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What’s Happening in Kona in May

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Keep up on Kailua-Kona events

May Day is Lei Day in Hawai’i – May 1

May Day at Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa celebrates Lei Day, a significant cultural holiday in Hawaii honoring the tradition of lei-making and the spirit of aloha. Lei Day is a time when locals and visitors come together to appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of Hawaiian lei.

At Queens’ MarketPlace, the Lei Day Entertainment includes a range of activities and performances. This may feature live music and hula performances, showcasing traditional Hawaiian songs and dances. Visitors can expect to see local artisans demonstrating lei-making techniques, creating beautiful floral and cultural lei designs.

Waikoloa Community Market – May 4

The Waikoloa Village now boasts its very own Community Market, a vibrant monthly event held on the first Saturday of each month from 8am to 12pm. With over 40 vendors participating year-round, this market offers a delightful array of goods including fresh produce, plants, eggs, fish, bakery items, artisan foods, artwork, jewelry, crafts, and live music. Residents and visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the sunny atmosphere of Waikoloa Village, supporting local businesses and connecting with the creative spirit of the community. This market promises a delightful opportunity to explore and engage with a diverse range of local offerings in a picturesque setting.

Kona Orchid Society Mother’s Day Show & Sale – May 11

The Kona Orchid Society Mother’s Day Show & Sale is the society’s most popular event. From 9am to 2pm at the Makaeo County Pavilion in the Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area visitors can enjoy a showcase of blooming orchids displayed by club members and can purchase healthy plants from local growers. The sale extends beyond orchids to include cactus, succulents, air plants, bonsai, protea, fruit trees, exotic tropicals, water plants, herbs, vegetable starts, and bedding plants.

More Local vendors

Moreover, attendees can explore a range of additional offerings including jams, jellies, arts and crafts, and high-fire functional stoneware. Interact with growers and master gardeners on-site, for valuable growing tips and insights. An ideal event for Mother’s Day weekend. https://www.konaorchidsociety.org/

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. 

Ongoing Kailua-Kona Events

Kokua Kailua Village Stroll: May 19

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! Check here for more information about Food Truck Fridays

Deli Sandwich and Chips

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

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 June!

June 11: King Kamehameha Day, Island-Wide

State-wide celebrations honoring King Kamehameha the Great, the monarch who first established the unified Kingdom of Hawaii. Celebrations include floral parades and performances. In Kona the Floral Parade goes from 9 am to 11:30 am, followed by a celebration at Huliheʻe Palace from 11:30 am to 3 pm.

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