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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.
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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.
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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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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 November, the town comes alive with a variety of holiday events as well as celebrating the local culture, arts, and natural beauty of the island. From the Kona Coffee Festival to Kokua Kailua Village Stroll there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So, if you’re planning a visit to Kailua-Kona in November, here’s a guide to what’s happening in our charming town.

Lanikai Beach Sunset in Hawaii
Highlighted Events in January

 

Don’t miss the Hawai’i Open Pickleball Championships

With Amateur and Pro divisions the championships on January 22-28 at Holua Resort will attract some great talent in this growing sport. Learn more about the event.  

January 14, 2024
Annual Martin Luther King Jr Celebration

This large community event will be held at Maka’eo Pavilion, Old Airport Beach Park, Kailua-Kona. There will be food, entertainment, speeches, and an art exhibit by local school children to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

National Park Fee Free Day January 15
National Park Fee Free Day Honoring Martin Luther King’s Birthday. No entry fees to our national parks!

Senior Men’s PGA Tour, Jan 18-20

Senior Men’s PGA Tour Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai is January 18-20 at Hualalai Resort. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Spectator Village admissions gate (credit card only). Tickets cost $30 per day, or if you plan on attending multiple days you can save money by purchasing a 3-day pass for $50. Free Parking and Shuttle at the event

 

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. 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.

 

Kailua-Kona February Events

Just a teaser for February!

February 17-18 is Panaewa Stampede Rodeo in Hilo brings together the ranching community and spectators for an exciting two day event!

Febuary TBA, 2024
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION – HONOKA’A
Celebrate the Year of the Dragon in Honoka’a! From 10am till 6pm, there will be a 100 foot dragon dance every hour on the hour, origami and Chinese lantern making, food vendors and more.

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Don’t forget the Big Island Chocolate Festival is this starts tomorrow! If you are looking for some fun and some great chocolate it’s a great idea and you can support local Kona businesses at the same time!

More information: Big Island Chocolate Festival!

Have a wonderful time 🙂