September 23, 2023
NATIONAL PARK FEE-FREE DAY HONORING NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY
No entry fees to our national parks!
October 7, 2023
ASTRODAY AT KONA COMMONS SHOPPING CENTER
Learners of all ages are invited to Kona Commons Shopping Center in Kailua Kona on Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for an entertainment-filled day of astronomy, robotics, and natural sciences. Sponsored by the Maunakea Observatories, this free, open-air event is an opportunity for the community to meet with scientists and educators and learn how Hawai`i contributes to new and amazing discoveries in astronomy. The Maunakea Observatories and other science-based and community organizations will offer fun and informative science demonstrations and activities. There will be free giveaways while supplies last and the UH Institute for Astronomy will have a solar telescope on site to safely view the surface of the sun. Special grand prizes will include two NASA-themed skateboards. No purchase is necessary, but you do need to be present to win. Prize drawing times are 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Participating in this yearís event are: Maunakea Observatories: UH Institute for Astronomy, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, Gemini Observatory, TMT International, W.M. Keck Observatory, JCMT/East Asian Observatory, Submillimeter Array and Subaru Telescope. The Las Cumbras Observatory from Maui, will also participate. Science Organizations: Center for Mauna Kea Stewardship, Shadow the Scientist Program (USCS), The Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes, Hawai`i Keiki Museum, HCC Natural Sciences Dept. (Pālamanui), Hawaii Keiki Museum, National Weather Service (NOAA) Mauna Loa, NASA Solar System Ambassadors and Project PANOPTES.
October 7, 2023
"STREET EATS," A KAILUA VILLAGE FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL
From 11am to 5pm, enjoy a variety of food trucks that will be parked on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona. Alii Drive will be closed to traffic downtown to accomodate the event.
October 8, 2023
KAMUELA PHILHARMONIC CONCERT - KAHILU THEATRE, WAIMEA
The Philharmonic's 2023/24 season kicks off at 2pm with the MasterWorks concert which features works by Richard Wagner, Antonio Salieri, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.Event Cost: $76 / $66 / $46 / $22. For more info, visit kamuelaphil.org
October 15, 2023
TASTE OF HILO 2023
From 1-3 pm, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce's will present the annual "A Taste of Hilo" at Sangha Hall in Hilo, Enjoy 'ono grinds at East Hawai'i's premier culinary event, which showcases more than 30 of the islandís tastemakers and beverage purveyors. Attendees enjoy sweet and savory delights created by chefs, restaurants and patisseries, and sample locally crafted beer, wine and sake. The event is a great way to taste flavors and ingredients unique to the islands. Each year, a different local ingredient is featured. Other local products featured at A Taste of Hilo have included Big Island abalone, sturgeon, pasture-raised beef, kampachi and blue fin tuna. Proceeds support Hawai'i Community College. Tickets are now on sale ($75) at tasteofhilo.org.