (808) 932-7490. For more information, call (808) 932-7490, email mellon@hawaii.edu or visit hilo.hawaii.edu/international/IN.php.

February TBA, 2020
14th ANNUAL AVOCADO FESTIVAL - KAILUA-KONA
A free community event with non-stop entertainment for the entire family, featuring a full day of avocado delights! Time: 10am-5pm at Hale Halawai on Alii Drive. Avocado grafting demonstration; avocado food preparation and tasting; growing, maintenance, and pruning advice; varietal choice and pruning discussions; local artists, crafts and delicious vegan foods available - and much more! www.avocadofestival.org.

February TBA, 2020
SOKO 6th ANNUAL ARTIST'S STUDIO TOUR
Visit artists in their studios at locations from Keauhou throughout Kona to Captain Cook. Time: 9 am-4 pm. Free to the public. See the brochure and map at www.sokoartists.com. For more info, call 808-328-2162 or email sokoartists@gmail.com.

February TBA, 2020
HAWAI'I ISLAND LIVING & DESIGN EXPO - SHERATON KONA RESORT, KEAUHOU
The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Hawai‘i Island Living & Design Expo, the biggest of its kind here on Hawai'i Island. Enjoy fun and engaging exhibitors, awards for best booths, and a live radio DJ. To be held at Sheraton Kona Resort's Kaleiopapa Convention Center. Free to the public. For more information, email marketing@kona-kohala.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/391045598332456/.

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March

March TBA, 2020
HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - WAIMEA

8:30am-3:30pm. at the Recycling & Transfer Station. Accepted Items: motor oil, antifreeze, corrosives, poisons, batteries, medications, solvents and thinners, fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermometers, oil based paints, compressed gas cylinders. Not Accepted: business waste, farm waste, electronics, explosives or flares, radioactive materials, shock sensitive items, controlled substances, fire extinguishers, bio/infectious waste, non-toxics. For more info, call 961-8554.

March TBA, 2020
GREAT WAIKOLOA 'UKULELE FESTIVAL - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT

The festivities at the Kings' Shops and Queens' MarketPlace include a free workshop with celebrated teachers Roy and Kathy Sakuma, non-stop concerts, 'ukulele 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. Time: 11am-6pm. For more information call (808) 886-8822 or visit www.waikoloabeachresort.com.

March TBA, 2020
KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.) is holding their next book sale on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona Public Library from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. Proceeds from book sales help support special programs and the needs of the Kona libraries. Teachers will receive special discounts with their official school ID, and F.O.L.K. members receive a 20% discount. As always, volunteers are welcome. Book donations are accepted at the library. If you wish to see our book sales continue, please help. For more information, call 808-322-0077, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

March TBA, 2020
The 25th ANNUAL KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL
The Kona Brewers Festival has raised awareness, visibility and funding for over 40 non-profit and community organizations supporting the well-being of Hawai'i's youth, environmental conservation, and cultural traditions. To be held at Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. For more information, call (808) 938-7376, email summer@konabrewersfestival.com, or visit www.konabrewersfestival.com.

March TBA, 2020
LIONS-KIWANIS ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST - KAILUA-KONA
This event is a fund raiser for the Kailua-Kona Lions Club and Kiwanis Club of Kailua-Kona. Time: 7:30 to 11:00 AM at Hale Halawai, Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona. Cost: $10 per ticket. For more information, call (808) 315-7821 or email collee@centurytel.net.

March TBA, 2020
NORTH KOHALA COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER'S ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Annual 2-person scramble benefiting N. Kohala Community Resource Center, supporting nearly 90 charitable community projects. Camaraderie, food, fun, and prizes. To be held at Hapuna Golf Course at Mauna Kea Resort. Projects supported by the Center range from student after school programs to athletics to farm-to-market projects and more. Sponsorships available! Time: 6:45 AM to 2:00 PM. Cost: $150. For more information, call (808) 889-5523, email info@northkohala.org or visit http://www.northkohala.org.

March TBA, 2020
ANNUAL MAGIC SPECTACULAR BENEFIT - ALOHA THEATRE, KAINALIU
Benefiting SKEA (Society for Kona's Education & Art). Featuring a famous magician as a headliner, with local favorites Barry "The Great Barusky" Gitelson, Arnie "Arneleo the Great" Rabin and others, performing as well. Shows at 2:30 and 7pm. Call (808) 328-9392 for more info. Tickets are also available at apachawaii.org. For more information, email skea@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.skea.org.

March 17, 2020
4th ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY IRISH FEST - SHOPS AT MAUNA LANI, SO. KOHALA COAST
This free event is fun for the whole family, and features live Celtic music, dance performances by Hawai'i Irish Dance, game booths, and keiki activities, Irish-themed food and a whiskey and beer garden. Time: 4-6pm; free to the public. For more information, email mitch@shopsatmaunalani.com or visit https://www.shopsatmaunalani.com/.

March TBA, 2020
TROPICAL PAWS BENEFIT - FOUR SEASONS HUALALAI RESORT

Time: 6-9pm. Featuring live and silent auctions, a gourmet buffet, live music, and the opportunity to purchase fine collectibles, artwork, hotel stays and more at the abundant silent and invigorating live auctions. $175 per person. Call 808-329-8002, email fund.dev@hihs.org, or visit www.hihs.org for more info or to purchase tickets.

March TBA, 2020
DAY AT HULIHE'E - KAILUA-KONA
All day entertainment by local hula halau, an enticing bake sale, a beautiful bounty of floral arrangements and floral lei & fresh produce, ftreasures from Tutu's Attic, and made-in-Hawai'i products by island crafters and artisans. Time: 9am-4pm on the grounds of Hulihe'e Palace on Ali'i Drive. There will be a drawing for a Hawaiian quilt and other prizes throughout the day. For more info, call 329-9555 or visit daughtersofhawaii.org.

March TBA, 2020
23rd ANNUAL HEART & STROKE WALK - HILO
Cardiovascular disease and stroke threaten our families, friends, and neighbors in all communities. This is a walk and health fair to raise awareness for these issues and to promote a healthful life. Where: Hilo Bayfront Park. Registration opens at 7am; walk begins at 8am. Free to the public. Both lanes of State Highway 19 will be closed along Bayfront from Pauahi St. to Kaipalaoa Landing Lighthouse from 6:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. For more information, call (808) 377-6646, email joann.yang@heart.org or visit hiloheartwalk.org.

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April

April TBA, 2020
FIRST FRIDAY CELEBRATION - HOLUALOA VILLAGE
Holualoa Village galleries will feature new art and artists, tasty street eats and music all along Mamalahoa Highway through town during the monthly Art-After-Dark event from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. The village block party features art and artists in over a dozen galleries and shops, as well as free live music and a great selection of local food vendors. This community event is free, and for all ages.

April TBA, 2020
WAIMEA OUTDOOR CIRCLE ANNUAL SPRING PLANT SALE
Annual plant sale at the Waimea Nature Park featuring local vendors, native and assorted plants and trees, educational information, bake sale and more. Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at Ulu La'au Waimea Nature Park. Free to the public. Parking available behind Canada-France Telescope on Ahuli Circle. For information, visit waimeaoutdoorcircle.org.

April TBA, 2020
KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.) is holding their next book sale on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona Public Library from 9:00AM to 1:00PM. Proceeds from book sales help support special programs and the needs of the Kona libraries. Teachers will receive special discounts with their official school ID, and F.O.L.K. members receive a 20% discount. As always, volunteers are welcome. Book donations are accepted at the library. If you wish to see our book sales continue, please help. For more information, call 808-322-0077, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

April TBA, 2020
LAUPAHOEHOE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Annual Laupahoehoe Music Festival will take place at Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park, 36-1043 Laupahoehoe Point Rd., Laupahoehoe, Hawaii 96764, from 9:30am till pau, rain or shine. Music, crafters, game booths - Hawaiian-style food will be available for sale. This is an alcohol and drug-free event; no coolers. Buy tickets online for a discount at www.laupahoehoemusicfestival.org. Ages 10 and under are free; pre-sale tickets $15; at door $20.

April TBA, 2020
KAI 'OPUA CANOI CLUB's PAU HANA REGATTA - KAILUA-KONA
Kai 'Opua Canoe Club's 20th annual Pau Hana Regatta brought to you by Queen K 76 Hawai'i will be a day of fun on the water as crews battle it out, outrigger-paddling style. Business and Open divisions. New this year is the Shootout division: crews challenge who they want! Time: 8:00am regstration opens/9:00am races start at Kailua-Kona Pier. Free to spectators. $110 early online registration/$130 race day. For more information on entry, or to register a crew, please visit https://www.kaiopua.org/pauhanaregatta.asp or call Doug Vera Cruz at (808) 987- 7798.

April TBA, 2020
AFTERNOON AT THE PALACE CONCERT/HULA AND VILLAGE STROLL
Free Hawaiian music and hula on the grounds of Hulihe'e Palace on Alii Drive from 4-5pm. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For more info about the Stroll, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

April TBA, 2020
THE 56th 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. On Wednesday Ho'ike Night, there is also a free hula exhibition at the Stadium that begins at 6:30 pm (get there very early to stand in line!); Thursday is the solo Miss Aloha Hula competition; Friday & Saturday are the group Kahiko (ancient) and 'Auana (modern) hula competitions. A grand parade winds through Hilo-town on Saturday morning. Visit www.merriemonarch.com for more info.

April TBA, 2020
2020 MERRIE MONARCH INVITATIONAL HAWAIIAN ARTS FAIR - HILO
This 4 day, free event features the finest collection of Hawaiian arts and handcrafts by Hawai'i's master artisans and producers, Hawaiian designer fashions, cultural demonstrations and hands-on workshops in lauhala weaving and Ni'hau shell jewelry. Free Hawaiian entertainment all day by Hawai'i's Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning entertainers and musicians, along with performances by various hula halau. Official Merrie Monarch Festival t-shirts, programs and posters are also on sale. Times: Wed-Fri 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sat 9:00am to 4:00pm at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium and Butler Building, Hilo. For more information, call (808) 966-4647, email nhm2@hawaiiantel.net or visit http://www.namakua.com/.

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27th ANNUAL HAWAI'I ARTS, CRAFTS & FOOD FESTIVAL - HILO
To be held at Nani Mau Gardens, 421 Makalika Street in Hilo. Nani Maui is located approximately 2 miles from the Hilo International Airport, Highway 11 south. The well attended, highly anticipated four day festival showcases the finest artisans, crafters, gifts and food vendors throughout the State. There will be free prize giveaways, music, performances and fabulous local foods. Lots of free parking. Cost: $2 admission; children 7 & under free. For more information, call (808) 981-0518, email hawaiiartsandcrafts@yahoo.com,or visit www.hawaiiartsandcraftsfestival.com.

April TBA, 2020
BIG ISLAND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL - SOUTH KOHALA
For more details, visit www.BigIslandChocolateFestival.com or email info@bigislandchocolatefestival.com.

April TBA, 2020
KA'U COFFEE FESTIVAL - PAHALA
The 11th annual Ka'u Coffee Festival celebrates its award-winning brew with a host of events showcasing the people and place that make the coffee so special. Some are free, while others have a fee. Time: Varies per event. To be held at Pahala Community Center and various venues, 1149 Kamani St., Pahala, HI 96777. For more details, visit http://kaucoffeefestival.com.

April TBA, 2020
WORLD TAI CHI & QIGONG DAY - KAILUA-KONA
See tai chi forms demonstration and practice tai chi at the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, from 10:00 am to noon, at the makai north end of Old Airport Beach Park, 75 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. The event is free and open to the public. Tai chi is a martial arts form paired with qigong (breathing exercises) which helps to improve the circulatory system and provide overall health benefits. For more information, email sifuchee@qigonghawaii.com or visit www.qigonghawaii.com.

April TBA, 2020
ANNUAL WAIKOLOA LIONS GOLF TOURNAMENT
Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 27 at Waikoloa Golf Course. A two-person scramble, the tournament begins with registration at 7 a.m. and first tee off at 8 a.m. Mulligans are optional. Lunch will follow, with prizes for top finishers and an exciting silent auction. Entry fee is $110 per player, including greens fees, cart, lunch and prizes. Mulligans are optional. The tournament is a fundraiser for the Waikoloa Lions Club, part of a 100-year-old organization with over 1.4 million members worldwide. The Lions have dedicated themselves to a mission of global service in five areas of need: diabetes, vision, hunger, the environment and childhood cancer. For more information, and to register in advance, call Wes Kimura at 808-938-1279 or email westkimura@yahoo.com.

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May

May 1, 2020
HILO LEI DAY FESTIVAL 2018
For more info, visit http://www.leiday.org/hilo-lei-day-festival-2018/.

May TBA, 2020
9th ANNUAL BIG ISLAND AIDS WALK - HILO
The Annual Big Island AIDS Walk is an easy 2-mile walk around Lili'uokalani Park. There will be light snacks and refreshments for participants. Walk registration opens at 8am; the walk starts at 9am. All funds raised will go directly to provide services for nearly 300 men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS on the island of Hawai'i\ , and to support education, community outreach and free, confidential, HIV & hepatitis testing. Time: 8:00 AM to 12 PM. Free to the public. For more information, For information, call (808) 982-8800, email david@hihaf.org, or visit http://hihaf.org/big-island-aids-walk/.

May TBA, 2020
KA'U COFFEE FESTIVAL HO'OLAULE'A - PAHALA
A full day of live music, hula, local food & crafts, keiki activities, educational displays, guided coffee tastings and farm/mill tours headquartered inside and out of the Pahala Community Center. Visit www.kaucoffeefest.com for more info.

May TBA, 2020
KONA ORCHID SOCIETY ORCHID SHOW, PLANT & CRAFT SALE - KAILUA-KONA
Where: Old Airport Beach Park's Maka'eo pavilion. Featuring orchid vendors from all over the island with exotic orchid species and exciting new hybrids. Meet the growers and "talk story." Unique Plants and Orchid Growing Classes held on the hour, from 11am to 2pm Friday, and 11-3pm Saturday. Free to the public. For more information, visit http://www.konaorchidsociety.org.

May TBA, 2020
HAWAI'I ISLAND VISITOR INDUSTRY CHARITY WALK - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT, SO. KOHALA
The Hawai'i Island Visitor Industry Charity Walk will take place at Queen’s Marketplace. Following the walk, the always popular post-race celebration will take place at the Waikoloa Bowl. Registration begins at 5:30 a.m./the 5k run begins at 6:45 a.m. and the 5k walk begins at 7:30 a.m. The annual fundraiser benefits nonprofit organizations on the Island of Hawai'i and across the state. There will be musical entertainment, children’s activities, a silent auction and food booths. For more info, visit http://www.charitywalkhawaii.orgwww.charitywalkhawaii.org.

May TBA, 2020
THE 3rd ANNUAL HAWAI'I KUAULI PACIFIC & ASIA CULTURAL FEST - KAILUA-KONA
A celebration of Hawai'i Island as a cultural melting pot. This 3 day event will be packed with food, fashion, cultural expressions, a keiki hula competition and cultural workshops. Held at the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel.
Friday, May 17: Hawaiian Welcoming Ceremony & Protocol. The visiting nations of the Pacific and Asia honor their host, Hawai'i, with gifts and expressions of song and dance. Food Booths and Marketplace will be available for everyone's enjoyment, including Any Kine Wontons, Samoan, Hawaiian, Filipino, Korean, and Japanese food.
Saturday, May 18: Wearable Arts Fashion Show - HIPACC in collaboration with Nita Pilago of Wahine Toa Designs is excited to present the 2nd Annual Hawai'i Kuauli Wearable Arts Fashion Show. This show features designers from Hawai'i Island, as well as highlighting the different cultures represented on our island. There will also be a Keiki Hula Competition for ages 10-18 years old that will include both Hula Kahiko and Hula 'Auana, with group and solo divisions. Cultural workshops will also take place this day.
Sunday, May 19: Taste of Pacific & Asia. Five chefs will present their culinary creations for attendees to taste and pick their favorite! Cultural workshops will also take place this day, and the food booths and marketplace will be available, as well.
Time: Fri-Sat 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; Sun 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Cost: A combination of free and ticketed events. For more details, email info@hikuauli.com or visit https://www.hikuauli.com/.

May TBA, 2020
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 Parade and Block Party (Saturday) is fun for all. For more information about the week's events, visit honokaa.org/western-week/.

May TBA, 2020
AFTERNOON AT THE PALACE CONCERT/HULA AND VILLAGE STROLL
Free Hawaiian music and hula on the grounds of Hulihe'e Palace on Alii Drive from 4-5pm. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For more info about the Stroll, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

May TBA, 2020
16th ANNUAL CELBRATION OF LIFE LANTERN CEREMONY - REED'S BAY BEACH PARK, HILO
From 3:30-7:30pm. The diverse cultures of Hawai'i will come together to recognize and honor loved ones no longer with us in this joyful event. The day will be filled with local food trucks, live music from East Hawai'i musicians, hula performance, and bon dances. The evening will culminate in a multi-faith prayer featuring a Buddhist Priest, Rabbi, Catholic Priest, and a Hawaiian Kahu before more than 500 floating lanterns are released into Reed's Bay. Free Park-N-Ride is available from the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, located at 323 Manono St, Hilo, HI 96720. Buses will begin operating at 2:30pm and will end at 8:30pm. You may bring low-back beach chairs and umbrellas for your comfort, but no tents, large tarps or umbrellas that obstruct the view of others, please. This family fun event will be alcohol, tobacco and Vape free. To receive a free luminary, Bon Dance towel and event bracelet, visit hawaiicarechoices.ejoinme.org/.

May TBA, 2020
ANNUAL BONSAI SHOW - WAIMEA
The Waimea Bon-yu Kai Bonsai Club's Annual Show will take place from 9 am to 4 pm both days at Waimea Community Center (next to Waimea Park, Rte 19). Enjoy a splendid display of bonsai plants and talk story with friendly club members. Free to the public.

May TBA, 2020
9th ANNUAL BIG ISLAND JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL - SOUTH KOHALA
The Big Island Jazz and Blues Festival will bring in Grammy jazz and blues legends. To be held oceanfront at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala coast. Food and drink available for purchase; no coolers allowed. For more information, call 866-774-6236 or visit www.bigislandjazzandbluesfestival.com.

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June

June TBA, 2020
11th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION - KONA COMMONS SHOPPING CENTER
For more info, visit www.konacommons.com.

June TBA, 2020
FIRST FRIDAY CELEBRATION - HOLUALOA VILLAGE
Holualoa Village galleries will feature new art and artists, tasty street eats and music all along Mamalahoa Highway through town during the monthly Art-After-Dark event from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. The village block party features art and artists in over a dozen galleries and shops, as well as free live music and a great selection of local food vendors. This community event is free, and for all ages.

June TBA, 2020
KING KAMEHAMEHA CELEBRATION PARADE/HO'OLAULEA - KAILUA-KONA
Adorned in the flowers and colors of the Hawaiian Islands, regal pa'u riders on horseback will represent each of the eight islands, led by their respective princesses and the pa'u queen. The floral parade will also feature hula halau, equestrian units, marching bands, and more. The parade begins at Walua Road and Alii Drive at 9am, and travels through Kailua Village to Palani Road past the pier, ending at noon. After the parade, enjoy a free Hawaiian music concert and an arts & crafts fair at Hulihe'e Palace. There will be food, hula and a silent auction, as well. For more information, call 322-9944, email KamehamehaDayParade@hawaii.rr.com, or visit www.konaparade.org.

June TBA, 2020
AFTERNOON AT THE PALACE CONCERT/HULA AND VILLAGE STROLL
Free Hawaiian music and hula on the grounds of Hulihe'e Palace on Alii Drive from 4-5pm. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians and artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For more info about the Stroll, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

June 11, 2020
NORTH KOHALA KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION
Lei Draping at the statue of King Kamehameha in Kapa`au, and a traditional Pa'u Parade, with horses and riders adorned in flowers and colors representing each Hawaiian Island. The parade will travel from downtown Hawi to Kamehameha Park in Kapa'au. There will also be a Ho'olaule'a (crafts fair) at Kamehameha Park, where you can eat local food, see masters create traditional arts and craafts, watch beautiful hula dancers and listen to award-winning Hawaiian musicians.

June 11, 2020
KAMEHAMEHA FESTIVAL - HILO
Festivities begin at 8 a.m. with the lei draping ceremony of the original statue of King Kamehameha I, hula, history and music in the heart of Kapa'au. At 9 a.m., pa’u riders and floral floats make their way from Hawi to the statue and Kamehameha Park where the ho'olaulea (crafts fair with Hawaiian music, food booths and hula) will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presented by the Royal Order of Kamehameha, Mamalahoa, the festival is free, open to the public, and remains a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free event. For more information, visit http://www.kamehamehafestival.org/.

June TBA, 2020
RAINBOW FRIENDS 21st ANNUAL "FUR" BALL GALA - HILO
Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit, no-kill animal sanctuary, in existence since 1999. For more info, visit rainbowfriends.org.

June TBA, 2020
12th ANNUAL MANGO FESTIVAL - KAILUA-KONA
Enjoy music, artisans - all things MANGO! Food, tips on growing and soil regeneration. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 936-5233, email randyldna@earthlink.net or visit www.hawaiianwellness.com.

June TBA, 2020
HILO BREWFEST
An annual fundraiser on the lawn of a historic property overlooking Hilo Bay, funding worthy causes, featuring food, music and beer! For more info, visit www.hilobrewfest.com.

June TBA, 2020
ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL - PU'UHONUA O HONAUNAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, HONAUNAU
Celebrate Hawaiian culture at this free, two-day, family-friendly event, from 9am-3pm. Saturday opens with, games, arts, and canoe rides. On Sunday, there will be games, arts, hukilau, and Hawaiian food tasting. In order to protect fragile resources and preserve the historic setting, picnicking, coolers and chairs are not allowed in the Royal Grounds. View updates on www.facebook.com/PuuhonuaoHonaunauNPS. For more information, call (808) 328-2326 x1702 or email kawailehua_domingo@nps.gov and visit the park's website.

June TBA, 2020
KONA MARATHON, HALF MARATHON, QUARTER MARATHON & 5k RACES - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT

Featuring all four traditional races - Marathon, Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon & 5 K. An estimated 2,000 runners of all ages and abilities will be participating for prizes, health and enjoyment, and raising money for charities. The race will start and finish at the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens' Marketplace. The Kona Marathon course has one gentle climb not exceeding 175 feet above sea level. For online registration and event information, visit www.konamarathon.com.

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July

July 3, 2019
SLACK KEY GUITARIST JEFF PETERSON AT KEALAKEKUA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Free slack key performance/"talk story" from 5:30-6:15pm. Peterson will share stories of his grandfather who was a lecturer at the Bishop Museum Planetarium and perform tunes that celebrate Polynesian navigation and Haleakala. Info: 323-7585.

July 4, 2019
FOURTH OF JULY PARADE & CELEBRATION - VOLCANO VILLAGE
The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Volcano Post Office and proceed for one half mile along Old Volcano Road to Cooper Community Center. For more info, call (808) 967-7800.

July 4, 2019
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, and is held at the Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano Village. 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, call985-7373, email admin@fhvnp.org, or visit www.fhvnp.org.

July 4, 2019
KAILUA-KONA INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE AND FIREWORKS
The annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade will begin at 6:00pm at the Kekua'okalani Gym, proceed along Ali'i Drive, and finish at the Royal Kona Resort. There will be seven announcer stations throughout the parade. This year our Grand Marshall is LTC Loreto V. Borce Jr. Commander at U.S. Army Garrison Pohakuloa Training Area. Check www.ParadesInKona.com for locations. Fireworks over Kailua Bay will follow the parade at 8:00pm. For a parade entry application visit the website, or pick up your application at the West Hawai'i Civic Center, building C, 2nd floor administration office. For more information, please call 808-345-2108.

July 4, 2019
TURTLE INDEPENDENCE DAY AT MAUNA LANI BAY HOTEL

10:30-noon (get there at least 2 hours early for parking). Mauna Lani has been receiving juvenile honu (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles), from Oahu's Sea Life Park, and raising the honu in the hotel's saltwater ponds since 1989. The honu are cared for until they grow to a size and weight that are deemed appropriate for release into the wild. This release occurs every July 4th at the ocean's edge fronting the hotel. On July 4, 2018, the honu will be gathered at 10:30 am from the Honu Ponds and will be paraded to the beachfront for the release. A welcome ceremony with a hula performance by Halau Waiau will kick-off the event, followed by the release. There will be live entertainment, educational displays about Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, and 4th of July fare available for purchase, inclucing favorites from island food trucks.

July 4, 2019
"FAMILY FOURTH"/ANNUAL RUBBER DUCKIE RACE BENEFIT - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT, KOHALA COAST

The free, all-day event features nonstop entertainment, balloon art, carnival games and treats for all ages, at Kings' Shops, Queens' MarketPlace, and Waikoloa Bowl. The Annual Rubber Duckie Race is a major fundraiser for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawai'i (UCPA). Waikoloa Bowl will feature live entertainment as the afternoon winds up, and at 8:00 p.m., the fireworks extravaganza begins. Guests staying in Waikoloa Beach Resort hotels and condominium properties are encouraged to "stroll to the Bowl" and enjoy the walk while avoiding traffic. Beach mats or chairs are welcome for open lawn seating in Waikoloa Bowl. Drones, pets, coolers and alcoholic beverages are not permitted. This is a non-smoking event. Visit waikoloabeachresort.com for more info and a detailed schedule.

July 4, 2019
PARKER RANCH ANNUAL JULY 4th HORSERACES & RODEO
Big Island ranchers participate in fast-paced horseraces and rodeo events with Parker Ranch cowboys. Ribbon mugging, ranch mugging, dally team roping, Po'o Wai U and more. Keiki activities including roping practice and pony rides. Lots of food and mementos for sale at the Parker Ranch Store booth. Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena, Waimea. Pre-sale tickets available at the Parker Ranch Store in Waimea (at Parker Ranch Square). For more information, call 885-2323, email nguilloz@parkerranch.com or visit www.parkerranch.com.

July 5, 2019
FIRST FRIDAY CELEBRATION - HOLUALOA VILLAGE
Holualoa Village galleries will feature new art and artists, tasty street eats and music all along Mamalahoa Highway through town during the monthly Art-After-Dark event from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. The village block party features art and artists in over a dozen galleries and shops, as well as free live music and a great selection of local food vendors. This community event is free, and for all ages.

July 6, 2019
COMMUNITY SEED LIBRARY PRESENTATION - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
On Saturday July 6, 2019, from 10-11AM, at the Kailua-Kona Public Library, the Community Seed Library will present Molly Murphy, Plant Pono Specialist for the Big Island Invasive Species Committee, who will discuss planting choices for your garden and demonstrate the importance of voluntary efforts to protect our flora and fauna. For more information, contact the Library at 808-327-4327, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

July 12, 2019
"UNDER THE KONA MOON" PRESENTATION - HULIHE'E PALACE, KAILUA-KONA
Enjoy a "talk story" with longtime caretaker and housekeeper of Hale O Na Ali'’i O Hulihe'’e, plus music and hula by Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Cody Pueo Pata with world-renowned Kumu Hula Leimomi Ho and Halau Keali’ika’'apunihonua Ka’ena O Hula. Time: Gates open 5:30pm; start time 6:30pm at Hulihe'e Palace grounds. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 896-2241 or email hulamaunalei@gmail.com.

July 13, 2019
HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Park's Kahuku Unit, Free! Hawaiian crafts, food, and more, including performances by Debbie Ryder and Hālau O Leionalani; Russell Mauga and Da Kahuku Mauka Boyz; Mamo Brown and Hālau Ulumamo O Hilo Palikū; Demetrius Oliviera and Gene Beck of Keaiwa; and Brandon Nakano and the Keawe Trio. Each performance will last about 45 minutes. In addition to hula and mele, the festival offers visitors and the community a chance to connect to Hawaiian cultural practices through hands-on crafts and demonstrations. Festival-goers are welcome to bring a picnic lunch, or purchase food and drink at the event. Volcano House will have ono (delicious) food for sale, the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will sell shave ice and soft drinks, and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association will sell Ka‘ū coffee and bottled water. Entrance into Kahuku and all Kahuku events are free. This year’s festival theme is E Ho‘omau: “to continue;” last year’s festival was canceled due to the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. Sunscreen and a hat are recommended. Bring water, rain jacket, and a beach mat or chair. This wonderful, family experience is a drug- and alcohol-free event.

July 13-14, 2019
13th ANNUAL FILAM TENNIS CHARITY TOURNAMENT - KEAUHOU, KONA
The Annual FilAm Friendship Tennis Tournament is held at Holua Tennis Center Holua Tennis Center, 78-7190 Kaleiopapa Street, Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740., from 8am-5pm both days. This is a free charity event that raises scholarship funds for eligible college bound West Hawai'i graduating high school students, and is the biggest non-sanctioned United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournament in the state of Hawai'i. In addition to fun, competitive tennis, there are other fun activities such as Dunk-for-Prizes, a bake sale, silent auction, delicious foods and more. For more information including sponsorship and donation opportunities, please go to www.filamtennishawaii.com, or email info@filamtennishawaii.com.

July 21, 2019
AFTERNOON AT THE PALACE CONCERT/HULA AND VILLAGE STROLL
Hawaiian music by Keolanui Serenaders and hula from Kumu Etua Lopes' halau Hula Na Pua U'i O Hawai'i on the grounds of Hulihe'e Palace on Alii Drive from 4-5pm. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For more info about the Stroll, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

July 27, 2019
ANNUAL "CHRISTMAS IN JULY" ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL - KAILUA-KONA
From 9am-5pm at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel ballroom. This event will feature numerous vendors from all over Hawai'i with exclusive items for everyone’s holiday shopping. Free admission; donated prizes from each vendor will be given away throughout the day. A silent auction will benefit nonprofits.

July 27 & 28, 2019
"EXPERIENCE VOLCANO" FESTIVAL
This two day event will feature art, food, music and performances. Time: 9:30 AM to 5 PM at Volcano Village. Free to the public. For more information, call 808/985-8979, email volcanogardenarts@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.experiencevolcano.com.

July 28, 2019
KONA DAIFUKUJI ORCHID CLUB'S ORCHID SHOW/SALE - HONALO
The 37th annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club show and sale is a free event that offers attendees a complimentary orchid boutonniere corsage— while they last. This year’s theme, ‘Wonderland of Orchids,’ highlights the wonders of orchids, including their adaptability and historical medicinal uses. View colorful displays of flowering orchid plants; cameras are welcome. Charter member and historian, Carol Zakahi’'s special display, ‘Peering Through the Looking Glass of Orchids,’ will showcase orchid memorabilia and collectibles. Buy high quality, locally grown orchid species and hybrids, and if you have any questions, see the ‘orchid doctor.’ Taiko drummers will perform at 10 a.m. Take a self-guided tour of the mission’'s on-site Orchid Grotto to learn ways to harmonize and beautify a challenging space with orchids. Time: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall, Honalo. Free to the public. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/orchidsinparadise.

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August

August 2, 2019
FIRST FRIDAY CELEBRATION - HOLUALOA VILLAGE
Holualoa Village galleries will feature new art and artists, tasty street eats and music all along Mamalahoa Highway through town during the monthly Art-After-Dark event from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. The village block party features art and artists in over a dozen galleries and shops, as well as free live music and a great selection of local food vendors. This community event is free, and for all ages.

August 3, 2019
KEIKI FOR KEIKI FAMILY PLANTING DAY - HAKALAU FOREST NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites Hawai'i Island families to join in visiting Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday August 3rd for a day of planting native trees and bird watching. Keiki ages 8-15 are welcome. Seats are limited and will be filled on a first come/first served basis. Departing from the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry in Hilo at 7AM, traveling to Hakalau Forest NWR on Mauna Kea (transportation provided), planting trees, bird watching and returning to IPIF in Hilo around 5PM. Participants should be able to hike 1/2 mile on somewhat uneven terrain and be willing to plant and hike in the rain if the weather doesn't cooperate. Families should come prepared with water and lunches. This event is free to the public with the goal of connecting youth to the 'aina. Time: 7:00AM to 5:00PM at 60 Nowelo Street Hilo, HI 96720. For more information, call (808) 854-2666, email aspen_billiet@fws.gov or visit https://www.fws.gov/refuge/hakalau_forest/.

August 10, 2019
HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - KAILUA-KONA
7:30am-2:30pm. at Kealakehe High School parking lot, on Pu'ohulihuli St. Accepted Items: motor oil, antifreeze, corrosives, poisons, batteries, medications, solvents and thinners, fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermometers, oil-based paints, compressed gas cylinders. Not Accepted: business waste, farm waste, electronics, explosives or flares, radioactive materials, shock sensitive items, controlled substances, fire extinguishers, bio/infectious waste, non-toxics. These collection events will accept normal household hazardous materials in normal household quantities only. For more info, call 961-8554. For more info, visit www.hawaiizerowaste.org

August 10, 2019
KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE
9 AM to 12 PM on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona Library. Proceeds from book sales help support special programs and the needs of the Kona libraries. There will be an extensive collection of sewing/quilting books available. Volunteers are welcome - particularly for the afternoon of the book sale. Book donations are accepted at the library. For more information, call (808) 322-0077, email folk@folkhawaii.com or visit www.folkhawaii.com.

August 16, 2019
"UNDER THE KONA MOON" - HULIHE'E PALACE GROUNDS, KAILUA-KONA
Join kupuna, Hawaiian entertainers and kumu hula, who will bring the past to the present with mele, dance, and storytelling every month on the Friday of the mahealani moon (full moon) at Hulihe'e Palace, 75-5718 Alii Dr. This month’s free event opens at 5:30pm, with performances beginning at 6:30pm. Attendees should bring their own mats/beach chairs. Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang and Halau Hula Ka Noeau will perform The Legend of Halemano. Pang studied hula under Hula masters Maiki Aiu Lake and Mae Kamamalu Klein. Since 1994, Halau Hula Ka Noeau has performed in over 40 cities across the United States, Canada, Taiwan, Korea and Japan.

August 17, 2019
DON THE BEACHCOMBER MAI TAI FESTIVAL - KAILUA-KONA
A full day of fun at Royal Kona Resort, including a Battle of the BBQ from 11am-2pm; a Marketplace from 11am-4pm; a Pool Party with Henry Kapono from 2:30-4pm; and The Mai Tai Mix-Off from 4:30-7:30pm, where some of the world's best bartenders will compete for the title of the world's best mai tai and a $10,000 first prize, a $5000 second prize, and a $2500 third prize. Call 808/930-3255 or visit donsmaitaifest.com/ for more info.

August 17-18, 2019
RELAY FOR LIFE OF KONA
There will be live entertainment, a silent auction, food, family fun and a chance to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Reservations for the dinner and reception should be made at 989-7067; please call the same number if you are interested in having a team or to volunteer. For more information, email anne.p.rflkona@gmail.com or visit www.RelayForLife.org/konahi.

August 17 and 18, 2019
PU'UKOHOLA HEIAU 47th ANNUAL HO'OKU'IKAHI & ESTABLISHMENT DAY/ HAWAIIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL
Cultural Ceremony and Festivities, including Hawaiian food tasting, traditional Hawaiian arts & crafts, traditional games, lauhala weaving, canoe rides, music and much more. Free to the public. For more info, call (808) 882-7218, ext. 1011 or visit www.nps.go/puhi.

August 18, 2019
"BLUES FOR THE BIRDS" BENEFIT CONCERT - HILO
A benefit concert presented by Conservation Council for Hawai'i to help protect the endangered native birds of Hawai'i, with entertainment by Grammy award-winning Hawaiian swing band Kahulanui, and Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning bluesman Larry Dupio and Friends. There will also be a Silent Auction, Door Prizes, and a Country Store. From 11am to 4pm at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel's Mokuola Ballroom. $50 per person includes heavy pupus and a no host bar. To purchase tickets, visit conservationcouncilhawaii.org or Conservation Council for Hawaii.

August 18, 2019
ANNUAL HOSPICE OF KONA ROYAL TEA BENEFIT - FOUR SEASONS HUALALAI RESORT
Enjoy a unique high tea with a Hawaiian twist, to benefit Hospice of Kona's residential home, Nakamaru Hale. Time: 11am-1pm. Assorted teas, mini-sandwiches, French pastries, scones and muffins, decadent desserts - and unlimited wine with a commemorative wine glass. Tickets $75 each/tables of 10, $875. Visit www.hospiceofkkona.org for more info and to purchase tickets.

August 18, 2019
AFTERNOON AT THE PALACE CONCERT/HULA AND VILLAGE STROLL
Free Hawaiian music and hula on the grounds of Hulihe'e Palace on Alii Drive from 4-5pm. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For more info about the Stroll, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

August 24, 2019
3rd ANNUAL BIG ISLAND BLUES FESTIVAL - KAILUA-KONA
There will be something for everyone to enjoy - great original Blues, local brews, unique vendors, delicious BBQ and more! BLUES, BREWS, & BBQ! This year's event will take place at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel's Lu'au Grounds, from 4-10pm. For tickets, visit Bigislandbluesfest2019.eventbrite.com
Cost: $20. For more information, email offthegridpro@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/452215532267276/?ti=icl.

August 25, 2019
3rd ANNUAL 'OHIA LOVE FEST - 'IMILOA ASTRONOMY CENTER, HILO

A festival celebrating 'ohia trees! Free admission to the Astronomy Center. There will be live music; games; crafts; prizes; info about rapid 'ohia death, a disease that has killed hundreds of thousands of 'ohia trees on Hawai'i island; prizes; and more! The event will take place from 9am to 4pm. For more information, call (808) 969-8268, email ohialove@hawaii.eduor visit www.rapidohiadeath.org.

August 25, 2019
9th ANNUAL FLOATING LANTERN CEREMONY - FAIRMONT ORCHID RESORT, SO. KOHALA
North Hawai‘i Hospice invites the community to join in the 9th annual Floating Lantern Ceremony at the Fairmont Orchid Hawai‘i. Held at near the ocean, at Coconut Grove, the event includes live music, hula, Taiko drummers and Hawaiian chanting, and will be followed by a sunset lantern release into Pauoa Bay. Participants may purchase lanterns for $10, which includes materials to decorate them, inscribe with their loved ones’ names, or write a personal message. There is no charge for admission, and free self-parking for the event is provided by the Fairmont Orchid Hawai‘i. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the event support the valuable work of North Hawai‘i Hospice, providers of quality, in-home, compassionate services for patients and their families needing care and support during the final stages of life. They also offer emotional and spiritual support for the patients and loved ones, as well as bereavement support for an entire year after the death. For more information, or to purchase lanterns in advance, contact North Hawai‘i Hospice at (808) 885-7547, or email info@northhawaiihospice.org.

August 25, 2019
4th ANNUAL VASH CHARITY BOWLING TOURNAMENT - KAILUA-KONA
VASH Hawaii Island presents their fourth annual Charity Bowling Tournament 5:308:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at KBXtreme. Entry fee is $210 per teams of up to six players and three hours of bowling. The price includes shoe rental and three games. All proceeds benefit VASH Hawaii Island, whose mission is to provide assistance to visitors affected by adversities such as crime victimization, medical emergencies, or the death of a loved one while on the island. VASH’s vision is that every visitor touched by adversity will also be touched by the aloha spirit. To register your team, email Karen at admin@vashbigisland.org.

August 29-September 2, 2019
48th ANNUAL QUEEN LILI'UOKALANI LONG DISTANCE OUTRIGGER CANOE RACES
The Queen Lili'uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races welcomes more than 2,500 outrigger canoe paddlers from all over the world to Kona for its signature 18-mile long distance race, the world's largest long distance outrigger canoe race, which is slated for August 31st. Other official race events unfold throughout the weekend. Free to the public. For more information, visit www.qlcanoerace.com.

August 31, 2019
DANIEL R. SAYRE MEMORIAL ANNUAL AWARD DINNER/FUNDRAISER - SO. KOHALA
An event to raise funds to support Hawaii Island's fire/rescue and emergency response teams with the purchase of needed equipment and training. Time: 4:30-10 p.m. at The Fairmont Orchid. Cost: $114 per person. For more information, visit danielsayrefoundation.net.

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