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.
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.
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
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.