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What’s Happening in Kona in April?

Keep up on the monthly events in the Kailua-Kona Area

Kona Steel Guitar Festival – April 4-6, 2024

The Kona Steel Guitar Festival takes place at the picturesque Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa in Keauhou, nestled on the Big Island of Hawaii. This vibrant event pays homage to the storied legacy of Hawaiian steel guitar music, offering three days filled with captivating performances by both local talents and acclaimed international artists. From timeless Hawaiian tunes to the vibrant rhythms of jazz and country melodies, the festival showcases the versatility of these distinctive sliding guitars.
For more information check here.

Lavaman Triathlon: April 7th

Sign up now for Lavaman Olympic Distance Triathlon April 7th at Waikoloa Beach resort. Click here for more information and for registration!

2024 Outrigger Big West Men’s Volleyball Championship: April 18-20

The 2024 Outrigger Big West Men’s Volleyball Championship will feature all six Big West squads on the campus of defending champion Hawai’i.

Scene of mountains an open book and a ranger hatNATIONAL PARK FEE-FREE DAY – April 20

1st DAY OF National Park Week. No entry fees to our national parks!

Big Island Chocolate Festival

The annual Big Island Chocolate Festival, on April 26-27, 2024, draws chocolate fans from far and wide to celebrate the delectable world of cocoa. Showcasing the island’s vibrant cacao industry, talented chocolatiers, and culinary experts, this festival is a paradise for those with a sweet tooth and a passion for all things chocolate. Take a look at this article about the Chocolate Festival for more information. 

Ongoing Events

Kokua Kailua Village Stroll: April 21

Once a month, on Alii Drive near the Pier, the street is closed for the Kokua Kailua Village Stroll. 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.

Food Truck Fridays

Every Friday 4-8pm you’ll find a mini food truck festival with tastes to satisfy every palate. In the Target Kona parking lot you can feed the whole family with choices of BBQ, Mexican food, Thai food, desserts, and, of course, great coffee!


Visit Queen’s Marketplace for more ongoing events 

Join ukulele lessons, Wednesday hula shows, and outdoor movies every month in the Coronation Pavilion.

Kanikapila Monthly Concert Series: April 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Discover Hawai‘i Island’s best musical talents at Queens’ Marketplace’s Kanikapila Monthly Concert Series sponsored by KWXX, every third Saturday of the month. 

Every Third Saturday of the Month | 6 PM | Coronation Pavilion


More to come in May!

20th Annual Celebration of Life – May 26

This is the Big Island’s largest lantern floating event, Celebration of Life. It is free and open to the public at Reeds Bay in Hilo. Join us to be part of the uplifting, heart-moving event where we will honor our loved ones who have passed in remembrance and reflection of love. There will be live music, Bon Dance and Hula Halau performances, local food trucks and vendors, baked goods sales, and much more. 

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