(For a more complete listing of events, go to KONAWEB's Big Island Events Calendar).
December 14, 2013
29th ANNUAL KAILUA-KONA COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARADE
Kailua-Kona's Christmas Parade will start at 5pm at Kailua-Kona's Kekuaokalani Gym, and will proceed along Kuakini down Palani, along Ali'i to Walua Road just past Coconut Grove MarketPlace. The parade theme this year is "Kona Kine Christmas!" and the Grand Marshal is Jerry Tracy, Artistic Director of the Aloha Performing Arts Company. There will be approximately 70 entries in the parade, including community and corporate groups. There will be numerous musical entries, and more than half of the entries will beautifully light up the evening, including HELCO's Toy's For Tots Train, and of course, Santa and his reindeer. The Kailua-Kona Community Christmas Parade will once again be supportive of Hawaii Island's Food Basket, and parade entrants and parade attendees are encouraged to contribute what they can. For more information, call 313-0025 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.paradesinkona.com
December 14, 2013
CHRISTMAS AT THE FAIRMONT; DINING WITH THE CHEFS
Visions of sugarplums will dance in your head for the silver anniversary celebration of Christmas at The Fairmont-Dining with the Chefs. The annual culinary scholarship fundraiser is 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai`i; all attendees will receive a collectible 25th anniversary wine glass. New this year is a convenient, online format for the eventís silent auction. Using BiddingForGood, the auction opens Monday, Nov. 25 at www.konakohalachefs.org and continues and ends at the event, which is presented by the American Culinary Federation Kona Kohala Chefs Association. Also this year, the gala moves into the Grand Ballroom to offer more seating, a video presentation on the past 24 years provided by Konawaena High School's graphics department, live jazz and dancing, plus lavish culinary stations presented by local chefs and confectioners. Guests can savor handcrafted ales, wines and 100 percent Kona coffee. Ornate gingerbread creations crafted by Hawai`i Community College-West Hawai`i culinary students under the direction of Chef Fernand Guiot will be on view in the courtyard. Be sure to bring your camera! All auction items will be displayed outside, where guests can continue to bid on select holiday gifts, exciting activities and private dinner parties via smart phones and mobile tablets. Volunteers will be on hand to also process bids for attendees at computer laptop stations. The auction will close at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets to this event at www.konakohalachefs.org or at Kailua Candy Company, Clark Realty-Kona, Kona Wine Market and The Fairmont Orchid while supplies last. Charge tickets by phone at 808-329-2522.
December 14 and 15, 3013
KEAUHOU BIRD CONSERVATION CENTER ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE - VOLCANO
The Keauhou Bird Conservation Center is holding their annual open house on December 14 and 15. The facility is located near the Volcano Golf Course. Don't miss this once a year opportunity to get an up close look at some of Hawaii's rarest birds and learn about the center's avian conservation efforts. Some of the birds you will see are the `Alala (Hawaiian crow), Palila, Kiwikiu (Maui parrotbill) and Puaiohi (small Kaua`i thrush). Tours are at 8am, 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. Local artists will be selling their bird related artwork and there will also be a silent auction and T-shirt sale. Refreshments will be provided; donations are welcome. Free to the public. Please email email@example.com or call (808) 985-7218 to reserve spots for a tour.
December 15, 2012
26th CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS IN MUSIC - KAILUA-KONA
Kona Festivale Chorale presents a festive Christmas concert 3pm at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel Ballroom, Kailua-Kona. For ticket prices, visit www.konafestivalechorale.org.
December 15, 2013
"KOKUA KAILUA" HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY SUNDAY PERFORMANCE AND VILLAGE STROLL/FREE CONCERT - KAILUA-KONA
Free Hawaiian Music Concert featuring the Merrie Monarchs men's glee club and Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Na Pua Ui O Hawai'i on the Palace's South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawaii. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Before and after the Concert, stroll thru Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy outdoor cafe's and restaurants, local musicians & artists. Special kama'aina pricing at participating restaurants & merchants. Special Free Holiday Concert to follow the Hulihe`e Palace event, beginning at 5pm: Multiple Na Hoku Hanohano award winner, Anuhea, will perform. Joining Anuhea will be Kumu Etua Lopes' halau.
December 17, 2013
EXOPLANETS PRESENTATION - KAILUA-KONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Greg Doppmann, a Keck astronomer, will give a presentation about the current discoveries of earth-like planets in other solar systems. He will show how these discoveries are being made, and the prospects of the reality of Earth-like exoplanets which may harbor conditions favorable for life. Time: 5-6 PM. Free to the public. For information call: 327-4327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.folkhawaii.com
(More events can be found on KONAWEB's Big Island Events Calendar).