December is a busy month in Kailua-Kona. Here are just a few fun events to enjoy!

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Joy to the World Concert – Dec 1

Celebrate the season with song at the Joy to the World concert on December 1 at 7:00 PM. Featuring the Kona Choral Society, guest singers, Kona Brass Quintet, and more at Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Enjoy Hawaiian choral music, holiday classics, and sing along to Christmas carols. Free event; donations appreciated. Bring the family!

Street Eats, A Kailua Village Food Truck Festival – Dec 2

The food trucks are back! Dec 2, 11:00-5:00, Alii Drive will close to vehicle traffic as food trucks line up in Historic Kailua Village offering a variety of the island’s best food trucks and food vendors of all kinds. 

Just for a teaser! Here are a few vendors that will be there: Sel’s Lunch Wagon, K.O. Pizza, Indo Grindz, Gallery Cuisine, Sugar’s Hawaii—BBQ and Desserts, Prioshki, Texas Island BBQ, Troy Farms, SweetKine808, Hungry Honu, Tooth Sweets Mochi Co., Toasty Dogs, Hamakua Creations, Makana Glass and Things, Kailani Surf, Scandanavian Shave Ice, JJ’s Mini Orbits, HI Bao Delicacies, Kona Sandwich Company, Kaawaloa Food Supply Co., Kapua’s Snack Box, and Kona Coffee Outlet

25th Annual Music & Light Festival in Holualoa Village – Dec 2

On December 2 enjoy the music and Lights Festival through Holualoa Village, from the historic Kona Hotel to the old Holualoa Library from 5:30-8:30pm. There will be treats and holiday specials at the galleries and shops. Bring the keiki and camera for a visit with Santa!

Waimea Christmas Parade – Dec 2

This parade starts at 5:30 at Waimea Park. The theme is “E Lauhoe Mai Na Wa’a’ – “Everyone Paddle the Canoe Together” 

Performances by Kona Aloha Singers

Dec 3 at 4:00 at King Kamehameha Kona Beach Resort
Dec 9 at the Kona Christmas Parade

KAS will be performing songs by One Republic, Pink, Maroon 5, Rascal Flatts, The Beach Boys, Miley Cyrus and more. Click here for tickets and enjoy the annual musical celebration

Kona Christmas Parade – Dec 9

This classic Christmas parade is a fun-filled event for the whole family. It features floats, marching bands, and Santa Claus. The parade starts at 5:00 PM and runs along Ali’i Drive. 

Leilani Christmas Market – Dec 10

The Leilani Christmas Market 2023 is a chance to find beautiful, locally-made gifts, treats plants, and more. From 10am to 2pm at the Leilani Estates Community pavilion near Pahoa (13-3441 Moku Street). Free to the public, the event offers wonderful handmade gifts made in the community. Follow the “Art in Leilani” signs

Jingle Bell Beach Run – Dec 17

This 5K run on Sunday, December 17 at 7:30 AM is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and see some of the beautiful scenery in Kailua-Kona. The run starts at Kona Coast State Park and ends at Kahalu’u Beach Park. Register here. If you need some help getting started, Big Island Running Company has a Couch to 5k program to get you going! 

Ongoing Events

Kokua Kailua Village Stroll

Once a month, on Alii Drive near the Pier, the street is closed for the Kokua Kailua Village Stroll. On Sunday, December 10 (coincides with the Kailua Kalikimaka Christmas celebration) 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.

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And, of course, the beaches are always festive!

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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Why Vacation Homes Are the Perfect Choice for Your Kona Getaway

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Planning a vacation to Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i?

Consider renting a vacation home in Kona instead of staying at a traditional hotel. Vacation homes offer a range of benefits, including privacy, space, amenities, and a more personalized experience. 

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The Beauty of Kona


Before we dive into the advantages of vacation homes, let’s take a moment to appreciate the beauty of Kailua-Kona. Located on the Big Island of Hawai’i, Kona is known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and breathtaking sunsets. It’s a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with opportunities for snorkeling, surfing, hiking, and more. Kona also boasts a rich cultural heritage, with historical sites, traditional Hawai’ian cuisine, and vibrant local markets. With so much to explore and experience, it’s no wonder that Kona is a popular destination for vacationers.


Privacy and Space


One of the primary advantages of choosing a vacation home in Kona is the privacy and space it offers. Unlike a hotel room, where you may have limited privacy and cramped quarters, a vacation home provides a spacious and secluded environment. Whether you’re traveling with your family, a group of friends, or as a couple, having your own private space allows you to relax and enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

Vacation homes in Kona come in various sizes, ranging from cozy cottages to luxurious villas. You can choose a property that suits your needs and preferences, whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat or a spacious accommodation for a large group. With multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, living areas, and outdoor spaces, vacation homes provide ample room for everyone to spread out and unwind.


Amenities and Convenience


Another major advantage of vacation homes is the wide range of amenities they offer. Unlike hotels, which often have limited facilities, vacation homes are equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. From fully equipped kitchens and laundry facilities to private pools and hot tubs, vacation homes provide the convenience and luxury of a home away from home.

Imagine waking up in the morning and enjoying a cup of coffee on your own private lanai, overlooking the ocean. You can prepare your meals in a fully stocked kitchen, saving money on dining out. Many vacation homes also come with entertainment options such as Wi-Fi, cable TV, and game rooms, ensuring that you have plenty of activities to keep you and your family entertained during your stay.


A Personalized Experience


One of the most appealing aspects of staying in a vacation home is the opportunity for a more personalized experience. Unlike hotels, where you may feel like just another guest, vacation homes allow you to immerse yourself in the local culture and lifestyle. You can explore the neighborhood, interact with locals, and truly experience the essence of Kona.

Vacation homeowners often provide recommendations for local attractions, restaurants, and hidden gems that may not be found in guidebooks. They can help you discover the best snorkeling spots, hiking trails, and cultural events happening in the area. By staying in a vacation home, you can create memories that are unique to your Kona experience.


Tips for Choosing the Right Vacation Home


To ensure that you choose the right vacation home for your Kona getaway, here are a few additional tips:

  • Plan Ahead: Start your search early to have a wider selection of vacation homes to choose from. Popular properties tend to book up quickly, especially during peak travel seasons.
  • Set a Budget: Determine your budget before you start searching for vacation homes. Consider not only the rental cost but also additional fees, such as cleaning fees and security deposits.
  • Read the Fine Print: Take the time to carefully read the rental agreement and policies. Pay attention to check-in/check-out times, cancellation policies, and any restrictions or rules that may apply.
  • Communicate with the Owner/Manager: Reach out to the owner or manager of the vacation home to ask any questions or clarify any details. Their responsiveness and helpfulness can be an indicator of the overall quality of the property and your experience.
  • Consider Location: Think about what you want to do and see in Kona and choose a vacation home that is conveniently located near your desired activities and attractions.

Hotels are limited


Kailua-Kona is a tropical paradise known for its stunning beaches, vibrant marine life, and rich cultural heritage. While it offers an array of attractions and activities for tourists, one notable aspect that may strike visitors is the limited number of hotels available in the area.

Unlike some of the other popular Hawai’ian destinations like Waikiki or Maui, Kailua-Kona has a relatively small selection of hotels. This scarcity is, in part, due to the island’s commitment to preserving its natural beauty and cultural integrity. Strict zoning regulations and a desire to maintain the town’s historic charm have resulted in limited development of large-scale resorts.

While this may initially seem like a drawback, it can actually enhance the appeal of Kailua-Kona for travelers seeking a more relaxed and authentic Hawai’ian experience.


When planning your Kailua-Kona getaway, consider the advantages of staying in a vacation home. From privacy and space to amenities and a more personalized experience, vacation homes offer a unique and memorable way to enjoy your vacation. Start your search early, explore different platforms, and communicate with the owners to find the perfect vacation home that suits your needs and preferences. With a vacation home as your base, you can fully immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of Kona, creating memories that will last a lifetime.


Below are some upcoming holiday events in Kona to help you celebrate and enjoy the season Kona Style!


Lanihau’s Holiday Market is tomorrow (Saturday December 4th)!

There will be crafts, live music, sidewalk sales and other fun things not to mention pictures with Santa (from 10-1 per the website). The fees from this event are donated to the Donkey Mill Art Center so you can enjoy the Hawaii Holiday spirit all for a good cause.

Go for a Christmas Stroll at Kekuaokalani on Saturday, December 11th from 5:30-7:30!

This event will feature food trucks (yum), crafts, parade floats and live music as well as Santa 🙂 Check out the website for more information and directions as it’s out by the old Airport and strongly suggested to bring a flashlight for strolling. *They will also be accepting canned food for donations.

Hawaiian Holiday Arts and Crafts on December 11th & 12th from 8-4!

Enjoy locally made arts and crafts, gift shopping and live music! Not only will you be supporting local but this event takes place at Keoki’s South Kona Grindz and breakfast and lunch specials will be available 🙂

Address: 83-5315 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook