Tag Archive for: Hawaiian Traditions

Part of the history of a culture is in its language. 

“The Hawaiian language, ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i, came to our shores along with the first people to arrive from the ancestral homelands of Polynesia. The language evolved alongside the culture into the nuanced, multi-layered ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i we know today.” (Go Hawaii)

Malama Ka Aina painted on a lava rock wall

Learning some common phrases in Hawaiian can greatly enhance your experience when visiting Hawaii and show respect for the local culture. Here are a few common phrases along with their pronunciation guide:

  1. Aloha (ah-LOH-hah) – This is perhaps the most well-known Hawaiian word, meaning both “hello” and “goodbye.” It also carries deeper meanings such as love, affection, and peace.

  2. Mahalo (mah-HAH-loh) – This word means “thank you.” It’s important to express gratitude, and using “mahalo” is a great way to show appreciation in Hawaii.

  3. E komo mai (eh KOH-moh my) – This phrase means “welcome” or “come in.” You might hear it when entering a shop or someone’s home.

  4. A hui hou (ah HOO-ee HOH) – This phrase is often used to say “until we meet again” or “goodbye.”

  5. ʻOhana (OH-hah-nah) – This word means “family.” In Hawaiian culture, ‘ohana represents not only blood relatives but also close friends and community members.

  6. Pau hana (pow HAH-nah) – This phrase means “finished work” or “after work.” It’s often used to refer to the time after work when people relax and socialize.

  7. Keiki (KAY-kee) – This word means “child” or “children.” You might hear it used in various contexts, such as in childcare or educational settings.

  8. Hale (HAH-leh) – This word means “house” or “building.” You may see it in street names or when referring to specific locations.

  9. Mauka (MOW-kah) – This word means “towards the mountains.” In Hawaiian geography, directions are often given relative to the mountains (mauka) or the sea (makai).
  10. Makai (mah-KYE) – This word means “towards the sea” or “oceanward.”

If you want to dig in even deeper, Duolingo has Hawaiian as a language option!

Remember, pronunciation is key when speaking Hawaiian words. Pay attention to the vowels, as they are pronounced distinctly, and try to mimic the rhythm and flow of the language as best as you can. Locals will appreciate your effort to embrace their language and culture even if your pronunciation isn’t perfect at first.

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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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A few great Options for Shave Ice

 

Hawaiian Ice Cone: If you’re pondering which ice cream flavor to compliment your shave ice, make a beeline for Hawaiian Ice Cones and opt for ube ice cream. This unassuming kiosk in the Kopiko Plaza near Long’s Drug is a fantastic spot to indulge in shave ice, ice cream, or bubble tea. Don’t be deterred by the line—it’s a testament to the delicious treats awaiting you! 

Scandinavian Shave Ice: Scandi’s has been located on Ali’i Drive  in the heart of Kailua Village since 1991, Scandinavian Shave Ice is renowned for its authentic Hawaiian-style shave ice. They use natural fruit syrups and offer unique flavors like lilikoi (passion fruit) and haupia (coconut cream). The ice is finely shaved, making for a delightful treat. Described as the best shave ice in Hawaii, they offer generous portions at reasonable prices.

Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice: Located in the King Kamehameha Courtyard by Marriott, Ululani’s has expanded to Kona and offers delicious shave ice with a multitude of natural syrups and premium add-ons like mochi balls and ice cream. They’re known for their fluffy, finely shaved ice that melts in your mouth. For unique flavor try the Azuki bean for your ice cream

Original Big Island Shave Ice Company: If you’re in the Waikoloa Resort area try “OBISIC”. This place is located in the King’s Shops and offers a variety of shave ice options as well as amazing sundaes!. They have traditional Hawaiian flavors and also some unique combinations. Their ice cream on the bottom and snow cap on top makes for a perfect treat

Kat’s Kau Kau: If you’re having a beach day at Magic Sands Beach Park you can walk right across the street to the cute little food truck and enjoy Kat’s Kau Kau Shave Ice. The portions are shareable depending on how hungry you are! I’ve been hearing so much about their Lychee Cream that I’ll be trying that next time I go!

Colorful Hawaiian Shave Ice

Life is not just about Shave Ice

Gypsea Gelato is a popular gelato shop with three locations on the Big Island. Gypsea Gelato is known for its high-quality gelato made with many locally sourced ingredients. They offer a wide range of flavors made in small batches, including traditional favorites like chocolate and vanilla, as well as unique Hawaiian-inspired flavors such as lilikoi (passion fruit), macadamia nut, and Kona coffee. The local flavors give visitors a taste of Hawaii in every scoop. Gypsea Gelato is committed to supporting local farmers and producers by sourcing ingredients locally whenever possible, contributing to the island’s sustainable food ecosystem.

Pick from the list or commit to trying them all and enjoy your sweet adventures in Kona!

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Keep up on Kailua-Kona events

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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Learn about Hawaii’s royal past with a visit to the enchanting Hulihe’e Palace in Kailua-Kona! Situated along the picturesque Ali’i Drive, this hidden gem offers a delightful journey through Hawaiian history and culture. Originally constructed in 1838 by John Adams Kuakini, governor of the Island of Hawaii, Hulihe’e Palace served as a beloved retreat for Hawaiian royalty, welcoming esteemed members such as King Kamehameha III and Queen Liliʻuokalani.

Exploring the Palace: Rooms and Exhibits

Despite its modest size, Hulihe’e Palace boasts six graciously appointed rooms, including a charming parlor, dining room, and two oceanfront lanais offering breathtaking views of the Pacific. Inside, Victorian furniture, exquisite koa wood furnishings, and a treasure trove of artifacts from Hawaii’s royal past transport visitors to a bygone era.

The Role of the Daughters of Hawaii

Managed by the dedicated Daughters of Hawaii, Hulihe’e Palace was rescued from ruin in the 1920s and transformed into a museum, preserving its rich heritage for future generations. From ancient tools to royal garments, the museum showcases a fascinating collection that tells the story of Hawaii’s royal legacy.

Hulihe'e Palace Entrance

History of Hulihe’e Palace

Built during the Kingdom of Hawaii on land known as Kalāke’e, the palace served as a vacation home for High Chief John Adams Kuakini, brother of Ka‘ahumanu, the favorite wife of King Kamehameha I. Over the years, Hulihe’e Palace witnessed numerous pivotal moments in Hawaiian history, providing a sanctuary where royalty could escape the pressures of governance.

Queen Emma’s Music Room: A Royal Retreat

One of the highlights of any visit is Queen Emma’s Music Room, where the queen entertained guests with her musical talents. Adorned with period furnishings and portraits of Hawaiian royalty, the room exudes refinement and sophistication, transporting visitors back in time.

Preservation and Cultural Significance

Beyond its role as a museum, Hulihe’e Palace is vital in preserving traditional Hawaiian arts and crafts. Visitors can admire exquisite examples of featherwork, kapa, and Hawaiian quilts, each showcasing the skill and artistry of the island’s indigenous people.

A Journey into Hawaiian Culture

A visit to Hulihe’e Palace is more than just a trip through history – it’s a journey into the heart and soul of Hawaii itself. From its humble beginnings as a royal retreat to its present-day role as a cultural treasure, the palace embodies the spirit of aloha, welcoming visitors to experience the beauty and majesty of the Hawaiian Islands. So come, step back in time, and discover the magic of Hulihe’e Palace – you won’t be disappointed!

Plan Your Visit

Self-guided tours and docent-led tours are available Wed-Sat. For ticket information click here.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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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This weekend the Big Island marks the start of the 55th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival which runs April 1-7 in the Hilo area.They have shows an arts fair and a parade (amongst other things) open to the public while the big event is the 3-day long Hula competition. (The Hula competition is ticketed. You can find more information linked in the website for the festival above.)

It’s quiet a fun show!

The festival itself was started and continues as a celebration of Hawaiian Culture!