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Highlighted Events of the next two weeks

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January 24, 25 & 26, 2019
'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 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, Ni'ihau shell jewelry workshops and a feather flowers workshop to create a lei pua papale. Hula presentations will feature keiki, opio, makuahine, makuakane, and kupuna. 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 featuring Lehua Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and Friends, which also helps support the festival. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the festival and at the door. On Saturday, there will be Hawaiian arts and crafts by local artisans beginning at 11:00 am. For workshop registration, or more information about the festival, please visit www.iolaniluahinefestival.org. For more information, email administrator@nawaiiwiola.org.

January 31, 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 the coming year. 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!

January 31, 2020
“"PEACE LIKE A RIVER" GOSPEL CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
In celebration of Black History Month, the Kona Choral Society presents the fourth annual "Peace Like a River: A Celebration of African-American Gospel and Spirituals."” The concert takes place at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Kailua-Kona on Friday, January 31, from 7:00-8:30pm, and features soloists Binti Bailey and Dan Garrett, conductor and KCS artistic director Susan McCreary Duprey, accompanist Gloria Juan, percussionist Sharon Cannon, and includes an audience sing-along. Admission is by donation and no tickets are required. A freewill offering will be taken to offset the costs of the performance. Find out more at Konachoralsociety.org or contact: email konachoralsociety@gmail.com.

February 1, 2020
ANNUAL WAIMEA CHERRY BLOSSOM HERITAGE FESTIVAL - WAIMEA
Time: From 9am-3pm at different venues around 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. The Cherry Choo Choo will again be running at the cherry tree-lined Church Row Park; keiki rides are $3 each. Tree climbing is prohibited. Roberts Hawaii provides free shuttle transportation among most venues, though walking is encouraged. For more info, please call 808-961-8706; find find updates on facebook at WaimeaCherryBlossomHeritageFestival.

February 7, 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, 2020
KONA MAUKA ROTARY VALENTINE WINE TASTING
Enjoy a wonderful evening featuring superb wines, delicious food, spectacular views, wonderful desserts, and a carefully selected silent auction. All proceeds provide scholarships to local students and local community service projects. Time: 4-8 pm at Holualoa Inn. Cost: $100 all inclusive. For more information, email rotarykonamauka@gmail.com or visit whttps://portal.clubrunner.ca/7734.

February 8, 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 8, 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: 9am-7pm 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 8, 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 8, 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. 8 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 8, 2020
BEST OF KONA FESTIVAL - KEAUHOU, KONA
New to the Big Island of Hawai is the "Best of Kona Festival” slated for February 8th from 12-6 pm at the Keauhou Shopping Center. The event invites visitors and residents alike to taste, see, and enjoy all that the Kona District has to offer all in one place for one day! Guests will enjoy locally grown food, local services, dance and music performances, activities for children, culinary demonstrations, real estate education, activity providers, and Hawaii cultural entertainment and education. The event is free to attend with food trucks and booths selling a wide range of food and beverages and more! Vendors and sponsors are being sought! Time: 12-6 pm at Keauhou Shopping Center. Free to the public. For more information, email juliebestofkonafest@gmail.com or visit www.bestofkonafestival.com.

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 9, 2020
2nd ANNUAL "MY FURRY VALENTINE" EVENT - THE SHOPS AT MAUNA LANI
"My Furry Valentine" is a dog-friendly event benefiting Hawaii Island Humane Society, to be held on Sunday, Feb. 9 from 2-6 pm at The Shops at Mauna Lani, the only dog-friendly shopping center on the Big Island. Featuring pet-related pop-up shops, dog groomers/trainers, a beer garden, Valentine-themed doggie costume contest, canine demonstrations, a photo booth, food booths for both you and your pet, and pet adoptions. Free to the public. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1684718951714012/.

     

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