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Calendar of Events

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

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

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

Kokua Kailua Village Stroll
Monthly, on Alii Drive near the Pier, the street is closed for the Stroll from 1-6pm, with local vendors and artists' booths. Leashed dogs welcome.
Dates in 2023:
Sunday, January 15
Sunday, February 190
Sunday, March 19
Sunday, April 16
Sunday, May 21
Sunday, June 11 (Kamehameha Day)
Sunday, July 16
Sunday, August 20
Sunday, September 17
Sunday, October 22
Sunday, November 19
Sunday, December 10 (coincides with the Kailua Kalikimaka Christmas celebration)

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February

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

February 8, 2023
"AN EVENING OF KLEZMER JOY" CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Featuring Rebecca Roudman and Jason Eckl of the San Francisco Yiddish Combo, the event will begin at 6:30pm at the Kona Educational Center at Sadie Seymour Botanical Gardens (formerly Kona Outdoor Circle), 76-6280 Kuakini Highway, Kailua-Kona. Featuring classically trained musicians, the San Francisco Yiddish Combo presents a unique blend of everything that is Klezmer, mixed with some jazz, blues, folk, and even hip hop - Klezmer for the 21st century. Suggested donation $18; Kona Beth Shalom members free; children under 18 free. RSVP to reserve seats at konabethshalom.org.

February 11, 2023
PLANT PEOPLE ROAD SHOW - KAILUA-KONA
Location: Maka'eo Pavilion at Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area. Free to the public. Nine friendly mom and pop nurseries from the island’s different regions share their secrets for “happy plants” at the Plant People Road Show. In addition, these plant-growing experts sell selections geared for spring planting, plus blooming specimens and cut flower stems ready for Valentine gift giving. Contact: 808-987-3231 for more info.

February 13-24 2023
ANNUAL INVITATIONAL HAWAI'I WOOD GUILD SHOW - WAIMEA
See amazing creations by our island's finest woodworkers, on display at Isaacs Art Center at Hawai'i Preparatory Academy. The exhibit is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Check out this year's entries here: Hawai'i Wood Guild's Invitational Masters Show.

February 18, 2023
MARDI GRAS ON MAMANE - HONOKA'A
Celebration from 10am-6pm on Mamane Street. "Wear your best purple, green, and gold and come party with us! Food trucks will be serving up NOLA and Cajun style specials, live music to include Cajun funk, and [there will be] a free showing of The Princess and the Frog at the Honoka’a People’s Theatre!"

February 25-26, 2023
SOKO (SOUTH KONA ARTISTS) 7th ANNUAL ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR - SOUTH KONA
From 9am to 4pm both days, visit 23 South Kona artists in their studios at 15 locations along the winding and scenic Mamalahoa Highway from Keauhou throughout South Kona to Honaunau. Plan on a full day of learning and talking with the artists about their inspiration and techniques. A wide range of fine art, smaller items and gifts are available for sale. For directions, see map at SOKO Artists Studio Tour. For more info, email sokoartists@gmail.com.

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March

March 11, 2023
28th ANNUAL KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL
The 28th Annual Kona Brewers Festival is back in its original form, happening March 11th, 2023, from 4-7 pm, at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel lu'au grounds. Cost: $100 per person. This beloved event that sells out every year is hosted by The Ke Kai Ala Foundation, and is a community celebration and fundraiser that benefits Hawai’i programs supporting environment, culture and youth. Attendees can enjoy tastings of over 30 local and craft brews, gourmet bites from over 24 local chefs, live music, and the much anticipated Trash Fashion show. To promote sustainability, Kona Brewers Festival is a zero waste event and is made possible thanks to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers who do everything from pour beer, oversee operations to ensure zero waste, and throw a really great party. Beer lovers can kick off the day at BMW Hawai’i by participating in the 16th Annual Run for Hops 5K/10K Run/Walk on Saturday, March 11, at 7:30 a.m. The Trash Fashion Show showcases models who run the catwalk in elaborate haute couture fashions made from completely recycled materials and designed by local artists. As part of a zero waste commitment, over 90% of festival waste is diverted from landfills by converting waste into composted soil for local school gardens. Over the years, this event has raised more than $1.4 million in low restriction funds for island organizations. Find more details and festival updates at KonaBrewersFestival.com.

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

March 23-25, 2023
KONA STEEL GUITAR FESTIVAL - OUTRIGGER KONA RESORT & SPA, KEAUHOU
Featuring a great lineup of players: Alan Akaka, Pomai Brown, Al Greene, Jr., Bobby Ingano, Kapono Lopes, Patty Maxine, Greg Sardinha, Dwight Tokumoto, Geri Valdriz and the NextGen Steel Guitarists. Free to the public. For more information, visit konasteelguitarfestival.com

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April

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

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

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

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

April 22, 2023
NATIONAL PARK FEE-FREE DAY - 1st DAY OF NATIONAL PARK WEEK
No entry fees to our national parks!

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

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

April 28-29, 2023
BIG ISLAND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
The delicious flavors and aromas of chocolate will “Indulge the Senses” at the Big Island Chocolate Festival April 28-29 at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. The “Indulge the Senses with Chocolate” theme marks the festival’s 10th anniversary. In-person activities include culinary demonstrations for the home cook, cacao growing and processing seminars by industry experts, a new VIP-PLUS pre-gala Sunset & Pupu Pairing and a festive evening gala with culinary booths, chocolate fountain, entertainment, dancing, a silent auction and some surprises! Guests can enjoy unlimited wine, beer and a custom spritzer by Ola Brew, iced tea and coffee. At the gala, a panel of invited judges and attendees will again vote on best sweet and savory selections while culinary stations will vie in a contest for Best Decorated Booth to this year’s sensory theme. A photo booth will provide fun, playful props geared to the “Indulge the Senses” event theme. Details: BigIslandChocolateFestival.com or email info@bigislandchocolatefestival.com.

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May

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

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June

June TBA, 2023
BIG ISLAND JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL - MAUNA KEA BEACH HOTEL
The main event will feature Grammy Award-winning Jazz, Blues, Rock, Zydeco, Cajun, and Soul musicians and there will be pre-festival events, as well. Visit www.Bigislandjazzandbluesfestival.com for more details.

June TBA, 2023
6th ANNUAL HAWAI'I KUAULI VIRTUAL PACIFIC & ASIA CULTURAL FESTIVAL - KAILUA-KONA
This 3 day event, which will be held at the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, will be packed with presentations of food, fashion, cultural expressions, keiki hula and cultural workshops. Visit https://www.hikuauli.com for more details.

June 11, 2023
KING KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION - NORTH KOHALA
Hawaiians set aside June 11 annually as a state holiday to honor the legacy of King Kamehameha I, who united the Hawaiian islands in 1795. As the king's birthplace, North Kohala plays a very special role in the celebration. The original statue of King Kamehameha I, which was once thought lost at the bottom of the sea, has stood proudly in North Kohala since 1912. This year, statue decoration ceremonies will begin at 8:00am, culminating with the King's statue in Kapaʻau being draped with 20-foot floral and ti lei, with hula, chant, history, and music. Ceremonies include participation by the Royal Order of Kamehameha, members of the Hawaiian Civic Club and Ka'ahumanu Society. From 9:00-10:00am, the colorful floral parade will take place, featuring traditional Hawaiian pāʻū riders and honorees. Hoʻolauleʻa festivities will also be held in Kapaʻau's King Kamehameha Park.

June 11, 2023
KING KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATION PARADE - KAILUA-KONA
Featuring more than 100 riders on horseback, the annual parade and ho‘olaule‘a (music and art festival) fittingly return this year on Kamehameha Day in Historic Kailua Village. Kamehameha Day is a state and county holiday established in 1871 to honor Kamehameha the Great, who united the Hawaiian Islands in 1810 and became Hawaii’s first king. He died in 1819. This year’s parade begins at 9 a.m. on Kuakini Highway, near the Palani Road intersection, and travels down Palani to Kailua pier, then southbound down Alii Drive through the village to Royal Kona Resort. Adorned in the flowers and colors of the Hawaiian Islands, pa‘u riders on horseback will represent each of the eight islands, led by their respective princesses and the pa‘u queen. The equestrian units are joined by cultural representatives, floats and other community entries. To participate in the parade, visit konaparade.org/applications. Other help needed includes volunteers to work with police officers to help secure road closures and vendors to participate in the ho‘olaulea at Hulihe‘e Palace following the parade. The committee is also hoping for a volunteer to spearhead community outreach for floats and donations. For more details on the parade, visit konaparade.org.

June TBA, 2023
11th ANNUAL HAWAI'I ISLAND LGBTQ+ PRIDE PARADE & FESTIVAL - HILO
To be held at Moʻoheau Bandstand, Hilo.

June TBA, 2023
ANNUAL HAWAIIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL - PU'UHONUA O HONAUNAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park will host its annual Hawaiian Cultural Festival and celebrate the park’s 62nd anniversary as a unit of the National Park Service. Cultural practitioners will demonstrate lauhala and coconut frond weaving, kapa beating, traditional lei making, and more. Cultural practitioners will provide visitors with a uniquely Hawaiian experience, honor the culture and traditions of cultural experts and the Hawaiian people, and provide visitors and community members a time and place to gather, learn, and share. There will be a hula kahiko performance at 10:00am in the Royal Grounds by Hālau Kaʻeaikahelelani and special speakers in the amphitheater throughout the day. To protect fragile resources and preserve the historic setting, picnicking, coolers, and chairs are not allowed in the Royal Grounds. No food is available in the park.

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July

July 4, 2023
NA'ALEHU INDEPEDENCE DAY PARADE - NA'ALEHU PARK, KA'U
11am. After the Parade, enjoy pizza, shave ice, watermelon, a water slide, a bouncy house, Senior Bingo/Luncheon. There will also be vendors at the regular Farmers Market site in town. For more info, contact OKK at 808-929-9872 or visit www. okaukakou.org.

July 4, 2023
4th OF JULY FIREWORKS - KAILUA-KONA
Parade at 6pm; Fireworks over Kailua Bay at 8pm.

July 4, 2023
4th OF JULY FIREWORKS - HILO
At 8 p.m., the “Hilo Bay Blast” fireworks exhibition will begin with professional pyrotechnics set off from a barge moored in Hilo Bay. The Hawai‘i County Band will present a live accompaniment to the fireworks with a performance that begins at 7 p.m. at the Mo‘oheau Park bandstand. For those not near the bandstand, the fireworks display will be synchronized to patriotic music aired on KWXX.

July TBA, 2023
NATIVE HAWAIIAN PLANT SALE - AMY GREENWELL ETHNOBOTANICAL GARDEN
Across from the Manago Hotel, at 82-6160 Hawaiʻi Belt Rd, Captain Cook, HI. Featuring hundreds of the rare and beautiful ālula (Brigamia Insignis), once nearly extinct and now endangered. Help preserve the rarest of the rare by purchasing your own nursery propagated ālula, or any of the Garden's other nursery grown native plant selections. All proceeds support the Garden, a not-for-profit community forest and legacy lands organization. Please visit www.amygreenwell.garden for more info.

July TBA, 2023
HILO ORCHID SOCIETY SALE - EDITH KANAKA'OLE STADIUM
Each year the Hilo Orchid Society stages the largest and most comprehensive orchid show and sale in the state of Hawai`i. The show takes place at the Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium in Hilo. Hours: July 29, Friday, 9 am-6 pm; July 30, Saturday, 9 am-5 pm; July 31, Sunday 10 am-2 pm. Ticket prices are: Adult - $5, 18 or under - Free; Superpass good for 3 days - $8. Tickets will also be available from any member of the Hilo Orchid Society for $3 if purchased prior to the show.

July TBA, 2023
3rd ANNUAL 'OHIA LEHUA RUN - VOLCANO
Time: 7:00 a.m.; Location: Volcano Village.
Cost of the event:
Half Marathon (13.1 miles) $90
5 km (3.1 miles) $50
Description: The 'Ohi’a Lehua Run will start and finish at The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences campus on Old Volcano Road. To register, and for more information about this event, please visit ohialehuahalf.com

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August

August 4, 2023
NATIONAL PARK FEE-FREE DAY HONORING THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREAT AMERICAN OUTDOORS ACT
No entry fees to our national parks!

August TBA, 2023
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - HILO
Location: Waiākea High School Student Parking Lot (B). Bring your own automotive fluids, chemicals and poisons and other hazardous household wastes to the Waiākea High School Student (upper) Parking Lot collection area (via W. Kāwili Street). Certain restrictions apply. Not Accepted: business or farm waste, electronics, explosives or flares, radioactive materials, tires, latex paint, fire extinguishers, bio/infectious waste. No container returns. COVID safety rules apply: Wear masks and stay 6 ft apart from others; remain in your vehicle unless directed; place items (preferably labeled) in trunk or truck bed. For more info, visit HawaiiZeroWaste.org, or call (808) 961-8554.

August TBA, 2023
ANNUAL MANGO FESTIVAL - KAILUA-KONA
To be held at Hale Halawai on Ali'i Drive, downtown Kailua-Kona. This is a free, zero-waste event. Free, but onations are appreciated. Featuring Local Arts and Crafts; Farmer's Market, Mango Grafting, Care and Growing Info/Demos; Mango Food Preparation and Tasting; Delicious Vegan Foods, Grafted Mango Trees for Sale; Panel Discussions. For more info, visit mangofest.org.

August TBA, 2023
KONA ORCHID SOCIETY SUMMER SHOW & SALE
Browse and talk story at the Kona Orchid Society Show & Sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Makae'o County Pavilion at the Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area. Small admission fee. Fun includes a display of blooming orchids by club members and a sale presenting a wide selection of healthy plants from Hawai‘i Island growers. In addition to numerous orchid varieties, choose from air plants, bonsai, protea, cactus, succulents, fruit trees, tropicals, water plants, herbs, vegetable starts and bedding plants. Jams, jellies and high-fire functional stoneware will also be sold. Veteran club members will start demonstrations on re-potting orchids at 10 a.m. Attendees are invited to chat with on-site master gardeners for expert growing tips and problem-solving remedies. Learn about invasive species from the non-profit organization, Plant Pono at noon. Visit the “plant doctor” at 1 p.m. with a photo of your sick plant or a sample leaf in a securely closed bag. For more info, visit konaorchidsociety.org

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September

September TBA, 2023
ANNUAL QUEEN LILI'UOKALANI OUTRIGGER LONG-DISTANCE CANOE RACE - KONA
The event’s signature 18-mile long-distance race is scheduled for 7:30 a.m., departing from Kailua Bay. The race will also be broadcast via livestream on Facebook. Follow @QueenLiliuokalaniCanoeRace for all the action. For the event's five days, additional ocean races will include the Hulakai OC4 8 Person Relay, the teens single hull race, the Wa‘a Kaulua double-hull canoe races and the Kupuna Classic. Other activities will include the Historic Kailua Village Cultural Walk; International Paddlers’ Reception; arts, crafts and food booths; Torchlight Parade; and the Queen Lili‘uokalani Canoe Race Lu'au.

September TBA, 2023
QUEEN LILI'UOKALANI BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION - LILI'UOKALANI GARDENS, HILO
From 10am-3pm, enjoy a thrilling "Mass Hula" with many local halau participating together; a flower drop; Hawaiian games and demos; children's games; tea ceremony; and more free family fun. Entertainment will include many favorite local Hawaiian musicians.

September TBA, 2023
KONA PRIDE FESTIVAL 2022
To be held at Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, Kailua-Kona. There will be events related to Kona Pride Festival happening all weekend.

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

September TBA, 2023
26th ANNUAL HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY FESTIVAL - OUTRIGGER KONA RESORT, KEAUHOU
Featuring Ledward Ka'apana and some of Hawai'i's best slack key players. Admission charge at the door; no pre-sale tickets. Llivestream available at www.facebook.com/slackkeyfesivals; youtube.com/hawaiianslackkeyguitarfestivals.

September 21, 2023
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE CELEBRATION - HONOKA'A
Peace Day, September 21, is the United Nations International Day of Peace, celebrated annually with concerts, cultural gatherings, religious services, dance and art happenings worldwide.

September TBA, 2023
KA ULU LAUHALA O KONA 26th ANNUAL LAUHALA CONFERENCE
For more information, visit the Ka Ulu Lauhala O Kona page on facebook.

September, 2023
NATIONAL PARK FEE-FREE DAY HONORING NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY
No entry fees to our national parks!

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October

October TBA, 2023
KONA HONGWANJI 126th ANNIVERSARY BON DANCE & CRAFTS FAIR
Dancing, ono food, shopping and fun for the whole family. Bon Odori, AKA Bon Dance, originally from Japan, has been a Hawaiian tradition for over 130 years. Bon Odori is a style of folk dance performed at festivals in Japan during the Obon season. Deeply important and influential in Japanese culture, Obon is as important as other cultures' New Years celebrations. Kona Hongwanji Mission's Address: 81-6630 Hawaiʻi Belt Rd, Kealakekua, HI 96750.

October TBA, 2023
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARIES, KONA, BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.) is holding their Book Sale inside the Kailua Kona Library this time instead of the lanai, from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. Book Sales have nice selections and great prices. Cash or check only. Proceeds from book sales help support special programs and the needs of the Kona libraries. As always, volunteers are welcome. Visit www.folkhawaii.com for more details.

October TBA, 2023
RUN FOR THE DRY FOREST: DASH TO THE TOP! 5K/10K OR 1/4-MILE KEIKI RUN - PU'UWA'AWA'A FOREST RESERVE
The race will take place from 6:45am till noon at 71-1646 Hawai'i Belt Rd. After two years of Covid-related cancellations and postponements the Run for the Dry Forest (RDF) is back at Pu'uwa'awa'a! RDF is a 10km run, 5km run/walk and 1/4-mile keiki run. You can choose to run or walk a 5km course (suitable for most people) or do a 10km run (an "extreme trail running experience" featuring a 1200 ft elevation gain in the first 3 miles). There is also a free fun, non-competitive 1/4-mile keiki run on flat surfaces; parents are welcome to join the kids. Pu'uwa'awa'a is home to several species of endangered birds and many endangered plants, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. Proceeds from the race events contribute to conservation of these species. Registration is required. PLEASE NOTE: No pets are allowed, as there are endangered nene geese in the area. Cost: $35 per entrant for 5k/10k. For more information, contact the race director at 808-315-5101, email edith.d.adkins@hawaii.gov or visit the­ Pu‘uwa‘awa‘a Facebook page.

October TBA, 2023
PLANT PEOPLE ROAD SHOW - KAILUA-KONA
Find out from Big Island growers what plant varieties thrive best in your location at the Plant People Road Show, to be held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Makaeo Pavilion at Old Kona Airport State Park. The popular Road Show returns after a nearly three-year hiatus due to COVID-19. Admission is free. During the sale, talk story with growers from the island’s different regions. In addition, growers will offer plant selections geared for fall planting, and blooming plants for gift giving. Available will be bedding plants, veggie starts, herbs, roses, air plants, warm-tolerant varieties of cymbidium orchids, select and hard-to-find orchid varieties, assorted cactus and succulents, palms, fruit trees, bamboo and heliconia. In its eighth year, the Plant People Road Show offers two sales annually, around Valentine’s Day and Halloween. For more info, phone 808-987-3231.

October TBA, 2023
ABLED HAWAI'I ARTISTS 15th ANNUAL ART FESTIVAL
Hawai‘i County celebrates a renaissance of inclusion in the arts, with Abled Hawai‘i Artists (AHA) annual art festival, held at the Puna Kai Shopping Center in Pahoa, 10am to 3pm. AHA promotes disability awareness and pride by celebrating the spectrum of creativity, while promoting inclusive entrepreneurship in the arts. This is a free event also incorporates speeches by disability self advocates and important community leaders. Enjoy free healing arts demonstrations, express the artist in you with various free, all-ages and abilities art making activities..

October TBA, 2023
HALLOWEEN TRUNK OR TREAT EVENT AT KONA COMMONS
This free event, which will take place at the Kona Commons Center parking lot near Office Max/Petco, will be hosted by Hawaii Racing Assn. Cars will be decorated for Halloween and will offer treats, music, a costume contest, and giveaways.

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November

November TBA, 2023
BIG ISLAND BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION'S PEOPLE'S CHOICE HAWAII HONEY CHALLENGE - HILO
The 12th annual Challenge will be held from 5:30-8:30pm at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, 76 Kamehameha Ave. Categories are Liquid Honey (light, medium, dark), Solid Honey, and Honeycomb. Stop by and vote for your favorite raw honey!

November 11, 2023
NATIONAL PARK FEE-FREE DAY HONORING OUR MILITARY VETERANS
No entry fees to our national parks!

November TBA, 2023
HAWAI'I ISLAND VETERANS DAY PARADE - HILO
10 am start time at Wailea State Park and Pauahi St., downtown Hilo. Grand Marshal this year is Gold Star Families and Their Loved Ones. For more information, visit www.hivetparade.org.

November TBA, 2023
KONA COFFEE CULTURAL FESTIVAL
The annual celebration of one of Hawai'i's most famous products. For a list of events, visit Kona Coffee Festival Events.

November TBA, 2023
HOLUALOA COFFEE & ART STROLL
Check out this popular Coffee Festival event in the artists' colony of Holualoa. From 9am-3pm there will be 35+ Hawai'i coffee farm vendors represented, tasty treats and local goods. Kona Coffee Festival Events.

November TBA, 2023
KONA COFFEE FESTIVAL HO'OLAULEA
At Maka'eo Pavilion at Old Airport State Park from 9am-3pm (Annual Lei Contest from 10am-1pm). Live entertainment, an ethnic food market, and arts & crafts. for more info, visit Kona Coffee Festival Events.

November TBA, 2023
17th ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO KING DAVID KALAKAUA - KEAUHOU, KONA
A tribute to the "Merrie Monarch King" will take place at the Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa's Bayview Grounds, with kumu hula from Hawai'i and Europe presenting their styles and traditions of hula. Arts and crafts vendors will be featuring quality locally made items, and food will also be available for sale. The hula presentations will take place from 8am. 3pm. Admission is free, so bring the 'ohana! No outside food or coolers, please. For more info, visit emauanakahula.org.

November TBA, 2023
21st ANNUAL 'UKULELE & SLACK KEY GUITAR FESTIVAL - WAIMEA
A festival like no other, musicians will take the stage together to talk story, play music, and share their experiences as award-winning Hawaiian music artists. The Festival includes a Ho'olaulea Night, when each of the participating musicians will take the stage individually as well as invite small groups to join them as they showcase their favorite songs and one-of-a-kind musical collaborations, a Kanikapila Concert Day. when the musicians take the stage in a slightly less formal concert setting. After intermission, audience members with tickets and an instrument will be invited to join the guest artists on stage. (Please note there are limited tickets to play on stage with the artists.) The artists take turns leading each other in both song and story, finding new inspiration in the music they love to share. Visit kahilutheatre.org for more info.

November TBA, 2023
ANNUAL HILO CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA CRAFT FAIR
The Annual Hilo Christmas Extravaganza Craft Fair will be held at the Edith Kanaka`ole Multipurpose Stadium, 350 Kalanikoa St, Hilo, HI. There is a small entry fee; keiki under 12 free. Shop local with all your favorite artists and crafters! For more information or if you are interested in becoming a vendor, visit malamaponoevents.com.

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

November TBA, 2023
KONA PALISADES OPEN STUDIO ART TOUR AND SALE
Self-guided art tour for local artists hosted at locations in Kona Palisades from 10 am to 4pm. Visit the artists' facebook page for details.

November TBA, 2023
VOLCANO ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR
The Volcano Village Artists Hui Annual Studio Tour and Sale returns this year with a full slate of artists. Now in its 37th year, the Studio Tour will take place over Thanksgiving weekend. Four studio and gallery locations will open their doors to the public, with a wide range of artwork on display and available for purchase. Included will be original painting and prints; hand blown art glass; vintage silk clothing and bags; quilts; ceramic tiles; jewelry; stained glass; and pottery, all in a variety of styles and price ranges. Please check the Hui website at VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com for more information and a map to the studios. For a less crowded, and more relaxed shopping experience, please consider attending on Saturday or Sunday.

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December

December TBA, 2023
NA MAKUA INVITATIONAL GIFT FAIR - HILO
Join the company of some of Hawaii's best artist and producers of fine handmade crafts and gifts at this free annual event, to be held at their new location at Edith Kanaka'ole Tennis Stadium. There will be live performances by top local entertainers, ono food and door prizes. Visit www.namakua.com for more info.

December TBA, 2023
WAIMEA CHRISTMAS PARADE
The Parade will start at 5:30pm and follow a different route this year. The Assembly, Starting Point and Check-in Station will be at Waimea Park. The Parade Route is as follows: Exiting Waimea Park onto Lindsey Road, heading toward the main intersection; Left onto Mamalahoa Highway, Right onto Pukalani Rd., Right onto Ala Ohia and disband at the Waimea District Park. Visit waimeatown.org for more details.

December TBA, 2023
25th ANNUAL MUSIC & LIGHT FESTIVAL - HOLUALOA VILLAGE
Enjoy the lights and music of the holidays, from the historic Kona Hotel to the old Holualoa Library at this charming artists colony in the Kona coffee belt, from 5:30-8:30pm. There will be treats and holiday specials at the galleries and shops. Bring the keiki and camera for a visit with Santa!

December TBA, 2023
17th ANNUAL PARADISE STUDIO ART TOUR - PUNA
The public is invited for free to visit artists in their home studios in Hawaiian Paradise Park, Keaau, Puna District. Seven studios with 25 local artists are showing oil painting, watercolors, collage, pastels, acrylic, wood, sculpture, jewelry making, pottery, ceramics, silk painting, fashion art, photography and more. Free, with featured demos and music. For more info, and map, visit www.paradisestudiotour.com for more info.

December TBA, 2023
KAILUA-KONA CHRISTMAS PARADE
5 pm start. Please visit www.folkhawaii.com for more details.

December TBA, 2023
HANDEL'S "MESSIAH" AND VIVALDI'S "GLORIA" ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Presented by the Kona Choral Society. Visit www.konachoralsociety.org for more info.

December TBA, 2023
7th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK - HILO
Lili'uokalani Gardens will be festooned with lights for all to enjoy.

December TBA, 2023
CHRISTMAS EVE IMU FUNDRAISER - KAILUA-KONA
Drop off your turkeys, pork, chickens, duck, ham, "and one guy put in moose meat one year," at Ma'ona Community Garden in Captain Cook. Make your reservations online at Ma'ona Community Garden Fundraiser 2022.

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January

January 14, 2023
ELECTRONIC REYCLING COLLECTION - HILO
From 8:30am-4:30pm,at Mr. K’s Recycle & Redemption Center, 815 Kino‘ole Street, Hilo, HI 96720, the County of Hawai‘i Department of Environmental Management, Solid Waste Division, & State Department of Health is sponsoring a free electronics recycling collection event for households, businesses, government agencies and non-profits. Acceptable electronics include TVs, computers, laptops, monitors, printers/fax machines/multi-function printers, VCRs, CD/DVD players, stereo receivers/amplifiers (no speakers), UPS systems, digital cameras, mobile and landline telephones only. Businesses and agencies will be required to schedule an appointment for drop-off and provide a detailed list of electronic items they want to recycle. There is a limit of one pallet-load per business or agency customer. Businesses or agencies without an appointment or quantities exceeding their scheduled list of items will be disallowed. For appointments please contact Mr. K's Recycle & Redemption at 808-969-1222. For more information, visit hawaiizerowaste.org for more info, or call (808) 961-8554.

January 15, 2023
ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION - KAILUA-KONA
This large community event will be held at Maka'eo Pavilion, Old Airport Beach Park, Kailua-Kona. Free lunch will be provided to attendees from 12-1pm, followed by the program at 1:15pm. There will be food, entertainment, speeches, and an art exhibit by local school children to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. This event is sponsored by family Support Services of West Hawai'i. For more info, please contact Jasmin Kiernan at jasmink01@aol.com, or phone 808-756-4111.

January 16, 2023
NATIONAL PARK FEE-FREE DAY HONORING MARTIN LUTHER KING'S BIRTHDAY
No entry fees to our national parks!

January 21, 2022
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARIES, KONA, BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.) is holding their Book Sale inside the Kailua Kona Public Library lobby from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. Book Sales have nice selections and great prices. Cash or check only. Proceeds from book sales help support special programs and the needs of the Kona libraries. As always, volunteers are welcome. Visit www.folkhawaii.com for more details.

January 21, 2022
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION - HONOKA'A
Celebrate the Year of the Water Rabbit in Honoka'a! From 10am till 6pm, there will be a 100 foot dragon dance every hour on the hour, origami and Chinese lantern making, food vendors and more.

January 21, 2023
ELECTRONIC REYCLING COLLECTION - CROSSROADS SHOPPING CENTER, KAILUA-KONA
From 8:30am-4:30pm, the County of Hawai‘i Department of Environmental Management Solid Waste Division, & State Department of Health is sponsoring a free electronics recycling collection event for households, businesses, government agencies and non-profits. Acceptable electronics include TVs, computers, laptops, monitors, printers/fax machines/multi-function printers, VCRs, CD/DVD players, stereo receivers/amplifiers (no speakers), UPS systems, digital cameras, mobile and landline telephones only. Businesses and agencies will be required to schedule an appointment for drop-off and provide a detailed list of electronic items they want to recycle. There is a limit of one pallet-load per business or agency customer. Businesses or agencies without an appointment or quantities exceeding their scheduled list of items will be disallowed. For appointments please contact Mr. K's Recycle & Redemption at 808-969-1222. For more information, visit hawaiizerowaste.org for more info, or call (808) 961-8554.

January 28, 2022
KWXX HO'OLAULE'A - DOWNTOWN HILO
This annual outdoor music event will take place from 5-10:30pm in downtown Hilo, and will feature Ka'īkena Scanlan and These Guys, ʻEkolu, Hoʻaikāne, Loeka Longakit, Bruddah Waltah Aipolani, Sudden Rush, Fia, The Steppas, Kekai Boyz, Damon Williams, The Brown Boys, Lopaka Rootz, Ledward Kaʻapana, Robi Kahakalau, Kainani Kahaunaele, Darlene Ahuna, Keawe Trio, Tomi Isobi & Friends, Celler, Hua Mai, and more. Visit www.kwxx.com for more details.

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