Kailua-Kona, located on the beautiful Big Island of Hawai’i, is a vibrant and lively place with plenty of exciting events and activities happening throughout the year. In November, the town comes alive with a variety of holiday events as well as celebrating the local culture, arts, and natural beauty of the island. From the Kona Coffee Festival to Kokua Kailua Village Stroll there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So, if you’re planning a visit to Kailua-Kona in November, here’s a guide to what’s happening in our charming town.
Highlighted Events in November
The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is Held Each November in Kona Hawaii.
Don’t miss the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Nov 3-12. Since its inception in 1970, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival organization has sought to preserve, per
petuate and promote Kona’s unique nearly 200-year coffee heritage. The Festival and the local community embrace visitors and residents by sharing the unique history and culture of Kona coffee pioneers, farmers and artisans throughout the 10-days that celebrate the Kona coffee lifestyle.
A few of the activities during the festival include:
Cultural Activities at The Donkey Mill Art Center Nov. 4 in Holualoa
Made in Hawai’i Artisan Market Nov. 3 at Hale Halawai County Pavilion
Lantern Parade Nov. 3 from Kailua Pier to Hale Halawai County Pavilion
Cultural Festival Ho’olaule’a Nov.11 at Makae’o Pavilion
100% Pure Kona Coffee Half Marathon Nov. 11th at Coconut Grove Marketplace
Check the festival website for even more fun activities!
You can buy your festival button at these locations.
Volcano Village Artists Hui Annual Studio Tour & Sale
The Volcano Village Artists Hui Annual Studio Tour & Sale takes place in Volcano Village on the Big Island of Hawaii Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 24 – 26, from 10am – 4pm each day. The Studio tour and sale features local artists and artisans opening their studios to the public, allowing visitors to explore their creative spaces, view their artwork, and purchase pieces directly from the artists.
Veterans Day Events
Hawai’i Island Veterans Day Parade is Nov. 4 in Downtown Hilo.
National Park Fee-Free Day Honoring our Military Veterans is Nov. 11. No entry fees to our national parks!
21st Annual ‘Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Festival in Waimea
‘Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Festival Nov. 18 is a popular music event that celebrates two traditional Hawaiian music styles: ‘ukulele and slack key guitar. The festival typically takes place on the Big Island of Hawaii and has been a cherished cultural event for both locals and visitors. Hawaiian music is deeply rooted in the culture and history of the islands, and the festival serves as a platform to promote and preserve these traditions. It offers a glimpse into the rich heritage of Hawaii.
Kokua Kailua Village Stroll
Once a month, on Alii Drive near the Pier, the street is closed for the Kokua Kailua Village Stroll. On November 19th from 1-6 pm, the street transforms into a bustling market with local vendors and artists’ booths. Explore the vibrant stalls, shop for unique crafts and souvenirs, and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Leashed dogs are also welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the stroll. This event is a perfect opportunity to support local businesses and artists while immersing yourself in the lively spirit of Kailua-Kona.
Free Hawaiian Music and Hula Show
Every Friday at Keauhou Shopping Center, you can enjoy a free Hawaiian music and hula show in the center courtyard from 6-7pm. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Hawai’i as talented musicians and graceful hula dancers take the stage. This weekly event is a fantastic opportunity to experience the beauty and artistry of traditional Hawaiian music and dance.
First Friday After Dark in Holualoa
On the first Friday of every month, the quaint village of Holualoa comes alive with a block party. From 5:30-8:30pm, locals and visitors gather to explore the town’s art galleries and boutiques, listen to live music, and indulge in gourmet “grab and go” food. This festive event is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the local art and culture scene while enjoying the warm hospitality of the community.
Kailua-Kona December Events
Just a teaser because there is a lot going on in Kona in December!
Waimea Christmas Parade
25th Annual Music & Light Festival in Holualoa Village
Kailua-Kona Christmas Parade
Handel’s “Messiah” and Vivaldi’s “Gloria” Annual Holiday Concert by the Kona Choral Society
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