The Kona Coffee Lantern Parade is a colorful and festive event that takes place during the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The parade is held on November 3rd, and features hundreds of participants carrying handmade lanterns through the streets.

The lanterns are often decorated with coffee-related themes, such as coffee beans, coffee plants, and coffee cups. Some participants also choose to dress up in traditional Hawaiian costumes or other cultural attire.

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Where To Go

The parade begins at Kailua Pier and winds its way through the heart of Kailua-Kona, ending at Hale Halawai County Pavilion. Along the way, the parade participants pass by cheering crowds and enjoy live music and entertainment.

The Kona Coffee Lantern Parade is a free event and is open to the public. Anyone is welcome to participate, and there is no need to register in advance. However, if you plan on participating, it is important to bring your own lantern.

The Kona Coffee Lantern Parade is a great way to celebrate the Kona coffee harvest and to learn more about the rich culture of Hawaii. It is also a fun and festive event for the whole family to enjoy.

Here are some tips for participating in the Kona Coffee Lantern Parade:

  • Bring your own lantern. There are no lanterns provided at the event.
  • Arrive early to find a good spot to watch the parade or to participate in the parade lineup.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and watch out for other participants and spectators.
  • Be respectful of the people and property along the parade route.
  • Have fun!

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Find out what’s happening in Kona in November here!


Image: Big Island Now

Image: West Hawaii Today

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 October, the town comes alive with a variety of events that celebrate the local culture, arts, and natural beauty of the island. From music festivals to food truck festivals and everything in between, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So, if you’re planning a visit to Kailua-Kona in October, here’s a guide to what’s happening in our charming town.

Ongoing Events

Free Hawaiian Music and Hula Show

Carved Hawaiian Tiki Totems along the ocean

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.

Kokua Kailua Village Stroll

Once a month, on Alii Drive near the Pier, the street is closed for the Kokua Kailua Village Stroll. On October 22nd 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.


Highlighted Events in October

Astroday at 

Kona Commons Shopping Center

On October 7, head to Kona Commons Shopping Center for Astroday, an 

event dedicated to astronomy, robotics, and natural sciences. From 10 am to 3 pm, the shopping center will be filled with science demonstrations, activities, and informative exhibits. Meet scientists and educators, learn about the latest discoveries in astronomy, and even view the

surface of the sun through a solar telescope provided by the UH Institute for Astronomy. It’s a day of fun and educational exploration for learners of all ages.

Street Eats, a Kailua Village Food Truck Festival

On October 7, from 11 am to 5 pm, Ali’i Drive in Kailua-Kona will be transformed into a food lover’s paradise for Street Eats, a food truck festival. Enjoy a variety of delicious cuisines from a range of food trucks parked along the street. With a diverse selection of flavors and dishes to choose from, this event is a must-visit for food enthusiasts. Explore the 

vibrant food scene of Kailua-Kona, savor mouthwatering treats, and enjoy the lively atmosphere of the festival.

2023 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship

In 2023 the VinFast IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i will host the very best female professional and age group triathlet

es from around the world. Their 140.6-mile journey will present the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit. The historic VinFast IRONMAN World Championship, Kailua-Kona race will take athletes through the clear waters of Kailua Bay, along the wind-swept coast, and through the barren lava fields of the Island of Hawai`i, providing a unique setting for the ultimate test of strength, grit and heart.

Taste of Hilo 2023

On October 15, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Taste of Hilo at Sangha Hall in Hilo. From 1-3 pm, the event showcases the culinary delights of East Hawai’i, featuring more than 30 local tastemakers and beverage purveyors. Sample a wide range of sweet and savory dishes created by talented chefs, restaurants, and patisseries, and indulge i

n locally crafted beer, wine, and sake. It’s a culinary journey through the flavors and ingredients unique to the islands, supporting Hawai’i Community College and celebrating the vibrant food scene of Hilo.

2023 Hawai’i Festival of Birds

On October 21, the 2023 Hawai’i Festival of Birds takes place in Hilo. This full-day event celebrates the diverse bird species found in the Hawaiian Islands. The festival includes a Bird Fair, where you can learn about bird conservation efforts, a Manu Hula Hōʻike featuring expert hula dancers, and guest speakers sharing their knowledge and passion for avian conservation. The festival raises funds for the conservation work of the Hawai’i Wildlife Center and the Conservation Council for Hawai’i. It’s a day to appreciate the unique birdlife of the islan

ds and support important conservation efforts.

Taste of the Philippines; Culture, Couture, Cuisine

On October 21, celebrate Filipino culture at the Taste of the Philippines event in Kailua-Kona. From 5:30-8:30 pm at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Resort, you can enjoy an evening filled with cultural performances, fashion showcases, and a delectable feast of Filipino cuisine. The event is presented by the non-profit Fil-Am Hawaii Foundation, and all donations are tax deductible. It’s a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in Filipino culture, support scholarship

s for Filipino students, and savor the flavors of the Philippines.

VASH Hawai’i Island Fundraiser

On October 28, support the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawai’i, Hawai’i Island (VASH) at their fundraising event

Kailua-Kona November Events

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, perpetuate 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.

Sunrise at Kona Coast Resort 5203

Sunrise at Kona Coast Resort 5203.

A great quiet location with AC and other amenities. But nothing beats the sunrise and sunsets. For more information click here: 5203.

Keahou at Night

Happy Fall! I thought I’d run down a list of some of the best, biggest upcoming Fall Festivals and Events in Hawaii!

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival will run from November 4-13th! This is Hawaii’s longest running food festival. It kicks off with a lantern parade and is not just a celebration of food and coffee but also includes; art, shopping and even a scholarship competition.

The Hawaii Food and Wine Festival runs from October 21st to November 6th in Honolulu. This is the 12th Annual one and you can find more information on events and tickets at the link.

You also may want to check out the schedule and events for the Festivals of Aloha!

There’s everything from luncheons and golf to music and classes and takes place in different locations so do pay attention to the schedule.


So much delicious food at these events!

There’s also film! The Hawaiian International Film Festival will be taking place in Honolulu in November. More information on this one here: HIFF.

And of course there is Ironman taking place early October in Kona but I’ll have more details on that in another post.

Last but definitely not least you may want to check out Hawaii Volcanoes National Park No Fee Free Days. Which this fall includes September 24th and November 11th and is a great chance to visit if you are there!

Welcome Back to Kona (Again!)


Welcome back to Kona (Again!)

As of today (Nov. 1st) Governor Inge has announced Hawaii is officially welcoming back all travelers!

The Safe Travels Program continues as is throughout the end of the year at least. Though as numbers continue to go down (fingers crossed!) and vaccinations rates go up local restrictions will be dropped.  

Make sure to keep an eye on your destination and as always please be respectful of the local businesses rules.

On November 8th the United States is lifting some of the most severe International Travel restrictions that were put in place. There are many caveats to that one including which vaccines countries are using and as you know these things change fast… so definitely look into that based on what country you wish to travel from. You can also reach out to us directly through phone or email and we can help you find the most current and up to date information.

This is an especially beautiful time of year in Kona and the holidays always make for a great and peaceful time to visit the island! We look forward to seeing you again and celebrating as recovery continues and we hope for (even better) times ahead!


Happy Fall from Hawaii!

fall weather forecast in Kona, Hawaii

We are having some lovely beautiful fall days in Hawaii! And hoping for plenty more ahead along with lots of updates and better news to come!

Kona Hawaii fall weather forecast

In case you are planning a trip to the island in the next several weeks as of this post the flying details remain unchanged from the July 15th information. On Kona places are open though we as always ask that you follow any requests the businesses and vacation complexes themselves might make with respect. Hopefully as things continue to improve (fingers crossed!) there will be better and better news ahead!

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