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The Big Island

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."

Third Saturday Electronic Waste Collection Days - Kona
Third Saturday of the month, from 9 am to 4 pm, at Kealakehe Transfer Station.
Mr. K's Recycle in Hilo offers this service on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month
from 8:30am-4:30pm.

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

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May

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

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

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

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June

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

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

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

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

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July

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

July 4, 2022
4th OF JULY FIREWORKS - KAILUA-KONA
Details TBA.

July 4, 2022
4th OF JULY FIREWORKS - HILO
Details TBA.

July TBA, 2022
HILO ORCHID SOCIETY SALE

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August

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

August TBA, 2022
HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK FEE-FREE DAY
There will be no entrance fee to the Park today.

August TBA, 2022
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - KAILUA-KONA
From 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. 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 www.HawaiiZeroWaste.org, or call (808) 961-8554.

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

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September

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

September TBA, 2022
HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK FEE-FREE DAY
Honoring Public Lands Day there will be no entrance fee to the Park today.

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

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October

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

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November

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

November TBA, 2022
'OHI'A LOVE FEST
The fest will celebrate the ōhi‘a lehua, a tree that’s critical to providing the water we drink, keeping our ocean reefs healthy, and is revered in Hawaiian culture. You will learn ways you can protect Hawai'i's forests by reducing the spread of diseases like Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Deat, and more. Visit the The 'Ohi'a Love Fest web page for a list of events.

November TBA, 2022
HOLUALOA COFFEE & ART STROLL
This popular Coffee Festival event in the artists' colony of Holualoa features vendor booths of coffee farms, tasty treats and local goods. Kona Coffee Festival Events.

November TBA, 2022
HAWAI'I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK FEE-FREE DAY
Honoring Veterans Day there will be no entrance fee to the Park today.

November TBA, 2022
HAWAI'I ISLAND VETERANS DAY PARADE - HILO
An event video will appear on the groups website at the 11am "start time." For more information, visit www.hivetparade.org.

November TBA, 2022
GALAXY FORUM HAWAII 2022 - WAIMEA
A free, educational event geared to inspire teachers, parents, keiki and all Earthlings! For more information, call 808/885-3474, email the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) at info@iloa.org or visit https://galaxyforum.org/.

November TBA, 2022
KONA PALISADES OPEN STUDIO ART TOUR AND SALE
Self-guided art tour for local artists hosted at locations in Kona Palisades. Visit the artists' facebook page for details.

November TBA, 2022
VOLCANO ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR
Check the Hui website in November for up-to-date information and map, at VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com for details.

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December

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

December TBA, 2022
24th ANNUAL MUSIC & LIGHT FESTIVAL - HOLUALOA VILLAGE
Enjoy the lights and music of the holidays, from the historic Kona Hotel to the old Holualoa Library at this charming artists colony in the Kona coffee belt. There will be treats and holiday specials at over a dozen galleries and shops. Bring the keiki and camera for a (socially distanced) visit with Santa! More info, map and photos at HolualoaVillage.com.

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January

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

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

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February

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

February 26 & 27, 2022

February TBA, 2023
ANNUAL WAIMEA CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

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

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

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March

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

March 4, 2022
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 on Mar. 19, 2022, from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. F.O.L.K. is also participating at the Tony Honda Craft Fair at the Tony Honda Dealership on Kuakini Hawaii in Kailua-Kona on March 12, 2022, from 10AM to 3:00PM. There will be a F.O.L.K. kiosk along with other participating vendors. 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. For more information go to Visit www.folkhawaii.com for more details.

March 5, 2022
NORTH KOHALA COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER'S 5th ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT - HAPUNA GOLF COURSE, MAUNA KEA RESORT
Support the NKCRC's 5th annual golf tournament at the fabulous Hapuna Golf Course at Mauna Kea Resort. Four-person scramble shotgun start begins at 9:00am. $160 per person entry includes shared cart, green fees, practice facilities, lunch sponsored by Mauna Kea Resort, fun camaraderie and great prizes! Donations and sponsor opportunities welcomed. Visit northkohala.org for more details, call 808-889-5523 or email info@northkohala.org.

March 5, 2022
KONA PALISADES ARTISTS ANNUAL SPRING ART TOUR
This year’s spring event will feature ten artists at four locations, inviting the public to view their creations on this special one day showcase event. The public will be able to meet the artists and learn about their work processes and inspirations. This is an opportunity to purchase art directly from the artists, support local artisans, find unique gifts for graduation, Mother’s Day and other special events. During the Tour, all current CDC Safety Guidelines and the State of Hawaii and County of Hawaii Regulations will be followed regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Face masks and social distancing will be required at each stop. For more information about this event, look up “Kona Palisades Artists” on facebook. To preview the artists’ work and obtain a map, email the group at KonaPalisadesArtists@gmail.com or call 808-345-1549.

March 5, 2022
HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - WAIMEA
From 8:30am-3:30pm at the Waimea District Park - HHW (Household Hazardous Waste), 67-1315 Ala ‘Ōhi‘a Road, Waimea, HI 96743. Accepted: motor oil, antifreeze, corrosives, poisons, batteries, medications, solvents and thinners, fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermometers, oil-based paints, and compressed gas cylinders (non-empty). Not accepted: business or farm waste, electronics (ie. TVs or computers), explosives or flares, radioactive materials, tires, latex paint, fire extinguishers, and bio/infectioius waste. Visit hawaiizerowaste.org for more info, or call (808) 961-8554.
Physical Distancing Rules For Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events:
These rules are for your safety and the safety of the staff conducting these events. Please kōkua and thank you for doing your part to keep these events safe for all participants.
Remain in your vehicle unless directed by authorized personnel.
Prior to arriving at the event, place your HHW items in your trunk or truck bed. Make sure your trunk can be unlocked or opened remotely. If you don’t have a trunk or truck bed, preferably place your materials in unlocked unoccupied backseat area.
NO Container Returns. Due to infection transmission hazard all containers brought to the event will not be returned and should be disposable. If you want to keep your container transfer the material into a safe disposable container prior to the event.
To minimize interactions, please label your HHW items (if possible) and make sure that your HHW items are easily distinguishable and separate from anything else in your trunk or truck bed.
Six (6) foot physical distancing is required. Facial masks (cover nose & mouth) are required.
If you are feeling ill or showing symptoms of illness, please consider postponing your participation in our event or designate someone else to drop off your materials.
There will not be a concurrent collection at this event for reusable latex (water-based) paints. Take your reusable latex paints to the Waimea Reuse Center at the Waimea Recycling & Transfer Station year-round, please call 498-8093. If your latex paint is junk/unusable solidify it and dispose with your regular rubbish.
Customers should pack their items in spill-proof containers and be careful when transporting them to the event. When at the event please remain in your vehicle in line until authorized personnel come to unload your vehicle. For your safety and the safety of those around you please do not walk your hazardous materials over to the authorized personnel in the restricted area. This precaution is to prevent spillage and ensure fairness to those already waiting in line.
Mahalo for your kōkua.

March 19, 2022
FRIENDS OF PANA'EWA ANNUAL PLANT SALE - HILO
From 8am to 2pm. To be held at the entry circle of Pana'ewa Zoo Equestrian Center. Masks and social distancing required. Vendors will be selling Orchids, bamboo, Vireya, palms, heliconias, bromeliads, native plants, water garden plant, fruit trees, edibles and "a whole lot more!" There will also be a Silent Auction.

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April

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

April 3, 2022
LAVAMAN TRIATHLON - WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
Visit lavamantriathlon.comhttps://www. for updates.

April 12, 2022
15th 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 16, 2022
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 16, 2022
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 on Mar. 19, 2022, from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. F.O.L.K. is also participating at the Tony Honda Craft Fair at the Tony Honda Dealership on Kuakini Hawaii in Kailua-Kona on March 12, 2022, from 10AM to 3:00PM. There will be a F.O.L.K. kiosk along with other participating vendors. 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 16, 2022
BEST OF KONA FESTIVAL
The Best of Kona Festival will be held on Saturday April 16th from 11 am- 6pm at the Kona Inn Shopping Village. The Festival focuses on live entertainment in an ocean front setting to bring fun and community back to Kailua Kona after a very long two years. In keeping with its name, 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, with prices ranging from $40 early bird tickets to $50 general admission; $60 at the door. Limited to 400 attendees, the event is geared towards adults over 21 and will feature a beer garden. The Festival is all about fun and collaboration, and that also goes for the musicians who will be joining each other on the stage throughout the day to create Kona’s largest jam session. Please visit bestofkonafestival.com for more details.

April 17-23, 2022
MERRIE MONARCH HULA FESTIVAL - HILO
The prestigious hula competition returns. Please visit www.merriemonarch.com for more details.

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