What’s happening in Kona this June?

This June, the Big Island of Hawai’i is bustling with popular events that attract both locals and tourists. Here are some highlights:

The King Kamehameha Day Celebration on June 11 honors King Kamehameha, the founder of the Kingdom of Hawaii. The celebration includes a floral parade in Kailua-Kona, featuring pa’u riders on horseback, hula performances, and a ho’olaule’a (festival) at Hulihe’e Palace. Another parade takes place in North Kohala​. Learn more

The Ironman 70.3 Hawaii on June 1 is a major athletic event where participants compete in a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run along the Kohala Coast. This triathlon tests the endurance and stamina of athletes from around the world​ (Ironman)​.

The Hawai’i Kuauli Pacific & Asia Cultural Festival, held from June 7-9 at the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, celebrates the cultural diversity of the Pacific and Asia. It features food, fashion, cultural performances, hula, and a fireknife competition​ (Hikuauli)​.

The Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (FestPAC) runs from June 6-16 and is a grand celebration of indigenous Pacific Islander culture. The festival includes performances, workshops, and exhibitions aimed at preserving and sharing traditional arts and practices​ (Pacific Arts Fest HI​).

The Big Island Jazz & Blues Festival takes place on June 13, at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. It brings Grammy Award-winning artists in jazz, blues, and rock to the island, providing a vibrant musical experience. Check here for tickets.

Lastly, the Hawaii Island LGBTQ+ Pride Parade & Festival in Hilo celebrates LGBTQ+ communities with a parade followed by a festival featuring food, entertainment, and activities. The date for 2024 is to be announced​ (Hawaii Island LGBTQ Pride​)

These events showcase the cultural richness and diversity of the Big Island, offering a variety of experiences for everyone to enjoy.

Ongoing Kailua-Kona Events

Kokua Kailua Village Stroll: June 9

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


More to come in July!

4 of July Fireworks

From Kona to Waimea to Hilo, stay tuned for information about all the events and fireworks on July 4th!

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