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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

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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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Every year the North Kohala Kamehameha Day Celebration stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of aloha and the reverence for Hawaiian monarch Kamehameha I, commemorated annually on his birthday, June 11.

Nestled in the very birthplace of Kamehameha I, this celebration draws thousands of attendees from across the Hawaiian Islands and beyond, creating a vibrant tapestry of culture, tradition, and community. As the sun rises over the tranquil landscape, the festivities unfurl, weaving together a full day of activities that pay homage to the revered king and his enduring legacy.

A Visionary Leader

At the heart of the celebration lies a deep sense of respect for Kamehameha I, the visionary leader who united the Hawaiian Islands under a single rule in the late 18th century. The day begins with a regal procession, a majestic display of Hawaiian culture and heritage, as participants adorned in traditional attire traverse the streets, accompanied by the rhythmic beat of drums and the melodious chants of oli. This solemn yet joyous march sets the tone for the day ahead, symbolizing unity, strength, and the indomitable spirit of the Hawaiian people.

Annual Parade

Following the procession, the town of Kapa‘au comes alive with the vibrant colors and sounds of the annual parade. Floats adorned with fragrant flowers and intricate designs glide through the streets, each one a testament to the rich tapestry of Hawaiian history and culture. From traditional hula dancers swaying gracefully to the beat of drums to lively performances showcasing the art of poi pounding and lauhala weaving, the parade encapsulates the essence of Hawaiian identity, inviting spectators to immerse themselves in the beauty and rhythm of the islands.

Central to the festivities is the lei-draping ceremony held at the foot of Kapa‘au town’s Kamehameha I statue. Here, amidst a sea of fragrant blossoms and lei adorned with vibrant hues, attendees gather to pay their respects to the great king. With reverence and solemnity, each lei is delicately placed upon the statue, a symbol of love, honor, and remembrance for Kamehameha I and his profound contributions to Hawaiian society. This poignant ceremony serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring legacy of the monarch, whose vision and leadership continue to inspire generations.

Educational Exhibits

In addition to the ceremonial proceedings, the celebration offers an array of interactive educational exhibits, providing attendees with the opportunity to delve deeper into Hawaiian history, culture, and traditions. From demonstrations of traditional crafts such as kapa making and fishnet weaving to informative displays highlighting the significance of ancient Hawaiian landmarks, these exhibits offer a window into the rich tapestry of Hawaiian heritage, fostering a deeper appreciation for the land and its people.

Fun for Keiki

Beyond its cultural significance, the North Kohala Kamehameha Day Celebration serves as a beacon of community spirit and unity, bringing together people from all walks of life to celebrate a shared heritage and legacy. From the spirited chants of keiki to the wisdom of kupuna, the celebration embodies the spirit of aloha, fostering connections and forging bonds that transcend time and space.

As the sun sets on another day of celebration, the echoes of chants and laughter linger in the air, a testament to the enduring legacy of Kamehameha I and the vibrant spirit of the Hawaiian people. In the heart of North Kohala, amidst the lush beauty of the land, the annual Kamehameha Day Celebration stands as a living tribute to a king whose legacy continues to inspire and unite generations, ensuring that his memory remains forever etched in the fabric of Hawaiian culture and history.
For additional festival information click here.

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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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Calling all foodies! If you’re looking for a fun and delicious way to eat your way through Kona, look no further than Food Truck Fridays! This popular event is held in the mauka side of the Target parking lot, and features a wide variety of food trucks serving up everything from barbecue and pizza to Thai and Mexican food. There’s also local coffee, to-die-for desserts, seafood, and local grinds. Plus, there are vendors for more shopping to enjoy.

 

Food Truck Fridays is the perfect place to bring the whole family for a fun night out. With so many different food options to choose from, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

Food Options Galore

One of the best things is the wide variety of food options available. Whether you’re in the mood for something savory or sweet, there’s sure to be a food truck that has what you’re craving.

Some of the regular vendors at include:

  • Jillian’s Caribbean Fusion
  • Wilson’s Snack Shack
  • Sugar’s Hawaii BBQ & Desserts (Ube Cheesecake because I love anything ube!)
  • Big Island Provisions
  • Aloha de Nada Empanadas
  • Califas Mexican Food (Their fish tacos!!!)

These are just a few of the many food trucks that participate in Food Truck Fridays. With so many different options to choose from, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your taste buds.

Fun for the Whole Family

Food Truck Fridays isn’t just about the food. It’s also a great place to bring the whole family for a fun night out. In addition to all the great food, there are local  vendors selling a variety of goods. And with plenty of space to run around, kids are sure to have a blast.

So, what are you waiting for? Mark your calendars and come hungry!

Food Truck Fridays Logo

Don’t Miss Food Truck Fridays!

Food Truck Fridays is a weekly event that you don’t want to miss. With so many different food options to choose from, and local  vendors for shopping, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So, come on down to the mauka side of the Target parking lot, 4-8pm every Friday  and experience it for yourself!

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The annual Big Island Chocolate Festival, happening on April 26-27, 2024, is like a siren call for chocolate lovers near and far! It’s a time when cocoa enthusiasts from all walks of life come together to revel in the sheer deliciousness of chocolate. Skilled chocolatiers and culinary wizards all under one roof, ready to whisk you away on a cocoa-infused adventure. There are a variety of ticket types depending on your budget and what you want from the festival.

A Chocolate Lover’s Paradise

At the heart of the Big Island Chocolate Festival lies a treasure trove of decadent delights waiting to be explored. Imagine sinking your teeth into velvety truffles, savoring silky smooth ganaches, and discovering innovative chocolate-infused dishes and beverages that will tantalize your taste buds like never before. Get ready to sample a diverse selection of chocolates from different regions and producers, each with its own unique flavors and characteristics. 

Pro tip: if someone offers you fresh cacao seeds to try, don’t hesitate—say yes! The pulp surrounding the seed is a delightful surprise.

cocoa pods hanging on a cocoa tree

Culinary Creations

Prepare to be amazed by the creative genius of local chefs who skillfully incorporate chocolate into their culinary masterpieces. From savory dishes with a hint of cocoa to decadent desserts that will make your taste buds sing, every bite is a testament to the versatility of chocolate in the kitchen. Plus, you can join culinary demonstrations and workshops to learn insider tips and tricks from the pros.

Chocolate-Making Workshops

Feeling adventurous? Roll up your sleeves and dive into chocolate-making workshops led by skilled chocolatiers. Learn the secrets of tempering chocolate, molding truffles, and crafting your very own chocolate treats. It’s a hands-on experience that offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the fascinating world of chocolate production.

Beyond the Chocolate

But the Big Island Chocolate Festival is more than just a celebration of chocolate—it’s a platform for education and inspiration. Explore important topics like sustainable cacao farming, environmental conservation, and the cultural significance of chocolate in Hawaiian history and culture through informative presentations, panel discussions, and interactive exhibits.

Sustainable Cacao Farming

Join us in promoting sustainable cacao farming practices that benefit both the environment and the local community. Learn about ethical sourcing, fair trade practices, and organic farming methods that ensure the long-term viability of the cacao industry. Together, we can help preserve the delicate ecosystems that sustain this vital crop.

Environmental Conservation

Raise awareness about the environmental challenges facing the cacao industry, from deforestation to climate change. Discover how initiatives like reforestation projects and carbon offset programs are making a difference and how you can contribute to a more sustainable future for chocolate cultivation.

Cultural Significance

Celebrate the cultural heritage of chocolate in Hawaii through educational exhibits, storytelling sessions, and traditional chocolate-making demonstrations. Gain a deeper appreciation for the rich flavors and traditions that define the island’s culinary identity and savor every moment of this deliciously enlightening experience.

So mark your calendars and get ready to embark on the ultimate chocolate adventure at the Big Island Chocolate Festival. It’s an event not to be missed for chocolate lovers of all ages! 

FAQs

Q: Can I purchase tickets in advance?

A: Yes, tickets for the Big Island Chocolate Festival are typically available for purchase online in advance of the event. Early booking is recommended, as tickets often sell out quickly.
Get tickets for the festival here

Q: Are there accommodations available for out-of-town attendees?

A: Yes, there are a variety of accommodation options available for attendees traveling from out of town, ranging from luxury resorts to budget-friendly hotels.

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In a Nutshell

The Big Island Chocolate Festival is a tantalizing celebration of all things chocolate, bringing together cacao farmers, chocolatiers, chefs, and chocolate enthusiasts for a truly indulgent experience. From exquisite tastings to hands-on workshops, this festival offers something for everyone to enjoy while promoting sustainable farming practices and celebrating the cultural heritage of chocolate in Hawaii. So, whether you’re a seasoned chocolate connoisseur or just looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, come join us at the Big Island Chocolate Festival, April 26-27, and experience the magic of chocolate like never before!

Keep up on the monthly events in the Kailua-Kona Area

Kona Steel Guitar Festival – April 4-6, 2024

The Kona Steel Guitar Festival takes place at the picturesque Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa in Keauhou, nestled on the Big Island of Hawaii. This vibrant event pays homage to the storied legacy of Hawaiian steel guitar music, offering three days filled with captivating performances by both local talents and acclaimed international artists. From timeless Hawaiian tunes to the vibrant rhythms of jazz and country melodies, the festival showcases the versatility of these distinctive sliding guitars.
For more information check here.

Lavaman Triathlon: April 7th

Sign up now for Lavaman Olympic Distance Triathlon April 7th at Waikoloa Beach resort. Click here for more information and for registration!

2024 Outrigger Big West Men’s Volleyball Championship: April 18-20

The 2024 Outrigger Big West Men’s Volleyball Championship will feature all six Big West squads on the campus of defending champion Hawai’i.

Scene of mountains an open book and a ranger hatNATIONAL PARK FEE-FREE DAY – April 20

1st DAY OF National Park Week. No entry fees to our national parks!

Big Island Chocolate Festival

The annual Big Island Chocolate Festival, on April 26-27, 2024, draws chocolate fans from far and wide to celebrate the delectable world of cocoa. Showcasing the island’s vibrant cacao industry, talented chocolatiers, and culinary experts, this festival is a paradise for those with a sweet tooth and a passion for all things chocolate. Take a look at this article about the Chocolate Festival for more information. 

Ongoing Events

Kokua Kailua Village Stroll: April 21

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!

 

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: April 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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 May!

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. 

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The Merrie Monarch Festival is an annual cultural event held in Hilo, Hawaii celebrating Hawaiian traditions through hula and music. Taking place for over 50 years, the festival has become renowned internationally for its hula competition and as a platform to showcase authentic Hawaiian culture.

This year the festival dates are March 31- April 6, 2024

Merrie Monarch Festival Traditional Dancersphoto by Bruce Omori

History and Significance

The Merrie Monarch Festival was established in 1963 as a means to boost tourism in Hilo after the devastating 1960 tsunami that hit the island. It was named after King David Kalākaua, the last reigning monarch of Hawaii who was an enthusiastic patron of the arts and known as the “Merrie Monarch” for his joy and celebration of music and dance.

Over the years, the festival evolved into a prestigious hula competition drawing participants from hālau hula (hula schools) seeking to earn recognition. It also serves as an event to honor Hawaiian traditions and cultural practices passed down through generations.

The week-long festival features various events centered around hula and Hawaiian arts, from competitions to exhibitions and craft fairs. The main highlight is the hula competition, where hālau hula perform both kahiko (ancient) and ʻauana (modern) forms of hula in an effort to demonstrate their skills and preserve the sacred dance.

Hula Competition

The hula competition is the central focus of the event, showcasing performances in various categories over three days:

  • Miss Aloha Hula – Solo competition for women focusing on both ancient and modern hula styles
  • Group Hula Kahiko – Ancient hula performance by groups
  • Group Hula ‘Auana – Modern hula performance by groups

Hālau hula take the stage to convey stories through interpretative dance and chants, incorporating intricate costumes and musical instruments. They are evaluated by expert judges well-versed in hula on technique, authenticity, and overall presentation.

The competition is fierce as hālau hula strive to earn the prestigious Merrie Monarch Festival first place reward and title of superiority. For them, it is the highest achievement and honor.

Cultural Significance

Beyond the hula competition, the festival emphasizes Hawaiian arts and crafts through exhibitions and fairs. Local artisans display works ranging from lei making to wood carving, weaving, and traditional Hawaiian quilts.

Free events also showcase Polynesian dance groups and folk performers from Pacific Islands. The festival concludes with a colorful Merrie Monarch Royal Parade where Hawaiian royalty is celebrated with vibrant floats and marching bands.

For visitors and spectators, the festival provides an immersive showcase into authentic Hawaiian culture. But for native Hawaiians, Merrie Monarch is an integral part of heritage that reinforces cultural identity and Native Hawaiian pride.

The festival has thus become an important tradition for preserving and perpetuating Hawaiian practices and passing down ancestral knowledge through generations. It solidifies Hilo’s reputation as the epicenter of Hawaiian culture.

For more information about dates and times for all the events click here.

Marking over 50 years since its inception, the Merrie Monarch Festival has grown into a beloved tradition, celebrating Hawaiian culture and heritage through hula and the arts. It draws thousands of visitors to Hilo annually while also providing Native Hawaiians an opportunity to reinforce cultural identity.

As the most prestigious hula event worldwide, the festival promises to continue honoring Hawaiian traditions and serving as the pinnacle platform for showcasing the sacred art of hula for years to come.

Looking for accommodations for the Festival? Check availability here

Experience the vibrant pulse of Kona in March with an array of exciting events that promise to captivate your senses. From the Annual Kona Brewers Festival to the music of The Expendables to the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival March  Take a leisurely stroll through the Kokua Kailua Village Stroll, and embrace the weekly Hawaiian music and hula shows. Join us on a journey through the heart of Kona’s March festivities.

Kona March Events

29th Annual Kona Brewers Festival: March 9

The Kona Brewers Festival will be held Saturday, March 9, 2024, from 3 pm – 7 pm.  Buy your tickets here

The 29th Annual Kona Brewers Festival on March 9, 2024 stands as a testament to the vibrant culture of the Big Island and the spirit of Aloha that permeates its society. This event, much anticipated by locals and tourists alike, is not just a celebration of craft beer but a gathering that honors the unique blend of environmental stewardship, community support, and the rich tapestry of Hawaiian culture. Read more about the Brewers Festival

 

The Expendables live at Willie’s Hot Chicken: March 23rd

Don’t miss The Expendables with their mix of reggae, ska, punk and surf-rock. With opening bands DJ Scotty Doo, Ocean Grown, Future Tides and The Steppas. Buy your tickets here

Merrie Monarch Festival Traditional Dancers

 

Photo Credit Photo by Bruce Omori

2024 Merrie Monarch Hula Festival: March 31st-April 6th

The renowned Merrie Monarch Hula Festival is set to once again captivate spectators in Hilo, March 31st-April 6th. This week-long celebration of traditional Hawaiian culture through hula dancing dates back to 1963 and draws thousands from around the world every spring. In 2024, attendees can look forward to another incredible display showcasing the best hālau hula (hula schools) as they compete with energy, grace and beauty. Both kahiko, the ancient hula style performed to chants and traditional instruments, as well as the ‘auana with modern hula set to contemporary music will be highlighted. It’s an event not to be missed for hula enthusiasts and lovers of Hawaii. Click here for ticket information

 

Ongoing Events

Kokua Kailua Village Stroll: March 17

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!

Whale Breaching

March is still a good time for whale watching

Humpback whales typically migrate and can be spotted off the Kona coast from December through April. For information about whale watching and some recommendations for local whale watching tours click here

 

Visit Queen’s Marketplace for more ongoing events 

Join ukulele lessons, Wednesday hula shows, and outdoor movies every month.
March 9, 2024 in the Coronation Pavilion.

Kanikapila Monthly Concert Series: March 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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 April!

Lavaman Triathlon: April 7th

Sign up now for Lavaman Olympic Distance Triathlon April 7th at Waikoloa Beach resort. Click here for more information and for registration

2024 Outrigger Big West Men’s Volleyball Championship: April 18-20

The 2024 Outrigger Big West Men’s Volleyball Championship will feature all six Big West squads on the campus of defending champion Hawai’i.

 

Looking for a place to stay? Check out what we have available for your dates.

 

A Celebration of Craft Beer and Island Culture

Nestled against the backdrop of Hawaii’s stunning natural beauty, the 29th Annual Kona Brewers Festival on March 9, 2024 stands as a testament to the vibrant culture of the Big Island and the spirit of Aloha that permeates its society. This event, much anticipated by locals and tourists alike, is not just a celebration of craft beer but a gathering that honors the unique blend of environmental stewardship, community support, and the rich tapestry of Hawaiian culture.

The Kona Brewers Festival, since its inception almost three decades ago, has grown from a modest gathering to a multifaceted event that attracts thousands of attendees each year. The festival is typically held in March, offering a reprieve from the winter chill for those hailing from colder climates and providing an excellent reason for everyone to enjoy the warm embrace of the Hawaiian sun.

Live Performances and Art

The festival also celebrates Hawaiian culture through music, dance, and art. Live performances by local musicians and hula dancers add to the festive atmosphere, while artisans and craftspeople display their work, providing a glimpse into the creativity and traditions of the Hawaiian people. These cultural elements are integral to the festival, creating a sense of place and community that is uniquely Hawaiian.

The Kona Brewers Festival is not just an event; it’s an experience that encapsulates the essence of Hawaii. It’s a place where beer enthusiasts, foodies, environmentalists, and lovers of Hawaiian culture come together to celebrate, learn, and enjoy. The festival offers a moment to pause and appreciate the beauty of the island, the richness of its culture, and the importance of community and environmental responsibility.

Local Restaurants and chefs

At its core, the festival is a celebration of craft beer, with over 40 breweries from across Hawaii and the mainland United States participating each year. These breweries showcase more than 100 different types of beer, offering festival-goers a broad spectrum of flavors ranging from the traditional to the exotic. The diversity of the beer selection is matched only by the variety of the food, with local restaurants and chefs bringing their best dishes to pair with the craft brews. This culinary showcase emphasizes local ingredients and Hawaiian cuisine.

However, the Kona Brewers Festival is much more than just beer and food. It is a community event that embodies the principle of “malama ‘aina,” or caring for the land. The festival organizers are deeply committed to environmental sustainability, implementing practices such as waste reduction, recycling, and the use of compostable materials. These efforts ensure that the festival not only leaves a minimal environmental footprint but also educates and inspires attendees to adopt more sustainable practices in their daily lives.

Supporting Local Nonprofit Organizations

A significant portion of the proceeds from the event is donated to local nonprofit organizations that work in areas such as environmental conservation, cultural preservation, and education. Over the years, the Kona Brewers Festival has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, making a tangible difference in the lives of the Big Island’s residents and the health of its natural ecosystems. You can see the list of beneficiaries here.

Always Looking to the Future

As the festival looks to the future, it remains committed to its founding principles while seeking to grow and evolve. The organizers continue to explore new ways to reduce the festival’s environmental impact, support more local nonprofits, and enhance the attendee experience. The goal is to ensure that the Kona Brewers Festival remains a vibrant, meaningful, and sustainable event for years to come.

Visit the Festival website for tickets.

The Kona Brewers Festival is a celebration of all that makes the Big Island special. Through its focus on craft beer, Hawaiian culture, environmental sustainability, and community support, the festival embodies the spirit of Aloha. It brings people together from all walks of life to share in the joy of discovery, the warmth of community, and the beauty of Hawaii. Whether you’re a craft beer aficionado, a food lover, an environmentalist, or simply someone who appreciates the richness of Hawaiian culture, the Kona Brewers Festival is an event that offers something for everyone. It is a testament to the power of community, the importance of sustainability, and the enduring appeal of the Hawaiian Islands.

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Experience the vibrant pulse of Kona in February with an array of exciting events that promise to captivate your senses. From the enchanting Waimea Cherry Blossom Festival and Chinese New Year celebrations to the thrilling Panaewa Stampede Rodeo and the creative haven of SOKO’s Artists Studio Tour, Kona is a hub of cultural richness and diverse experiences. Get inspired at the Living & Design Expo, take a leisurely stroll through the Kokua Kailua Village Stroll, and embrace the weekly Hawaiian music and hula shows. Join us on a journey through the heart of Kona’s February festivities, where tradition meets contemporary allure.

Kona February Events

February 3: Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Experience Japanese performing arts, a traditional tea ceremony, bonsai demonstrations, and food from local vendors at Parker Ranch Center. Waimea is always a beautiful day trip from Kona. For more information click here.

Chinese New Year Celebrations: Celebrate the Year of the Dragon!

February 10 in Honoka’a

Enjoy food trucks, local vendors, and paper lantern making, and don’t miss the Professional Lion Dance by Yau Gong Lion Dancers

February 17, 2024, at Queen’s Marketplace, Waikoloa Beach Resort

Enjoy live entertainment and food around the shops and take the opportunity to feed the Chinese Lion for good fortune

February 17-18: Panaewa Stampede Rodeo  

Panaewa Stampede Rodeo in Hilo brings together the ranching community and spectators for an exciting two day event!

February 24-25: SOKO 9th Annual Artists Studio Tour

Don’t miss the 9th Annual Artists Studio Tour of the South Kona Artists Collective. On Saturday, Feb 24th, and Sunday, Feb 25th 21 artists at 13 locations are participating. See demonstrations and purchase art directly from the artists and stop along the way for Kona coffee and lunch. Take a look at a preview of the beautiful art to be enjoyed here

February 24-25: 17th Annual Living & Design Expo

Feb 24, 9-5 and Feb 25 9-2 at the Outrigger Kona Resort, Keauhou. Join us for Hawai’i Island’s finest home expo. Exhibitors will include Cabinetry and Kitchen, HVAC, Home Office, General Contracting and more.

Dragon at a Chinese New Year Celebration

Ongoing Events

Kokua Kailua Village Stroll: Feb 18

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.

 

Visit Queen’s Marketplace for more ongoing events 

Join ukulele lessons, Wednesday hula shows, and outdoor movies every month.
February 10, 2024 is the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus in the Coronation Pavilion.

 

More to come in March!

The 29th Annual Kona Brewers Festival will be held Saturday, March 9, 2024, from 3 pm – 7 pm.  Buy your tickets here

 

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